Begin your holiday season with a relaxing cruise along the scenic Danube River, stopping at traditional Christmas markets in Vienna, Passau, Regensburg, Rothenburg and Nuremberg. In Vienna, join a local expert in exploring the historic sites where you'll indulge in the city's atmosphere of opulence and elegance. Visit the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of Europe's largest Baroque monasteries. Enjoy a German holiday party with mulled wine, referred to as a Gluhwein Party. Float through the Wachau Valley dotted with castles and small riverside towns. Delight in the fairy-tale, Baroque architecture in Passau. Explore Nuremburg, home to one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in the world, fanciful nutcrackers, and Lebkuchen (gingerbread). Discover Wurzburg, an ancient Franconian wine town. See this breathtaking region of central Europe dressed in its holiday best.
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- Offer valid through 9/30/2019
- 8 Days
|Day 1||Vienna||Overnight Flight: Welcome the winter season with a timeless trip down the Danube River. Your holiday tour begins with an overnight flight to Europe.|
|Day 2||Vienna||Vienna, Austria - Tour Begins - Board Cruise Ship: Your tour opens in Vienna, Austria's beautiful capital city. Unpack once for a relaxing 6-night Danube River cruise aboard your lovely ship. This beautiful vessel offers outstanding features: the newest technology, a panoramic deck terrace cafe, panorama salon and bar, excellent cuisine including unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks with all dinners, and exceptional service. This evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner onboard, followed by a Christmas concert for your enjoyment performed by the ship's orchestra.|
|Day 3||Vienna||Vienna: Join a local expert exploring Vienna's Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna's Baroque elegance; stroll along the Karntner Strasse or sample some of Vienna's famous pastries. If you wish, you may join an optional excursion to the opulent Schonbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty, and visit Vienna's most famous Christmas market, located in front of the Rathaus (City Hall).|
|Day 4||Vienna||Vienna - Emmersdorf - Wachau Valley: This morning, journey through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns. View the picturesque landscapes as you cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf. Relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery before joining an excursion to the nearby town of Durnstein and the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of Europe's largest Baroque monasteries. Enjoy a Gluhwein Party before returning to the ship.|
|Day 5||Passau||Passau, Germany: Amid the early morning light, cruise past scenic valleys and charming riverside towns to Passau, situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city exploring the ornate Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, St. Stephen's Cathedral, home to Europe's largest church organ, and the charming Christmas market. Take advantage of leisure time to discover the town on your own.|
|Day 6||Regensburg||Regensburg: A guided walking tour of magnificent Regensburg reveals one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities with nearly 1,400 historic buildings. Some of the architectural highlights you may view include the first stone bridge built over the Danube, a 1,400-foot-long span built in the 12th century, the old Town Hall, and the Porta Praetoria, built in A.D. 179 and one of only two remaining Roman gates in Germany. This afternoon, take a stroll through Old Town to Regensburg's charming Christmas market and marvel at the festive lights and decorations. Browse and shop at the brightly lit wooden huts that sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys and local handicrafts. A wonderful evening of food, music and entertainment awaits you at the Captain's Gala Dinner.|
|Day 7||Nuremberg||Nuremberg: Your cruise continues across the continental divide to Roth, where a short transfer will bring you into picturesque Nuremberg. Stroll along the city streets with an expert guide on a city tour of historic Nuremberg featuring Old Town, the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, and the Imperial Castle. Your city tour concludes with a visit to Nuremberg's Christmas market which is Germany's oldest, dating back to 1628. The city is also known to be a toy-making center, and perhaps you'll shop for traditional handcrafted nutcrackers or treat your taste buds to Nuremburg's famous Lebkuchen (gingerbread).|
|Day 8||Nuremberg||Nuremberg - Disembark Ship - Rothenburg - Wurzburg/Schweinfurt: Disembark your ship in Nuremberg. Proceed to lovely Rothenburg, one of the most well-preserved medieval walled towns in all of Germany. Enjoy free time to explore the town's hidden treasures and its charming Christmas market, plus the chance to visit the Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas store and museum where you will find a wide range of traditional German Christmas decorations. Arrive in Wurzburg and join a local guide on a leisurely paced walking tour of the city and surrounding sights. Wurzburg is an ancient Franconian wine town rich in historic sites, including the magnificent 18th-century residence of the Prince-Bishops, which boasts the largest ceiling fresco in the world, and the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main. This evening, join your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner and celebrate the end of a magical journey.|
|Day 9||Wurzburg||Wurzburg/Schweinfurt - Tour Ends: Your tour ends this morning.|
- Lueftner Cruises Innsbruck, Austria
- Maritim Hotel Wurzburg Wurzburg, Germany
- Mercure Schweinfurt Maininsel Schweinfurt, Germany
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.