8 Day Christmas Markets River Cruise (Nuremberg to Vienna, Monarch Countess)
8 days with Gate 1 Rating: Deluxe
River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Germany Depart for Germany
DAY 2, Monday - Embark in Nuremberg Arrive in Munich. The port in Nuremberg is a 1.5 hour drive from the Munich airport. Embarkation begins at 2 pm. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. (Dinner)
DAY 3, Tuesday - Nuremberg City Tour & Christmas Market This morning awake in Nuremberg, Bavaria's energetic city with its history of almost one thousand years. View the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946, known as the Nuremberg Trials, and the chilling Nazi Rally Grounds where mass events were held to fuel the party propaganda. After destruction in WWII, the city has been painstakingly reconstructed, returning to some of its former glory. Explore the renowned Christmas market in the Old Town which attracts visitors from all over the world. The air is scented with a Yuletide aroma of roasted almonds, fresh gingerbread and hot chestnuts. Look up and see the golden angel in her white dress and jeweled crown, symbol of this magical market. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 4, Wednesday - Regensburg City Tour & Christmas Market This afternoon explore Regensburg, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter, and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at the beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. After lunch aboard the ship, dock in Regensburg. This afternoon, feel free to visit the Christmas markets where you can enjoy hot mulled wine, traditional foods and wonderful handmade local crafts. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 5, Thursday - Passau City Tour & Christmas Market Dock this morning in 2500-year-old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Alternatively, join the optional full day tour to picturesque Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including the Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg & Christmas Market.
DAY 6, Friday - Wachau Valley Scenic Sailing Today relax on board and spend the day admiring the picturesque countryside as you travel eastward. Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley on the way to Vienna, the Imperial city legendary for its opulence and elegance. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7, Saturday - Vienna City Tour & Christmas Market This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travelers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, and beautiful gardens. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at a café sampling the famous Viennese Sacher Torte, or, join the optional afternoon tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the opulent baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. The ship will remain docked in Vienna this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM).
DAY 8, Sunday - Depart Austria Your vacation ends after breakfast. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am. (Breakfast)
River Cruise Highlights
Experience the charm of the world-famous Christmas markets in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau and Vienna
In Nuremberg, View the historic Palace of Justice
Marvel at the beautiful churches and ancient stone bridges in Regensburg
Explore 2500-year-old Passau and its mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic Arcitecture
Tour romantic Vienna with its legendary opulence and elegance
All This Included
6 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class Monarch Countess
River port charges of $190 per person
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
Services of local guides in all major cities
Shore excursions per itinerary
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
River Cruise Features & Amenities
Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
Wine and beer with dinners
Locally inspired recipes
Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
Late night snack
Complimentary basic Wi-Fi access in public areas
Self-serve coffee and tea station
Lounge serving premium spirits
Non-smoking ship interior
Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Monarch Countess
Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. Embarkation will begin at 2:00 pm however early arrivals may rest in the lounge if their assigned cabin is not ready upon check-in. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information. While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions.
Know Before You Book - High & Low Water European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.
This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.
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.