Grand Christmastime Cruise From Vienna To Basel 201917 DAYS FROM ONLY $5,647
Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland
At Nuremberg’s Christmas market, which is one of the oldest in the world, be sure to try Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread). A full-day excursion to Munich shows you the Bavarian capital. The traditional Christmas market on the Marienplatz delights with aromas of toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread! Continue your holiday river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where many nativity scenes are exhibited throughout the town. In Würzburg, on the River Main, visit the ornate Bishop’s Residenz, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). See Europe’s largest nativity scene with life-size figures In Rüdesheim on the Rhine; and visit Heidelberg Castle towering magnificently over the city, before cruising to Strasbourg, France. This time of year, the historic charm of the city is mixed with festive aromas, sights, and sounds—creating a truly magical atmosphere! Visit the gothic cathedral with its ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Continue to Breisach, Germany—gateway to the famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, before ending this charming Christmastime river cruise adventure in Basel, Switzerland.
Tour HighlightsDay 1 Vienna (Embarkation): welcome reception on boardDay 2 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing, or culinary tour at Christmas marketDay 3 Wachau Valley–Melk–Grein: scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in MelkDay 4 Passau: guided walk; Christmas marketDay 5 Regensburg: guided walk; Christmas market; Christmas Traditions lecture; beer tasting on boardDay 6 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas marketDay 7 Nuremberg (Disembarkation). Excursion to Munich (Embarkation): guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz Day 8 Nuremberg: day at leisure to visit Christmas marketDay 9 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture Day 10 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas marketDay 11 Main River Village: baking demonstration on board, guided walkDay 12 Wiesbaden–Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treatDay 13 Heidelberg–Speyer: guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; time at leisure for Christmas markets in SpeyerDay 14 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas marketDay 15 Breisach: excursion the Black Forest; Christmas marketDay 16 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
- In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
- Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.