Christmas Markets Along the Danube - Westbound

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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 holiday baking demonstration... 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
  • 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
  • Locally guided walking tours of market cities and towns
  • Visit to Baroque Melk Abbey in Austria
  • Visits to Christmas Markets in Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Passau, Regensburg & Nurnberg
Destinations
  • Vienna
  • Austria
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Luxury
  • River Cruise

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; 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. </em> <strong>&nbsp;</strong> <strong>Tour begins: 5:30 PM, Vienna, Austria.</strong> A transfer is included from Vienna International Airport to ms <em>Savor</em>&nbsp;or ms <em>Joy.</em> Guests enjoying a pre-stay in Vienna will receive a transfer from Tauck's hotel to the riverboat. Welcome to old Vienna&hellip; bright with decorations and buzzing with holiday spirit; exploring on your own at the city's largest yuletide market, you may feel like you've stepped into a snow globe as you're surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights! Return to the riverboat for the captain's welcome reception followed by dinner early this evening&hellip; then followed by a visit to Vienna's Christmas Markets, illuminated at night.

Accommodation Name: ms Joy

Meals: Dinner

Location: Vienna, Austria

&ldquo;Imperial&rdquo; Vienna, which you&rsquo;ll explore on a sightseeing tour along the Ringstrasse 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. Enjoy a Christmas lunch at the Palais Pallavicini, a private Baroque palace dating back to the 18th century. Then spend an afternoon at leisure to sample more of Vienna&rsquo;s holiday cheer and Christmas Markets; complimentary shuttles run back and forth between the city and the riverboat. Tonight, your riverboat sets off for Melk; after dinner, you're invited to help trim the ship's Christmas tree and enjoy some seasonal treats. Cruising to Austria and Germany Christmas&nbsp;Markets along the Danube offers a completely different&nbsp;experience than similar cruises in spring, summer and autumn!

Accommodation Name: ms Joy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Melk, Austria

<span style="color: #5f497a;"> <strong>Melk</strong>&nbsp;</span>- <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. Its 18th-century Baroque complex is home to a magnificent church adorned with gold statues and frescoes, a stunning library containing medieval manuscripts, 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.</em>&nbsp; &nbsp; This morning, visit Melk Abbey high atop&nbsp;its&nbsp;bluff overlooking the Danube, where this bastion of culture has stood for nearly a millennium &ndash; and its 18th-century Baroque church, monastery and library take on a special quality during the holiday season. Learn about traditional holiday treats like stollen or gl&uuml;hwein as the riverboat continues cruising the Danube from Melk this afternoon, arriving this evening in Linz.

Accommodation Name: ms Joy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Salzburg, Austria

<span style="color: #5f497a;"> <strong>Salzburg / Linz</strong> </span>- <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.</em>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Wake up 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 exploring the Christkindlmarkt in this charming city, take some free time for yourself before returning 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 as you please, or alternatively just relaxing aboard the riverboat in anticipation of a busy day tomorrow at the first German Christmas Markets you'll visit.

Accommodation Name: ms Joy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Passau, Germany

<span style="color: #5f497a;"> <strong>Passau </strong></span>&ndash; <em>Navigating the narrow lanes and archways of this Bavarian town on the Danube and Inn rivers is a pleasure any time of year &ndash; but never more so than now, when&nbsp;one of the finest Germany&nbsp;Christmas Markets 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; </em> &nbsp; The holiday celebrations of Passau, Germany are spotlighted today on a walking tour of this riverside Bavarian town known for its plentiful churches, exquisite stained glass, famous cathedral organ and well-preserved Baroque architecture... plus time exploring its Christmas Markets, of course! After touring Passau&rsquo;s Weihnachtsmarkt, the afternoon is yours to explore as you please. Join us for a discovery briefing before dinner aboard ship this evening and enjoy a special Chef's Signature Dinner.

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 Christkindlmarkt 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. 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 season, Germany's Christmas Markets glow with holiday cheer as each town celebrates the season &ndash; this&nbsp;Christmas Market&nbsp;in Regensburg is one of the most unique.&nbsp;</em> &nbsp; You&rsquo;ll understand why Regensburg calls itself &ldquo;Europe&rsquo;s best-preserved medieval city&rdquo; on a walking tour of its Christmas Market, set among centuries-old buildings, and time to explore as you please. A visit to the Thurn und Taxis family&rsquo;s Palace of St. Emmeram invites you to tour the palace, browse its fine private Christmas Market, and interact with artisans displaying their wares; rumor has it that Her Highness Princess Gloria and family often wander through!

Accommodation Name: ms Joy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Nürnberg, Germany

<span style="color: #5f497a;"> </span><span style="color: #5f497a;"><strong>N&uuml;rnberg</strong> </span>- <em>On N&uuml;rnberg&rsquo;s main market square opposite the Church of Our Lady sits the most famous Christmas Market in Germany, 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; After your riverboat docks, take a shore excursion to historic N&uuml;rnberg, where sightseeing choices include medieval N&uuml;rnberg with its centuries-old ramparts and defensive walls, the old city and marketplace, and a museum in the home of 16th-century painter Albrecht D&uuml;rer dedicated to his work &ndash;&nbsp;as well as city sites associated with World War II and its aftermath, including the Zeppelinfeld rally grounds, and the Documentation Center museum. Spend time enjoying N&uuml;rnberg's famous Weihnachtsmarkt as you please, then join us back aboard the riverboat in N&uuml;rnberg to cap your extraordinary Christmas Market cruise with the Captain&rsquo;s farewell reception followed by dinner tonight.

Accommodation Name: ms Joy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Nürnberg, Germany

<strong>Tour ends: N&uuml;rnberg.</strong> Fly home anytime. Transfers are provided from ms <em>Savor</em>&nbsp;or ms <em>Joy</em> to N&uuml;rnberg Airport; those guests enjoying a post-stay in N&uuml;rnberg will receive a transfer from Tauck's hotel to the airport. Please allow at least three hours for airport check-in formalities. Your river cruise to the Austria and Germany Christmas Markets will be an indelible memory you'll cherish throughout the remainder of the holiday season!

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
5* Vienna -Nuremberg Christmas Market Trip
A wonderful girls trip for 8 friends aboard the MS Savor in the loft cabins. Fantastic food and service in lounge and dining room. Tauck staff always available and welcoming when you come aboard. Wonderful variety of towns visited and tours available. I love the smaller towns with their quaint cobblestone streets and markets. Love the fresh trees and decorations all around the markets. Sampling the foods at all the markets is a highlight of my trip. Not a big shopper but this is my second CM trip. Visiting the library at the Melk Abbey was outstanding as well as the small town. Loved Passau
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Date: 21-Dec-2016

5* Wonderful Experience
This trip was one of the best trips I have ever been on. Tauck is wonderful. They take care of everything for you. We flew a day earlier to Vienna and a Tauck representative was there to greet us. From then on, until we were dropped off at the airport in Nuremberg, everything was taken care of by Tauck. So enjoyable! I was very intrigued by the differences in each town’s Christmas Market. Even though they were all local Christmas Markets, they were individually unique. I was also curious about the locks in the river, never experiencing them before. Amazing! We were on the top deck to observe the actual process of going through a lock from start to finish.
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Date: 23-Jul-2018

5* As perfect as humanly possible
The markets were fun and along the way, Tauck added some interesting surprises. The Joy, was spectacular. The staff couldn't do enough for us. However, what was most surprising, was the food. Every single meal was outstanding. The best was the Pasta Carbonara with the cognac sauce. OMG!!!! Any chance the chef will share his recipe? Please? The sausages on the crusty rolls at the market. The choir at the castle at lunch. The fact that each market has its own personality. The mulled wines at the markets. The Melk Abbey. The Pasta Carbonara. Please share the recipe!
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Date: 26-Dec-2017

5* Had a great time
The boat was beautiful. The crew more than helpful. The trip was outstanding. My wife has many food allergies. The entire restaurant staff took very good care of her, providing a variety of tasty food created to meet her medical needs. I can't say the same for any of the other cruises we've taken in the seven years.
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Date: 26-Dec-2017

5* "Christmas Markets were Great!"
A perfect combination, European Christmas Markets, snow, and beautiful scenery along the Danube. The boat, crew, and itinerary was terrific. Walking in the snow in the market in Nuremburg was about as good as it gets. Salzburg was magical.
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Date: 22-Jan-2018

5* Christmas Markets
Our trip from Vienna to Nurenburg for the Christmas Markets was our first river cruise and it was a fabulous experience. Had a great time.
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Date: 11-Dec-2017

5* simply magical
I find Christmas a magical time of year anyway, but spending it with friends on the Danube with Tauck made it even more so. Every detail was attended to....surprises every time we turned around....the on-board tour directors were fun and knowledgable and the port city guides couldn't have been better. If they only could have provided snow!!! There were so many.....but wandering down from the Melk Cathedral----on our way back to the boat, my hubby spotted a yarn-bombed bicycle in front of the cutest yarn shop. As a knitter...this was pretty darn special. (And of course, souvenir yarns came home with me.)
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Date: 26-Dec-2016

5* Another Wonderful Tauck Experience
Tauck always exceeds expectations! As I said to friends when returning home, "The most difficult thing we had to do was set an alarm clock so we would not miss a single experience" Wonderful staff, great timing for on shore activities and both educational and cultural experiences! And the food was outstanding on board and in quaint buildings. Seeing the Vienna markets at night. Magical!
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Date: 27-Dec-2017

3* Christmas Markets River Cruise on the Danube - Westbound Dec. 3-10, 2017
We have been on 2 Tauck land journeys over the past year and a half and they were both outstanding. We have raved about Tauck and have encouraged our friends and family to travel with Tauck. The Christmas Markets river cruise did not measure up to our expectations and we did not get to spend enough time in the towns. The itinerary needs updating. The walking tour of Passau, Germany was excellent.
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Date: 18-Dec-2017

5* Typical Tauck experience. First rate start to finish.
8-day river cruise aboard the Joy. The ship is spectacular. The food is great. The staff is extremely attentive and helpful. The cruise and tour directors are wonderful.The on-board activities were fun. The little gifts that were left on your bed after dinner were a nice touch. The daily tours were interesting. The tour guides very knowledgeable. Big moment: the day and a half in Vienna. Wonderful city. Would have loved another day there. Small moment: delicious pastry and coffee at Cafe Central, a Viennese coffee house in a gorgeous historic setting. A must.
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Date: 26-Dec-2016

5* Christmas Markets !!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the Danube Christmas Markets trip. The towns are so beautiful with all the lights. The Neurenberg market was CRAZY packed with people. We opted for the city overview/market excursion and were actually disappointed in the amount of time it took us to get to the market - seemed like we drove around in circles for 30+ minutes. Every Christmas market was so memorable. I would recommend the trip to anyone that loves to shop for Christmas!
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Date: 10-Jan-2018

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06-Dec-2021
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Start: Vienna, Austria
Finish: Nürnberg, Germany
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