Emerald Waterways Offers Christmas Markets Holiday Cruise

Emerald Waterways invites guests to celebrate the holiday season with its 15-day Christmas Markets of Europe cruise. The sailing, which visits more than 25 of Europe’s Christmas markets, departs from Amsterdam on Nov. 29 and concludes on Dec. 13 in Budapest. Prices range from $3,960 to $7,705 per person, double. Emerald Waterways also offers travelers a chance to experience the Christmas Markets on shorter sailings with two, eight-day itineraries: Amsterdam to Nuremberg, departing Nov. 29, and Nuremberg to Budapest, departing Dec. 6. Prices for the eight-day sailings range from $2,080 to $3,955.

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Held during the four weeks of Advent, Europe's Christmas markets allow Emerald guests to shop for gifts, and stops include Vienna’s Christkindlmarkt, which is held in front of the city’s “rathaus” (town hall), and Nuremburg’s Christmas market, which dates to 1628.

At the Christmas markets in Nuremberg, guests have the chance to visit historic World War II sites and explore the city’s history. Weltenburg and Regensburg, Germany, are rich in Bavarian history as well as culinary offerings, including the region’s dark beer. Highlights from Passau, Germany, and Linz, Melk and Dürnstein, Austria, include a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and a 900-year old Benedictine Abbey. In Vienna, the “City of Music,” guests can tour the opera house or watch a Viennese concert in addition to a full day of sightseeing. Guests can also explore Budapest with a walking tour or visit to the royal palace.

For more information, visit www.emeraldwaterways.com.