Christmastime From Nuremberg To Basel

11/28/2022 through 12/07/2022
11/28/2022 through 12/19/2022
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Celebrate this magical time of year with a delightful Christmastime river cruise through the beautiful views of the heart of Germany, on the Main Danube Canal, and the Main and Rhine Rivers. Board your ship in Nuremberg, Germany, host to one of the oldest Christmas markets in the country. Get into the holiday spirit as you stroll through the brightly illuminated and decorated Old Town. 200 stalls sell traditional German Christmas wares and seasonal delicacies. In delightful Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find nativity scenes built by local citizens through-out the town. Learn about holiday traditions as you cruise to Würzburg, and here walk through the halls of 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). Learn how to bake a traditional cookie before arriving at one of the charming small towns with half-timbered houses that are dotted along the Main River. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue your cruise to Speyer and visit Heidelberg Castle, which towers magnificently over the city, and watch the skaters on the ice rink below. At this time of year, the historic charm of Strasbourg, France, is mixed with festive aromas, sights, and sounds-creating a truly magical atmosphere! Visit the gothic cathedral with its ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Breisach, Germany-gateway to the famous Black Forest. An area of unrivaled natural beauty, and the home of Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. There is no better setting at this time of year, when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses. Your delightful holiday cruise ends in Basel, Switzerland.

Included Features:

Day 1 Nuremberg (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Nuremberg: Choice of Nuremberg guided tour or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market

Day 3 Bamberg: Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture

Day 4 Würzburg: Guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residence; Christmas market

Day 5 Main river village: Onboard Cookie-baking demonstration; guided tour

Day 6 Frankfurt. Excursion to Rüdesheim: Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; German lunch with wine/coffee tasting; Christmas market

Day 7 Speyer. Excursion to Heidelberg: Guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; free time for Christmas market

Day 8 Strasbourg: Guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 9 Breisach: Choice of visit to a local winery in Breisach or excursion to the Black Forest

Day 10 Basel (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning

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Day 1 Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Nuremberg
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Day 3 Bamberg
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Day 4 Würzburg
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Day 5 Main River Village
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Day 6 Frankfurt. Excursion To Rudesheim
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Day 7 Speyer.Excursion To Heidelberg
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Day 8 Strasbourg, France
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Day 9 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 10 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)
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