European Holiday Market 2016

Day 1 – Nuremberg (embark)

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

Day 2 – Nuremberg, Roth

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. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3 – Regensburg

FEATURED EXCURSION: “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour with enchanting Christmas Market in the Thurn and Taxis Castle
The UNESCO-designated city of Regensburg is a delight to explore on foot, and your walking discovery tour will take you down quaint cobblestone streets and through centuries of colorful history. Marvel at the cathedral’s luminous stained-glass windows and the famous 12th-century Stone Bridge, then head to Thurn and Taxis Castle to experience the Christmas Market held on the castle grounds.

Day 4 – Deggendorf (Theresienthal), Passau

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive Bavarian Forest village with Theresienthal glass manufactory visit, Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market and gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations
Following a horse-drawn wagon ride through the scenic Bavarian Forest, you’ll have a chance to see the workshop of a world-renowned glass manufacturer and their lovely selection of handmade crystal. Then it’s on to Passau for a walking discovery tour of the charming Old Town, with ample free time to explore the local Christmas Market. As an extra special treat, you can learn how to make delicious gingerbread and beautiful floral centerpieces for the holidays.

Day 5 – Cruising the Danube River, Linz

FEATURED EXCURSION: Linz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market
On today’s guided walking discovery tour of Linz, you can view the town’s cathedral, the Old Market, and its pretty Main Square. Later, spend some 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 6 – Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein, Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Dürnstein walking discovery tour with exclusive mulled wine tasting, and exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace
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. You’ll also see the beautiful blue façade of the town’s baroque monastery and quaint, centuries-old townhouses on your guided walking discovery tour with a local expert. Stop to warm up with a special tasting of mulled wine, the ideal beverage at this festive time of year. Depart for Vienna, an elegant city with an illustrious Habsburg heritage, where you can attend an evening Mozart and Strauss concert inside a Viennese palace.

Day 7 – 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

Vienna is a treasure trove of sacred gems, many of which you’ll see on your panoramic tour. Travel Ring Street, see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the principle staterooms of the magnificent Winter Palace, and peruse the city’s world-famous Christmas Market. Or, indulge in the “Taste of Christmas” with a special tour through the heart of the city that features chic boutiques and tantalizing treats. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 8 – Vienna (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Vienna International Airport for your flight home.

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 sacred gems, many of which you’ll see on your panoramic tour. Travel Ring Street, see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the principle staterooms of the magnificent Winter Palace, and peruse the city’s world-famous Christmas Market. Or, indulge in the “Taste of Christmas” with a special tour through the heart of the city that features chic boutiques and tantalizing treats. Later, you'll be treated to an exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3 – Dürnstein, cruising the Wachau Valley

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Dürnstein walking discovery tour with exclusive mulled wine tasting, and organ concert in a rococo Augustine monastery church

Today you will visit the charming Wachau Valley village of Dürnstein, nestled at the foot of a hill crowned with the romantic ruins of a 12th-century castle. You’ll also see the beautiful blue façade of the town’s baroque monastery and quaint, centuries-old townhouses on your guided walking discovery tour with a local expert. Stop to warm up with a special tasting of mulled wine, the ideal beverage at this festive time of year, and enjoy an organ concert in a rococo Augustine monastery church.


Day 4 – Linz

FEATURED EXCURSION: Linz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

On today’s guided walking discovery tour of Linz, you can view the town’s cathedral, the Old Market, and its pretty Main Square. Later, spend some 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: Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market and gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations, and exclusive Bavarian Forest Village and Theresienthal glass manufactory visit

In Passau, enjoy a walking discovery tour of the charming Old Town, with ample free time to explore the local Christmas Market. As an extra special treat, you can learn how to make delicious gingerbread and beautiful floral centerpieces for the holidays. Continue on to Theresienthal, where you'll take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the scenic Bavarian Forest and see the workshop of a world-renowned glass manufacturer and their lovely selection of handmade crystal. 



Day 6 – Regensburg

FEATURED EXCURSION: “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour with enchanting Christmas Market in the Castle of Thurn and Taxis
The UNESCO-designated city of Regensburg is a delight to explore on foot, and your walking discovery tour will take you down quaint cobblestone streets and through centuries of colorful history. Marvel at the cathedral’s luminous stained-glass windows and the famous 12th-century Stone Bridge, then head to Thurn and Taxis Castle to experience the Christmas Market held on the castle grounds.

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. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell 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.