Christmastime - Frankfurt to Vienna

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • River cruise

Experience the holiday season on this festive river cruise vacation from Frankfurt to Vienna. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Munich, Regensburg and finally Vienna. There's a fun tasting of German beers, and a guided visit of the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk. You'll have opportunities galore to explore the many Christmas markets, try some festive Glühwein, sample tasty holiday treats, smell the festive aromas, shop for locally crafted Christmas ornaments, and delight in the holiday cheer. This year, celebrate the holiday season in style on this memorable and joyous cruise. Your ship will be decorated and dressed up in Christmas colours.

At a glance


MILTENBERG Guided sightseeing; on board culinary demonstration, St.Nicholas Legend WÜRZBURG Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz ROTHENBURG Excursion BAMBERGOn board lecture; Guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; beer tasting NUREMBERG Morning at leisure for visiting Christmas Market, on board lecture MUNICH Guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz REGENSBURG Guided sightseeing; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; Christmas market beer tasting MELK Guided visit of Benedictine Abbey, on board culinary demonstration VIENNA Guided sightseeing; culinary tour at Christmas Market WELCOME RECEPTION, CAPTAIN'S RECEPTION AND FAREWELL DINNER

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners

Frankfurt (Embarkation)

Day
1

Welcome to Germany! This afternoon board your ship and meet your crew at a welcome reception before dinner, as you sail out of Frankfurt. NOTE: Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3.30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Miltenberg

Day
2

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Tucked away behind medieval defensive walls and towered gates, the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg is a cultural gem on the banks of the Main River. This afternoon's guided walk will acquaint you with the town's delightful Marktplatz (market square), which centres around a Renaissance-era fountain and features striking half-timbered buildings, cobblestone lanes, and one of the oldest inns in Germany, Haus zum Riesen (the giant's house) and the gothic splendour of the Merchant Hall. Later, continue your cruise on the Main River to Würzburg and enjoy a culinary demonstration onboard. Tonight let your Cruise Director introduce you the St. Nicholas Legend.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Würzburg

Day
3

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Known as the "Pearl of the Romantic Road," Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The city makes an immediate impression with imposing Marienberg Fortress perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your guided sightseeing tour, visit the magnificent baroque Bishop's Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you are free to explore the beautifully decorated streets on your own, visit the Christmas markets, or perhaps join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg where you will have the opportunity to visit the Christmas Museum. Here, try a Schneeball (snowball), a local speciality not at all suitable for a diet!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bamberg

Day
4

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Learn about Christmas tradition during an on-board morning lecture. Medieval Bamberg is the former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walking tour takes in its historic centre, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! This time of year, the town is decked out for Christmas. Especially interesting are the many nativity scenes built by local citizens and exhibited throughout the town. Enjoy the Christmas market, where, in addition to candles and decorations, you'll find regional delicacies such as gingerbread and nut bread. Be sure not to miss the special gift we have reserved for you in a local brewery

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nuremberg

Day
5

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Although much of Nuremberg's Old Town suffered extensive damage during World War II, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Choose either a guided sigthseeing tour and marvel at this thousand-year-old city's medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized Nuremberg Rally Grounds Tour. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market is one of the most famous in the world. You'll find dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, including Nuremberg Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), baked goods and sweets, Christmas decorations, ornaments, and more. A shuttle service to the ship will be at your disposal

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nuremberg (Disembarkation) - Munich (Embarkation)

Day
6

Included today: Guided sightseeing in Munich. After breakfast, disembark the vessel which has brought you to Nuremberg and drive to Munich, where a local expert will proudly show you the sights of the Bavarian capital. An inspiring mix of historic buildings and impressive architecture, you’ll see the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, Nymphenburg Palace, Marienplatz in the historic heart of the city with the Old and New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. Later, there’s free time to explore on your own. The traditional Christmas market is located on the Marienplatz, with aromas of toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread filling the air and the strains of alpine Christmas music coming from the town hall. At the nearby Rindermarkt, you’ll find the Kripperlmarkt, one of the largest markets in Germany to specialize in mangers and other nativity accessories. And don’t leave Munich without paying a visit to the famous Hofbräuhaus for a stein of beer! Return to Nuremberg in the late afternoon and embark on the ship which will take you to Vienna.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nuremberg

Day
7

A day to relax and enjoy Nuremberg at your own pace. Stroll through the festively lit streets, buy those last-minute Christmas gifts, or ask your Cruise Director for suggestions of things to do.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Regensburg

Day
8

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during World War II, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of "historic interest." Highlights included on your guided sightseeing tour are the 13th-century Old Town Hall, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city's alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers, built by wealthy families in the Middle Ages to emphasize their status. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. This afternoon is free to explore on your own or to visit the Regensburg Christmas market. The tempting aromas of mulled wine, sweet roasted almonds, sausages, and gingerbread create an unforgettable atmosphere. Before dinner we'll introduce you to some of Germany's famous beers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Passau

Day
9

Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. The Christkindlmarkt, Passau’s charming Christmas market, is set against the stunning backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Take in the highlights of the “City of Three Rivers” on an included guided walk. Afterwards, set sail for Linz, where you arrive in the evening. Alternatively, you might like to join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg to see some of the sites from 'The Sound of Music', find out how mice caused the composition of the famous Silent Night Christmas carol, and learn how the Austrians celebrate Christmas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Melk - Vienna

Day
10

Included today: Guided sightseeing. This morning, enjoy a guided visit of Melk’s 11th-century Benedicttine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendor of the frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. During lunchtime, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. This “City of Music” inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vienna

Day
11

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boy’s Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—and countless other sights you’ll see on your guided sightseeing tour. Visit the Christmas market in the town center, and be sure to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vienna (Disembarkation)

Day
12

Your holidayends with breakfast this morning

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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