Few events are awaited with as much anticipation as Europe’s Christmas Markets. Be spellbound by Nuremberg and Regensburg’s Christmas Markets. In Linz, marvel at the small clay figurines representing the people of a typical village—the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker; and while in Vienna, visit four Christmas Markets. Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany and Austria where many Christmas traditions began on this magical journey through time.
Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel to legendary destinations on a 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000 year-old city, savor Wachau Valley wines, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest.
Pull on your lederhosen and grab a stein of beer. It’s time for Oktoberfest with Princess Cruises! More than 6 million people celebrate this 16-day annual fair in Germany each year, commemorating the 1810 royal wedding of King Ludwig I to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. On this Oktoberfest cruise, polka music fills the air, leg-slapping dancers perform in Bavarian garb, and you could be there in the middle of it all.
Experience the deep-rooted holiday traditions of Europe at its most festive time of year. Cologne’s Christmas Market with its impressive Gothic cathedral backdrop; the “Capital of Noël,” Strasbourg, with its magnificent great Christmas tree; and Heidelberg’s Christmas Market nestled idyllically amongst the historic squares of the Old Town; are all timeless traditions handed down through the centuries. Cherish all the glory of the season in grand European style as you cruise along the Rhine.
Experience timeless holiday traditions and elegant pageantry in four countries—Hungary, Austria and Germany. Let iconic capital cities — Budapest and Vienna — decked in holiday finery with glittering Christmas trees illuminated by thousands of lights, bells pealing from cathedral towers and children dressed as angels singing Christmas carols, dazzle you. Wander the stalls of Europe’s most traditional and enchanting Christmas Markets, including Nuremberg, Regensburg and Salzburg, shopping for handcrafted toys and gifts, sipping hot mulled wine and inhaling the fragrance of gingerbread and roasted chestnuts. Cherish all the glory and magic of the season in grand European style as you cruise along the Danube during this festive time of the year.
Iconic Christmas Markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Budapest’s Vörösmarty Square, where all products sold in the market are guaranteed as traditionally handmade; Vienna with its impressive Christmas Markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner; Nuremberg’s festive Christkindlesmarkt, the largest and oldest Christmas Market in Germany; Regensburg’s Christmas Market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic. Sparkling lights; the festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols; enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages and sweet treats of every kind; and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.
In Porto, board your luxurious Scenic Cruise Ship, which will transport you on a seven-night sailing through the hidden gems that is the Douro Valley. From the unique heritage cities of Salamanca and Porto to time-forgotten towns and villages like Vega de Terron and Régua — the Douro’s banks boast a tapestry of cultural highlights just waiting to be discovered. Enjoy a heightened sense of intimacy and relaxation as you glide along the tranquil Douro waters with approximately 95 guests aboard your all-inclusive Scenic Cruise.
Cruise on board Scenic Cruises down the Danube and from there journey all the way to Romania on this 12 day itinerary. Begin your journey in Budapest, regarded by many as the most beautiful city in Europe, where you spend two nights before boarding the cruise. Relax as you sail the Danube through unspoiled lands, where lush landscapes are punctuated periodically by towns and cities that look like they have been set back in time. After your seven night cruise disembark in Bucharest. End this magnificent journey with an included city tour and overnight stay.
You can find everything from castles to crepes, and villas to Van Gogh on a European cruise vacation. Europe beckons with glorious history, fabled cities and spellbinding beauty. In the shadows of epic monuments, you will discover storybook towns hidden behind medieval walls, timeless gems and a taste of la dolce vita. Cruise to Europe’s most enchanting ports of call and discover with Princess the lands of legends and kings.
Discover Greece, one destination at a time. Whether you’re looking to relax on picturesque islands with unspoiled sandy beaches or stimulate your senses in places that have marked ancient history, we can help you experience it all with an all inclusive cruise aboard Celestyal Cruises.