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European Christmas River Cruise - Fly Free Offer

21 Days  |  Departing Monday 3rd December 2018 and returning Sunday 23rd December 2018

Prices & Options

Choose your Room:

$3,425.00 deposit payable

Progress Payment: $2395.00 by 6 Aug 2018
Final Payment: $3879.00 by 4 Sep 2018
Pay by direct deposit, credit card or cheque.

Join us for a Magical Christmas Cruise in Europe - book by 31 December and Fly Free

Highlights

The Festive Feel of a European Christmas is like no other!
15 Day Luxury River Cruise onboard the Exclusive Evergreen Emerald Star Ship
3 Night Stay in Prague
Exploring 17 Different Cities, Towns and Villages with included Guided Sightseeing (as per itinerary)
Christmas Markets Galore!
Prague City Sights Tour including Hradcany Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Market Square and Astronomical Clock
Canal Boat Cruise in Amsterdam
Walking tour of vibrant Cologne including time to visit markets and shop for handicrafts
Walking tour of medieval town of Miltenberg
City Sights of Wurzburg
City Sights of Bamberg including Christmas Markets
Tour of Melk's Benedictine Abbey
City Sights Tour of Vienna with free time to visit Christmas Markets
City Sights Tour of Bratislava
Hosted Afternoon Tea with a local Bratislavan Family
CIty Sights Tour of Budapest
City Sights Tour of Prague
Captain's Welcome Reception onboard Evergreen Emerald Star Ship
Captain's Gala Dinner onboard Emerald Star Ship
Traditional Hungarian Dinner
Plenty of free time to explore your destination at leisure
Optional activities are available to pre book (*subject to availability)

Inclusions

Personally Escorted from Melbourne by a Sisterhood Tour Hostess who is on hand to ensure your tour is a memorable one (other departure cities on request)
Return Economy Airfares with Singapore Airlines including taxes - Fly Free Deal (when booked and deposited by 31 December)
Transportation throughout (shared sightseeing)
Services of a Cruise Tour Director
All Festive Christmas Sightseeing as per detailed itinerary
15 Day Luxury River Cruise onboard the Exclusive Evergreen Emerald Star Ship
All port charges and taxes
All tipping and gratuities included (except when enjoying free time)
All meals as per our itinerary including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner whilst cruising
Complimentary wine, beer and spirits when dining onboard Emerald Star Ship
3 Night Stay in Prague including breakfast daily
Willing to Share Option
Meet and Greet prior to departure (subj. to minimum numbers)
Ready Made Friends for Company

Optional Activities are available to pre book (*subject to availability)

Notice

Cat D Cabin Twin Share - from $9,699.00 (Limited Cabins)  - Riviera Deck - Emerald Stateroom (Picture Window Only) - 162 sq ft
Cat A Cabin Twin Share - from $12,299.00 - Horizon Deck - Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite - 180sq ft
Cat A Single Cabin - from $15,699.00 - Vista D - Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite - 180sq ft

** All cabins and pricing are based on availability at time of booking

** Fly free deals are subject to availablity 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday 3 December 2018

Melbourne - Amsterdam (Meals Inflight)

Welcome to our European River Cruise Christmas Adventure!  Join your Sisterhood Hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport for your flight to Amsterdam.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight hospitality of our airlines as we head towards Europe.

Day 2 - Tuesday 4 December 2018

Welcome to Amsterdam (D)

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, we'll enjoy some time at leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening join our fellow travellers for dinner on board. A great chance to get into the Christmas Spirit!

Day 3 - Wednesday 5 December 2018

Amsterdam Sightseeing (B,L,D)

This morning we can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. We'll then return to the ship for our first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks.  Get the real feel of the excitement of locals in preparation for Christmas.

Day 4 Thursday 6 December 2018

Cologne (B,L,D)

Founded by the Romans, and one of Germany’s oldest cities, Cologne is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. Join your guide and explore the city including the Old Town. During our free time we'll be able to shop for handicrafts or visit a local market before returning to our ship.

Discover More: Tour to Drachenburg Castle (extra expense) passengers on this tour will have the guided tour of Cologne afterwards.

Day 5 - Friday 7 December 2018

Rudesheim (B,L,D)

Today’s cruising will be a highlight of our trip, as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Keep your camera at the ready as around every bend there are stunning vistas of castles perched above steep vine–covered slopes. We will also pass the infamous Lorelei Rock where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. We also pass the impressive Pfalzgrafenstein Castle which was formerly a toll gate perched on an island in the middle of the river. In the afternoon we arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. Today we'll have the  choice of visiting the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or if you feel active take a guided hike to a local winery. In our free time, we can continue exploring and perhaps taste the famous “Rudesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt.  With time to explore this quaint riverside Village, a perfect opportunity to visit the Christmas Shop and buy a christmas ornament keepsake.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards

Day 6 - Saturday 8 December 2018

Miltenberg - Wertheim (B,L,D)

Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, which creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in medieval times due to the Old Town being lined with well-preserved half-timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic. After our included tour of Miltenberg and free time, we will be transferred by coach to the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim to enjoy free time until our ship arrives.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Wertheim Castle (active fitness level recommended)

Day 7 - Sunday 9 December 2018

Wurzburg (B,L,D)

Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Wurzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. After breakfast, visit the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork.

Discover More: Tour to Rothenburg (extra expense) passengers on this tour will not be able to attend the included walking tour of Wurzburg as both tours run at the same time

Day 8 - Monday 10 December 2018

Bamberg (B,L,D)

Relax on board this morning as we cruise to Bamberg. We'll feel the magic of the past as we explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with our guide. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with character and charm. At the town centre is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. Around 2,400 listed buildings and the centuries–old garden quarter form a special cultural heritage. Admire hundreds of building façades richly decorated in fascinating detail with spectacular ornamentation.  With time to explore at leisure before returning to our ship.

Day 9 - Tuesday 11 December 2018

Nuremburg (B,L,D)

Today we will have a sightseeing coach tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. Nuremburg is known for it's beautiful Christmas Markets which we will be able to visit during our free time.  

Discover More:  Traditional gingerbread cooking class with a local German chef (extra expense)

Day 10 - Wednesday 12 December 2018

Kelheim - Regensburg (B,L,D)

This morning takes us through the final stretch of the fascinating Main–Danube Canal to Kelheim. Continue cruising along the Danube River to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. On our guided walking tour we'll have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall.

We’re Invited: Traditional Bavarian Band on board

Discover More: Visit to a brewery (extra expense)

Day 11 - Thursday 13 December 2018

Passau - Linz (B,L,D)

Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcomes us to the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, we'll stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. We'll return for lunch and an afternoon cruising along the Danube River.

Discover More: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense) Tour to Cesky Krumlov (extra expense). Please note, you can only choose either the Salzburg or the Ceský as both Discover More tours run at the same time. Also note that passengers on these tours will not be able to participate on the included walking tour of Passau.

Day 12 - Friday 14 December 2018

Melk - Durnstein (B,L,D)

Situated within Austria’s wine–growing region, Melk is home to an imposing 900–year old Benedictine Abbey which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings. Later the ship sails through the spectacular Wachau Valley and on to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century.

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Durnstein

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Durnstein Castle (active fitness level recommended)

Day 13 - Saturday 15 December 2018

Vienna (B,L,D)

Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music. Today we have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the magnificent Ringstrasse, where we will see Vienna’s world famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. If you feel active, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. Enjoy free time and visit the beautiful and famous Christmas Markets of Vienna which are set up in 15 different squares in the city.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense) or Schonbrunn Palace tour (extra expense, please note that passengers on this tour will not be able to join the included Vienna tour).

Day 14 - Sunday 16 December 2018

Bratislava (B,L,D)

Set on the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, embodies various cultures – primarily Celtic, Roman and Slavic. We can enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. This evening the Captain will be delighted to welcome the "Sisters" to the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

We’re Invited: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians

Day 15 - Monday 17 December 2018

Budapest (B,L,D)

Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Today we'll enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike on the Buda Hill. We'll have time to visit the Great Market Hall for plenty of shopping opportunities.  This evening the ship will take us for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner, complete with folk dancing and music.  Budapest at night is just magical especially at Christmas Time!

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill (active fitness level recommended)

We’re Invited: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

Day 16 - Tuesday 18 December 2018

Budapest - Prague (B,L,D)

After breakfast we'll be transferred by coach from Budapest to Prague. Situated on the banks of the River Vltava in central Bohemia, this beautiful city is rich in history and is home to some of the world’s most pristine collections of architecture. Included is a three night stay in Prague.  With the famous astronomical clock and beautiful Christmas Markets in the Old Square to enjoy it's beginning to look like Christmas!

Day 17 - Wednesday 19 December 2018

Prague (B,L,D)

This morning we explore the sights of the Old Town Square on a guided walking tour. We see Mozart´s Theatre, Little Square and Astronomical Clock. We continue our tour and walk across the Charles Bridge spanning the River Vltava and full of portrait artists and small vendors, to board our coach to drive to the 1,000–year–old Prague Castle area. With our local guide we walk through Hradcany Square, for the spectacle of the Changing of the Guard. See the magnificent Loreta Monastery, and arrive at Hradcany Castle.

We’re Invited: Local Dinner with Entertainment

Day 18 - Thursday 20 December 2018

Prague (B)

Your Hostess and Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day’s exploring. The baroque quarter of Mala Strana is a must see, as is Josefov, the Jewish quarter. We can visit the Ballet, take a vintage car tour unique sights of Prage or we can return to the lively atmosphere around the Charles Bridge for another look.

Discover More: Blatná Castle Tour (extra expense)

Day 19 - Friday 21 December 2018

Prague - Singapore (B)

After breakfast this morning, we will have a free day in Prague to continue exploring! There is so much to see and the atmosphere is so festive especially at Christmas. We'll return to our hotel to collect our luggage and be transferred to the airport to begin our flight home.

Day 20 - Saturday 22 December 2018

Singapore - Melbourne (Meals Inflight)

Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight hospitality of our airlines as we continue our journey home.

Day 21 - Sunday 23 December 2018

Welcome Home in time for Christmas!

Welcome Home!  Thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and we wish you a Merry Christmas and look forward to welcoming you back!

Prices & Options

21 Day European Christmas River Cruise - Fly Free Offer

Choose your Room:

$3,425.00 deposit payable

Pay by direct deposit, credit card or cheque.

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