Festive Season On The Legendary Danube
What entices you most about a river cruise through Central Europe? Does visiting historical sites pique your interest? How about architecture preserved from the 14th century or cities virtually untouched since Roman times? Maybe it’s walking down narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses or enjoying Germany’s famous beers? From Nuremberg to vibrant Budapest, this Danube river cruise vacation takes you to four countries. Sail through a winter wonderland and revel in the Advent season as each town is festively lit and decorated, and Christmas markets selling traditional wares, abound.Board your ship in Nuremberg, Germany, and visit this thousand-year-old city with a Local Guide. The Christmas market is one of Europe’s oldest-be sure to try the traditional gingerbread for which the city is famous. Next, reach Regensburg-the only German city not bombed during WWII. Here, you’ll taste some of Germany’s famous beers and sausages. Next stop is Passau, known for its narrow winding streets lined with patrician houses, and the magnificent Italian baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which forms a perfect back-drop for the delightful Christkindlmarkt. In Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, and enjoy a traditional Austrian cookie tasting as you cruise through the wintry Wachau Valley to romantic Vienna. Here, where Christmas markets are scattered around the city, you may opt for a culinary walk through the markets to taste some of the local traditional specialties.Your European river cruise vacation ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore one more Christmas market and buy last-minute gifts.
Day 1 Nuremberg (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Nuremberg: choice of Nuremberg guided tour or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas MarketDay 3 Regensburg: onboard Christmas Traditions lecture; guided tour, Christmas Market, beer tasting on boardDay 4 Passau-Linz: guided tour; free time in LinzDay 5 Melk–Wachau Valley–Vienna: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; Austrian cookies tastingDay 6 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing or culinary tour at Christmas MarketDay 7 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Heroes’ Square; Christmas MarketDay 8 Budapest (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning
Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)
Melk – Wachau Valley