European Holiday Markets
“Welcome, young & old, to my little community of wood & cloth.” These words spoken by the Christkind open the Nuremberg Christmas Market. Though the iconic representative of the market is named for the infant Jesus, she—yes, she—is a girl dressed as a crowned angel. All over Germany, the Christkind is a symbol of the holiday’s magic.
This cruise takes you to some of the most famous & delightful of the holiday markets in Central Europe. At each market, you’ll find wooden stalls displaying traditional crafts that range from quirky little characters made of fruit & dressed in Bavarian costume to beautifully carved & painted Nativity figures. You’ll also find exquisite ornaments & fine contemporary crafts, along with fairytale villages decked in holiday finery.
Sparkling lights illuminate ancient cathedral squares, & the sound of children’s laughter mingles with carols. Enjoy Uniworld’s exclusive “Taste of Christmas” program in Vienna, where you’ll see astonishing confectionary decorations in Café Demel’s windows. Celebrate the season in a new way as you meander through old lands, & remember, as the Christkind says, “While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy it brings is eternal.”
|Starting from||R49 400|
|Package Validity||Set departure date: 14 DEC 2017. *** Book & pay by 30 NOV 2017 & SAVE R7000 per person, discount already included in the price ***|
|Destination||Austria & Germany|
- All transfers on arrival & departure days
- 7 nights cruise accommodation in a riverview stateroom on-board Uniworld - River Beatrice/River Princess
- All dining & unlimited beverages on-board including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee & tea & bottled water
- Captain's Welcome & Farewell Receptions
- Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinners
- 6 excursions, including "Choice is Yours"
- Guided "Taste of Christmas", "Village Day" & "Gentle Walking" programs
- Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Assistance of an English-speaking local expert & experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- On-board local entertainement
- Port charges
** This cruise operates between 30 NOV 2017 - 14 DEC 2017. Please enquire with you Travel Agent regarding prices for other dates **
Arrive at Vienna International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit & Christmas Market OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour, & exclusive Mozart & 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 & the principle staterooms of the magnificent Winter Palace, & 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 & tantalizing treats. Later, you'll be treated to an exclusive Mozart & Strauss concert at a Viennese palace. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner.
Dürnstein, cruising the Wachau Valley
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Dürnstein walking discovery tour with exclusive mulled wine tasting, & 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 & 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, & enjoy an organ concert in a rococo Augustine monastery church.
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, & 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) & the delicious Linzer torte, a classic holiday dessert.
Passau, Vilshofen (Theresienthal)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market & gingerbread-making & floral-decorating demonstrations, & exclusive Bavarian Forest Village & 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 & beautiful floral centerpieces for the holidays. Continue on to Theresienthal, where you'll take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the scenic Bavarian Forest & see the workshop of a world-renowned glass manufacturer & their lovely selection of handmade crystal.
FEATURED EXCURSION: “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour with enchanting Christmas Market in the Castle of Thurn & Taxis
The UNESCO-designated city of Regensburg is a delight to explore on foot, & your walking discovery tour will take you down quaint cobblestone streets & through centuries of colorful history. Marvel at the cathedral’s luminous stained-glass windows & the famous 12th-century Stone Bridge, then head to Thurn & Taxis Castle to experience the Christmas Market held on the castle grounds.
FEATURED EXCURSION: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market
The medieval walled city of Nuremberg—the “Gingerbread Capital of the World,” & equally famous for its toys—is yours to discover today on a panoramic tour. Stop at the imperial castle, Kaiserburg, & stroll past the handsome half-timbered houses of the charming old quarter. Make your way to Nuremberg’s famous Christkindlesmarkt, one of the best & the largest in Germany, with over 200 wooden stalls filled with handcrafted gifts. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell & Gala Dinner.