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16 Days | Christmas Wonderland
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Of course, Christmas has a distinctly European flavour all over the world, so it’s hardly surprising that you’ll experience a little more of that magic when you’re actually in Europe, where festive traditions hark all the way back to pre-Roman times. Santa Claus, Christmas trees, gift-giving – these have all been a part of the seasonal tradition in Europe for centuries. In town after town you’ll have the opportunity to experience these rituals with new eyes. As a special highlight, you may wish to join a Midnight Mass in a European town, and bring in the New Year in Vienna, one of the most beautiful cities in the world at any time of year.

Day 1 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Embark. Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception. (D)

Day 2 | Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Freechoice. Cruise the canals of Amsterdam, or visit Zaanse Schans. Alternatively, explore Amsterdam on foot or by bike.

Day 3 | Cologne, Germany. Discover Cologne on a guided city tour. Later, you may wish to make the most of your free time and take a stroll through the city’s Christmas Markets. (B,L,D)

Day 4 | Koblenz. (B,L,D)

Freechoice. Take a guided tour and be enchanted by the history and beauty of Koblenz or explore the Moselle Valley to Cochem.

Day 5 | Cruising the Rhine Gorge. Rüdesheim. Immerse yourself in historic Rüdesheim, then board the Winzerexpress mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 6 | Miltenberg. Take a guided city tour and explore this Franconian town. (B,L,D)

Day 7 | Würzburg. Tonight perhaps attend Würzburg’s beautiful Christmas Mass. (B,L,D)

Freechoice. Follow the Romantic Road to Rothenburg on a guided tour, or take a city tour of Würzburg.

Day 8 | Würzburg. Nuremberg. Merry Christmas! Celebrate with newfound friends as you cruise towards Nuremberg. (B,L,D)

Day 9 | Nuremberg. Welcome to this fascinating Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century. (B,L,D)

Freechoice. Visit moving WWII sites, take a baking class, or join a walking tour of the city. 

Day 10 | Regensburg. (B,L,D)

Freechoice. Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg, or visit Thurn und Taxis Palace.

Day 11 | Passau, Salzburg, Austria. (B,L,D)

Enrich. Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place.

Day 12 | Melk. Dürnstein. (B,L,D)

Freechoice. Be guided through Melk’s Benedictine Abbey, or cycle from Melk to Dürnstein. Alternatively, visit a local winery.

Day 13 | Vienna. (B,L,D)

Freechoice. Tour Schönbrunn Palace or discover beautiful Bratislava. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Or discover Vienna on a guided cycling tour.

Enrich. Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein and be enthralled by a private concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart.

Day 14 | Vienna. Budapest, Hungary. This afternoon arrive in the beautiful city of Budapest before celebrating the arrival of the New Year. (B,L,D)

Day 15 | Budapest. Happy New Year! (B,L,D)

Freechoice. Let an expert guide you through this city of contradictory delights, or unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa instead. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.

Day 16 | Budapest. Disembark. Depart after breakfast. Budapest is the end of your cruise, but the beginning of a lifetime of wonderful memories. (B)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents. *Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent.

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