Christmastime - Frankfurt to Vienna

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.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Miltenberg
    • Guided sightseeing of this picturesque Bavarian town; onboard cookery demonstration; talk about the legend of St Nicolas by your Cruise Director.
  • Munich
    • Tour of the city’s major sights led by our local guide, with free time to explore its Christmas markets and enjoy a stein of beer at its famous Hofbrӓuhaus.
  • Vienna
    • Guided sightseeing around the former home city of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss.

Christmas markets

Itinerary

Day 1

Frankfurt (Embarkation)

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Day 2

Miltenberg

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Day 3

Würzburg

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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!

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