On a boat cruise along the Danube, explore charming Christmas markets and see Europe dressed in its holiday best. Discover WUrzburg, an ancient Franconian wine town. Explore Nuremburg, home to one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in the world. Float through the Wachau Valley, dotted with castles and hillside houses. Visit the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of Europe's largest Baroque monasteries. Enjoy a GlUhwein Party - a German holiday gathering with mulled wine. Join a local expert and explore historic Vienna. Relax as you are transported to beloved riverside towns and delve into local holiday traditions.
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2023
- 9 Days
|Day 1||Wurzburg||Welcome the winter season with a timeless trip down the Danube River. Board your cruise and relax as you are transported along beloved cities, where age-old culture is interwoven into seasonal specialties. Peruse handcrafted trinkets, traditional sweets, and infectious holiday cheer as you make your way though some of Europe's most renowned Christmas markets. Your holiday tour begins with an overnight flight to Germany.|
|Day 2||Wurzburg||Start in a historic Bavarian town along the banks of the Main River. Enjoy time to unwind and soak in the charms of Franconia. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight's welcome dinner and toast to your upcoming adventure.|
|Day 3||Wurzburg||Join a local guide on a leisurely paced walking tour of WUrzburg, an ancient wine town. Your journey takes you to Rothenburg, a town of medieval walls, fairytale houses, and Christmas markets. Continue on to Nuremberg to board your ship. Your home for the next six nights, this vessel has modern amenities such as the newest technology, panoramic deck cafE, panorama salon and bar, exceptional service, and delicious cuisine and wine with every dinner. This evening, enjoy a special dinner onboard.|
|Day 4||Nuremberg||Stroll through historic Nuremberg with an expert guide and see Old Town, the 900-year-old ramparts, and the Imperial Castle. Your city tour concludes at Nuremberg's 17th-century Christmas market, which is Germany's oldest. Wander along the local goods and perhaps you'll shop for handcrafted nutcrackers or treat your taste buds to Nuremberg's famous Lebkuchen (gingerbread). Cruise across the continental divide and through the Main-Danube Canal to Regensburg.|
|Day 5||Regensburg||With an expert guide, discover Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. See the first stone bridge built over the Danube and the Porta Praetoria - a Roman gate built in A.D. 179. 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 holding seasonal ornaments, wooden toys, and local handicrafts. Or perhaps you'll join an optional excursion and experience the beauty and magic of the Romantic Christmas Market at Thurn and Taxis Palace in Regensburg.|
|Day 6||Passau||Amid the early morning light, cruise past scenic valleys and charming riverside towns to Passau, situated at the meeting point of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. This morning, it's your choice! Enjoy a leisurely paced guided walking tour of Passau, the 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city also known as the 'City of Three Rivers' and take in its ornate Baroque architecture, the cobblestoned streets, and St. Stephen's Cathedral, home to Europe's largest church organ -OR- spend time at one of the largest preserved castle complexes in Europe, the Veste Oberhaus, perched high above the old town of Passau. Never conquered and never completely destroyed, the view of the city from above is breathtaking.|
|Day 7||Wachau Valley||Cruise to the quaint town of Emmersdorf. Relax and take in the scenery before visiting DUrnstein and the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey. Take a sip of local traditions at a GlUhwein Party and then continue through the Wachau Valley, dotted with castles and hillside houses. As the day draws to a close, say hello to Vienna, Austria's capital city.|
|Day 8||Vienna||Join a local expert and explore Vienna's architecture, including Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is yours. Perhaps you'll join an optional excursion to SchOnbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs' summer retreat. Celebrate the end of your trip at the Captain's Gala Dinner, followed by a special Christmas concert performed by the ship's orchestra.|
|Day 9||Vienna||Disembark after breakfast and say goodbye to the iconic Danube.|
- Maritim Hotel - Wurzburg, Germany
- MS Amadeus Brilliant - Nuremberg, Netherlands
- * 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.