Grand Christmastime Cruise - Vienna to Basel

Celebrate the holiday season on this magnificent cruise from Vienna to Basel. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Vienna, Nuremberg, Munich, Bamberg, Würzburg, Munich and Strasbourg as well as guided walks in the small town of Dürnstein, medieval Regensburg, and charming Miltenberg. Other highlights: visit the Bishop's Residence in Würzburg and the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, enjoy a beer tasting in Bamberg, and a wine tasting in Austria's Wachau Valley. Visit Heidelberg with its famed red-stoned castle, and quaint Rüdesheim on the Rhine. Marvel at the traditional Christmas decorations and delight in the festive atmosphere of this special time of year. Wander through the many Christmas markets while you listen to local Christmas music, sample tasty Christmas treats, smell the aromas of the season, and shop for local Christmas ornaments and crafts. What a wonderful way to celebrate the season.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Melk
    • Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey, Austrian cookie-baking demonstration.
  • Miltenberg
    • Walking tour, time to browse the market, on-board culinary demonstration, introduction to the legend of St Nicholas.
  • Strasbourg
    • Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district, the Gothic cathedral and the Christmas market.

Christmas markets

Itinerary

Day 1

Vienna - (Embarkation)

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vienna, Austria’s capital, is known as the “City of Music” and inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This afternoon, board your cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. NOTE: Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2

Vienna

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, this is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys' Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral—plus, countless other sights you'll see on your guided tour. Visit the delightful Christmas market and savour the sounds and smells of holiday cheer. Be sure to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! An optional concert is available tonight.

Day 3

Dürnstein – Melk

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, arrive in Dürnstein in the heart of the Wachau valley. Standing on the banks of the Danube, the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade is without a doubt the landmark of this small town. A Local Guide will take you on a walking tour and tell you the tale of England’s King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. Then, sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. The magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey dominates the town and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You’ll be captivated by the splendour of the church with its frescoed ceilings. This evening you’ll be able to sample some of the famous wines of this region.

Prices & cabin details

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Date

Staterooms available

Price per person

1st December 2018

Please call to book

£5,742 - £5,966

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