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8 DAYS UNIWORLD GERMANY RIVER CRUISE – CLASSIC CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Frankfurt, Wertheim, Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Schweinfurt, Bamberg, Nuremberg

Cruise, History & Culture, Winter Holiday

Highlights

  • Cruise in comfort on an elegant boutique river boat, with 5-star farm-to-table cuisine, unlimited drinks, butler service and exclusive curated excursions.
  • Explore some of the most beautiful medieval towns along the Main River, before soaking up the festive atmosphere at their charming Christmas Markets
  • Taste traditional Christmas delights at the markets and on a special baking demonstration by a master baker
  • Interact with the locals and experience rural Christmas in the small villages of Franconia’s countryside

A journey that will make you believe in holiday magic all over again.

Discover villages with fairy-tale houses and a friendly, festive atmosphere. Share traditional holiday goodies with the people who made them. Watch as modern children abandon their usual electronics and discover the enchantment of hand-carved wooden toys, as scents of cinnamon and roasting nuts fill the air. Sail through Christmas country, trying Frankfurt’s famous apple cider and Nuremberg’s gingerbread. Throughout, cozy up to steaming mugs of glühwein (warm spiced wine) and do as the locals do by collecting different mugs from each stall and town you visit. Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany, the land where many Christmas traditions began, and find the magic of the season in the smiles that you meet along the way.

From

USD 4,699 per person
(plus USD 200 port charges)

8 Days 7 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival In Frankfurt

Arrival In Frankfurt
River Queen
Dinner included

Upon arrival in Frankfurt, meet your driver at the airport and transfer to your ship for embarkation.

One of the most unique ships cruising Europe’s waterways, the River Queen has an exterior resembling the steamships of the 1930s and an elegant Art Deco interior. Decorated in richly textured blue and white fabrics—with marble bathrooms and inspiring artwork—River Queen is a sublime floating hotel designed with your every comfort in mind. River Queen was rated the #1 ship in the entire cruise industry (both river and ocean) in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Cruise Poll.

Day 02 Frankfurt

Frankfurt
River Queen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers as well as traditional Old Town architecture. Experience both aspects of the city today, a few tour options available to browse the local Christmas market, a walking tour featuring all sorts of sugary and savory treats or an excursion to the Christmas market in Wiesbaden.

Mainhatten Walking Tour with Christmas Market (Group Shore Excursion)

Dive into the energy of sophisticated Frankfurt with your guide, roaming from its historic heart, Römer Square, to its landmark skyscraper, Main Tower, where you’ll take an elevator to the 650-foot-high (198 meters) viewing platform for a panorama of the 50 skyscrapers that underline the importance of this European hub. Closer to earth, you’ll see the Römer, a complex of patrician houses originally built around 1288 that has served as Frankfurt’s City Hall for more than 600 years. From here, you’ll notice the red sandstone tower of St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral; kings were elected and emperors crowned here beginning in 1356. You have the opportunity to explore this lovely city at your own pace – the Old Town is resplendent with the joyous sights and sounds of Frankfurt’s Christmas Market and a great place to start. There are options for designer shopping on Goethe Street or exploring the little boutiques on Berger Street as well, or check out the museums that line the Main River right next to your ship, all of them worth exploring. The Stadel has a splendid collection of works by painters ranging from Rubens to Baselitz.

Frankfurt Taste of Christmas Walking Tour (Group Shore Excursion)

What better way to begin your holiday cruise than by sampling some of the seasonal specialties of this region? Join your local expert for an exploration of Frankfurt’s culinary delicacies, including holiday treats such as bethmännchen, a marzipan- filled pastry named for a 19th-century banking family, and quetschemännchen, quirky little plum-and-nut figures that are traditionally made for the season. These are just a couple of the treats awaiting you as you ramble through the picturesque area around historic Römer Square, where markets have been held since the 13th-century. Tall half-timbered houses, including the old Town Hall, enclose the square, which has hosted a Christmas market since the 1390s. Now you’ll find long rows of gaily decorated stalls filled with imaginative crafts and delicious foods.

Wiesbaden Twinkling Star Christmas Market (Group Shore Excursion)

The Sternschnuppenmarkt (or “Twinkling Star”) Christmas Market in Wiesbaden is a delight for visitors young and young at heart, festively decorated and well-organized, with a colourful stage and a good mix of friendly vendors. There’s also a one-of-a-kind backdrop, the city’s grand Town Hall, State Capitol and the Market Square Church, the latter of which is beautifully illuminated.\

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 03 Wertheim

Wertheim
River Queen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Wertheim Walking Tour with Mulled Wine & Christmas Stollen Demonstration (Group Shore Excursion)

While you’re still onboard, enjoy a cup of mulled wine and join a stollen baking demonstration (traditional German fruitcake) by a master baker.

Then venture into town where you’ll see the dramatic ruins of Wertheim Castle standing high above the village as you ramble through the narrow streets, passing small bakeries and butcher shops. The counts of Wertheim began building this huge fortress in the 12th century, and the town grew up in its shelter. Wertheim had defenses of its own too: The Pointed Tower, a former watchtower also used as a jail for drunkards and shrews in the 13th-century, still stands, leaning slightly toward its neighbours, not from age but because flood waters have undermined it. It’s not the only architectural wonder you’ll pass: Blue House’s spectacular half-timbering is painted with an unusual cobalt glass-based paint, and Zobel House is just 10 feet (3 meters) wide at its base. In the Market Square, you’ll see St. Mary’s Chapel, which was erected in 1447; the step-gabled house built for 16th-century wine merchant Lorenz Baunach; and the 1574 Angels’ Well, which derives its name from the two little angels that hold Wertheim’s coat of arms. After the tour you can stay in town to shop for keepsakes or visit the Glass Museum before making your way back to the ship.

Day 04 Wurzburg

Wurzburg
River Queen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Wurzburg Residence Visit (Group Shore Excursion)

This morning, you’ll head off to see the Wurzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage–designated residence that was constructed over a period of 60 years in the 18th century. The magnificent grand staircase boasts the world’s largest ceiling fresco, painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Portions of the building were damaged by Allied bombing in 1945, but fortunately most of the historic furnishings had been stored off-site and key rooms were unharmed, so you can see the original—and matchless—artwork, gilding and statuary. Check out the spectacular Hall of Mirrors and the imposing Imperial Hall, which boasts a large oval dome and 20 half-columns.

At the conclusion of your tour, you’ll head back to Würzburg’s glorious Christmas Market, which is held in the square in front of the old City Hall. Beautifully decorated wooden booths are illuminated by the soft glow of Christmas lighting, and the air is filled with the scent of roasted chestnuts and the sound of Christmas carols. As you rove among the booths, you can watch glassblowers and wood carvers at work and buy their handiwork directly from them.

Franconian Christmas Village Day (Group Shore Excursion)

Travel through Franconia’s rolling hills and farms to the picture-perfect village of Aschfeld, which features a historic church with a defensive wall that protected residents throughout the Middle Ages, After your visit to the Heimatmuseum at the Fortified Church, sample some homemade Christmas goodies such as cookies, stollen and gingerbread, along with coffee and tea, as you listen to stories about daily life in Wertheim, as well as facts about the town and its history.

Residence Visit (Group Shore Excursion)

This morning, you’ll head off to see the Wurzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage–designated residence that was constructed over a period of 60 years in the 18th century. The magnificent grand staircase boasts the world’s largest ceiling fresco, painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Portions of the building were damaged by Allied bombing in 1945, but fortunately most of the historic furnishings had been stored off-site and key rooms were unharmed, so you can see the original—and matchless—artwork, gilding and statuary. Check out the spectacular Hall of Mirrors and the imposing Imperial Hall, which boasts a large oval dome and 20 half-columns.

At the conclusion of your tour, you’ll head back to Würzburg’s glorious Christmas Market, which is held in the square in front of the old City Hall. Beautifully decorated wooden booths are illuminated by the soft glow of Christmas lighting, and the air is filled with the scent of roasted chestnuts and the sound of Christmas carols. As you rove among the booths, you can watch glassblowers and wood carvers at work and buy their handiwork directly from them.

Franconian Christmas Village Day (Group Shore Excursion)

Travel through Franconia’s rolling hills and farms to the picture-perfect village of Aschfeld, which features a historic church with a defensive wall that protected residents throughout the Middle Ages, After your visit to the Heimatmuseum at the Fortified Church, sample some homemade Christmas goodies such as cookies, stollen and gingerbread, along with coffee and tea, as you listen to stories about daily life in Wertheim, as well as facts about the town and its history.

Day 05 Kitzingen (Rothenburg) / Schweinfurt

Kitzingen (Rothenburg) / Schweinfurt
River Queen
Breakfast, Dinner included

Full Day Rothenburg Walking Tour and Christmas Market (Group Shore Excurion)

Rothenburg looks like something straight out of the pages of a fairytale version of the Middle Ages. Great stone walls surrounding the medieval core stand tall, linking towers, bastions and parapets, and timber-framed houses decked out for the holidays line the narrow cobblestone streets and tiny squares. Walk with a local expert to the magnificent Town Hall, whose Gothic, Renaissance and baroque features reveal its long history. The gothic Franciscan Church is revered for its famous Tilman Riemenschneider altarpiece depicting St. Francis receiving the stigmata.

Your local expert can suggest the best places to enjoy a lunch on your own before you wander among the stalls of one of Germany’s oldest and most celebrated Christmas markets. You’ll find charming handcrafted wares and souvenirs, as well as pastries and mulled wine to keep you warm. Don’t miss a favourite seasonal treat, the schneeball, or snowball, made from strips of sweet dough shaped into a ball that is fried and covered in powdered sugar or chocolate. Be sure to check out the original Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store opposite the market. A huge Christmas tree revolves in the centre of the store, and some 35,000 Christmas-themed items line the shelves.

Day 06 Bamberg

Bamberg
River Queen
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Bamberg Walking Tour with Christmas market (Group Shore Excursion)

The entire heart of historic Bamberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it is yours to explore today. In the splendid late-Romanesque Imperial Cathedral you will find the only papal tomb in Germany, that of Pope Clement II (who was the bishop of Bamberg before he became pope), as well as the tomb of Emperor Henry II (who established the bishopric). Near it are two magnificent palaces: The Old Palace, the late-Gothic imperial residence, sits across from the New Residence, where the 17th-century prince-bishops lived. Cross the footbridge to the Old Town Hall; legend has it that the bishop refused to give the town land for their town hall, so they built an artificial island for it smack in the middle of the Regnitz River. You’ll also see parts of Bamberg’s famous Nativity Walk, which links 35 churches, museums and public spaces that display Nativity scenes; some made hundreds of years ago.

 

When the tour concludes, you’ll have time to explore Bamberg’s Christmas Market, which is actually four markets: the traditional one on the Market Square, one featuring medieval cultural programs and two markets that focus on local arts and crafts. Shuttles will be provided throughout the afternoon to take you between the ship and town.

Day 07 Nuremberg

Nuremberg
River Queen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Nuremberg City Tour with Christmas Market (Group Shore Excursion)

Beautiful at any time, Nuremberg’s Old Town is especially magical when dressed in all of its holiday splendor. Stroll through the castle gardens and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, then walk through a maze of cobblestone lanes down to the central Market Square. There, spread out before the Church of Our Lady, is the largest Christmas market in Germany. Two hundred stalls filled with holiday wares—ornaments, nutcrackers, seasonal treats and hand-carved toys—await you, and the irresistible aromas of roasting nuts, cinnamon and grilled sausages waft through the air. Adding to the fun is an area set aside especially for children, complete with a two-tiered carousel featuring carved reindeer and Santa’s sleigh. As you wander through the market, you will certainly want to indulge in some of the city’s famous gingerbread; after all, Nuremberg is known as the “Gingerbread Capital of the World.”

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

08 Departure from Nuremberg

Departure from Nuremberg
N.A
Breakfast included

Disembark the ship and a group transfer will be arranged to Nuremberg International Airport for onward journey. Alternatively, we will be happy to arrange some post tour experiences.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative cost per person

Based on twin-share
US$4,600 + US$200 port charges
Single Supplement
US$2,070
Deluxe (14sqm)

Deluxe (14sqm)

Located on the Danube (Main) Deck

Deluxe (14sqm)

Deluxe (14sqm)

Deluxe Layout

Deluxe Layout

Category 2

Indicative cost per person

Based on twin-share
US$4,549 + US$200 port charges
Single Supplement
US$2,730
French Balcony (14sqm)

French Balcony (14sqm)

Located on the Rhine Deck

French Balcony (14sqm)

French Balcony (14sqm)

French Balcony Layout

French Balcony Layout

More information on Cabin Categories

COST INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights in an elegant and well-appointed river-view stateroom
  • Meals as indicated as per itinerary – five-star farm-to-table cuisine including welcome and farewell gala dinners
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • All scheduled airport transfers
  • Choice of excursions curated exclusive for onboard guests
  • In-suite butler service
  • Onboard fitness centre, plus exercise and wellness classes
  • Shipwide internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking poles for onshore use
  • All gratuities

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfares
  • Visa
  • Meals unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. laundry, bar, spa services
  • Phone and internet charges

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