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Classic Christmas Markets
(Frankfurt to Nuremberg)

8 days with Uniworld  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 – Frankfurt (embark)
Arrive at Frankfurt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – Frankfurt
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Frankfurt walking tour with Christmas Market or exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking tour
On the last full day of your journey, dive into the energy of sophisticated Frankfurt, roaming from its historic heart to its landmark skyscraper. Take an elevator to the top of the Main Tower for a view of the 50 skyscrapers that reveal the importance of this European hub, which people from 200 nations call home. An enormous lighted Christmas tree marks Römer Square, where you’ll find pretty timber-framed houses surrounding a famous Christmas Market. Explore the area on foot with your guide, then amble on your own through the market. Or, opt instead to explore the spectacular 10-story Zeil shopping mall and the Kleinmarkthalle with a local guide who will introduce you to the delectable tastes of the season. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – Cruising the Main River, Wertheim
FEATURED EXCURSION: Wertheim walking tour with mulled wine and Christmas stollen demonstration
Join your local guide for a walk through the town of Wertheim, where you can look across the Main River to Bavaria before continuing to the Pointed Tower. Stop in at the historic Wertheim Market Square, lined with half-timbered buildings and shops selling artisanal glass and Franconian wines in round bottles. Later, enjoy a cup of mulled wine and a stollen (traditional German fruitcake) baking demonstration by a master baker in a private village wine estate.
Day 4 – Würzburg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Würzburg Residenz with Christmas Market and exclusive Franconian “Village Day”
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 just one of your destinations today. The opulent Würzburg Residenz is an extraordinary baroque palace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 300-room palace took nearly 60 years to complete and contains the world’s largest ceiling fresco (created by Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo), as well as what is often described as the world's most beautiful staircase. You’ll also visit the town’s 200-year-old Christmas Market for one-of-a-kind presents and souvenirs. Later, share some homemade seasonal treats with a family in an idyllic German village.
Day 5 – Kitzingen (Rothenburg)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day Rothenburg with walking tour and Christmas Market
After the ship docks in Kitzingen, you’ll travel along parts of the “Romantic Road” to Germany’s best-preserved walled city. Rothenburg is truly a fairytale gem, with its medieval stone walls still enclosing the old city. You’ll get a glimpse of the way life was lived in the Middle Ages as you walk past half-timbered houses topped with picturesque red-tile roofs on your way to one of Germany’s oldest and most celebrated Christmas markets, Reiterlesmarkt. One local seasonal treat that shouldn’t be missed is the schneeball, or “snowball,” made from strips of sweet dough that are fried and covered in powdered sugar or chocolate. You will also want to visit Käthe Wohlfahrt’s original Christmas shop and stop in at a delightful museum that displays toys dating back to the 17th century.
Day 6 – Bamberg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bamberg Nativity Walk with Christmas Market
Wander with your guide through the curious narrow alleyways that wind through Old Town on your way to the scenic Bamberg Cathedral and New Residence. As you stroll, you’ll see parts of Bamberg’s famous Krippenweg (Nativity Walk), which links 40 churches, museums, and public spaces displaying Nativity and New Testament scenes. Some of the figures in these scenes were carved hundreds of years ago. You’ll have time to explore the treasures waiting in the local Christmas Market, which is actually four markets: the traditional market on Maxplatz, another featuring medieval cultural programs in the courtyard of Geyersworth Palace, and two focused on local arts and crafts. You may also wish to browse through the delightful shops that are beautifully decorated for the holiday.
Day 7 – Nuremberg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market
During the Middle Ages, Nuremberg was the preferred residence of emperors. On your guided excursion, visit Kaiserburg, the castle that rises high above the city and that housed every emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Continue along cobblestone streets to one of the most famous examples of 14th-century German ironwork, the Beautiful Fountain in Market Square. Finish the day shopping for unique gifts at the festive Christkindlesmarkt, the largest and oldest Christmas Market in Germany. The best way to experience this market’s 200 wooden stalls is with a warm cup of sweet-and-spicy gluhwein in hand to keep you nice and toasty. In this fine medieval setting, you can also enjoy authentic Nuremberg gingerbread and bratwurst. Shuttle buses will run between the market and the ship in the afternoon. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 8 – Nuremberg (disembark)
Disembark the ship and transfer to Nuremberg Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague.
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All This Included
Immerse yourself in holiday magic on a cruise through Germany’s fairytale scenery. 

Europe’s wonderful Christmas Markets have been a much-loved tradition for many centuries, and their festive bonhomie and magical charm continue to endure. Observe traditional artisans as they carve old-fashioned toys and wooden ornaments, and bakers as they roll out giant gingerbread hearts and decadent once-a-year confections. Inhale the scent of cinnamon and roasted sausages and nuts as you stroll amongst colorfully decorated market stalls, searching for unique treasures while sipping a steaming mug of glühwein (warm spiced wine). There’s no better place to embrace the holiday spirit than in Germany, the land where many Christmas traditions began.
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Taste of Christmas,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all shore excursions
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the regal River Duchess
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • 1 country: Germany
  • 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Christmas Traditions in Germany”
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard River Queen
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 23. 
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $175.
  • Single supplement applies for single accomodation. 
  • Itineraries and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors. 
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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