Christmas Market Cruise on The Danube River

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  • $4,088 – Riviera
  • $4,398 – Vista
  • $4,598 – Horizon

Price Includes: Round Trip Airfare and Airport Transfers, 6 Night River Cruise, Excursions and Meals as Noted, Standard Travel Protection, Transportation To and From Airport from Standard Southwest Tour Pick Up Points. Prices are subject to change without notice. Tours are subject to energy surcharges and other factors beyond our control.

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Day 1 | December 5 | Munich

Today you depart the USA on an overnight flight to Munich, Germany.

Day 2 | December 6 | Nuremberg

Upon arrival in Munich, transfer to your exclusively chartered river ship, the MS Emerald Destiny, in Nuremberg. The afternoon is at leisure to begin exploring your new surroundings. Immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit as we stroll through Nuremberg’s famous Christkindle Market on the Haupt Market Square in the center of this charming medieval city. With the majestic Alps to the south and the medieval Imperial Castle perched atop the Old Town hill, Nuremberg is a spectacular backdrop for one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets. Aromas of gingerbread, sausages, roasting chestnuts and spiced mulled wine fill the air as we shop for Christmas gifts and souvenirs. Evening Accommodations on Board the MS Emerald * Dinner and Evening Snack on Board

Day 3 | December 7 | Nuremberg

The day begins with a guided tour of Nuremberg. During the panoramic tour by motor coach you’ll venture outside of the inner city to see the Palace Of Justice, site of the famous war trials, and one of the few buildings in Nuremberg that survived the extensive bombings of Germany. We’ll also see St. John’s Cemetery and the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds. Returning to the city center, you continue on with the walking portion of the tour. The guide takes you through the Old Town and provides insights about the castle, fountains, churches and art as well as the city’s past and present. After the tour, we’ll have free time for visiting the Christkindle Market. This afternoon, the ship departs for Regensburg, Germany. Evening Accommodations on Board the MS Emerald * Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snack on Board

Day 4 | December 8 | Regensburg

After a leisurely morning sailing along the Danube River, you will arrive in Regensburg. Following lunch onboard, explore Regensburg on a guided walking tour. You’ll stroll through the historic center and experience its beauty and history firsthand. At the end of the excursion you will remain in town to spend time at the magnificent Christmas Markets. Wander through the narrow streets, hidden courtyards and quaint passageways, all a twinkle with sparkling Christmas lights. This evening, the ship departs for Passau, Germany. Evening Accommodations on Board the MS Emerald * Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snack on Board

Day 5 | December 9 | Passau

Arriving in Passau, the day begins with an included walking tour where you can admire graceful arcades, beautiful architecture, quaint alleyways and a picturesque river promenade as stroll through the cobblestone streets with your guide. Also see the breathtaking Baroque cathedral of St. Stephan. After the tour there is free time to visit the stalls of the local Christmas Market. Lunch is onboard the ship which will depart for Linz, Austria. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon onboard and watch the scenery pass by from the comfort of your stateroom or the panoramic windows of the lounge. The ship arrives in Linz this evening. Evening Accommodations on Board the MS Emerald * Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snack on Board

Day 6 | December 10 | Linz

Today is all about discovering the most popular market, Christkindlmarkt am Hauptplatz, of Linz. Join our Tour Managers for the short walk into the city center where there is ample time for the market in the main pedestrian square of the city center. Set amongst the Baroque scenery of the city, it’s a perfect place to get caught up in the festivities of the Christmas season. This afternoon, the ship departs for the final port of call, Vienna. Evening Accommodations on Board the MS Emerald * Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snack on Board

Day 7 | December 11 | Vienna

With an early morning arrival in Vienna, you have a full day ahead you in this capital city. An included panoramic excursion shows you the highlights of Vienna before we enjoy a guided visit of Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. This afternoon is left free of planned activities so you can explore the local Christmas Markets on the last day of the cruise. This evening, there is a farewell dinner onboard. Evening Accommodations on Board the MS Emerald * Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snack on Board

Day 8 | December 12 | Home

It’s time to bid a fond ‘auf widersehen’ to Europe with wonderful memories of the German and Austrian Christmas Market as we transfer to the Vienna Airport for our flight home. Breakfast On Board

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Tour Highlights

  • Sailing on the MS Emerald with Riverview Staterooms with Walkout Balconies
  • Guided Tours of Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau & Vienna
  • Christmas Markets in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz & Vienna
  • Guided Tour of Schoenbrunn Palace
  • Onboard Lunches and Dinners are Four – Course Meals
  • Afternoon Tea and Late Evening Snacks Daily
  • Culinary Demonstrations by the Ship’s Chef
  • Presentation on the History of the Danube River
  • 6 Breakfasts * 5 Lunches * 6 Dinners


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