Detailed Itinerary Magical Christmas Markets
CRUISE YEAR
Day 1
NUREMBERG, GERMANY – EMBARKATION
Board the ship in Nuremberg for your Magical Christmas Markets cruise. (D)

Day 2
NUREMBERG
Join a city tour of WWII highlights and then walk through Nuremberg’s cobblestone streets to the Imperial Castle and 900-year-old city ramparts. Visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world’s largest and most famous Christmas Markets. Later in the day, cruise through the Main-Danube Canal. (B,L,D)

Nuremberg
Day 3
REGENSBURG
Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, before visiting the Old Town Christmas Market. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria’s specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels. Or bike to the base of Walhalla where you will see the neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Later in the day, you’ll be treated to one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic Christmas Markets at Thurn and Taxis, where you can watch craftsmen make their unique arts and crafts. (B,L,D)

Regensburg
Day 4
PASSAU
Picturesque Passau, a fairytale city founded more than 2,000 years ago, is noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. During the season of Advent, the city dresses in her Bavarian holiday splendor, which you will discover on your walking tour through the city and at its Christmas Market at St. Stephen’s Square—also home to its stunning cathedral. Go in search of unique crafts, including Bavarian-style houses and glass ornaments. If you prefer a more active adventure, join a guided bike ride along the Danube or choose instead to climb to the Mariahilf pilgrimage church and monastery that offers magnificent views across the old town and surrounding countryside. (B,L,D)

Passau
Day 5
LINZ, AUSTRIA
Linz is known for being the city of Christmas creches and its ever-popular Linzer torte. While here, you have a choice of three excursions. The first is a full-day visit to magnificent Salzburg dressed in her holiday best. Enjoy a walking tour of its UNESCO-designated Old Town, its grand cathedral, inspired by St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican, and its Christmas Market at Hellbrunn Palace. Alternatively, you can choose a morning walking tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House, where he composed the Linz Symphony in only three days, as well as visit Linz’s Christmas Markets. Or you can go on a guided bike tour through Linz and along the city’s famed “Cultural Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you can visit the charming mountain town, Česky Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)

Linz
Day 6
MELK – DÜRNSTEIN – KREMS
The awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is on full display for your enjoyment on your tour. Later in the day, set sail through the breathtaking Wachau Valley. Or for those seeking a more active adventure, bike through the Wachau Valley to Durnstein. Once in Durnstein, join a walking tour and wine tasting. As an alternative to the walking tour of Dürnstein, the more active guest may choose to venture high above the town for a visit to the majestic ruins of Kuenringer Castle, or “Dürnstein” (‘dry stone’) castle from which Dürnstein derives its name. Alternatively, enjoy an apricots and sweets tasting. Later in the day, set sail to Krems, where you can enjoy a wine tasting or walking tour. (B,L,D)

Melk
Day 7
VIENNA
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered. Join a tour showcasing its regal splendors, such as the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy the festivities of the Christmas Markets. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride through Vienna. During the afternoon, visit the Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market with its giant Christmas tree. In the evening, spend some free time at the beautifully decorated Rathaus Platz Christmas Market before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)

Vienna
Day 8
VIENNA – DISEMBARKATION
Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Vienna as you prepare for your return flight home. (B)

Day 1
EMBARKATION – VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Embark your ship in Vienna and later this evening, meet your fellow passengers on board. (D).

Day 2
VIENNA
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered. Join a tour showcasing its regal splendors, such as the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Maria Theresaplatz Christmas Market, set amongst the world-renowned sights of Vienna’s majestic Ringstrasse. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride through Vienna. Later in the day, visit the Christmas Markets at Schönbrunn Palace. Cap the evening off at the beautifully decorated and illuminated Rathaus Square and the Christkindlmarkt, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore Vienna’s largest Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

Vienna
Day 3
DÜRNSTEIN – WACHAU VALLEY – MELK
After reaching the Wachau Valley in the morning, you’ll have a choice of three excursions in Dürnstein. Partake in a walking tour along cobblestone streets to the luminous blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche, its famed church tower, before enjoying a wine tasting in a local cellar. Alternatively, visit a local boutique, where you’ll be treated to the region’s finest apricot products. For a more active adventure, hike the storied hill to Dürnstein Fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned, or bike through the charming village, taking in the scenery. Later, enjoy scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley on your way to Melk. During the afternoon, you’ll have a choice to take a tour of the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. (B,L,D)

Dürnstein
Day 4
LINZ
Linz is known for being the city of Christmas crèches and its ever popular Linzer Torte. While here, you have a choice of three excursions. The first is a full-day visit to magnificent Salzburg dressed in her holiday best. Enjoy a walking tour of UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral, inspired by St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican and its Christmas Market, which is a feast for the senses. Alternatively, you can choose a morning walking tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House, where he composed the Linz Symphony in only three days, as well as visit Linz's Christmas Markets. Or you can go on a guided bike tour through Linz and along the city’s famed “Culture Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you can visit the charming mountain town, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)

Linz
Day 5
PASSAU, GERMANY
Picturesque Passau, a fairytale city founded more than 2,000 years ago is noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. During the season of Advent, the city dresses in her Bavarian holiday splendor, which you will discover on your walking tour through the city and at its Christmas Market at St. Stephen’s Square— also home to its magnificent cathedral. Go in search of unique crafts, including Bavarian-style houses and glass ornaments. If you prefer a more active adventure, join a guided bike ride along the Inn River or choose instead to climb to the Mariahilf pilgrimage church and monastery that offers magnificent views across the old town and surrounding countryside. (B,L,D)

Passau
Day 6
REGENSBURG
Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, before visiting the Old Town Christmas Market. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria’s specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels. Or bike to Walhalla where you will see the Neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. (B,L,D)

Regensburg
Day 7
NUREMBERG
Join a city tour of WWII highlights and then walk through Nuremberg’s cobblestone streets to the Imperial Castle and 900-year-old city ramparts. Visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world’s largest and most famous Christmas Markets. Browse through over 100 red and white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique treasures, toys and seasonal goodies. If you prefer to experience the world through your taste buds, join our Tastes of Franconia Special Interest Tour to sample Nuremberg specialties including bratwurst, rotbier and lebkuchen gingerbread. (B,L,D)

Nuremberg
Day 8
NUREMBERG – DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Nuremberg as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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