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European Holiday Markets

Nuremberg to Vienna - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard S.S. Beatrice
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This cruise takes you to some of the most famous and delightful holiday markets in Europe. Those looking to experience Europe at its most magical will enjoy the chance to discover the delightful holiday traditions and treats of Germany and Austria. At each market, you’ll find wooden stalls displaying traditional crafts that range from quirky little characters made of fruit and dressed in Bavarian costume to beautifully carved and painted Nativity figures. You’ll also find exquisite ornaments and fine contemporary crafts, along with fairytale villages decked in holiday finery.

Select departures run in reverse (Vienna to Nuremberg)
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Highlights
  • Experience Europe during the holidays
  • Visit delightful holiday markets in Central Europe
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Nuremberg | Embark

Arrive at Nuremberg Airport where you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Nuremberg | Roth

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
For a truly over-the-top holiday extravaganza, look no further than Nuremberg, which boasts the largest and grandest Christmas Market in all of Germany—and that’s really saying something. The “Gingerbread Capital of the World” pulls out all the stops during the holidays, as you’ll see for yourself on a panoramic tour guaranteed to put you in a festive mood. 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.

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

Day 3: Regensburg

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Old Town of Regensburg sparkles with holiday lights and decorations this time of year, adding to its already considerable charms. Check out the brightest cultural sights, then head to what may very well be the most romantic Christmas Market in all of Germany, nestled within the courtyard of a beautiful baroque castle—as you take in the delights of the markets.

Day 4: Deggendorf (Theresienthal) | Passau

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take some time today to explore the beautifully expansive and heavily wooded Bavarian Forest. As the largest continuous forested region in Europe, there’s plenty to uncover—like unspoiled landscapes, abundant wildlife and idyllic atmosphere.

Day 5: Danube River | Linz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There’s more to Linz than its famous Linzer torte, although that alone makes it well worth a visit. The city has a thriving contemporary art scene, and its two Christmas Markets are over-the-top enchanting. In keeping with the Austrian traditions of good food and good music, Linz gave rise to both the Linzer torte and the Linz Symphony. The symphony is one of Mozart’s most celebrated works. The story goes that the composer was so inspired by the beauty of the city that he finished his Symphony No. 36 in less than a week here in 1783.

Day 6: Wachau Valley | Dürnstein | Vienna

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a scenic cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley, you’ll reach the tiny village of Dürnstein. Walk along its cobbled streets, browse the shops selling apricot schnapps, and perhaps take a quick jaunt up to the ruins of a castle (with an intriguing tale all its own). Later, you can taste mulled wine and attend an organ concert at an Augustine church.

Day 7: Vienna

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Vienna is a city steeped in history, music and elegant architecture. Mozart, Austria’s most famous citizen, was at the height of his creative powers when he lived here, writing perhaps his best-known works, including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. He found Vienna a very inspiring place, and so will you. You’ll have a full day to savor the Christmas spirit in Vienna with over 140 wooden stalls enticing you with every sort of delicacy. Be sure to try the rum balls and nutmeg-spiced macarons, which are local favorites, and amble through the adjacent park to admire the elaborately decorated trees.

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

Day 8: Vienna | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After disembarking, you will be transferred to Vienna International Airport for your flight home.

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Magnificent appointed riverview stateroom (150 sq ft - 14 sq m) is located on the Moselle Deck. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers
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Luxuriant appointed riverview stateroom (150 sq ft - 14 sq m) located on the Rhine Deck with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, back-lit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers
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Lavishly appointed riverview suite (225 sq ft - 21 sq m) located on the Rhine Deck with a french balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, back-lit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers.
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Luxurious appointed riverview grand suite (310 sq ft - 28.8 sq m). Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, back-lit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers, a rain shower and tub.
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Luxurious appointed riverview royal suite (390 sq ft - 36.2 sq m) with spacious living room. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmers, back-lit magnifying mirror, mirrors, bathrobes and slippers, rain shower and tub.
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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Bilingual English-speaking guide
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside 
  • Bicycles & Hiking Sticks equipment if needed
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks, and mineral water
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Let's Go” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture
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  • Personal Expenses
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  • Additional excursions during free time
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