European Holiday Markets

An 8-Day Uniworld River Cruises tour starting from $3,149

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Tour Length: 8 Days
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Tour Operator: Uniworld River Cruises
Tour Code: UNI-13-2017
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Experience Europe’s old-world charms during the most magical time of the year “Welcome, young and old, to my little community of wood and cloth.” These words spoken by the Christkind open the Nuremberg Christmas Market. Though the iconic representative of the market is named for the infant Jesus, she—yes, she—is a girl dressed as a crowned angel. All over Germany, the Christkind is a symbol of the holiday’s magic.This cruise takes you to some of the most famous and delightful holiday markets in Central Europe. At each market, you’ll find wooden stalls displaying traditional crafts that range from quirky little characters made of fruit and dressed in Bavarian costume to beautifully carved and painted Nativity figures. You’ll also find exquisite ornaments and fine contemporary crafts, along with fairytale villages decked in holiday finery.Sparkling lights illuminate ancient cathedral squares and the sound of children’s laughter mingles with carols. Enjoy Uniworld’s exclusive “Taste of Christmas” program in Vienna, where you’ll see astonishing confectionary decorations in Café Demel’s windows. Celebrate the season in a new way as you meander through old lands, and remember, as the Christkind says, “While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy it brings is eternal.”Who will enjoy this cruiseThose looking to experience Europe at its most magical will enjoy the chance to discover the delightful holiday traditions and treats of Germany and Austria, and to find special gifts for loved ones back home.

 

YOUR CRUISE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

TRAVEL
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning River Princess
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

EXPLORE
2 countries
6 days of excursions, including “Choice is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided “Taste of Christmas” and “Gentle Walking” programs
3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio- headset system on all shore excursions
Use of Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature
Lecture: “The Sound of Christmas Music, from ‘Silent Night’ to Christmas Oratorio”

 

Day 1 - Nuremberg (embark)
Day 1: Nuremberg (embark)

Arrive at Nuremberg Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2 - Nuremberg, Roth
Day 2: Nuremberg, Roth

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market


The medieval walled city of Nuremberg—the “Gingerbread Capital of the World,” and equally famous for its toys—is yours to discover today on a panoramic tour. Stop at the imperial castle, Kaiserburg, and stroll past the handsome half-timbered houses of the charming old quarter. Make your way to Nuremberg’s famous Christkindlesmarkt, one of the best and the largest in Germany, with over 200 wooden stalls filled with handcrafted gifts. Celebrate a festive evening at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3 - Regensburg
Day 3: Regensburg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

“2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour with enchanting Christmas Market in the Thurn and Taxis Castle


During the holidays, the streets and squares of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, sparkle with Christmas lights. Experience the perfect combination of an inviting skyline, impressive historic monuments and legendary Bavarian hospitality as you stroll through the atmospheric narrow lanes on your tour before going to the Christmas Market at Thurn and Taxis Castle. Larger than Buckingham Palace, its magnificent park, imposing architecture and picturesque courtyard creates a unique romantic atmosphere for this Christmas Market. Step back into the times of knights, princesses, and horses and carriages as you wander through the courtyard gently lit by torches, lanterns and candles admiring the mighty, beautifully decorated Christmas tree and enjoying traditional Bavarian delicacies.

Day 4 - Deggendorf (Theresienthal), Passau
Day 4: Deggendorf (Theresienthal), Passau

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Exclusive Bavarian Forest village with Theresienthal glass manufactory visit, and Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market and gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations


Snuggle in warm blankets on a horse-drawn wagon ride through the Nature Reserve of the Bavarian Forest before arriving at a world-renowned glass manufacturer in Theresienthal, where you’ll learn about the techniques used to create beautiful Bohemian glassware for European rulers for centuries. Later in Passau, join a local expert to discover the city’s magical townscape, built in Italian baroque style, full of historic buildings, large squares, romantic promenades and winding lanes. St. Stephan’s Cathedral in the old town center provides the perfect setting for its Christmas Market, which sells special ornaments and handmade toys, as well as lebkuchen, gingerbread and glühwein, hot mulled cider. As an extra-special treat, learn how to make delicious lebkuchen and beautiful holiday floral centerpieces.

Day 5 - Cruising the Danube River, Linz
Day 5: Cruising the Danube River, Linz

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Linz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market


The Danube serves as a dividing line between the modern Linz and its old soul. During your guided walking tour, view Linz’s Alter Dom, the Old Market and the impressive Main Square—one of Austria’s most attractive closed squares—with its baroque Trinity Column. Spend time browsing the one-of-a-kind wares on display at the local Christmas Market, where you’ll encounter two things for which Linz is most famous—Christmas crèches (Nativity scenes) and the delicious Linzer torte, a classic holiday dessert.

Day 6 - Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein, Vienna
Day 6: Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein, Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Dürnstein walking discovery tour with exclusive spiced mulled wine tasting and organ concert in Augustine church, and exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace


Cruise the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to the village of Dürnstein, nestled at the foot of a hill crowned with the romantic ruins of a 12th-century castle. Ramble along the narrow lanes of the town with a local expert. Stroll through the town, stopping to warm yourself with a cup of spiced mulled wine and enjoy a soul-stirring organ concert at the 15th-century former Augustine monastery—splendidly redone in the baroque style of the 18th century. Later, sail to the “City of Waltzes,” where you’ll be treated to an exclusive private concert of Mozart and Strauss at a Viennese palace.

Day 7 - Vienna
Day 7: Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit and Christmas Market OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour


Vienna is a treasure trove of gems, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral—the most beloved architectural wonder in all of Vienna—and the stately Ringstrasse, the broad thoroughfare surrounded by the many imperial buildings that give Vienna its wedding cake appearance. After your panoramic tour, visit Prince Eugene’s magnificent Winter Palace, one of the most magnificent baroque edifices in Vienna, in the historic city center. If you wish to experience a taste of Christmas in Vienna, join a local guide as you venture along famous shopping streets with windows bedecked with their holiday finery, and stop to sample some of the local seasonal treats with a Viennese coffee. Conclude your day at the festive Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 8 - Vienna (disembark), transfer to the airport
Day 8: Vienna (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Vienna International Airport for your flight home.

 
         
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12/7/2017 - 12/15/2017
$3,149
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YOUR CRUISE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

TRAVEL
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning River Princess
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

EXPLORE
2 countries
6 days of excursions, including “Choice is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided “Taste of Christmas” and “Gentle Walking” programs
3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio- headset system on all shore excursions
Use of Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature
Lecture: “The Sound of Christmas Music, from ‘Silent Night’ to Christmas Oratorio”

 

Port Charges: $0.00

Base category: Category 5

 
 

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