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9 Days
Availability : Dec. 04 - 12, 2021
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Eastern Europe
Max People : 35

$399 airfare when booked by June 30th, 2021

Christmas Markets Cruise on the Danube River 

 Germany • Austria • Slovakia • Hungary



Day 1Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Day 2Nuremburg, Germany

Welcome to Germany! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship in Nuremburg. After boarding, explore the ship and become acquainted with the amenities. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner onboard. 
Meal: D

Day 3Regensburg, Germany

Today’s adventure brings you to magnificent Regensburg. On your guided walking tour, view one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. Visit the famous Christmas Market at the Thurn & Taxis Palace grounds, try a mug of Glühwein and treat yourself to homemade gingerbread!

Meal: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS Traditional Bavarian Band onboard

EmeraldPLUS Visit to Thurn & Taxis Christmas Market

Day 4Passau or Salzburg, Austria

Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. During the walking tour, 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. During your leisure time, visit the traditional Christmas market in front of the Cathedral.
Meal: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE Tour to Salzburg (additional expense)*

* Please note, you can only choose either the included tour of Passau OR the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours operate at the same time.

Day 5Melk – Dürnstein, Austria

Your included tour visits Melk’s famous 900-year old Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World-Heritage Site, featuring Austria’s finest Baroque architecture. This afternoon enjoy sailing through the scenic Wachau Valley, another UNESCO World-Heritage Site, where ruins of ancient castles dot the surrounding landscape.

Arrive in DĂĽrnstein, 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.

Meal:B, L, D

Day 6 Vienna, Austria

Explore Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse. See some of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater and Town Hall. During the walking portion through the city center, see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. After the tour, enjoy free time to visit the wonderful Christmas markets throughout the city.
Meal:B, L, D

DiscoverMORE Tastes of Vienna Tour (additional expense)

DiscoverMORE Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (additional expense)

Day 7Bratislava, Slovakia

Learn about Slovakian culture during a visit to Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace, Slovak National Theater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin. Bratislava is also home to charming Christmas markets where you can shop for handmade ornaments and holiday craft items.

Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians

Day 8Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan capital, is known for the rich architecture and historic monuments along both sides of the Danube. This UNESCO World-Heritage listed city is a true delight during the season with its Christmas Market and festive display of holiday decorations. Your guided coach tour will introduce you to the city as it passes Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge and Andrassy Avenue – the main shopping area lined with spectacular Neo- Renaissance townhomes, cafés, boutiques and theaters, among them the State Opera House. This evening you’ll be delighted by an evening harbor cruise and a traditional Hungarian folklore show onboard.

Meal: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS A traditional Hungarian folklore show

EmeraldPLUS Budapest Evening Cruise

Day 9Budapest, Hungary / USA

After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travelers as you disembark the ship. Transfer to the Budapest airport, taking home warm memories of Europe at Christmastime.

Meal: B

Tour Details

Departure Date

December 04, 2021

Arrive 3 Hours Before Flight Time

After June 30th, 2021, travelers will qualify for the 2-for-1 airfare offer. Airfare will be in economy class. If traveler wants to be upgraded to a different class of service, an upgrade charge will apply. The 2-for-1 Airfare Offer is valid until 120 days prior to departure. Earned complimentary travel will receive 50% off bulk airfare for the travel planner, $399 Airfare Offer is not applicable on complimentary travel. Air prices are net non-commissionable and inclusive of taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change based on fuel prices. Air prices are guaranteed until 90 days prior to departure. Air rates within 90 days prior to departure will need to be provided by our air department. In order to hold a group air contract the airlines require a minimum of 10 travelers departing from the same city. Should the group fall below 10 we will honor the fare quoted but the air schedule may change. If company air is canceled after final payment, all penalties will apply. Air itineraries may not be available until documents are received. Air seats are assigned by the airline for the entire group. Seat changes can only be attempted upon receipt of tickets and documents at which time availability may be limited. If specific seat assignments are vital to your reservation, we recommend individual air reservations rather than booking air with the group. *Non-Refundable Air-EXCEPTION: If non-refundable airline tickets are purchased and ticketed by the traveler or Mayflower Cruises & Tours, the Travelers Protection Plan does not cover cost of airline ticket in the event of cancellation or return transportation benefit if you must return home early.

Price Includes

  • Transportation noted in itinerary
  • $45 in Mayflower money
  • All gratuities included
  • Wifi onboard
  • 20 Meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners) .
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Round trip airport transfers on the tour departure and return dates (only) if air is purchased through Mayflower. You may request air transportation at an additional cost if air is not purchased through Mayflower.
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations in Eastern Europe and selected accommodations on cruise vessel. Prices are based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room. Single rooms/cabins are subject to availability and at an additional cost.
  • Complimentary drinks to accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Included meals are clearly noted in the touring description

Price Excludes

  • Passport Costs
  • Any inter-country air
  • Airline luggage charges
  • Accident and baggage insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not included on the itinerary
  • Baggage fees assessed by the airlines are not included in the air price if you purchased air from Mayflower Tours
  • Food and Beverages (including coffee and tea) not usually included with regular meals
  • Transfers between airport and hotel are not included unless you purchase air from Mayflower and travel on tour dates
  • In the event it becomes necessary to overnight material due to late receipt of registration or final payments, traveler will be billed for these charges.
  • Sightseeing attractions listed as “optional excursions” and gratuities to the full time Tour Manager, motorcoach driver, all airport skycaps, van or limo drivers, local guides or ship crew
  • The land price of your tour does not include airfare to the tour departure point
MS Emerald Destiny
Built: 2014-20 -- Speed: 15.5mph -- Staterooms: 15 -- Suites: 72 -- Length: 443ft
  • Acting only as agents for suppliers, Discovery Cruises and Tours is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of luggage and/or personal belongings, or for personal injury, accident and/or illness. For your own protection, it is impor­tant that you have adequate insurance to cover these possibilities. You should carry proof of insurance in the event you need medical attention while outside the U.S. Additional information and application forms for all types of coverage will be supplied to you prior to departure. Please note, Medicare is not valid outside the U.S.
  • Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) for River Cruises - $429 per person (optional) This nonrefundable fee will provide a refund to you during the instance that you have to cancel your trip. The cancellation has to be for a covered reason (see Plan for details on coverage) and we have to be notified at least one day prior to departure. If you must leave the tour early due to personal illness or the illness or death of an immediate family member,TPP will provide a refund for any unused services after the departure of the tour. Other benefits include medical expenses for illness and injury, emer- gency transportation, 24 hour hot line and lost or stolen baggage assistance. Return air transportation is included ONLY if your air tickets are purchased through Mayflower. Please review the Plan for details on coverage.
  • Important! The Travelers Protection Plan must be purchased by the time of initial payment and may not be purchased at a later date. Not valid for residents of New York State.

Our Travelers Protection Plan consists of Pre-Departure and Post-Departure Travel Insurance Benefits. The following details apply to World Holidays that include a river cruise


The following Benefits are offered and administered by Trip Mate, Inc. Should you have to cancel your river cruise or interrupt your river cruise enroute, we offer a non-refundable Travelers Protection Plan ( TPP) in our deposit schedule. If you cancel your Trip due to a covered Injury, Sickness or Death – your own or that of a Traveling Companion or Family Member – or for Other Covered Reasons, as defined, you will be reimbursed up to the Trip cost for the unused non-refundable prepaid expenses for Travel Arrangements provided by Mayflower Tours. If you interrupt your Trip due to a covered Injury, Sickness or Death – your own or that of a Traveling Companion or Family member – or for Other Covered Reasons, as defined, you will be reimbursed up to the Trip cost for the unused portion of the prepaid expenses for Travel Arrangements and/or the Additional Transportation Cost paid to return home or rejoin the Trip. This plan also provides the following travel insurance benefits. These benefits are offered and administered by Trip Mate, Inc., are underwritten by the insurance carriers listed below and are subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions of the policy:

• $25,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment
• $500 Travel Delay (Up to $100 Per Day)
• $25,000 Medical Expense/Emergency Evacuation • 24 Hour Worldwide Assistance Service
• $2,000 Baggage / Travel Documents
• $500 Baggage Delay (Up to $100 Per Day)

Certain exclusions and limitations apply and are detailed in the Description of Coverage Brochure which will be enclosed with your deposit receipt and is also available to you, upon request, at any time prior to your purchase of the plan. For example, coverage does not apply to; suicide, normal pregnancy, war or any act of war, mental or nervous disorders. A Traveling Companion is defined as a person or persons with whom you have coordinated Travel Arrangements and intend to travel with during the Trip. Sickness or Injury must require care by a Physician and must commence while insurance is in force for you.This plan does not cover a loss that results from an illness, disease, or other condition (of you, an Immediate Family Member, Traveling Companion or Business Partner), event or circumstance which occurs at a time when this plan is not in force for you.

This plan is underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company, Eatontown, NJ.

For complete details on the protection plan refer to the Description of Coverage Brochure enclosed with your deposit receipt and is also available to you online at www.tripmate.com/wpF431G.

Important! The Travelers Protection Plan must be purchased by the time of initial payment and may not be purchased at a later date. Not valid for residents of New York State.

Terms and Conditions

  • Medical RequirementsMany countries have immunization requirements. Some countries require foreign visitors to have valid medical insurance on entry. Requirements vary by country and can change. Please check with our office for details on which tours need these requirements. Specific instructions will be sent to you at 90 days prior to departure if your tour requires these conditions. Mayflower cannot be liable for delay or denial of entry due to missing documents.
  • Airline Security MeasuresThe Transportation Security Administration requires that travelers provide their name EXACTLY to their airline as it appears on their passport to be used while traveling, along with their date of birth and gender when making reservations to fly from the U.S. When making your flight reservations through Mayflower, you will be asked for this information by our staff. Due to airline security measures, your passport must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.
  • Itinerary Changes There may be times when we may have to alter the scheduled itinerary, cruise vessels, hotels, shore excursions etc. due to weather conditions or conditions on the river in regards to water levels, locks, or other delays. Any changes in the itinerary due to these conditions will not result in eligibility for a refund. All itineraries are subject to change without prior notice and may need to be altered due to water level and other weather conditions.

PASSPORT: Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiration date of passport should be at least six months after the return date of the tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send instructions for visa applications if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. Visa fees and cost of obtaining a visa are not included in the tour price and are the responsibility of the traveler.

REGISTRATION & DEPOSIT: A deposit of $400 per person is required at the time of registration.   The deposit may be charged to your Credit/ Debit Card or Check. Registrations received inside ninety (90) days must be accompanied by full payment. 

PAYMENTS: After you have registered for a tour, you will receive an invoice with final payment amount and date due. Final payments should be made payable to Discovery Cruises and Tours and must be received ninety (90) days prior to departure. Note:  All reservations not fully paid by the ninety-day deadline are subject to cancellation, for which Tour Operator is not to be held responsible.


CRUISE CANCELLATION OR ALTERATION OF ITINERARY: The cruise line (the Line) reserves the right to cancel any cruise, with or without notice, in which case the passage money will be refunded. It also reserves the right to alter the itinerary of any cruise or tour, if, for any reason, this becomes necessary or desirable. Additionally, the Line may, for the same reasons, substitute any other vessel (owned or managed by the Line) for the one named in this brochure. In both these cases, no refund is due to the passenger unless justified by the type of new accommodation offered. The Line also reserves the right to change or alter the sequence of ports or stops on land tours.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND: Payments for land, air and cruise arrangements (less the deposit amount) will be refunded when cancellations are received prior to the final payment due date 90 days prior to departure. Deposits are non- refundable unless the optional Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) is purchased at the time of booking. When the optional Traveler Protection Plan is purchased and it is necessary to cancel your reservation, you will be refunded all payments, including the deposit amount, less the TPP premium. All refunds will be processed by Trip Mate, Inc. Please go to www.tripmate.com/wpF431G for details on the coverage for the Traveler Protection Plan. All cancellation requests must be addressed to Discovery Cruises and Tours in writing. Phone calls for cancellations cannot be accepted.

If you purchase non-refundable airline tickets from Mayflower, the TPP does not provide a refund for the airline tickets in the event of a cancellation or a return transportation benefit if you must return home early. You will be charged the TPP premium for the land tour only. Any changes made to the reservation after final payment that alters the tour itinerary will result in cancellation charges as listed below. If you have purchased the Travelers Protection Plan, the premium will be applied to offset the cancellation charges. Should you choose not to purchase our TPP, the following per person cancellation charges will be assessed for all tours and optional excursion costs:

• 91 days or more prior to departure: Deposit Amount

• 90 days to day of departure: 100% of total tour

• No refund on unused portions of the tour. 

Exclusions for the Cancellation Fee Waiver: Mayflower reserves the right to alter its Refund and Cancellation Policy when a substantial amount of cancellation or postponement of travel is attributable to: conditions resulting from an act of God, natural or man-made disaster, fire, government action, civil disorder, war, hostilities between nations, or unavailability of transportation through no fault of Mayflower.



Discovery Cruises and Tours (Tour Operator) agrees to arrange for the tour described in this brochure. This represents the entire agreement between the passenger and his agent, the Tour Host, the Tour Operator and its agents. Except as stated herein, no person is authorized to cancel, modify, or vary the tour arrangements or to make any representation of warranty concerning the tour. Except for the willful negligence of its direct employees, the Tour Operator assumes no liability or responsibility for any injuries, damages occasioned by circumstances beyond the control of Tour Operator, or by any person for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to default or omission of and by any third party providing services or facilities related to or included in this tour or any part thereof, or in arranging for the same, or the acts or omissions of the Tour Host. Tour Operator reserves the right to refuse or revoke travel to anyone who is deemed incapable of group travel per the sole judgment of Tour Operator. Due to circumstances beyond the Tour Operator’s control, the sequence of touring sites may occasionally need to be altered. The airlines or cruise lines are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board planes, ships or conveyances. The passenger contracts, in use by the airlines and cruise lines, and the passenger or purchaser of this tour and/or passage and Tour Operator assume no liability or responsibility in connection therewith. Also, the Tour Operator WILL NOT BE responsible for: (a) flight schedule changes, mechanical breakdowns, government actions, weather, acts of God, acts of war or aggression, whether declared or undeclared, hijackings, or other circumstances beyond its control, including any connecting flights that may be missed as a result thereof (participants should consider the possibility of delays when arranging connecting flights); (b) the failure to follow instructions, including but not limited to check-in and check-out times and baggage handling; and, (c) charges incurred relating to single room/stateroom requirements either by the passengers themselves or their assigned roommates. Payment of the deposit or any partial or full payment for a reservation constitutes consent to all provisions listed in this brochure.



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