Scenic Cruises Offers Holiday Voyages to Visit Europe's Christmas Markets

Scenic Cruises is inviting guests to visit Europe’s Christmas markets aboard one of its Christmas Market Cruises. The 15-day Christmas Markets River Cruise departs Nov. 24 from Budapest to Amsterdam with fares of $6,555 to $10,045 per person, double, while the 16-day Christmas River Cruise sails the reverse route on Dec. 15 and is priced from $7,235 to $10,760. Shorter sailings are also offered: the eight-day Christmas Market Danube Discovery Cruise on Nov. 24 travels from Budapest to Nuremburg at $3,530 to $5,350; and the eight-day Treasures of the Rhine Christmas Markets Cruise on Dec. 1 sails from Nuremburg to Amsterdam at fares of $2,975 to $4,440.

RELATED: Save the Dates for 2014 Holiday Travel

Beyond the Christmas festivities, these itineraries also sail on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, visiting cities along the way. Guests can explore Budapest with a walking tour or visit the famed geothermal spas. In Vienna, they are treated to a private evening concert at Palais Liechtenstein featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart, followed by a day of sightseeing in this historic city. The towns of Dürnstein, Melk and Aschach in Austria and Passau and Regensburg in Germany offer visitors the opportunity to take in sights via a guided walking tour, visit a Benedictine Abbey, or venture to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.

In addition to including one of Germany’s Christmas markets, Nuremberg offers guests the chance to visit historic World War II sites and sample some of this city’s culinary options. In Germany’s Bamberg, Würzburg, Wertheim and Rudesheim, guests get to visit museums and other cultural sites of interest.

For more information, visit