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 capital city. Board your ship and unpack once for a relaxing cruise along the Danube. Your home for the next 6 nights, this beautifully appointed vessel has all the modern amenities you could need, such as the newest technology, panoramic deck café, panorama salon and bar, exceptional service, and delicious cuisine and wine with every dinner. Celebrate with a welcome dinner on board, followed by a Christmas concert performed by the ship’s orchestra. (D)
Day 3 Vienna
Join a local expert and explore Vienna's architecture, including Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is yours. Perhaps you’ll join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs’ summer retreat, and visit Vienna’s most famous Christmas market. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Vienna - Emmersdorf - Dürnstein - Wachau Valley
Journey through the Wachau Valley, dotted with castles and hillside houses, as you cruise to the quaint town of Emmersdorf. Relax and take in the scenery before visiting Dürnstein and the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey. Take a sip of local traditions at 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 meeting point of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city and take in the ornate Baroque architecture, the cobblestone streets, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest church organ. Take advantage of free time to discover the town and Christmas market more on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Regensburg
With an expert guide, discover Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. See the first stone bridge built over the Danube and the Porta Praetoria – a Roman gate built in A.D. 179. 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 holding seasonal ornaments, wooden toys, and local handicrafts. On board, attend the Captain’s Gala Dinner for an evening of food, music, and entertainment. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Nuremberg
Cruise across the continental divide to Roth and make your way to Nuremberg. Stroll through the historic city with an expert guide and see Old Town, the 900-year-old ramparts, and the Imperial Castle. Your city tour concludes at Nuremberg’s 17th-century Christmas market which is Germany’s oldest. Wander along the local goods and perhaps you’ll shop for handcrafted nutcrackers or treat your taste buds to Nuremburg’s famous Lebkuchen (gingerbread). (B,L,D)
Day 8 Nuremberg - Disembark Ship - Rothenburg - Würzburg
Disembark your ship in Nuremberg and continue on to Rothenburg, a town of medieval walls, fairytale houses, and Christmas markets. Join a local guide in nearby Würzburg, an ancient wine town. Embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of the city and surrounding sights. This evening, join your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner and toast to the end of your journey along the Danube. (B,D)
Day 9 Würzburg - Tour Ends
Say goodbye to Germany as your tour draws to a close. (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 discover Vienna, Regensburg, Nuremberg, and Würzburg.
All This Included
On a boat cruise along the Danube, explore charming Christmas markets and see Europe dressed in its holiday best. Join a local expert and explore historic Vienna. Float through the Wachau Valley dotted with castles and hillside houses. Visit the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. Enjoy a Glühwein Party – a German holiday party with mulled wine. Explore Nuremburg, home to one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in the world. Discover Würzburg, an ancient Franconian wine town. Relax as you are transported to beloved riverside towns and delve into local holiday traditions.
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
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.