Christmas & New Year

Soak up the magic of Christmas with a cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Celebrate Christmas on-board and delight in Europe's glittering Christmas markets.

15 Days
Amsterdam to Budapest
From (EUR)
5,895
Dates & Pricing

2023 Amsterdam > Budapest

Soak up the magic of Christmas

Europe becomes a completely different world during the festive season, where the aroma of glühwein and roasted chestnuts provide a fragrant ambiance.
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. We have included many special highlights; you may wish to join a Midnight Mass in Rudesheim before celebrating Christmas on board your Scenic Space-Ship and celebrate the New Year in style in the spectacular city of Vienna.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
CHAA
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Budapest

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Amsterdam

    Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Amsterdam

    Freechoice

    Join a flavours of Holland walking tour and taste some traditional Dutch favourites typically eaten during the festive season. Alternatively, take the opportunity to experience an iconic canal cruise, or step outside of Amsterdam and visit the villages of Alkmaar & Schermerhorn, home to many authentic windmills dating back to the 16th century.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Cologne

    Discover Cologne on a guided walking tour. Later, you may wish to make the most of your time by strolling through the city’s myriad of Christmas markets. Be sure to look out for the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Koblenz

    Freechoice

    Take a guided walking tour of Koblenz or explore the picturesque Moselle Valley and Cochem. Alternatively, visit a local winery for a tasting of their fine produce.

    After enjoying some free time to soak in the festive spirit as you wander past over 130 wooden huts bursting with trinkets and treasures, seasonal gifts, and mouth-watering treats in the cities popular Christmas Markets.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim

    The morning enjoy fabulous views as you cruise the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge.

    The immerse yourself in charming Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.

    Tonight, perhaps attend a traditional Christmas Mass.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Sailing Day

    Merry Christmas! Celebrate with newfound friends on board your Scenic Space-Ship as you cruise towards Würzburg.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Würzburg

    Freechoice

    Journey along the famous Romantic Road, an important trade route during the Middle Ages, then take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem overlooking the Tauber River. Alternatively, stay in Würzburg and tour the streets of the fabulously festive city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Bamberg

    Freechoice

    Take a guided tour of the Old Town of Bamberg and walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did. Alternatively, taste some of the city’s regional specialities during a flavours of Bamberg city walk.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Nuremberg

    Enjoy this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.

    Freechoice

    Explore the city on foot on a guided walking tour tasting some of the city’s regional beer as you go or visit moving WWII sites and learn about this dark era in the city’s history. Alternatively, learn how to make traditional German Gingerbread during a baking class.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Regensburg

    Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg, known as the best-preserved medieval city in Germany.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Salzburg

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Baroque Old Town of Salzburg and learn about one of its most famous residents, Mozart, and be mesmerised by the city’s history and architecture. Alternatively, choose to join a walking tour focusing on sights from the classic movie ‘The Sound of Music’.

    Enrich

    Based on the timeless movie of the same name, the exclusive ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ will wow you with its stage sets. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch before an afternoon humming along to some of the catchy classics.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Melk > Dürnstein

    Freechoice

    Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey or embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages in the region. Alternatively, enjoy a delicious Schnapps tasting.

    Tonight, celebrate in style as you ring in the New Year in the fabulously fun city of Vienna.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Vienna

    Freechoice

    Tour magnificent Schonbrunn Palace or discover the neighbouring city of Bratislava. Alternatively, learn about the history of Viennese coffee culture, or join a guided cycling tour towards Danube Island.

    Enrich

    Be enthralled by a private classical evening concert at the enchanting Palais Liechtenstein.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Budapest

    Freechoice

    Tour this city of contradictory delights, on relax at the city’s Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Budapest

    Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of wonderful memories.

    Please note: Preview itinerary subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Truly all-inclusive luxury
  • 5-Star Scenic Space-Ships with up to 163 guests
  • Spacious Balcony Suites with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge
  • 2 Scenic Enrich experiences including the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ and an enchanting private classical evening concert at Palais Liechtenstein – all Exclusive to Scenic
  • Personalise your trip with 20 included Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Dine at your choice of up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 41 meals – 14 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day? – not just at meal times
  • Butler service for every suite
  • Complimentary full mini-bar restocked daily
  • Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge and fitness area
  • Scenic Tailormade App for river commentary and independent exploration
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Scenic Cruise Director to guide and assist & expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities on board and on shore

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