Christmas Markets with Paris and Prague - 201621 days & 20 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne, Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim, Freudenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna, Budapest & Prague
Europe at Christmas transforms into a happy hive of activity as markets spring to life in every town and market square. From charming villages to great cultural centers, you can look forward to the hum and buzz of Christmas as treats and toys, charms and trinkets of every description come out in a joyful display. This is a tradition that has changed very little across the centuries. In many places, the delicacies and decorations still take a very traditional form, and you'd be forgiven for wondering whether you've somehow stepped back in time with the ghost of Christmas past.
Day 1Welcome to Paris
A world of wonder awaits you with a three night stay at one of our luxurious city central hotels.Marriott Opera Ambassador - 3 Nights
Discover Paris on a guided tour or marvel at the exhibits at the world-renowned Louvre. Alternatively, let a local Parisian show you another side of the city.Marriott Opera Ambassador (B)
You have a free day so follow your own heart through Paris. Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day.Marriott Opera Ambassador (B, D)
Tonight savor delicious cuisine at the restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel before a short sightseeing cruise on the Seine River. Alternatively take in dinner and a show at the world-famous Lido.
Day 4Paris - Amsterdam
Travel to the beautiful port of Amsterdam to board your Scenic Space-Ship. Tonight at your welcome reception you'll get the chance to celebrate the beginning of your magical journey.Scenic Space-Ship - 14 Nights (B, D)
Cruise the canals that have made Amsterdam world famous, or enjoy quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Discover the unique Neanderthal museum, or explore Cologne and view its defining feature, the cathedral, up close.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 7Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim
Immerse yourself in charming Rudesheim, then board the 'Winzerexpress' mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 8Freudenberg - Tastes of 'Oktoberfest'
In Freudenberg you'll get the chance to celebrate the Scenic version of 'Oktoberfest', Germany's famously fun festival. Look forward to joyous oom-pah-pah music, bright festive blue flags, and an abundance of fine beer.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Visit the Bishop's Residenz Palace or follow the Romantic Road to Rothenburg.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
A knowledgeable local guide will take you through the old town of Bamberg. There's also time to wander through the Christmas markets and absorb some of the festive spirit.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Visit moving WWII sites, or choose something lighter - the 'Tastes of Nuremberg'. Then relax, or visit the town's wonderful Christmas market.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg or board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 13Passau - Salzburg
Let the 'Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show' transport you to another time and place. Based on the timeless movie of the same name, this exclusive production is performed in the rolling hills of Salzburg.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 14Melk - Durnstein
Take a tour of Melk's Benedictine Abbey or cycle from Melk to Durnstein.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Acquaint yourself with this elegant city by touring some of the fascinating historical sites.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart.
Take a guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace, or visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stable or see Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Alternatively, taste your way around the local market with your on board chef through our 'Shop with a Chef' option. Later, spend a relaxing afternoon soaking up the wonderful Christmas atmosphere.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Be shown around this city of contradictory delights, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa instead. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 18Budapest - Prague
Journey by coach to Prague for a three night stay.Marriott Prague Hotel - 3 Nights (B, L)
Today explore Prague in all its gothic glory.Marriott Prague Hotel (B, D)
Enjoy a walking tour of Prague's communist-era history. Alternately, discover the wonderful Lobkowicz Palace.
Tonight tuck into a typically delicious Czech dinner.
Explore this magnificent city at your leisure.Marriott Prague Hotel (B)
After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Prague International Airport for your onward flight. You'll be taking many wonderful memories with you.(B)