Christmas Markets Cruise on the Danube

December 7, 2024 thru December 16, 2024

Experience the holiday like never before!  On this cruise you’ll visit Christmas Markets in four different countries – Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany.  Enjoy seven nights on an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship with stops at magical markets. Travel cobblestone streets, take in dramatic landscapes, and stroll through quaint markets Christmas cheer abounds on this cruise! 


Roundtrip air included from TUS


Motorcoach / transfers


7 night cruise on the Danube


10 days, 9 nights

Activity Level 3



22 meals included (8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners)




Roundtrip door to door livery service included

Documents Required


Tour Highlights

  • Guided tour of Passau
  • Guided tour of Göttweig Abbey
  • Vienna art tour with a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Walking tour of Bratislava
  • Guided coach tour of Budapest
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Plus Much Much More!


  • Roundtrip airfare from TUS to Munich / Budapest (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • 7 night cruise on the Danube River
  • Roundtrip door to door livery service
  • 1 night lodging in Budapest
  • Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
  • 22 meals included (8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners)
  • Admission to all listed attractions
  • All port charges, taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)

Day 1 – Depart the USA

Today we depart the USA for your overnight flight to Munich, Germany.

Day 2 - Embarkation in Regensburg

Welcome to Germany! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship in Regensburg. After boarding, explore the ship and become acquainted with the amenities. Later, enjoy dinner onboard. (D)

Day 3 - Regensburg & Thurn

Your exploration of Germany begins in Regensburg. On your guided walking tour, view one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. Visit the famous Christmas Market at the Thurn & Taxis Palace grounds, try a mug of Glühwein and treat yourself to homemade gingerbread! (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Tyrol

Admire the glorious scenery as you travel into the province of Tyrol. As you walk through the town of Kufstein, enjoy views of the hilltop fortress and consider restaurants offering regional specialties for your independent lunch. Continue your drive along the Inn River to your Tyrolean Village hotel. After dinner, the Gundolf Family welcomes you to their theater with an entertaining performance of traditional Tyrolean songs, unique dances, amusing instruments and expert yodeling. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Krems

Enjoy a leisurely morning sailing through the spectacular Wachau Valley, on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to Krems. Upon arrival, depart for a guided tour of Göttweig Abbey. This Benedictine monastery, perched high atop a vineyard and forest-covered hill, offers stunning views over the Wachau Valley. Inside the abbey, admire its architectural highlights, antique decorations and furnishings. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Vienna

Vienna is a capital city comprised of grand boulevards, ornate palaces, amazing architecture and storied history. Also famous for art exhibitions and museums, your included tour visits the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in the country. After the tour, enjoy free time to visit the wonderful Christmas Markets throughout the city. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Bratislava

Learn about Slovakian culture during a visit to Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Slovak National Theater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin. Bratislava is also home to charming Christmas markets where you can shop for handmade ornaments and holiday craft items. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Budapest

Budapest, Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan capital, is known for the rich architecture and historic monuments along both sides of the Danube. This UNESCO World Heritage city is a true delight during the season with its Christmas Market and festive display of holiday decorations. Your guided coach tour will introduce you to the city as it passes Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge and Andrássy Avenue – the main shopping area lined with spectacular Neo-Renaissance townhomes, cafés, boutiques and theaters, among them the State Opera House. This evening you’ll be delighted by a traditional Hungarian folklore show onboard. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Budapest

After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travelers as you disembark the ship. We transfer to our local hotel to drop our bags before enjoying an independent day and evening in Budapest. Walk the city, see a show, visit a museum and taste the local brews. This is your days to explore Budapest on your own. (B)

Day 10 - Daytime flight back to U.S.A.

Transfer to the Budapest airport, taking home warm memories of Europe at Christmastime. (B)

Itinerary subject to change.

Package Pricing

Category E - Riviera Deck per person


Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category D - Rivera Deck per person


Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category C - Vista Deck per person


Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category B - Vista Deck per person


Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category A - Horizon Deck per person


Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category S - Horizon Deck per person


Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category SA - Horizon Deck per person


Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Final Payment Due:

September 3, 2024

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

Roundtrip airfare from TUS to Munich / Budapest (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
7 night cruise on the Danube River
Roundtrip door to door livery service
1 night lodging in Budapest
Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
22 meals included (8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners)
Admission to all listed attractions
All port charges, taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)

Booking Policy

***Passport Required***

Cancellation Fees

  • $400 – Now – September 3, 2024
  • 100% – After September 3, 2024

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For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.


You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation. If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.


Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A passport is required for travel to Europe. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.


We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.


On our preferred airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.


It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.


The traditional end-of-tour gratuity is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included. Tips for guides/services on optional excursions or individual on-ship services are not included.


For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)


If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.


We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.


Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.


Please be sure to bring a warm clothing, a winter jacket, sweater along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour, but we recommend dressing nicely for dining.

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