Day 1: Nuremberg (Embark)
Arrive at Nuremberg Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2: Nuremberg, Roth
Nuremberg city tour with Christmas market
A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
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. Two hundred stalls filled with holiday wares—ornaments, nutcrackers, seasonal treats and hand-carved toys—await you, and the irresistible aromas of roasting nuts, cinnamon and grilled sausages waft through the air.
Day 3: Regensburg
Regensburg walk with Thurn & Taxis Castle visit and Christmas market
The Old Town of Regensburg sparkles with holiday lights and decorations this time of year, adding to its already considerable charms. Check out the 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—as you take in the delights of the markets.
Day 4: Deggendorf (Theresienthal), Passau
Bavarian Forest adventure
Passau walking tour with Christmas market
Take some time today to explore the beautifully expansive and heavily wooded Bavarian Forest. As the largest continuous forested region in Europe, there’s plenty to uncover—like unspoiled landscapes, abundant wildlife and idyllic atmosphere.
Day 5: Cruising the Danube River, Linz
Choice of Linz walking tour with Christmas market or Linz town stroll and cider farm visit
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. 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 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.
Day 6: Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein, Vienna
Dürnstein village stroll with spiced wine tasting and organ concert in a monastery
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 mulled wine and attend an organ concert at an Augustine church.
Day 7: Vienna
Choice of "Taste of Christmas" Vienna walking tour or Vienna city tour with Christmas market
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
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 with over 140 wooden stalls enticing you with every sort of delicacy. Be sure to try the rum balls and nutmeg-spiced macarons, which are local favorites, and amble through the adjacent park to admire the elaborately decorated trees.
Day 8: Vienna (Disembark)
Disembark the ship in Vienna and transfer to Vienna International Airport for your flight home.