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Christmas Markets on the Danube on Emerald Dawn

Christmas Markets on the Danube on Emerald Dawn

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Dawn
Starts: Budapest, Hungary on Tue, Dec 15, 2020
Ends: Nuremberg, Germany on Tue, Dec 22, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany

Rivers Visited

Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Tue, Dec 15, 2020): Budapest

Welcome to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where a warm welcome will be waiting from your captain and crew. After boarding, enjoy some time at leisure to explore Budapest.

This evening, a traditional Hungarian evening is certain to delight, with a folklore show.

EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Wed, Dec 16, 2020): Budapest

Join a local guide for a tour of the Hungarian capital today, as you board a comfortable coach and drive pass the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Chain Bridge that links both sides of this storied city and the Buda Castle district, where historic façades line cobblestone streets. Following your guided tour, enjoy free time to explore the stalls of Budapest’s main Christmas market, where handcrafted ornaments are aplenty and colourful strings of lights line the streets.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Budapest


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Thu, Dec 17, 2020): Bratislava

Across Europe, different cultures intertwine at Christmas time, sharing their traditions, treats and unique customs. The Slovakian capital is a truly charming city, whose roots can be traced across the continent. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city today, including its enchanting historic district and some of its many bustling Christmas markets.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Bratislava

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Fri, Dec 18, 2020): Vienna

Welcome to Vienna, the European capital of classical music and the lavish capital of Austria. Today, you will have every opportunity to soak in the illustrious façades of Vienna’s Ringstrasse during your included coach tour and walking tour of Vienna, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. After your tour, enjoy free time at leisure to explore many of Vienna’s wonderful Christmas markets, each set in a different open square.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of the Ringstrasse and Vienna

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Sat, Dec 19, 2020): Dürnstein - Melk

Relax on board this morning as we sail through one of the most charming wine regions in Europe and on to Dürnstein. This is the site where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned following his return from the Third Crusade in the 12th century.

Later, return to your Star-Ship and enjoy the luscious amenities on board until we reach Melk, where an illustrious tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Melk Abbey awaits. This 900-year-old Baroque palace features some of Austria’s finest Italian Baroque architecture.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Melk Abbey


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Sun, Dec 20, 2020): Passau

A blanket of powdered snow graces the European countryside at Christmastime, creating a magical setting as we cruise into Passau. On this afternoon’s included walking tour of the town, enjoy visiting its annual Christkindlmarkt, set in front of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Almost a hundred gingerbread-like stalls selling festive souvenirs and handmade gifts can be found here, each connected to the next by strings of twinkling fairylights.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Passau

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Mon, Dec 21, 2020): Regensburg

Today, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany, Regensburg. Our guided walking tour will offer every chance to get to know this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city’s past, as you stroll across one of the oldest bridges on the Danube and witness the city’s ancient fortifications. Stop to visit one of the loveliest Christmas markets in the region, with its many quaint wooden stalls, twinkling lights and festive goods adorning hidden passageways and narrow cobblestone streets.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Regensburg

EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Bavarian performance

EmeraldPLUS: A visit to the Christmas Market at Thurn und Taxis Palace


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Tue, Dec 22, 2020): Nuremberg

After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow passengers and disembark the Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of handcrafted ornaments and traditional stalls with you.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

Emerald Dawn


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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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