Day 1 – Vienna (embark)
Arrive at Vienna International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit and Christmas Market OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour and exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace
Vienna is a treasure trove of gems, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral—the most beloved architectural wonder in all of Vienna—and the stately Ringstrasse, the broad thoroughfare surrounded by the many imperial buildings that give Vienna its wedding cake appearance. After your panoramic tour, visit Prince Eugene’s magnificent Winter Palace, one of the most magnificent baroque edifices in Vienna, in the historic city center. If you wish to experience a taste of Christmas in Vienna, join a local guide as you venture along famous shopping streets with windows bedecked with their holiday finery, and stop to sample some of the local seasonal treats with a Viennese coffee. Later, you’ll be treated to an exclusive private concert of Mozart and Strauss at a Viennese palace. Conclude your day at the festive Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – Dürnstein, cruising the Wachau Valley
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Dürnstein walking discovery tour with exclusive spiced mulled wine tasting and organ concert in Augustine church
Cruise the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to the village of Dürnstein, nestled at the foot of a hill crowned with the romantic ruins of a 12th-century castle. Ramble along the narrow lanes of the town with a local expert. Stroll through the town, stopping to warm yourself with a cup of spiced mulled wine and enjoy a soul-stirring organ concert at the 15th-century former Augustine monastery—splendidly redone in the baroque style of the 18th century.
Day 4 – Linz
FEATURED EXCURSION: Linz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market
The Danube serves as a dividing line between the modern Linz and its old soul. During your guided walking tour, view Linz’s Alter Dom, the Old Market and the impressive Main Square—one of Austria’s most attractive closed squares—with its baroque Trinity Column. Spend time browsing the one-of-a-kind wares on display at the local Christmas Market, where you’ll encounter two things for which Linz is most famous—Christmas crèches (Nativity scenes) and the delicious Linzer torte, a classic holiday dessert.
Day 5 – Passau, Vilshofen (Theresienthal)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive Bavarian Forest village with Theresienthal glass manufactory visit, and Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market and gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations
Snuggle in warm blankets on a horse-drawn wagon ride through the Nature Reserve of the Bavarian Forest before arriving at a world-renowned glass manufacturer in Theresienthal, where you’ll learn about the techniques used to create beautiful Bohemian glassware for European rulers for centuries. Later in Passau, join a local expert to discover the city’s magical townscape, built in Italian baroque style, full of historic buildings, large squares, romantic promenades and winding lanes. St. Stephan’s Cathedral in the old town center provides the perfect setting for its Christmas Market, which sells special ornaments and handmade toys, as well as lebkuchen, gingerbread and glühwein, hot mulled cider. As an extra-special treat, learn how to make delicious lebkuchen and beautiful holiday floral centerpieces.
Day 6 – Regensburg
FEATURED EXCURSION: “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour with enchanting Christmas Market in the Thurn and Taxis Castle
During the holidays, the streets and squares of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, sparkle with Christmas lights. Experience the perfect combination of an inviting skyline, impressive historic monuments and legendary Bavarian hospitality as you stroll through the atmospheric narrow lanes on your tour before going to the Christmas Market at Thurn and Taxis Castle. Larger than Buckingham Palace, its magnificent park, imposing architecture and picturesque courtyard creates a unique romantic atmosphere for this Christmas Market. Step back into the times of knights, princesses, and horses and carriages as you wander through the courtyard gently lit by torches, lanterns and candles admiring the mighty, beautifully decorated Christmas tree and enjoying traditional Bavarian delicacies.
Day 7 – Roth, Nuremberg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market
The medieval walled city of Nuremberg—the “Gingerbread Capital of the World,” and equally famous for its toys—is yours to discover today on a panoramic tour. Stop at the imperial castle, Kaiserburg, and stroll past the handsome half-timbered houses of the charming old quarter. Make your way to Nuremberg’s famous Christkindlesmarkt, one of the best and the largest in Germany, with over 200 wooden stalls filled with handcrafted gifts. Celebrate a festive evening at the 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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