Christmas Wonderland16 days & 15 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
Amsterdam, Cologne, Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim, Freudenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna & Budapest
Europe becomes a completely different world during the festive season, where the aroma of gluhwein and roasted chestnuts provide a unique and distinctly fragrant ambience. Of course, Christmas has a distinctly European flavor 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 village.
Day 1Welcome to Amsterdam
Your journey into wonder begins in Amsterdam when you board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.Scenic Space-Ship - 15 Nights (D)
Freechoice: Cruise the canals of Amsterdam, or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Explore the unique Neanderthal Museum or discover Cologne. Alternatively enjoy an on board cooking demonstration.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 4Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim
Immerse yourself in historic 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 5Freudenberg - Tastes of 'Oktoberfest'
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In Freudenberg you'll get the chance to celebrate the Scenic version of 'Oktoberfest', Germany's famously fun festival.
Freechoice: Visit the Bishop's Residenz Palace or follow the Romantic Road to Rothenburg.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Walk in the footsteps of the town's medieval traders as an expert local guide gives you an insider tour of Bamberg. There is also time to wander through the Christmas markets and enjoy the festive atmosphere.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Visit moving WWII sites or choose something lighter - the Tastes of Nuremberg food tour, with its delicious local fare. Or perhaps take a cooking class. Later, relax and explore the city's wonderful Christmas market.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg or visit the charming Christmas markets.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 10Passau - Salzburg
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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.
Day 11Melk - Durnstein
Freechoice: Be guided through Melk's Benedictine Abbey or cycle from Melk to Durnstein. Tonight perhaps attend Durnstein's beautiful Christmas Mass.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 12Durnstein - Vienna
Merry Christmas. Celebrate with newfound friends as you cruise towards Vienna.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Discover this elegant city on an enjoyable guided tour.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.
Freechoice: Tour Schonbrunn 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 join our Shop with a Chef activity.Scenic Space-Ship (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, roam the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Depart after breakfast. Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.(B)