Christmastime from Vienna to Frankfurt 2021
12 Day River Cruise Vienna to Frankfurt
Starting at $4,461
Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
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, or opt for a culinary 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 last 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.
Destination & Sightseeing
|Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation):||Onboard welcome reception|
|Day 2 Vienna:||Choice of guided sightseeing, or culinary tour at Christmas market|
|Day 3 Wachau Valley-Melk-Grein:||Scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; onboard cookie tasting, guided tour in Grein|
|Day 4 Passau:||Guided tour; Christmas market|
|Day 5 Regensburg:||Guided tour; Christmas market; beer tasting on board|
|Day 6 Nuremberg:||On board 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; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture|
|Day 10 Würzburg:||Guided tour, visit the Bishop's Residence; Christmas market|
|Day 11 Main river village:||Cookie-baking demonstration on board; guided tour|
|Day 12 Frankfurt (Disembarkation):||Your cruise ends this morning|
- In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
- Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
- Christmas markets generally operate from late November until the third week of December, depending on the location.
Hotel as shown or similar
Am Stadtpark 1,A Wien Austria
A modern 579 room property offering comfortable luxury. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and access in guestrooms is subject to a fee (payable locally). Leisure facilities include a well-equipped gym with sauna and steam bath, a contemporary style restaurant with a terrace for al fresco dining during the summer months and a lobby bar & lounge.
Hotel as shown or similar
Hochstrasse 4 Frankfurt Germany
This stylish 342-room hotel boasts an ideal location in the heart of Frankfurt city center, next to the Stock Exchange and just minutes away from the Old Opera House and historic Römer Square. Enjoy fine local and international cuisine in the hotel's restaurant or dine outdoors on the spacious terrace with beautiful park views. Unwind with an American whiskey or cocktail at the sophisticated American-style bar, or simply enjoy a Cuban coffee and delicious bites in the bar and lounge. The health club offers a half Olympic-size indoor pool, fitness equipment, a whirlpool, steam room, and sauna. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property.