Grand Christmas & New Years 2017

Grand Christmas & New Year's

13 DAYS FROM NUREMBERG TO BUDAPEST

Day 1: Nuremberg (embark)

Arrive at Nuremberg Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Nuremberg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

Discover Nuremberg, a quintessential medieval German city, on your panoramic city tour and enjoy Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, Germany’s oldest Christmas Market. Celebrate a festive evening at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Optional Excursions:
Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit

Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit

  • Duration: 4
  • Intermediate:
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  • Price: $53.90

Hitler considered Nuremberg the perfect expression of German culture and chose it as the location for his massive rallies and most grandiose building schemes. Visit the Party Rally Grounds and the Documentation Center’s exhibit on the rise and fall of the Nazis, and see the Nuremberg Memoriam, which gives you a view of Courtroom 600, where 21 Nazi war criminals were tried in 1945—it remains an active courtroom and cannot be viewed during court proceedings, though the displays, including pieces of the original dock, can be seen.

Day 3: Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Regensburg

Spend a leisurely day onboard as you cruise along the marvel of modern engineering, the 106-mile-long Main- Danube Canal from the Main River to the Danube River.

Day 4: Regensburg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour of Old Town OR Jewish Regensburg walking discovery tour

Experience the perfect combination of an inviting skyline and impressive historic monuments as you stroll through Regensburg to its UNESCO-designated Old Town. Alternatively, trace the Jewish history in Regensburg, one of the oldest Jewish communities in Germany.

Day 5: Cruising the Danube River, Deggendorf (Theresienthal)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Exclusive Bavarian Forest village with Theresienthal glass manufactory visit

Snuggle in warm blankets on a horse-drawn wagon ride through the Bavarian Forest before arriving at a famous glass manufacturer in Theresienthal. Learn about the techniques used to create Bohemian glassware. Once back onboard, prepare for a festive Christmas celebration, complete with all the trimmings.

Day 6: Cruising the Danube River, Passau

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Passau walking discovery tour

The beautiful city of Passau, situated at the confluence of three rivers, was an important center of trade during the Middle Ages, and you will see its charming Old Town and ornate cathedral with Europe’s largest pipe organ on a guided walking discovery tour.

Day 7: Linz (Salzburg)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Full day Salzburg tour

Journey through the region known to many as the “smile on the face of Austria,” Salzburg. On your guided tour through the UNESCO-designated Old Town, view historical gems, from the 17th-century cathedral to Mozart’s birth house to the famous gardens where scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed.

Day 8: Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Dürnstein village stroll with exclusive spiced wine tasting and organ concert in rococo Augustine monastery church, and exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg

Situated in the heart of the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein features many places of historic interest, including the Wedgewood-like baroque church tower. Stroll through the town, stopping to warm yourself with a mulled wine tasting and to attend a soul-stirring organ concert. Later, you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat—an exclusive private cocktail reception at the 13th-century Artstetten Castle, hosted by an Austrian princess descended from the royal Habsburgs.

Day 9: Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour, and exclusive Mozart & Strauss concert at a Viennese palace

Vienna is a treasure trove of gems, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the stately Ringstrasse. After your tour, visit Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace, one of the most magnificent baroque edifices in Vienna. If you wish to experience a taste of Christmas in Vienna, join a local guide as you venture along famous shopping streets with stops to sample some of the local seasonal treats. End your day with a private concert of Mozart and Strauss at the baroque Abbey Klosterneuburg.

Day 10: Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Schönbrunn Palace, and exclusive New Year’s gala dinner and dance at a Viennese palace

Schönbrunn Palace, the stunning former Habsburg summer residence, is on full display for you to enjoy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 1,441-room baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country. It is largely in its original condition, from the authentically furnished residential and ceremonial rooms to the maze and labyrinth in the gardens. Continue a day experiencing royalty as you ring in the New Year in grand royal style at the glorious Palais Daun Kinsky, complete with a festive dinner along with a private concert, and dancing to famous Strauss and Mozart tunes.

Day 11: Vienna, cruising the Danube River

After exploring Vienna, relax onboard as the ship cruises to Budapest. Join another festive evening with the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 12: Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Budapest city tour

Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, on a panoramic tour showcasing St. Stephen’s Basilica and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district.
Optional Excursions:
Szentendre artist´s village visit and shopping

Szentendre artist´s village visit and shopping

  • Duration: 3.5
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $75.90

Head to the charming little town of Szentendre, with its well-preserved 17th-century houses and active community of artists and craftspeople. A guide will introduce you to the village’s main street, which is also its primary shopping boulevard. Here you’ll find all the traditional Hungarian arts and crafts you can imagine, including ceramics, hand-embroidered blouses and tablecloths, and wool sweaters, as well as fine Herend porcelain and Tokaji wines. You can then visit either the Margit Kovács Ceramics Museum or the unique Szabo Marzipan Museum, which features a display of the Hungarian Parliament building made entirely out of marzipan.

Day 13: Budapest (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home.