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European Holiday Markets 2018
(Vienna to Nuremberg)

8 days with Uniworld  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 – Vienna (embark)
Arrive at Vienna International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
 
Day 2 – Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit and Christmas Market OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour and exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace
 
Vienna is a treasure trove of gems, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral—the most beloved architectural wonder in all of Vienna—and the stately Ringstrasse, the broad thoroughfare surrounded by the many imperial buildings that give Vienna its wedding cake appearance. After your panoramic tour, visit Prince Eugene’s magnificent Winter Palace, one of the most magnificent baroque edifices in Vienna, in the historic city center. If you wish to experience a taste of Christmas in Vienna, join a local guide as you venture along famous shopping streets with windows bedecked with their holiday finery, and stop to sample some of the local seasonal treats with a Viennese coffee. Later, you’ll be treated to an exclusive private concert of Mozart and Strauss at a Viennese palace. Conclude your day at the festive Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
 
Day 3 – Dürnstein, cruising the Wachau Valley
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Dürnstein walking discovery tour with exclusive spiced mulled wine tasting and organ concert in Augustine church
 
Cruise the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to the village of Dürnstein, nestled at the foot of a hill crowned with the romantic ruins of a 12th-century castle. Ramble along the narrow lanes of the town with a local expert. Stroll through the town, stopping to warm yourself with a cup of spiced mulled wine and enjoy a soul-stirring organ concert at the 15th-century former Augustine monastery—splendidly redone in the baroque style of the 18th century.
 
Day 4 – Linz
FEATURED EXCURSION: Linz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market
 
The Danube serves as a dividing line between the modern Linz and its old soul. During your guided walking tour, view Linz’s Alter Dom, the Old Market and the impressive Main Square—one of Austria’s most attractive closed squares—with its baroque Trinity Column. Spend time browsing the one-of-a-kind wares on display at the local Christmas Market, where you’ll encounter two things for which Linz is most famous—Christmas crèches (Nativity scenes) and the delicious Linzer torte, a classic holiday dessert.
 
Day 5 – Passau, Vilshofen (Theresienthal)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive Bavarian Forest village with Theresienthal glass manufactory visit, and Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market and gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations
 
Snuggle in warm blankets on a horse-drawn wagon ride through the Nature Reserve of the Bavarian Forest before arriving at a world-renowned glass manufacturer in Theresienthal, where you’ll learn about the techniques used to create beautiful Bohemian glassware for European rulers for centuries. Later in Passau, join a local expert to discover the city’s magical townscape, built in Italian baroque style, full of historic buildings, large squares, romantic promenades and winding lanes. St. Stephan’s Cathedral in the old town center provides the perfect setting for its Christmas Market, which sells special ornaments and handmade toys, as well as lebkuchen, gingerbread and glühwein, hot mulled cider. As an extra-special treat, learn how to make delicious lebkuchen and beautiful holiday floral centerpieces.
 
Day 6 – Regensburg
FEATURED EXCURSION: “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour with enchanting Christmas Market in the Thurn and Taxis Castle
 
During the holidays, the streets and squares of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, sparkle with Christmas lights. Experience the perfect combination of an inviting skyline, impressive historic monuments and legendary Bavarian hospitality as you stroll through the atmospheric narrow lanes on your tour before going to the Christmas Market at Thurn and Taxis Castle. Larger than Buckingham Palace, its magnificent park, imposing architecture and picturesque courtyard creates a unique romantic atmosphere for this Christmas Market. Step back into the times of knights, princesses, and horses and carriages as you wander through the courtyard gently lit by torches, lanterns and candles admiring the mighty, beautifully decorated Christmas tree and enjoying traditional Bavarian delicacies. 
 
Day 7 – Roth, Nuremberg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market
 
The medieval walled city of Nuremberg—the “Gingerbread Capital of the World,” and equally famous for its toys—is yours to discover today on a panoramic tour. Stop at the imperial castle, Kaiserburg, and stroll past the handsome half-timbered houses of the charming old quarter. Make your way to Nuremberg’s famous Christkindlesmarkt, one of the best and the largest in Germany, with over 200 wooden stalls filled with handcrafted gifts. Celebrate a festive evening at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
 
Day 8 – Nuremberg (disembark)
Disembark the ship and transfer to Nuremberg Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague.
Tour Map
All This Included

Experience Europe’s old-world charms during the most magical time of the year.

“Welcome, young and old, to my little community of wood and cloth.” These words spoken by the Christkind open the Nuremberg Christmas Market. Though the iconic representative of the market is named for the infant Jesus, she—yes, she—is a girl dressed as a crowned angel. All over Germany, the Christkind is a symbol of the holiday’s magic.

This cruise takes you to some of the most famous and delightful holiday markets in Central Europe. At each market, you’ll find wooden stalls displaying traditional crafts that range from quirky little characters made of fruit and dressed in Bavarian costume to beautifully carved and painted Nativity figures. You’ll also find exquisite ornaments and fine contemporary crafts, along with fairytale villages decked in holiday finery.

Sparkling lights illuminate ancient cathedral squares and the sound of children’s laughter mingles with carols. Enjoy Uniworld’s exclusive “Taste of Christmas” program in Vienna, where you’ll see astonishing confectionary decorations in Café Demel’s windows. Celebrate the season in a new way as you meander through old lands, and remember, as the Christkind says, “While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy it brings is eternal.”

Who will enjoy this cruise: Those looking to experience Europe at its most magical will enjoy the chance to discover the delightful holiday traditions and treats of Germany and Austria, and to find special gifts for loved ones back home.

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Taste of Christmas" and "Gentle Walking" programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the majestic River Beatrice
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Sound of Christmas Music, from ‘Silent Night’ to Christmas Oratorio”
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard River Beatrice
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 23. 
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $140 per person
  • Itineraries and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors. 
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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