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Christmas Markets of Europe & Paris on Emerald Dawn 2020

Christmas Markets of Europe & Paris on Emerald Dawn 2020

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Dawn
Starts: Paris, France on Sat, Nov 28, 2020
Ends: Budapest, Hungary on Tue, Dec 15, 2020

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Paris
    Sat, Nov 28, 2020

    The perfect addition to any trip through the heart of Europe would have to be Paris, the world-famous “City of Light”. This breath-taking capital is known for its unique romantic atmosphere and the laid-back style of life that exists here, where a simple stroll down one of its many tree-lined boulevards will unveil a plethora of UNESCO World Heritage-listed monuments and panoramic views of the cityscape. Your itinerary includes a three-night stay.

  2. Day 2
    Paris
    Sun, Nov 29, 2020

    Today, join a local guide for a tour of Paris, touching on some of its many iconic landmarks. The Notre-Dame de Paris is certain to delight, being one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world, as is the Arc de Triomphe, standing tall to one side of the Champs-Élysées. Later, join a river cruise along the Seine.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Paris and a Seine River cruise

    DiscoverMORE: Retro Tour Ride of Paris (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Paris
    Mon, Nov 30, 2020

    The storied beauty of Paris is yours to discover independently today, perhaps choosing to visit the mighty Louvre and witness the legendary Mona Lisa, or venturing below the city to explore an intricate labyrinth of catacombs that exists below the colourful streets above. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day of independent exploration.

    DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Paris (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Paris - Amsterdam
    Tue, Dec 01, 2020

    This morning travel from the city of light to the Dutch capital Amsterdam. Once you arrive, you will be welcome on board your Star-Ship by your friendly captain and crew.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Amsterdam
    Wed, Dec 02, 2020

    Amsterdam is a wonderful destination year-round, but during the Christmas period the entire city sparkles with fairylights and Christmas cheer. Snow blankets the narrow cobbled streets and the Dutch indulge on oliebollen and appelbeignets, deep fried sweets that can be purchased from stalls that look like traditional alpine huts in one of Amsterdam’s many Christmas markets.

    Today, you will have the opportunity to take to Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system during a glass top canal boat cruise, passing areas that are covered in white powdered snow and people relaxing whilst drinking warm cups of traditional hot chocolademelk.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A canal cruise


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Cologne
    Thu, Dec 03, 2020

    The wafting aroma of freshly roasted chestnuts and mulled wine welcomes you in Cologne, where the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland can be found during the holiday season. Today, enjoy a walking tour of Cologne and visit the colourful Christmas market that sits underneath the shadows of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece that effortlessly creates a striking backdrop to the nativity-like scene below. More than a hundred half-timbered stalls are swathed in light, streaming down from the twinkling canopy of bulbs that criss-crosses above.

    In Cologne’s many Christmas markets, you can find glittering ornaments, artisans creating handcrafted goods and freshly baked produce, including lebkuchen, a beloved round or heart-shaped type of gingerbread that usually includes honey, cardamom or candied fruit. Enjoy drinking mulled wine from a festive mug as you soak in the views of what is arguably one of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided city walking tour


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Rüdesheim
    Fri, Dec 04, 2020

    Today, set foot into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical landscape of the Rhine Gorge, where the beams of Rüdesheim’s half-timbered houses are covered in fairylights. Rüdesheim hosts the “Christmas Market of Nations”, where more than a hundred stalls effortlessly represent more than a dozen nations, each showcasing their own Christmas specialities, customs and celebrations.

    Whilst in Rüdesheim, enjoy an excursion to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet, and perhaps indulge in some Rüdesheim coffee, a famous drink that is made with locally distilled Asbach Uralt brandy, served with whipped cream and sprinkled with vanilla sugar and chocolate flakes. This festive drink is certain to warm you on a frosty winter’s day. Later, return to the plush surrounds of your Star-Ship for a special on-board performance.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Miltenberg - Wertheim
    Sat, Dec 05, 2020

    Welcome to Miltenberg. This postcard-worthy town can be found set against a lush backdrop created by the Odenwald forest. Christmastime swathes the area with festive cheer, and decorations and colourful window displays as far as the eye can see are all illuminated at dusk by twinkling fairylights. Miltenberg is home to one of the oldest pubs in Germany, and its delightful boutique market features stalls full of local arts, crafts and delightful treats. Perhaps try an apple streusel kuchen during your time here, a type of apple crumb cake that the area is famous for.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Miltenberg


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Würzburg
    Sun, Dec 06, 2020

    Today, enjoy a guided tour of Würzburg and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Würzburg Residence. Nestled in the heart of the old town, you will find an enchanting Christmas market. Steeped in 19th-century beginnings, more than 100 wooden stalls showcase seasonal decorations and delectable treats, all coated by the soft glow of Christmas lights. A traditional mug of Glühwein, a hot red wine infused with spices, is the best way to fight off the chill of a cold day.

    The Würzburg Residence is a true icon, built by the prince bishops’ centuries ago. The opulence that it displays is truly breathtaking. Enjoy a guided tour of what is quite possibly one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in Europe, as its gardens are blanketed by fresh snow.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Würzburg and the Würzburg Residence
    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Rothenburg (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Bamberg
    Mon, Dec 07, 2020

    The UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Bamberg is home to not just one, but four delightful Christmas markets, each acting as sparkling gems set amongst half-timbered surrounds in this quaint little town. Here, you will be able to find some of the loveliest Baroque nativity scenes that Germany has to offer.

    While you enjoy a guided tour of all of Bamberg’s main highlights, make sure that you stop to try a glass of Bamberg’s famous beer. Nine breweries call the town their home, and several of their world-famous products are still made using traditional Franconian brewing methods.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Bamberg


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Nuremberg
    Tue, Dec 08, 2020

    Your included excursion today is a sightseeing tour of the historic city of Nuremberg, touching on the architectural wonders that have inspired famous artists for centuries and exploring the effects that the war years had. You will also have time to explore the wonderful Christmas Market in the city centre.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Nuremberg
    DiscoverMORE: Gingerbread Cooking Demonstration


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Kelheim - Regensburg
    Wed, Dec 09, 2020

    This morning, cruise along the final stretch of the Main-Danube Canal, admiring the view as you pass over a number of aqueducts. Regensburg’s delightful past is yours to discover today, as your local guide introduces you to the treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town.

    After your tour, your EmeraldEXCURSION will take you right into the heart of the Thurn und Taxis Palace Christmas market, one of the loveliest in the country where traditional stalls are illuminated by twinkling lights.

    EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Bavarian band on board

    EmeraldPLUS: A visit to the Christmas market in the Thurn und Taxis Palace grounds

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Regensburg


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Passau – Linz
    Thu, Dec 10, 2020

    Welcome to Passau, a town where three of Europe’s main rivers converge underneath the castle. On this afternoon’s walking tour, stroll down old narrow alleys and look up to see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress as it overlooks the town. Your tour will conclude at the green-domed façade of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where Passau’s annual Christkindlmarkt can be found. Here, perhaps sample some delicious warm Glühwein and freshly baked goods.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Passau
    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)
    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Ceský Krumlov (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Melk – Dürnstein
    Fri, Dec 11, 2020

    History is yours to discover and enjoy during a river cruise through Europe, but the quaint village of Melk offers a wonderful introduction of some of the historic architecture that can be found on the continent. Your included EmeraldEXCURSION today is a tour of the Benedictine Melk Abbey, an ancient Baroque monastery that is known for its monumental beauty and the treasures that are kept inside of its historic library.

    Later, your Star-Ship will sail through the Rhine Gorge, a landscape steeped in fairytales where the winter months only add an ethereal layer to your surroundings.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Melk Abbey


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Vienna
    Sat, Dec 12, 2020

    Welcome to the “City of Dreams”, Vienna. This ornate cityscape was home to famous musicians, composers and the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Today, you can explore the capital with a drive around the magnificent Ringstrasse, where opulent buildings can be seen peppering the area.

    After your guided tour, enjoy some time to explore at leisure, perhaps sampling some delicious hot chocolate and baked goods in one of Vienna’s many Christmas markets.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of the Ringstrasse and Vienna

    DiscoverMORE: An exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE: A tour of Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Bratislava
    Sun, Dec 13, 2020

    Gothic architecture and tales of a communist past welcome you to Bratislava, a capital that has seen much in the way of turbulence over the past century. Today, you will discover that that turbulence is nowhere to be seen, as you stroll down peaceful streets and soak in the neo-Renaissance glory of ancient theatres and the sheer opulence of the Episcopal Summer Palace.

    The Christmas season adds an extra layer to the city, where a blend of distinctive cultures come together and showcase their handcrafted ornaments and delicious treats.

    EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted coffee and cake with a local Slovakian family

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Bratislava


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Budapest
    Mon, Dec 14, 2020

    Budapest is a relatively new capital when compared to other European capitals, and yet it has quickly made a name for itself as a city steeped in history and culture, where the ancient and modern exist together seamlessly. Your guided tour of the capital will touch on the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle district, as well as Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion.

    This evening, a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner is certain to delight the senses.

    EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided coach tour of Budapest

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Szentendre (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Budapest
    Tue, Dec 15, 2020

    After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of open squares adorned with Christmas stalls and crisp winter mornings with you.


    Meals: Breakfast

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Cruises Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.2
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4.4

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Ratings based off 37 reviews about Emerald Waterways Tours - currently showing 13 reviews with comments only

Emerald was awesome. It offered us cultural experience that was unusual and authentic. We felt like we got to know the countries we visited. We are looking to book with Emerald again in Europe. Local and tour Director was the best

first emerald waterway tour was excellent ! excellent and unique excursions included plus good optional tours offered loved the Vespa ride, ox cart and rickshaw ride Hoi Ann and Halong bay are highlights emerald staff very welcoming to us

The staff and crew of the ship was fantastic. Christmas Markets are not to be missed.

Although this is my first river cruise, so I cannot compare with other companies, I was very happy with Emerald with a few exceptions. They advertise that it is all inclusive and do offer several free tour options at each port, but that also sell Discovery options that are more money. We did 4 of those which increased the cost for 2 by $600. If you like to workout, forget the gym, which had one rowing machine, an exercise bike and some dumbbells with enough room for 3 people at most. The staff were all great, the food was very good and the itinerary was excellent. They have a small swimming pool and late night activities. Good diversity with most people from US, Canada, Australia and new Zealand.

Was great, food was good, cabin small but nice, excursions were good.

This trip was wonderful, with only 160 passengers we were treated royally. Everyone on board the ship worked with only one thing in mind to please the customers.

Derek was very thorough and easy to work with. Our trip was what we expected.

We were fortunate the trip went as planned. A lock was damaged and the ship we were scheduled for was unavailable. Emerald provided a different ship and we completed our full itinerary. Great job Emerald. The trip wonderful. Great staff, tours and food. Our Affordable agent Allyson fulfilled all our needs efficiently providing excellent customer care.

Great river cruise, the operator Emerald Waterways did not disappoint. On board service was exceptional and the tours were very good. Only thought would be that having a little more free time during site visits would have made the excursions good to great.

Our third river cruise but found the baths on this particular ship to be very small. The crew, though, was excellent, especially the director!

This trip was all we expected and more. The booking and planning by Affordable Tours weas very helpful. The Emerald Radiance was a joy. The ship and crew were unbelievable. The Douro Valley is so very beautiful and Portugal an amazing destination-just need to explore it further.

Emerald provided a very memorable experience. Everything went according to plan. There were many activity options to pick from. The food and drink and staff were excellent. I liked the pool and bikes which gave us additional activities to enjoy, which Viking Cruises did not offer when I went on a previous river boat cruise with them 3 years ago.

I absolutely loved the cities and towns we visited. I met mant new friends on this trip. The staff were very friendly, professional and attentive to my needs.


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