A winter wonderland awaits at Prague’s Christmas Markets brightly decorated with wooden huts stocked with handicrafts and delicious scents flavoring the air. Be spellbound by the medieval atmosphere of Nuremberg’s main Christmas Market. Stroll through Regensburg’s romantic Christmas Market at the Thurn and Taxis Castle. Get caught up in the magic of Salzburg’s Christmas Markets at both Hellbrunn Palace and at Christkindlmarkt, which is a feast for the senses, from the warm aroma of mulled wine and Austrian pastry delights, to the sights and sounds of holiday performances. And while in Vienna, visit four of the city’s most enchanting Christmas Markets from the regal Schönbrunn Palace to Vienna’s largest, Rathaus Christmas Markets, with its carousel rides and light-bedecked trees and pavilions.
What is included in the tour
- 7-night river cruise in elegantly appointed accommodations
- Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
- Sip & Sail cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Small group guided shore excursions with a variety of choices and activity levels
- Live local entertainment
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any meals/services not mentioned in the inclusions
- Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
- Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances
- Any Taxes
EMBARKATION – VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Embark your ship in Vienna and later this evening, meet your fellow passengers on board. (D).
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered. Join a tour showcasing its regal splendors, such as the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Maria Theresaplatz Christmas Market, set amongst the world-renowned sights of Vienna’s majestic Ringstrasse. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride through Vienna. Later in the day, visit the Christmas Markets at Schönbrunn Palace. Cap the evening off at the beautifully decorated and illuminated Rathaus Square and the Christkindlmarkt, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore Vienna’s largest Christmas Market. (B,L,D)
DÜRNSTEIN – WACHAU VALLEY – MELK
After reaching the Wachau Valley in the morning, you’ll have a choice of three excursions in Dürnstein. Partake in a walking tour along cobblestone streets to the luminous blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche, its famed church tower, before enjoying a wine tasting in a local cellar. Alternatively, visit a local boutique, where you’ll be treated to the region’s finest apricot products. For a more active adventure, hike the storied hill to Dürnstein Fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned, or bike through the charming village, taking in the scenery. Later, enjoy scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley on your way to Melk. During the afternoon, you’ll have a choice to take a tour of the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. (B,L,D)
Linz is known for being the city of Christmas crèches and its ever popular Linzer Torte. While here, you have a choice of three excursions. The first is a full-day visit to magnificent Salzburg dressed in her holiday best. Enjoy a walking tour of UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral, inspired by St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican and its Christmas Market, which is a feast for the senses. Alternatively, you can choose a morning walking tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House, where he composed the Linz Symphony in only three days, as well as visit Linz's Christmas Markets. Or you can go on a guided bike tour through Linz and along the city’s famed “Culture Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you can visit the charming mountain town, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)
Picturesque Passau, a fairytale city founded more than 2,000 years ago is noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. During the season of Advent, the city dresses in her Bavarian holiday splendor, which you will discover on your walking tour through the city and at its Christmas Market at St. Stephen’s Square— also home to its magnificent cathedral. Go in search of unique crafts, including Bavarian-style houses and glass ornaments. If you prefer a more active adventure, join a guided bike ride along the Inn River or choose instead to climb to the Mariahilf pilgrimage church and monastery that offers magnificent views across the old town and surrounding countryside. (B,L,D)
Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, before visiting the Old Town Christmas Market. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria’s specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels. Or bike to Walhalla where you will see the Neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. (B,L,D)
Join a city tour of WWII highlights and then walk through Nuremberg’s cobblestone streets to the Imperial Castle and 900-year-old city ramparts. Visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world’s largest and most famous Christmas Markets. Browse through over 100 red and white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique treasures, toys and seasonal goodies. If you prefer to experience the world through your taste buds, join our Tastes of Franconia Special Interest Tour to sample Nuremberg specialties including bratwurst, rotbier and lebkuchen gingerbread. (B,L,D)
NUREMBERG – DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Nuremberg as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)