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Christmas Markets

2022 Scenic River Cruise
Christmas Markets Cruise
14-Nights Per Person Twin Share
Standard Suite E from $8,695
  • 60051
  • River
  • 27 Sep 22
  • Budapest
  • Amsterdam
  • Europe
  • 21 Nov 22, 22 Nov 23
  • 05 Dec 22, 06 Dec 23
  • 14 nights
  • Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
  • Cruise Only

  • Budapest, Vienna, Dürnstein > Melk, Salzburg, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Würzburg, Miltenberg, Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim, Cologne, Amsterdam

14-Nights river cruise over the festive season starting in Budapest. Visit the charming Christmas markets at Thurn und Taxis Palace in Regensburg.



  • 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 27 included Scenic Free choice 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

Important Terms

  • * Rates quoted are in Australian dollars.
  • *All prices are per-person based on double occupancy and reflect our current offers.
  • Terms and conditions as per Scenic Luxury Tours and Cruises' policies.
  • Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes unless otherwise stated.
  • Advertised price includes any bonus nights, special offers or discounts listed in the inclusions.
  • Surcharges may apply due to demand, Christmas & New Year's Eve, school or public holidays, trade shows, special events & other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Prices may be based on Dynamic Rates and as such, may fluctuate at anytime without notice, due to matters outside our control, such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases, or at the property's discretion.
Cabin Name
Price per person twin share from
Standard Suite E
Standard Suite D
Balcony Suite BA
Balcony Suite BB
Deluxe Balcony Suite BD
Balcony Suite PA
Deluxe Balcony Suite PD

Budapest to Amsterdam

Standard Suite – Category E – Jewel Deck

Balcony Suite – Category C – Sapphire Deck

Deluxe Balcony Suite – Category BD – Sapphire Deck

Junior Balcony Suite – Category B1J – Sapphire Deck

Departure Dates:

21 Nov 2022
22 Nov 2023

Cruise also available in reverse Christmas & New Year Amsterdam to Budapest

Other cabin types are also available, please contact our specialist team for more details.

*Rates are based on per person for two adults sharing. For solo travellers or single person occupancy rates, or other cabin types not listed, please contact our Travel Specialists for a quote.


15 Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Budapest
Raise your glass to the marvellous cruise ahead of you at this evening’s welcome reception.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 – Budapest
Join a guided tour of Budapest, or relax at the city’s Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, take an active hike to Buda Hill, or visit the Hospital in the Rock.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Vienna
Enjoy the many splendid vistas as you cruise the beautiful Danube river towards the festive city of Vienna.

Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private classical concert.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Vienna
Take a guided tour of Vienna, or visit Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, learn about Viennese coffee culture during a guided tour, or cycle to the Danube Island.

Later, explore the magical Viennese Christmas markets at your leisure. An age-old tradition, the forerunners of the present-day events date back to the Middle Ages when in 1298 Albrecht I granted Vienna’s citizens the privilege of holding a December Market or ‘Krippenmarkt’. Nowadays, over 20 official advent markets sell a vast array of seasonal gifts and mouth-watering treats.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Dürnstein > Melk
Enjoy a guided bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk, or be guided through Melk’s Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, meet a Schnapps producer and sample some of the many flavours on offer.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Salzburg
Enjoy a guided tour of the Baroque Old Town of Salzburg, or join a walking tour dedicated to the classic movie ‘The Sound of Music’.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Regensburg
Tour this fabulous city including its well-preserved medieval centre, then enjoy some free time to soak up the festive spirit at one of four Christmas markets in the city.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 – Nuremberg
Take a walking tour of this fascinating city, or visit moving WWII sites. Alternatively, join a gingerbread baking class.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 – Bamberg
Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed Old Town of Bamberg and walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – Würzburg
Take a guided tour of Rothenburg with time to wander the famed Reiterlesmarkt that has a history dating back to the 15th century, or stay in Würzburg and visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace where you will enjoy wine tasting in the underground cellars before some free time to explore the wonderful markets of the city.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 – Miltenberg
Visit a local monastery and learn about beer production, or meet a winemaker and join him for a taste of his fine wines. Alternatively, be introduced to a Baron and Baroness and discover how they celebrate Christmas, or opt to visit a Schnapps producer or a local farming family, and toast the festive season as you sample some of their produce.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 – Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim
Explore charming Rüdesheim, including a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Enjoy free time and perhaps try delicious glühwein or hot chestnuts amid the stalls.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 – Cologne
Take a guided walking tour through Cologne before time at leisure to explore the city’s iconic Cathedral and the delights of the magical Christmas markets.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 – Amsterdam
Explore the city by bicycle, or on foot during a walking tour with a tasting of delicious Dutch treats. Alternatively, experience an iconic canal cruise, or visit the villages of Schermerhorn and Alkmaar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 – Amsterdam
Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Amsterdam is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of wonderful memories.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

Please note: Preview itinerary subject to change.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

From humble beginnings to world-renowned Luxury Cruise and Tour operator, in 2016 Scenic celebrated 30 years as a leader in its field. The Scenic team has worked tirelessly to earn a world-class reputation for creating and delivering the ultimate cruising and touring itineraries for travellers who seek wondrous experiences and exceptional 5-star service.

Founded in Newcastle by Glen Moroney, the company started in 1986 with coach tours operating throughout Australia. In the early 1990s this expanded to New Zealand, followed by Norfolk Island in 1997 and Southern Africa in 1998. By the end of the decade Scenic started hosting tours to Canada and Alaska and thanks to their on-going commitment to ingenuity and a passion for travel we were soon the leading touring company in Canada and Alaska.

Throughout the early 2000s new destinations across Europe and Russia, throughout Asia and South and Central America were soon part of their tour itineraries.

A new and historic chapter commenced in 2008 as Scenic took on the exciting world of ship-building.

Their first exclusive, all-inclusive Scenic Space-Ships were launched on Europe’s waterways. More akin to floating hotels, it wasn’t long before guests were flocking to experience private balconies, world-class dining and butler service.

Over the next seven years they continued to grow their Scenic Space-Ship fleet as well as upgrading their existing ships to bring the ultimate in luxury to all their river cruising guests. By 2016 they had a grand total of 20 ships sailing across Europe rivers including, the Main, Rhine and Danube as well as on the Volga River in Russia. They’ve come to be known as the France River Cruise Specialist with ships on the Seine, Bordeaux, Saône and Rhône rivers and in 2016 began sailing through beautiful Portugal on the Duoro.

Their first foray in South East Asia River Cruising happened in 2016. Scenic Spirit launched in January 2016 and provides an unsurpassed level on luxury on the Mekong River. Scenic’s newest river cruise ship, Scenic Aura, launched on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River in September 2016, offering the ultimate in pampering whilst on board.

In 2015, as they prepared for a new chapter that would take them into a whole new travel realm, Scenic Tours went through a significant rebrand. The new Scenic brand focuses on the sense of wonder they give their guests.

And wonder is certainly what Scenic hope they felt with the launch in January 2016 of their most exciting and ambitious chapter yet: Scenic Eclipse – The World’s First Discovery Yachts. Setting a new standard for ocean cruising, Scenic Eclipse are equipped with two on board helicopters and a seven-seat submarine, taking guests to places previously thought inaccessible. With an on board Discovery Team, a range of shore excursions and unparalleled luxury and service, the World’s First Discovery Yachts truly eclipse all expectations.

In 2017, Scenic becomes the first and only river cruise operator to feature Salt Therapy Lounges on Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire in France. In 2019, due to popular demand, these were added to the Space-Ships on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.

2019 heralded the new benchmark in ultra-luxury cruising. From the world’s northernmost capital Reykjavik to Quebec, Canada, Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht™, set sail on her maiden voyage in August 2019.

A proudly Australian founded company Scenic has offices across the globe, two sister companies, Evergreen Tours and Emerald Waterways and after more than three decades of successful operation, is looking towards an exciting future.

Scenic is a member of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), IATA (International Air Transport Association), CATO (Council of Australian Tour Operators), and is ATAP Accredited (Australian Tourism Accreditation Program) which validates its strength, capabilities and international presence. Scenic is also an Inbound Tour Member of the Tourism Export Council of New Zealand. Scenic has been the recipient of national and international accolades from the industry and its partners, as well as recognised within the industry for its exemplary product and operations.

In 2016 Glen Moroney was welcomed into the (CLIA) Hall of Fame for his pioneering work in the rapidly growing river cruise sector.

After more than three decades in the business, Scenic is still as passionate about travel and committed to guest satisfaction as it was in 1986. Scenic goes to the Nth degree to ensure its guests have the holiday of a lifetime.


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