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European Holiday Markets
along the Danube

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

Uniworld European Holiday Markets
European Holiday Markets Map

Nuremberg to Vienna (or reverse) - 8 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Nuremberg to Vienna

Skip to Vienna to Nuremberg itinerary

Day 1: Nuremberg (Embarkation Day)

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

Day 2: Nuremberg, Roth

Featured Excursion: Nuremberg city tour and Christmas Market

For a truly over-the-top 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 its long toy-making tradition.

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

Day 3: Regensburg

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

The Old Town of Regensburg sparkles with holiday lights and decorations this time of year, adding to its already considerable charms. Check out the best and brightest cultural sights, then head to what may very well be the most romantic Christmas market in all of Germany, nestled within the courtyard of a beautiful baroque castle. “Regensburg is so beautifully situated; this region had to attract a town,” Goethe wrote in his Diary of an Italian Voyage. And attract a town it did. In fact, it first attracted the armies of ancient Rome, who founded the town in about the year 100. The town thrived, not just because of its beautiful location, but also because ambitious and farseeing locals built a bridge over the Danube in the 12th-century. The Stone Bridge helped Regensburg become an international trading hub and, at one time, the capital of Bavaria. So many of the handsome buildings from that period remain that UNESCO declared the old city center a World Heritage Site.

Day 4: Deggendorf (Theresienthal), Passau

Featured Excursions: Exclusive Bavarian Forest village with Theresienthal glass manufactory visit, Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market, Bavarian Christmas celebration in a country barn

Is that the sound of…jingle bells? Yes indeed, but that’s not Santa’s sleigh you’re hearing, it’s a horse-drawn wagon whisking you through the densely wooded Bavarian Forest. This area is known for glass-making, which you’ll observe close-up at a famous workshop. Onward to Passau, a lovely place to take a stroll and visit the local Christmas market, followed by a traditional holiday celebration in a festively decorated barn. Begin the day in the beautiful Bavarian Forest, known as the green roof of Europe, and then explore historic Passau, the three-river city on the Austrian border.

Day 5: Cruising the Danube River - Linz

Choice of Linz town and cider farm visit with Christmas Market or Linz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

There’s more to Linz than its famous Linzer torte, although that alone makes it well worth a visit. The city has a thriving contemporary art scene, and its two Christmas markets are over-the-top enchanting. See the sights on foot with a local expert, or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Linz opera house and taste cider at an Austrian apple and pear orchard. Your ship sails into Austria, cruising along an especially scenic stretch of the Danube called the Schlögener Schlinge, a great loop where the river almost doubles back on itself, before arriving in Linz. In keeping with the Austrian traditions of good food and good music, Linz gave rise to both the Linzer torte and the Linz Symphony. The torte is a delectable confection, and the symphony is one of Mozart’s most celebrated works. The story goes that the composer was so inspired by the beauty of the city that he finished his Symphony No. 36 in less than a week here in 1783. This vibrant city, the second largest in Austria, has been a center of trade and industry for centuries—and it still inspires artists today.

Day 6: Cruising the Wachau Valley - Dürnstein - Vienna

Featured Excursions: Dürnstein village stroll with exclusive spiced wine tasting, Organ concert in a monastery church

After a scenic cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley, we’ll reach the tiny village of Dürnstein. Walk along its cobbled streets, browse the shops selling apricot schnapps, and perhaps take a quick jaunt up to the ruins of a castle (with an intriguing tale all its own). Later, you can taste various mulled wines and attend an organ concert at an Augustine church. Make your way to the lounge this morning to marvel at the scenery of the Wachau Valley, the 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of the Danube that cuts through a rocky gorge amid the foothills of the Bohemian Forest between Melk and Dürnstein. This beautiful region, with steep, densely wooded slopes on the south side of the river and a mixture of crags and vineyards on the north, was declared a World Heritage Landscape by UNESCO. Dotted along the banks are small historic towns and winemaking communities. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes ripened on the terraces that cling to these rocky slopes.

Day 7: Vienna

Choice of Vienna city tour with Christmas Market or "Taste of Christmas" Vienna walking tour

The “City of Waltzes” is famous for many things, including world-class art museums, music and architecture (not to mention sinfully rich pastries). See the top sites on a city tour or savor the flavors of the season with our exclusive “Taste of Christmas” guided walking. Whichever option you choose, you’ll also have ample time to explore one of Europe’s greatest Christmas markets. Vienna is a city steeped in history, music and elegant architecture. Mozart, Austria’s most famous citizen, was at the height of his creative powers when he lived here, writing perhaps his best-known works, including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. He found Vienna a very inspiring place, and so will you. You’ll have a full day to savor the Christmas spirit in Vienna.

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

Day 8: Depart Vienna (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship in Vienna and transfer to Vienna International Airport for your flight home. (CB/BB)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Vienna to Nuremberg

Skip to Nuremberg to Vienna itinerary

Day 1: Vienna (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at Vienna International Airport where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)

Day 2: Vienna

Choice of Vienna city tour with Christmas Market or "Taste of Christmas" Vienna walking tour

The “City of Waltzes” is famous for many things, including world-class art museums, music and architecture (not to mention sinfully rich pastries). See the top sites on a city tour or savor the flavors of the season with our exclusive “Taste of Christmas” guided walking. Whichever option you choose, you’ll also have ample time to explore one of Europe’s greatest Christmas markets. Vienna is a city steeped in history, music and elegant architecture. Mozart, Austria’s most famous citizen, was at the height of his creative powers when he lived here, writing perhaps his best-known works, including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. He found Vienna a very inspiring place, and so will you. You’ll have a full day to savor the Christmas spirit in Vienna.

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

Day 3: Vienna - Dürnstein - Cruising the Wachau Valley

Featured Excursions: Dürnstein village stroll with exclusive spiced wine tasting, Organ concert in a monastery church

After a scenic cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley, we’ll reach the tiny village of Dürnstein. Walk along its cobbled streets, browse the shops selling apricot schnapps, and perhaps take a quick jaunt up to the ruins of a castle (with an intriguing tale all its own). Later, you can taste various mulled wines and attend an organ concert at an Augustine church. Make your way to the lounge this morning to marvel at the scenery of the Wachau Valley, the 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of the Danube that cuts through a rocky gorge amid the foothills of the Bohemian Forest between Melk and Dürnstein. This beautiful region, with steep, densely wooded slopes on the south side of the river and a mixture of crags and vineyards on the north, was declared a World Heritage Landscape by UNESCO. Dotted along the banks are small historic towns and winemaking communities. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes ripened on the terraces that cling to these rocky slopes.

Day 4: Linz - Cruising the Danube River

Choice of Linz town and cider farm visit with Christmas Market or Linz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

There’s more to Linz than its famous Linzer torte, although that alone makes it well worth a visit. The city has a thriving contemporary art scene, and its two Christmas markets are over-the-top enchanting. See the sights on foot with a local expert, or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Linz opera house and taste cider at an Austrian apple and pear orchard. Your ship sails into Austria, cruising along an especially scenic stretch of the Danube called the Schlögener Schlinge, a great loop where the river almost doubles back on itself, before arriving in Linz. In keeping with the Austrian traditions of good food and good music, Linz gave rise to both the Linzer torte and the Linz Symphony. The torte is a delectable confection, and the symphony is one of Mozart’s most celebrated works. The story goes that the composer was so inspired by the beauty of the city that he finished his Symphony No. 36 in less than a week here in 1783. This vibrant city, the second largest in Austria, has been a center of trade and industry for centuries—and it still inspires artists today.

Day 5: Passau, - Deggendorf (Theresienthal)

Featured Excursions: Exclusive Bavarian Forest village with Theresienthal glass manufactory visit, Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

Is that the sound of…jingle bells? Yes indeed, but that’s not Santa’s sleigh you’re hearing, it’s a horse-drawn wagon whisking you through the densely wooded Bavarian Forest. This area is known for glass-making, which you’ll observe close-up at a famous workshop. Onward to Passau, a lovely place to take a stroll and visit the local Christmas market. Begin the day in the beautiful Bavarian Forest, known as the green roof of Europe, and then explore historic Passau, the three-river city on the Austrian border.

Day 6: Regensburg

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

The Old Town of Regensburg sparkles with holiday lights and decorations this time of year, adding to its already considerable charms. Check out the best and brightest cultural sights, then head to what may very well be the most romantic Christmas market in all of Germany, nestled within the courtyard of a beautiful baroque castle. “Regensburg is so beautifully situated; this region had to attract a town,” Goethe wrote in his Diary of an Italian Voyage. And attract a town it did. In fact, it first attracted the armies of ancient Rome, who founded the town in about the year 100. The town thrived, not just because of its beautiful location, but also because ambitious and farseeing locals built a bridge over the Danube in the 12th-century. The Stone Bridge helped Regensburg become an international trading hub and, at one time, the capital of Bavaria. So many of the handsome buildings from that period remain that UNESCO declared the old city center a World Heritage Site.

Day 7: Roth - Nuremberg

Featured Excursion: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

For a truly over-the-top 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 its long toy-making tradition.

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

Day 8: Depart Nuremberg (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship in Nuremberg and transfer to Nuremberg airport for your flight home.

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Chritmas 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.

2019 and 2020 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
Program Start Date
Classic
French Balcony
Deluxe French Balcony
Suite
Grand Suite
Royal Suite
Dec 8, 2019
$3,699
$4,499
$4,999
$7,099
$8,999
$10,699
Dec 8, 2020
$3,399
$4,199
$4,699
$6,799
$8,699
$10,399
 
From Vienna
Program Start Date
Classic
French Balcony
Deluxe French Balcony
Suite
Grand Suite
Royal Suite
Dec 1, 2019
$3,999
$4,799
$5,299
$7,399
$9,299
$10,999
Dec 15, 2019
$3,899
$4,699
$5,199
$7,299
$9,199
$10,899
Dec 1, 2020
$3,399
$4,199
$4,699
$6,799
$8,699
$10,399
Dec 15, 2020
$3,199
$3,999
$4,499
$6,599
$8,499
$10,199
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 person (2020 departures).

Prices Include:
▪ 7-night Cruise in selected riverview stateroom 
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ 7 breakfasts, 6 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
6 days of excursions, including "Choice is Yours" option, all with fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment
▪ Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture
▪ An experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
▪ Concierge services
▪ All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services
▪ Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
▪ All transfers on arrival and departure 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
▪ Personal expenses

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