Christmas Markets Along the Danube - Eastbound

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This Danube river cruise from Nürnberg to Vienna aboard ms Savor or ms Joy offers a new approach to discovering the magic of the Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria… a 700-year holiday tradition! Enjoy Tauck's signature sightseeing and exclusive events... gain insights from the personal experiences of your local guides as they recall the Christmas Markets of their childhoods... and celebrate the holidays with special yuletide events on the ship and off! Aboard your riverboat, decorated in holiday style, you can sample glühwein and other seasonal goodies. Attend a festive European Christmas dinner with all the fixings… and a performance by alumni of the Regensburger Domspatzen choir! Explore the Baroque architecture of 900-year-old Melk Abbey... have lunch at the Palais Pallavicini in Vienna, and take a tour of the Thurn und Taxis family's Palace of St. Emmeram in Regensburg, with a visit to its private Christmas Market – and more!

Highlights
  • Visit to Baroque Melk Abbey in Austria
  • Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at £937!
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors & Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tour of Thurn und Taxis Palace and visit to its private Christmas Market
  • Visits to Christmas Markets in Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Passau, Regensburg & Nurnberg
  • Locally guided walking tours of market cities and towns
Destinations
  • Nürnberg
  • Germany
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Luxury
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  • River Cruise

Location: Nürnberg, Germany

<strong>Tour begins: 5:30 PM, N&uuml;rnberg, Germany.</strong> A transfer is included from N&uuml;rnberg Airport to ms <em>Savor</em> or ms <em>Joy.&nbsp;</em>Guests enjoying a pre-cruise stay in N&uuml;rnberg will receive a transfer from the Tauck hotel to the riverboat. You'll find N&uuml;rnberg&nbsp;all done up for the holidays; like its neighboring countries, Germany during the season of the Christmas Markets is at its most festive. Join the captain for his welcome reception followed by dinner aboard the riverboat this evening.

Accommodation Name: ms Joy

Meals: Dinner

Location: Nürnberg, Germany

<span style="color: #5f497a;"> <strong>N&uuml;rnberg</strong> </span>- <em>On N&uuml;rnberg's main market square opposite the Church of Our Lady sits perhaps the most famous of Germany's Christmas Markets, with its iconic, golden-haired Christmas Angel and charming Zwetchgenmannle (&ldquo;Plum People&rdquo;) &ndash; unique to Bavaria and made from dried plums and other fruits. By the time Christmas Eve rolls around, this &ldquo;Little Town from Wood and Cloth&rdquo; will have welcomed two million folks from around the globe &ndash; including you &ndash; delighting them with its authentic ornaments, Bavarian crafts, Christmas candles, lebkuchen and other kinds of cookies, tasty fruit loaves, tangy gingerbread, handmade toys and gl&uuml;hwein!</em>&nbsp; &nbsp; You'll have a choice of sightseeing in historic N&uuml;rnberg this morning. You may choose to explore old N&uuml;rnberg, including a walking tour along its centuries-old ramparts and defensive walls, past the opera house and St. John's Cemetery to the old city and marketplace, and visiting the D&uuml;rer House. Or take a tour that includes the Zeppelinfeld rally grounds, the Documentation Center and other N&uuml;rnberg city sites associated with World War II and its aftermath. Following your visit to N&uuml;rnberg's famous Weihnachtsmarkt, you'll have lunch and some time to spend as you please before rejoining the riverboat and continue cruising to Regensburg. After dinner tonight, you might want to join in as we trim the riverboat's Christmas tree for the holidays and enjoy some special treats.

Accommodation Name: ms Joy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Regensburg, Germany

<span style="color: #5f497a;"> <strong>Regensburg</strong> </span>- <em>Sausages and song are big in Regensburg, as your visit to its centuries-old Weihnachtsmarkt on the Neupfarrplatz will attest. Market goers feast on the city&rsquo;s famed sausages, along with steamed dampfnudel dumplings, gingerbread, roast chestnuts and, naturally, gl&uuml;hwein from Bavarian claret, as they admire the work of glassblowers, chandlers and potters, and listen to the joyous strains of the acclaimed Regensburger Domspatzen choir &ndash; some of whose alumni will perform on your riverboat tonight! The Thurn und Taxis family&rsquo;s Palace of St. Emmeram is the setting for your tour and visit to its private Christmas Market. During the seasonal Christmas Markets Germany glows with holiday cheer as each town celebrates the season &ndash; and Regensburg is one of the most special. </em> &nbsp; You'll understand why Regensburg calls itself "Europe's best-preserved medieval city" as you explore its Christmas Market set against a backdrop of centuries-old buildings during a walking tour and some free time to enjoy the town on your own. After lunch aboard the riverboat, it's off for a private visit to an opulent palace that the founders of Europe's first large-scale postal system converted from a monastery for themselves. The Thurn und Taxis family's impressive Palace of St. Emmeram is said to have more rooms than Buckingham Palace, and hosts its very own Christmas Market in the intimate setting of the beautiful inner courtyard every year. On your visit, tour the palace and browse the fine private market, where you might interact with artisans displaying their wares. Rumor has it that Her Highness Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis and her family often wander through, enjoying the market themselves. After returning to the ship, joins us this evening for a performance by the Regensburg Spitzweg Quartet aboard the riverboat this evening.

Accommodation Name: ms Joy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Passau, Germany

<strong>Passau</strong> &ndash; <em>Navigating the narrow lanes and archways of this Bavarian town on the Danube, Ilz and Inn rivers is a pleasure any time of year &ndash; but never more so than now, when one of the Christmas Markets Germany is most famous for transforms Passau&rsquo;s historic Baroque center into a wonderland brimming with bratwurst, lebkuchen, gl&uuml;hwein and good cheer. At the center of it all is St. Stephan&rsquo;s Cathedral, whose massive pipe organ &ndash; the largest in Europe &ndash; stars in concerts throughout the season.&nbsp;&nbsp;</em> &nbsp; Enjoy a walking tour of the city and its Weihnachtsmarkt, the afternoon is yours to explore as you wish. Please join us back aboard the riverboat for a discovery briefing with your Tauck Director before a special Chef's Signature Dinner this evening.

Accommodation Name: ms Joy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Salzburg, Austria

<strong>Salzburg / Linz </strong>- <em>The angelic voices of choirs singing carols in Salzburg's Cathedral Square... the pealing bells of old Salzburger Dom, overlooking neat rows of lit-up booths fragrant with the aroma of roasted almonds and hot mulled wine... ornate Baroque domes, towers and rooftops tipped with snow in the heart of Old Town... the clatter of horse-drawn carriages over cobblestoned streets... sweet candy apples and marzipan... the warm laughter of families having the time of their lives... and music everywhere, in the city that gave us Mozart. The Christmas Markets of Salzburg, a true feast for the senses... and Linz&rsquo;s Christkindlmarkt, the curving roofs of its stalls symbolizing the waves of the Danube.&nbsp;&nbsp; </em> The riverboat arrives in Linz, Austria, for a full-day excursion to Mozart&rsquo;s magical hometown of Salzburg, with its Baroque town center dressed in its holiday best. After a walking tour and wander through the Christkindlmarkt in this charming city, enjoy a special festive lunch with your fellow travelers. Following some free time, return to Linz for a different Christmas Market experience&hellip; and, as you&rsquo;ve learned, each town&rsquo;s market has something all its own to offer. Or, if you prefer, spend the entire day in Linz, enjoying its Christmas Market, exploring on your own, or just relaxing aboard the riverboat.&nbsp;Enjoy a live musical performance by Donau Klang aboard ship tonight.

Accommodation Name: ms Joy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Melk, Austria

<span style="color: #5f497a;"><strong>Melk</strong></span>&nbsp;- <em>Perched high on a rocky bluff overlooking the Danube and the town of Melk, Stift Melk (Melk Abbey) has shone as a beacon of culture and learning since its founding nearly a millennium ago. The 18th-century Baroque complex is home to a magnificent church and its own Christmas legend &ndash; about a miraculous visit from the Virgin Mary and the Christ child, and a young novice whose juggling so entertained the infant that he clapped for joy.&nbsp;</em> A visit to one of the world's most famous monasteries, beautiful Melk Abbey, inspires with Baroque architecture and facades, soaring ceilings, magnificent frescoes, gold and marble statues and artistic treasures. Black-robed Benedictine monks go about their simple daily lives here today, just as they have done for hundreds of years. Situated high above the town overlooking the river, the Abbey is home to a stunning library housing a massive collection of medieval tomes, including a famous group of musical manuscripts. Be sure to take time to admire the views of the Danube from its terraces. From Melk, you'll cruise through the Wachau Valley this afternoon, arriving in grand old Vienna after dinner tonight.

Accommodation Name: ms Joy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Vienna, Austria

<span style="color: #5f497a;"><strong> Vienna</strong> </span>- <em>Images of St. Nicholas &ndash; with his devilish nemesis, Krampus &ndash; Advent wreaths, twinkling lights, roasting chestnuts, sausages and kartoffelpuffer (potato cakes), hot gl&uuml;hwein and fruity punsch... all signs of Christmastime in Vienna! Many Christkindlmarkts big and small grace Austria&rsquo;s capital at yuletide, and you&rsquo;ll explore two of the major ones. Magic&rsquo;s in the air at the Wiener Christkindlmarkt on the Rathausplatz in front of the city hall, Vienna&rsquo;s oldest and largest Christmas market... live music, tastefully lit trees, holiday arts and crafts, tempting treats and smiling faces are everywhere. And at opulent Sch&ouml;nbrunn Palace, you&rsquo;ll tour rooms that the Habsburgs once lived in, and browse through lovely hand-blown glass ornaments, red Viennese hearts, Victorian-style sweets and other treasures in the palace&rsquo;s own, equally impressive Christmas Market... guaranteed to warm your heart.&nbsp;</em> &ldquo;Imperial&rdquo; Vienna, which you&rsquo;ll explore on a sightseeing tour this morning, seems even grander with Christmas decorations everywhere you look. Get a glimpse of what &ldquo;happy Habsburg family holidays&rdquo; might have been like on a tour of Sch&ouml;nbrunn Palace, and take in the palace&rsquo;s own Christmas Market. After a holiday lunch at the historic Palais Pallavicini, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to sample more of Vienna&rsquo;s holiday cheer and its many Christmas Markets; complimentary shuttles run back and forth between the city and the riverboat. Share your memories of this wonderful week with your new friends at the captain's farewell reception, followed by dinner this evening... as your Christmas Market cruise draws to a close.

Accommodation Name: ms Joy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Vienna, Austria

<strong>Tour ends: Vienna.</strong> Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the riverboat to Vienna International Airport. Guests enjoying a post-cruise stay in Vienna will receive a transfer from the hotel to the airport. Please allow at least 3 hours for airport check-in.

Meals: Breakfast

  • Visits to Christmas Markets in Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Passau, Regensburg & Nurnberg
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors & Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at £937!
  • Locally guided walking tours of market cities and towns
  • Visit to Baroque Melk Abbey in Austria
  • Tour of Thurn und Taxis Palace and visit to its private Christmas Market
4* Wonderful River Cruise
We had a thoroughly enjoyable experience on the Christmas Markets cruise. The ship was perfect: the cabins were large, the bathroom was hotel size, storage was ample. The excursions were all very good. The tour directors were excellent. The crew could not have been better. They were always friendly, very accommodating, and extremely helpful. We enjoyed Salzburg more than any other town
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Date: 26-Dec-2017

5* Christmas Markets on the Danube-East Bound
This was our 4th trip with Tauck and our second River Cruise. Once again the experience was fantastic. The itinerary was well paced but not rushing, the MS SAVOR has been overhauled with larger bathrooms and very nice, the crew did a wonderful job of making our cruise one that makes us return! Very difficult to select one moment but it would be between the day we spent in Passau or the day we visited Salzburg and St. Peter's Abbey
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Date: 12-Dec-2016

5* Christmas Markets - Danube
Our 9th trip with Tauck! I think we like them! Our tour directors, as with all other Tauck trips we have taken, were beyond outstanding. The little touches and surprises were vintage Tauck. MS Joy was beautiful. Looking forward to another river cruise with Tauck in 2018. Would do it sooner, but we already have two Tauck trips booked for 2017. Luncheon and concert at Palais Pallavicini. Nuremberg Market. Salzburg.
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Date: 19-Dec-2016

5* can't beat the Christmas markets!
We began in Nuremberg which we were unfamiliar with and absolutely LOVED! All the stops were amazing and we can't wait to do it again.The special lunch in Vienna, the demo in Passau and the market at Thurns and Taxis were all very special. The markets are for locals to shop and do their holiday shopping, it is not at all overly commercial. The lunch at the Palace in Vienna was extraordinary. They even had a children's choir from Latvia that was on their way to Bratislava to compete. It was truly memorable. The weather was cold but it just gave an excuse to enjoy that mulled wine and enjoy those sausage sandwiches!
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Date: 11-Jun-2017

2* not great
it was a disappointment. The food was fair, if you like venison and cream desserts. The best meal was breakfast. There was no education or history available on the trip. No guest lecturers, 4 hours wasted as the tour director chatted with the bus driver as we drove to and from Salzberg. The two entertainment programs were awful.
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Date: 12-Dec-2016

5* Christmas Markets and more!!
We really loved how Tauck thought of everything on the cruise, from our arrival at the airport until we headed home, there were no worries. The Tauck Directors were cheerful and helpful, and they were always ready to answer any question. The service onboard was great and they made sure we had whatever we needed. Loved the Christmas markets!! There were many, but lunch at the Palais Pallavicini in Vienna, our tour of Melk Abbey, and hearing the world's largest cathedral pipe organ concert in Passau really stand out.
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Date: 26-Dec-2017

5* Christmas Market Cruise from Nuremberg to Vienna
We just returned from a wonderful Christmas Market Cruise down the Danube. It was our first river cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed the concept of just unpacking once for the entire trip. This was a fascinating and exciting way to see the towns and their lovely Christmas markets. This was our ninth Tauck trip and we will be back next year! We loved the town of Passau and the music of the Vienna Children's choir at our luncheon in Vienna at the Schönbrunn Palace. Also, the many great friends we met on the cruise.
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Date: 12-Dec-2016

4* Christmas Markets
Very enjoyable trip, service was great, food was great on the boat. My only complaint is the meal provided in Vienna. Great place to be in but the food was more the quality of a low end cafeteria. Didnt mind buffet,quality that wasnt worth it. After castle tour it should have been on your own or on boat. The quality of service from staff and the wiliness to ensure that we had everything we needed. Service staff is top notch from dinning room to housekeeping.
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Date: 23-Dec-2016

5* fabulous Christmas treat!!
River cruising is perfect way to visit Christmas markets! Each aspect of each day is carefully planned for your touring/shopping pleasure! Great, energetic, sincere, helpful Tauck directors. Riverboat is lovely! Food is gourmet. Ate venison once and had the best veal dish ever, along with poultry, beef & seafood. All exceeded expectations. Entertainment on boat was exceptionally good; Tour guides provided good history and information. Market at Regensburg my favorite for its nostalgic atmosphere; also, Vienna market lights at night. Salzburg is worth 2 hr drive ea. way!! Warmth and friendliness of Tauck/ship staff and the daily 'surprises.' Maps for each stop - so helpful and more..
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Date: 13-Dec-2016

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Dates Price Single Availability
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Start: Nürnberg, Germany
Finish: Vienna, Austria
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