By choosing our pre-extension, you’ll dive into the local culture and warm up your holiday spirit before the main cruise even sets sail. Opt for the post-extension, and let the merriment continue as you explore hidden gems beyond the riverbanks, creating memories that linger long after your voyage. With meticulously crafted itineraries, luxurious accommodations, and seamless travel arrangements, our pre and post-extension options are the ultimate way to unwrap the wonders of the season and make your Christmas market river cruise an experience of a lifetime. Book now and unwrap the gift of an unforgettable holiday!
2-Night Budapest Pre-Cruise Extension
Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Budapest, known as the “Pearl of the Danube.” From the majestic Buda Castle and the iconic Chain Bridge to the soothing thermal baths and bustling markets, Budapest offers a symphony of sights, sounds, and flavors that will ignite your senses.
By opting for a pre-cruise excursion in Budapest, you’ll not only acclimate to the local time zone and overcome any travel fatigue, but you’ll also have the opportunity to ease into the festive spirit that defines the holiday season. Picture yourself sipping mulled wine in a charming café, exploring centuries-old architecture adorned with twinkling lights, and perusing artisanal crafts that offer a taste of the upcoming Christmas market delights.
Furthermore, this extension allows you to form connections with fellow travelers who share your excitement for the upcoming river cruise. Forge friendships over shared experiences and create a sense of camaraderie that will enrich your journey throughout the entire cruise.
Incorporating a pre-cruise excursion in Budapest ensures that your Christmas Market River Cruise begins with a sense of adventure, cultural immersion, and anticipation, setting the stage for an extraordinary holiday experience that seamlessly blends exploration, relaxation, and festive celebration.
“Queen of the Danube” Tour & Christmas Markets
Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, your city tour includes sightseeing in both Buda and Pest. In 1873, the independent cities of Buda and Pest officially merged and created the new metropolis of Budapest. Your tour through this sprawling World Heritage city offers splendid views from historic Buda Castle of the twin cities on both banks of the River. Your tour also features a visit to the Fisherman’s Bastion as well as seeing the marvelous Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square, and much more. Later, explore this beautiful city’s Christmas Markets.
3-Night Prague Post-Cruise Extension
Golden City of a Hundred Spires” Tour & Christmas Markets
Your morning tour reveals all the fairytale beauty of “The City of a Hundred Spires,” starting with the Prague Castle, the world’s largest ancient castle. The castle grounds are dominated by the monumental St. Vitus Cathedral—taking 600 years to complete. Guided around the castle grounds, you’ll see numerous gardens, residences and even a vineyard. From the castle, walk along the 14th-century pedestrian-only Charles Bridge to the historic old city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old Town Square dates back to the 12th century, and is silhouetted by the fabled Týn Cathedral with its iconic Gothic twin towers that can be seen from all over Prague. Dominating the square is the Gothic Old Town Hall, home to the world-famous medieval astronomical clock the third oldest astronomical clock in the world.
Prague Castle Hike
Venture high into the hills for a visit to Prague’s Castle to overlook the beautiful city views. Begin your hike through the historical Old Town with its charming narrow streets as you approach the Castle hill. After visiting the Prague Castle Grounds, descend through the beautiful Baroque Lesser Quarter, Malá Strana, and return to the hotel.
Czech Beer Tasting
Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic, so join a tasting and discover some of the very best beer in the world.
Indulge in the grand finale of your Christmas Market River Cruise by extending your journey with a post-cruise excursion in Prague. This captivating city offers a plethora of reasons to linger a little longer, creating lasting memories and enhancing your overall travel experience.
Prague, with its fairytale-like architecture and rich history, is the perfect destination to conclude your river cruise adventure. Immerse yourself in the charming streets, Gothic cathedrals, and historic squares that have enchanted travelers for centuries. By choosing a post-cruise extension, you’ll have the chance to explore Prague’s hidden gems at a leisurely pace, free from the constraints of a tight schedule.
The city’s Christmas markets, with their twinkling lights, handcrafted gifts, and aromatic food stalls, offer a continuation of the festive magic you enjoyed during the cruise. Indulge in the local culinary delights, savoring the traditional flavors that define Czech cuisine, and discover unique souvenirs to cherish for years to come.
A post-cruise excursion in Prague also provides an opportunity for reflection and relaxation after the excitement of the cruise. Wander through historic neighborhoods, take a serene stroll along the Vltava River, and bask in the beauty of Prague Castle atop the hill – all while savoring the feeling of having time on your side.
Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of extending your journey in Prague is the chance to immerse yourself in a new culture and way of life. Engage with locals, learn about the city’s history from a local perspective, and weave your experiences into the tapestry of your travel story.
Incorporating a post-cruise excursion in Prague ensures that your Christmas Market River Cruise concludes on a high note, blending the joy of discovery with the warmth of the holiday season. Take this opportunity to savor the magic a little longer and bid farewell to your journey in a city that’s as charming as it is captivating.