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Classic Christmas Markets

7-Night Cruise from Nuremberg to Frankfurt (or reverse)

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Nuremberg to Frankfurt (or reverse) - 8 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Nuremberg to Frankfurt

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Day 1 : Nuremberg (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at the Nuremberg airport where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)

Day 2 : Nuremberg

For an over-the-top, old-world holiday extravaganza, look no further than Nuremberg, which boasts the largest and grandest Christmas market in all of Germany—and that’s really saying something. The “Gingerbread Capital of the World” pulls out all the stops during the holidays, as you’ll see for yourself on a panoramic tour guaranteed to put you in a festive mood. You could not ask for a more perfect place to begin an exploration of Christmas traditions than Nuremberg. The people of Nuremberg hold their Christkindlesmarkt very close to their hearts. The iconic Christkind, with her white-and-gold dress, long blond curls and golden crown, has been the symbol for the Christmas Market for many decades. During Advent, she is the most important representative of the city; every year she opens the Christmas Market by declaring: “Welcome, young and old, to my little community of wood and cloth. While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy it brings is eternal.” And with that declaration, the market festivities begin in a town that is famous for its gingerbread and long toy-making tradition.

Featured Excursion: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 3: Bamberg

The fact that Bamberg still exists today is something of a miracle, given that it survived WWII bombing virtually unscathed. It’s a superb example of a medieval German city, one compact enough to explore on foot with a local expert. You’ll also have free time to visit not just one but four Christmas markets. The UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg, unlike most German cities, was largely undamaged by bombing during WWII. This fact, combined with the city’s prosperous thousand-year history, means that Bamberg has one of the largest intact old-town centers in Europe, so the medieval layout and architecture that was a model for other towns throughout Central Europe remains for you to see and experience.

Featured Excursion: Bamberg walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

Generations Excursion: Bamberg Christmas treasure hunt. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

Day 4: Kitzengen (Rothenburg) - Würzburg

Rothenburg looks like something straight out of the pages of a storybook, with its medieval walls, cobbled streets, Gothic churches and Hansel-and-Gretel houses. Join a local expert for an insightful walking discovery tour, and then wander amongst the stalls at one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets. Your ship docks in the Bavarian town of Kitzingen in the morning, and after breakfast you’ll take a ride along the Romantic Road, once a medieval trade route, to Rothenburg. The minute you step down from the motorcoach in Rothenburg (also known as Rothenburg ob der Tauber), you’ll know why the route, which links picturesque and well-preserved old towns, is called the Romantic Road. Rothenburg is right out of a storybook: Wide medieval walls still enclose its charming core of Gothic churches and gabled houses.

Featured Excursion: Full-day Rothenburg with walking discovery tour and Christmas Market

Generations Excursion: Medieval Crime and Justice Museum, "Snowball" tasting, Christmas Museum in Rothenburg and Walk the Ramparts. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

Day 5: Würzburg

One of the best ways to embrace a different culture is through encounters with local residents, which you’ll experience today in a typical Franconian village. Make new friends over hot drinks and homemade seasonal treats; see the Würzburg Residence, a baroque-style palace famous for its gigantic ceiling fresco. And visit the town’s renowned Christmas market for some one-of-a-kind gifts for friends back home (or yourself!). The town of Würzburg owes many of its most notable monuments to the ambitious building programs of the wealthy prince-bishops of the Schönborn family, who controlled the town in the 17th-and 18th-centuries. Their spectacular episcopal residence is on your schedule for today, as is a delightful encounter with the residents of a Franconian village.

Featured Excursions: Würzburg - Franconian "joie de vivre" and Residence Palace with illuminated Christmas market, Exclusive Franconian "Village Day" local reception and village visit with Christmas bakery

Generations Excursion: Visit the Würzburg Residence and then join the tour at the Franconian Village Aschfeld. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

Day 6: Wertheim

Get a taste of life in the Middle Ages at a remarkably well-preserved German village, where you’ll meet a local butcher and baker (and perhaps even a candlestick maker) on a guided walking tour. Be sure to fortify yourself with a mug of mulled wine and a slice of delicious stollen before visiting the town’s charming Christmas market. Located at the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers, Wertheim (or Wertheim am Main) is a lovely village dating back over a thousand years. It epitomizes the friendly, slow-paced, small-town atmosphere of many German villages; here, residents greet each other by name as they do their daily shopping for fresh bread and sausage in tiny shops. On your guided walking tour of the village, you’ll hear a lot about daily life in Wertheim, as well as facts about the town and its history. Its many well-preserved medieval buildings— complete with low doors, tiny rooms and insufficient lighting—attest to the inconveniences of life in the Middle Ages.

Choice of Wertheim walking discovery tour with mulled wine and Christmas stollen demonstration or Michelstadt Christmas Market

Generations Excursion: Family Walking tour with a Glassblowing Demonstration and a Pretzel Workshop. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

Day 7: Frankfurt

Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers as well as traditional Old Town architecture. Experience both aspects of the city today, with time to browse the local Christmas market, one of the best on the Continent. Other options include a “Taste of Christmas” walking tour featuring all sorts of sugary and savory treats or an excursion to the Christmas market in Wiesbaden. You’ll wake up to the pulse of one of Germany’s most flourishing cities, Frankfurt. Its cosmopolitan citizens hail from more than 200 nations, and its soaring skyscrapers are home to major European transportation and financial institutions, among them the European Central Bank.

Choice of Mainhattan panoramic with Christmas Market or “Taste of Christmas” Frankfurt walking tour or Wiesbaden Twinkling Star Christmas market

Generations Excursion: Christmas with dinosaurs. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8: Frankfurt (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship in Frankfurt and transfer to the Frankfurt airport for your flight home. (CB or BB)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Frankfurt to Nuremberg

Skip to Nuremberg to Frankfurt itinerary

Day 1: Frankfurt (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at the Frankfurt airport where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)

Day 2: Frankfurt

Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers as well as traditional Old Town architecture. Experience both aspects of the city today, with time to browse the local Christmas market, one of the best on the Continent. Other options include a “Taste of Christmas” walking tour featuring all sorts of sugary and savory treats or an excursion to the Christmas market in Wiesbaden. You’ll wake up to the pulse of one of Germany’s most flourishing cities, Frankfurt. Its cosmopolitan citizens hail from more than 200 nations, and its soaring skyscrapers are home to major European transportation and financial institutions, among them the European Central Bank.

Choice of Wiesbaden Twinkling Star Christmas market or Mainhattan panoramic with Christmas Market or “Taste of Christmas” Frankfurt walking tour

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 3: Cruising the Main River - Wertheim

Get a taste of life in the Middle Ages at a remarkably well-preserved German village, where you’ll meet a local butcher and baker (and perhaps even a candlestick maker) on a guided walking tour. Be sure to fortify yourself with a mug of mulled wine and a slice of delicious stollen before visiting the town’s charming Christmas market. Located at the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers, Wertheim (or Wertheim am Main) is a lovely village dating back over a thousand years. It epitomizes the friendly, slow-paced, small-town atmosphere of many German villages; here, residents greet each other by name as they do their daily shopping for fresh bread and sausage in tiny shops. On your guided walking tour of the village, you’ll hear a lot about daily life in Wertheim, as well as facts about the town and its history. Its many well-preserved medieval buildings— complete with low doors, tiny rooms and insufficient lighting—attest to the inconveniences of life in the Middle Ages.

Choice of Michelstadt Christmas Market or Wertheim: medieval town with mulled wine and Christmas Stollen demonstration

Day 4: Würzburg

One of the best ways to embrace a different culture is through encounters with local residents, which you’ll experience today in a typical Franconian village. Make new friends over hot drinks and homemade seasonal treats; see the Würzburg Residence, a baroque-style palace famous for its gigantic ceiling fresco. And visit the town’s renowned Christmas market for some one-of-a-kind gifts for friends back home (or yourself!). The town of Würzburg owes many of its most notable monuments to the ambitious building programs of the wealthy prince-bishops of the Schönborn family, who controlled the town in the 17th-and 18th-centuries. Their spectacular episcopal residence is on your schedule for today, as is a delightful encounter with the residents of a Franconian village.

Featured Excursions: Exclusive Franconian "Village Day" local reception and village visit with Christmas bakery, Würzburg - Franconian "joie de vivre" and Residence Palace with illuminated Christmas market

Day 5: Kitzingen (Rothenburg) - Schweinfurt

Rothenburg looks like something straight out of the pages of a storybook, with its medieval walls, cobbled streets, Gothic churches and Hansel-and-Gretel houses. Join a local expert for an insightful walking discovery tour, and then wander amongst the stalls at one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets. Your ship docks in the Bavarian town of Kitzingen in the morning, and after breakfast you’ll take a ride along the Romantic Road, once a medieval trade route, to Rothenburg. The minute you step down from the motorcoach in Rothenburg (also known as Rothenburg ob der Tauber), you’ll know why the route, which links picturesque and well-preserved old towns, is called the Romantic Road. Rothenburg is right out of a storybook: Wide medieval walls still enclose its charming core of Gothic churches and gabled houses.

Featured Excursion: Full-day Rothenburg with walking discovery tour and Christmas Market

Day 6: Bamberg

The fact that Bamberg still exists today is something of a miracle, given that it survived WWII bombing virtually unscathed. It’s a superb example of a medieval German city, one compact enough to explore on foot with a local expert. You’ll also have free time to visit not just one but four Christmas markets. The UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg, unlike most German cities, was largely undamaged by bombing during WWII. This fact, combined with the city’s prosperous thousand-year history, means that Bamberg has one of the largest intact old-town centers in Europe, so the medieval layout and architecture that was a model for other towns throughout Central Europe remains for you to see and experience.

Featured Excursion: Bamberg walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

Day 7: Nuremberg

For an over-the-top, old-world holiday extravaganza, look no further than Nuremberg, which boasts the largest and grandest Christmas market in all of Germany—and that’s really saying something. The “Gingerbread Capital of the World” pulls out all the stops during the holidays, as you’ll see for yourself on a panoramic tour guaranteed to put you in a festive mood. You could not ask for a more perfect place to begin an exploration of Christmas traditions than Nuremberg. The people of Nuremberg hold their Christkindlesmarkt very close to their hearts. The iconic Christkind, with her white-and-gold dress, long blond curls and golden crown, has been the symbol for the Christmas Market for many decades. During Advent, she is the most important representative of the city; every year she opens the Christmas Market by declaring: “Welcome, young and old, to my little community of wood and cloth. While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy it brings is eternal.” And with that declaration, the market festivities begin in a town that is famous for its gingerbread and long toy-making tradition.

Featured Excursion: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8: Nuremberg (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship in Nuremberg and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (CB or BB)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 23. The cruise operator reserves the right to substitute appropriate sights and excursions in keeping with the celebrations of the season.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin. Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
From Nuremberg
Cruise Embarkation Day
Classic
Deluxe
French Balcony
Suite
Dec 1, 2019
$4,099
$4,699
$5,799
$7,099
Dec 15, 2019
$4,399
$4,999
$6,099
$7,399
Dec 1, 2020
$3,399
$3,999
$5,099
$6,399
Dec 15, 2020
$3,399
$3,999
$5,099
$6,399
 
From Frankfurt
Cruise Embarkation Day
Classic
Deluxe
French Balcony
Suite
Dec 8, 2019
$4,099
$4,699
$5,799
$7,099
Dec 8, 2020
$3,399
$3,999
$5,099
$6,399
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 23. 
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please Inquire.
Port Charges: Additional $170 per person (2019 departures).; Additional $190 per perosn 92020 departures)
Prices Include:
▪ 7-night Cruise in selected riverview stateroom 
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
▪ Captain's Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water
▪ Excursions, including "Choice is Yours" option, all fully hosted by English- speaking local guides
▪ Guided "Taste of Christmas", and "Village Day" programs
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment and lecture
▪ Cultural enrihment, including a Signature Lecture: "Christmas Traditions in Germany"
▪ An experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
▪ Exclusive Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program on select date
▪ Concierge services
▪ All transfers on Embarkation and Disembarkation days; Transfers are subject to transfer guidelines. Please ask for details.
▪ Taxes
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges
▪ Gratuities
▪ Personal expenses

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