Christmas Market Cruise on the Danube River

Departure Date:  Saturday, December 3  Return Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Tour Length: 8 Days/7 Nights (M)

Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Danube, Europe’s most popular river and explore the wonderful Christmas Markets of Germany and Austria. Collect one-of-a-kind treasures in the charming markets of Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz and Vienna. Smell the aroma of hot punch, toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts and freshly baked apples as these cities transform into magical Christmas Markets! 

Day One: Depart the USA

Today depart the USA on your overnight flight to Munich, Germany.

Day Two: Munich and Nuremberg

NurembergUpon arrival in Munich, transfer to your exclusively chartered river ship, the MS Amadeus Silver II, in Nuremberg. The afternoon is at leisure to begin exploring your new surroundings. You will be immersed in the Christmas spirit as you stroll through Nuremberg’s famous Christkindle Market on the Haupt Market Square in the center of this charming medieval city. With the majestic Alps to the south and the medieval Imperial Castle perched atop the Old Town hill, Nuremberg is a spectacular backdrop for one of Germany's oldest Christmas markets. Aromas of gingerbread, sausages, roasting chestnuts and mulled wine fill the air, as you shop for Christmas gifts and souvenirs. (Dinner)

Day Three: Nuremberg

Your day begins with a guided tour of Nuremberg. During the panoramic tour by coach, you will venture outside of the inner city to see the Palace Of Justice, the site of the famous war trials, and one of the few buildings in Nuremberg that survived the extensive bombings of Germany. You will also see St. John’s Cemetery and the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds. Returning to the city center, begin the walking potion of the tour. Your guide takes us through the Old Town and provides insights about the castle, fountains, churches and art, as well as the city’s past and present. After the tour, you will have free time for visiting the Christkindle Market. This afternoon, the ship departs for Regensburg, Germany. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner On Board)

Day Four: Regensburg

RegensburgAfter a leisurely morning sailing along the Danube River, you will arrive in Regensburg. Following lunch onboard, explore Regensburg on a guided walking tour. As you stroll through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will experience its beauty and history firsthand. At the end of the excursion, you will remain in town to spend time at the magnificent Christmas Markets. Wander through the narrow streets, hidden courtyards and quaint passageways, all a twinkle with sparkling Christmas lights. This evening, the ship departs for Passau, Germany. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner On Board)

Day Five: Passau

This morning you will arrive in Passau. The day begins with an included walking tour, where you will admire graceful arcades, beautiful architecture, quaint alleyways and a picturesque river promenade, as you wander through the cobblestone streets with your guide. You will also see the breathtaking Baroque cathedral of St. Stephan. After the tour, Christmas Ornaments there is free time to visit the stalls of the local Christmas Market. Handmade ornaments and Christmas tree decorations, intricately carved nativity sets of all sizes, toys, marionettes, scented candles and other traditional handcraft items are awaiting your selection to take home and put under the Christmas tree!

After a fun-filled morning of shopping and immersion into the festive atmosphere of the Markets, you will return to the ship for lunch. After lunch, the ship departs for Linz, Austria. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon onboard and watch the scenery pass by from the comfort of your stateroom or the panoramic windows of the lounge. The ship arrives in Linz this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner On Board)

Day Six: Linz

Today is all about discovering the most popular market, Christkindlmarkt am Hauptplatz, of Linz. Join your Tour Manager for the short walk into the city center, where you will have ample time for this market in the main pedestrian square of the city center. Set amongst the Baroque scenery of the city, it’s a perfect place to get caught up in the festivities of the Christmas season. This afternoon, the ship departs for the final port of call, Vienna. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner On Board)

Day Seven: Vienna

Vienna Christmas MarketWith an early morning arrival in Vienna, you will have a full day ahead of you in this capital city. An included panoramic excursion shows you the highlights of Vienna before you enjoy a guided visit of Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. Due to its historic importance, unique grounds and splendid furnishings, today the palace is part of UNESCO’s cultural heritage. Among the rooms you will see on your guided visit are the living quarters, offices and conference rooms, all richly decorated and well preserved. This afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the local Christmas Market. This evening, gather one last time with your new-found friends at the farewell dinner onboard. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner On Board)

Day Eight: Vienna/USA

It’s time to bid a fond "auf widersehen" to Europe with wonderful memories of the German and Austrian Christmas Markets as you transfer to the Vienna Airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

Details

Departure Date:  Saturday, December 3  Return Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Tour Length: 8 Days/7 Nights

Your Package Includes:

  • 6 Nights accommodations onboard the exclusively chartered MS Amadeus Silver II
  • All meals included onboard featuring local and international specialties
  • All onboard dinners are four courses and served with complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks
  • Included shore excursions escorted by local, English-speaking guides in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau and Vienna
  • Visit the festive atmosphere and Christmas Markets in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz and Vienna
  • Afternoon tea and late evening snack served daily in the lounge on the ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Spacious public areas with large picture windows in the lounge, bar and dining room
  • Evening events and Insights onboard
  • Culinary demonstration by the ship's chef
  • Included guided visit to Schönbrunn Palace
  • Fully-escorted
  • Airport transfers

Pricing Information:

Below prices include all taxes and port charges. Prices and itinerary are subject to change.

Haydn Deck

  • Per person double occupancy: 1,984.00
  • Per person single occupancy: 3,273.00

Strauss Deck

  • Per person double occupancy: 2,284.00
  • Per person single occupancy: 3,779.00

Mozart Deck

  • Per person double occupancy: 2,484.00
  • Per person single occupancy: 4,113.00 
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Note: Above prices do not include air transportation to Munich or from Vienna. Notch Above Tours will gladly arrange air transportation, to Munich and from Vienna, as well as pre and post night stays upon request. Prices and itinerary are subject to change.