16 Day Christmastime Vienna to Basel
Visit Austria, Germany, France & Switzerland!
This holiday river cruise takes you to many beautiful and historical cities of Germany and Austria. And the views along the way can’t be outdone—towns and villages decorated for the holidays and beautiful views as you cruise along the Danube and Main Rivers, and the Main Danube Canal. Your Christmastime river cruise begins in Vienna, the capital and treasure of Austria, and ends in Frankfurt, Germany. In Vienna, see the sights with a Local Guide and enjoy a walk through the Christmas markets to taste some of the traditional fare. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk, and visit the Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s most architecturally-breathtaking monasteries—sure to be truly magnificent during the holiday season. In Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, see the sights with a Local Guide and savor local sausages and beer at one of Germany’s oldest restaurants, Historiche Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen). On to Nuremberg where, after your guided tour, you are free to visit the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world. A full-day excursion to Munich shows you the Bavarian capital. The traditional Christmas market is located on the Marienplatz, with aromas of toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread filling the air! Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the many nativity scenes exhibited throughout the town are sure to delight. In Würzburg, on the River Main, visit the ornate Bishop’s Residence—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Your next stop is at one of the charming small towns dotted along the river—sure to be even more appealing illuminated with Christmas lights and decorations. Take an excursion to Rüdesheim in the Rhine Valley wine region to experience the joyful Mechanical Music Museum. Enjoy Christmas market lights and delights through Heidelberg and Speyer before sailing to Strasbourg for the La Petite France district and shimmering Christmas markets. Continue on to the Black Forest for a traditional Bavarian Christmas atmosphere Your delightful festive cruise ends in Basel.
- 16 Day Christmastime cruise
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- Save $1900 per couple (included in price)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- SkyDeck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area, and premium lounges
- Covered Observation Lounge
- Club Lounge
Hofburg Palace is a magnificent palatial complex that pays tribute to the power and influence of the Habsburg dynasty and served as the main winter palace for the rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for hundreds of years.
Spalentor, Basel, Switzerland
This regal, 15th-century gateway is one of 3 remaining from the city's ancient walls.
Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation):
Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Vienna:
City sightseeing; Christmas market
Day 3 Wachau Valley–Melk–Grein:
Scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; onboard Austrian cookies tasting; guided tour in Grein
Day 4 Passau:
Guided tour; Christmas market
Day 5 Regensburg:
Guided tour; Christmas market
Day 6 Nuremberg:
Onboard Christmas Traditions lecture; choice of guided tour or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market
Day 7 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich:
Guided tour, see the Marienplatz, Christmas market
Day 8 Nuremberg:
Day at leisure to visit Christmas market
Day 9 Bamberg:
Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas market; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture
Day 10 Würzburg:
Guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residence; Christmas market
Day 11 Main river village:
Day 12 Frankfurt. Excursion to Rüdesheim:
Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat
Day 13 Speyer. Excursion to Heidelberg:
Guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; free time for Christmas market
Day 14 Strasbourg:
Guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market
Day 15 Breisach:
Choice of visit to a local winery in Breisach or excursion the Black Forest
Day 16 Basel (Disembarkation):
Your cruise ends this morning
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