Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Vienna, Austria.
Day 2 Vienna, Austria - Tour Begins - Board Cruise Ship
Your tour opens in Vienna, Austria’s beautiful capital city. Unpack once for a relaxing 6-night Danube River cruise aboard your lovely ship. This beautiful vessel offers outstanding features: the newest technology, a panoramic deck terrace café, panorama salon and bar, excellent cuisine including unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks with all dinners, and exceptional service. This evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner onboard, followed by a Christmas concert for your enjoyment performed by the ship’s orchestra. (D)
Day 3 Vienna
Join a local expert exploring Vienna's Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna's Baroque elegance; stroll along the Karntner Strasse or sample some of Vienna's famous pastries. If you wish, you may join an optional excursion to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty, and visit Vienna’s most famous Christmas market, located in front of the Rathaus (City Hall). (B,L,D)
Day 4 Vienna - Emmersdorf - Wachau Valley
This morning, journey through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns. View the picturesque landscapes as you cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf. Relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery before joining an excursion to the nearby town of Durnstein and the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. Enjoy a Glühwein Party before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Passau, Germany
Amid the early morning light, cruise past scenic valleys and charming riverside towns to Passau, situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city exploring the ornate Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest church organ, and the charming Christmas market. Take advantage of leisure time to discover the town on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Regensburg
A guided walking tour of magnificent Regensburg reveals one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities with nearly 1,400 historic buildings. Some of the architectural highlights you may view include the first stone bridge built over the Danube, a 1,400-foot-long span built in the 12th century, the old Town Hall, and the Porta Praetoria, built in A.D. 179 and one of only two remaining Roman gates in Germany. This afternoon, take a stroll through Old Town to Regensburg's charming Christmas market and marvel at the festive lights and decorations. Browse and shop at the brightly lit wooden huts that sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys and local handicrafts. A wonderful evening of food, music and entertainment awaits you at the Captain’s Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Nuremberg
Your cruise continues across the continental divide to Roth, where a short transfer will bring you into picturesque Nuremberg. Stroll along the city streets with an expert guide on a city tour of historic Nuremberg featuring Old Town, the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, and the Imperial Castle. Your city tour concludes with a visit to Nuremberg’s Christmas market which is Germany’s oldest, dating back to 1628. The city is also known to be a toy-making center, and perhaps you’ll shop for traditional handcrafted nutcrackers or treat your taste buds to Nuremburg’s famous Lebkuchen (gingerbread). (B,L,D)
Day 8 Nuremberg - Disembark Ship - Rothenburg - Würzburg/Schweinfurt
Disembark your ship in Nuremberg. Proceed to lovely Rothenburg, one of the most well-preserved medieval walled towns in all of Germany. Enjoy free time to explore the town's hidden treasures and its charming Christmas market, plus the chance to visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas store and museum where you will find a wide range of traditional German Christmas decorations. Arrive in Würzburg and join a local guide on a leisurely paced walking tour of the city and surrounding sights. Würzburg is an ancient Franconian wine town rich in historic sites, including the magnificent 18th-century residence of the Prince-Bishops, which boasts the largest ceiling fresco in the world, and the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main. This evening, join your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner and celebrate the end of a magical journey. (B,D)
Day 9 Würzburg/Schweinfurt - Tour Ends
Your tour ends this morning. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
Browse the famous Christmas markets along the Danube.
Explore the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey.
Join a local expert as you explore Vienna, Regensburg, Nuremberg, and Würzburg.
All This Included
Begin your holiday season with a relaxing cruise along the scenic Danube River, stopping at traditional Christmas markets in Vienna, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg and Rothenburg. In Vienna, join a local expert in exploring the historic sites where you’ll indulge in the city’s atmosphere of opulence and elegance. Visit the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. Enjoy a German holiday party with mulled wine, referred to as a Glühwein Party. Float through the Wachau Valley dotted with castles and small riverside towns. Delight in the fairy-tale, Baroque architecture in Passau. Explore Nuremburg, home to one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in the world, fanciful nutcrackers, and Lebkuchen (gingerbread). Discover Würzburg, an ancient Franconian wine town. See this breathtaking region of central Europe dressed in its holiday best.
Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Accommodations on this Tour
Vienna: MS Amadeus Brilliant
Wurzburg: Maritim Hotel
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
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.