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Christmas in Germany
(Cologne to Nuremberg)

8 days with Viking  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 | Cologne, Germany
Arrive in Cologne, home to one of the world’s finest cathedrals. Transfer from the airport to embark your ship.* After boarding, relax and get settled in, or spend some time on your own exploring the city, a stunning blend of modern plazas, ancient Roman ruins and, of course, cologne boutiques. After dinner, relax and enjoy musical entertainment in the Lounge. (D) 

Day 2 | Cologne, Germany
Experience one of Germany’s most celebrated cities during a walking tour today. Stroll through the Old Town past Great St. Martin Church, and spend some time inside Cologne’s Dom, a remarkable Gothic cathedral whose construction began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880. There’ll also be time to browse the countless stalls of Cologne’s Christmas market, spread at the foot of the cathedral. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Return on board for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3 | Koblenz, Germany & Middle Rhine Scenic Cruising
This morning, explore Koblenz on your own. This traditional German country town rests at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Its lively Christmas markets, cobblestone streets, wood-beamed houses adorned with flowers, ancient market square and medieval churches recall the fairy-tale Germany of old. Later, enjoy scenic cruising along the Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This picturesque stretch is flanked by steeply sloping vineyards, splendid castles and dramatic rocky banks. You will pass by the famed Lorelei Rock, whose legendary maiden mesmerized sailors with her song. (B, L, D) 

Day 4 | Miltenberg, Germany
If you wish, join an optional full-day excursion to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1385. Tour the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, originally built in the 13th century. Your guided walk ends at Heidelberg’s Old Town and marketplace, where you can explore the city’s festive Christmas market. Shop for special gifts, sample scrumptious local treats or treat yourself to lunch at a local café. Or remain on board and enjoy scenic cruising along the Main River. Arrive in Miltenberg in the afternoon and disembark for a walking tour. This enchanting riverside village is brimming with charm, its cobblestone streets lined with medieval houses and flower-bedecked balconies. Return on board for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5 | Wurzburg, Germany
After breakfast, disembark for a full day amid the charms and exquisite architecture of Bavaria. Journey to Würzburg, beautifully restored after heavy damage during World War II. During your visit, tour the Bishops’ Residenz, a magnificent baroque palace with many paintings and frescoes. Built in 1744 for the prince-bishop, it features a sweeping staircase and spectacular ceiling frescoes by Tiepolo. If you wish, trace the “Romantic Road” to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Stop for a hearty lunch in a local restaurant, then explore this medieval town with its joyful Christmas market. Rothenburg is also home to the German Christmas Museum, open all year, and you’re invited to try the local pastry, the Schneeball (snowball). Rejoin your ship for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6 | Bamberg, Germany
Sail through the morning; after lunch, we visit Bamberg, with its medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your walking tour includes a visit to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral, reworked in late Romanesque style in the 13th century, and the picturesque city hall built on an island in the middle of a river. We remain docked well into the evening, so feel free to walk around Bamberg or visit its traditional Christmas markets, especially beautiful when lit up after dark. You can also follow Bamberg’s popular “Route of Nativity Scenes” to view diverse crèche displays at a few dozen churches, museums and other public spaces. (B, L, D)

Day 7 | Nuremberg, Germany
Arrive in Nuremberg during a leisurely breakfast. Take a tour of the city’s most prominent landmarks, and delight in the iconic Christmas market in Old Town's Main Market Square. Browse booths with colorful ornaments, handmade gifts and sweet-smelling treats; there is no better place to shop for wooden toys and nutcrackers, and you may even spot the golden curls of the Christkind, an angel who brings children toys. Taste the traditional lebkuchen (gingerbread), savory bratwurst and glühwein (hot spiced wine); chances are you’ll hear carolers harmonizing a favorite holiday song. Lunch and dinner are served aboard; you can come and go as you please. (B, L, D)

Day 8 | Nuremberg, Germany
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 3 nights in Prague, Czech Republic, including a tour of Old Town and Prague Castle. (B)

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All This Included

Browse endless colorful ornaments and handmade toys as the aroma of spicy glühwein fills the air. Delve into Nuremberg’s World War II history at the former Nazi Rally Grounds and Palace of Justice. Tour Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz, with its massive staircase and frescoed ceiling by Tiepolo. Follow the “Romantic Road” through storybook villages to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. For eight days, you will cruise the Rhine and Main between Nuremberg and Cologne, where beer gardens, wine cellars and Christmas markets add to a holiday spirit brimming with good cheer.

  • 8-day cruise visiting 1 country & 6 ports
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 5 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Culture Curriculum®: enjoy a classical holiday music performance; attend lectures on the European Union, holiday traditions in Europe & the Main–Danube Canal; holiday baking demonstration
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Multiple dining venues with open seating
  • Most al fresco dining on Europe’s rivers
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Organic herb garden
  • River-view stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV, with interactive programming
  • Complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB port
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja™ toiletries
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Viking Var or Viking Tor
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • *Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises. Viking can only offer air to guests traveling from the U.S. or Canada.
  • 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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