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Tauck Christmas Markets Along the Danube Cruise

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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 fixing and a performance by alumni of the Regensburger Domspatzen choir! Watch delectable gingerbread being made at Café Simon in Passau, explore the Baroque architecture of 900-year-old Melk Abbey, have lunch at Stiftskeller St. Peter in Salzburg and 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!

Visits to Christmas Markets in Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Passau, Regensburg & Nürnberg

  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors & Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at £1,183!
  • 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
  • Gingerbread demonstration in Passau
  • Onboard performance by alumni of famed Regensburger Domspatzen choir
  • Special Christmas lunches ashore
  • Traditional European Christmas dinner & holiday events aboard the riverboat
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
  • All meals – 20 in total; service charges, taxes, porterage, airport transfers and applicable fuel surcharges
Day 1 Arrive Nürnberg, Germany
Cruise begins: 5:30 PM, Nürnberg, Germany. A transfer is included from Airport Nürnberg to MS Savor or MS Joy. Guests enjoying a pre-cruise stay in Nürnberg will receive a transfer from the Tauck hotel to the riverboat. You’ll find the city all done up for the holidays and at its most festive. Join the captain for his welcome reception followed by dinner aboard the riverboat this evening. Stay Seven Nights: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat
Day 2 Nürnberg, Germany
Nürnberg – On Nürnberg’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 (“Plum People”) – unique to Bavaria and made from dried plums and other fruits. By the time Christmas Eve rolls around, this “Little Town from Wood and Cloth” will have welcomed two million folks from around the globe – including you – delighting them with its authentic ornaments, Bavarian crafts, Christmas candles, lebkuchen and other kinds of cookies, tasty fruit loaves, tangy gingerbread, handmade toys and glühwein! You’ll have a choice of sightseeing in historic Nürnberg this morning.
Day 3 Regensburg, Germany
Regensburg – 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’s famed sausages, along with steamed dampfnudel dumplings, gingerbread, roast chestnuts and, naturally, glühwein 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 – some of whose alumni will perform on your riverboat tonight! The Thurn und Taxis family’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 – and Regensburg is one of the most special.
Day 4 Passau, Germany
Passau – Navigating the narrow lanes and archways of this Bavarian town on the Danube, Ilz and Inn rivers is a pleasure any time of year – but never more so than now, when one of the Christmas Markets Germany is most famous for transforms Passau’s historic Baroque center into a wonderland brimming with bratwurst, lebkuchen, glühwein and good cheer. At the center of it all is St. Stephan’s Cathedral, whose massive pipe organ – the largest in Europe – stars in concerts throughout the season. Baking gingerbread… it’s one of the best aromas of Christmas! More than four generations of the Simon family have perfected the art of making gingerbread and you’ll see how it’s done during a demonstration at Passau’s famous Café Simon.
Day 5 Linz, Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg / Linz – The angelic voices of choirs singing carols on 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’s Christkindlmarkt, the curving roofs of its stalls symbolizing the waves of the Danube. The riverboat arrives in Linz, Austria, for a full-day excursion to Mozart’s magical hometown of Salzburg, with its Baroque town center dressed in its holiday best.
Day 6 Melk, Vienna, Austria
Melk – 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 – 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. From Melk, you’ll cruise through the Wachau Valley this afternoon, arriving in grand old Vienna after dinner tonight.
Day 7 Vienna, Austria
Vienna – Images of St. Nicholas – with his devilish nemesis, Krampus – Advent wreaths, twinkling lights, roasting chestnuts, sausages and kartoffelpuffer (potato cakes), hot glühwein and fruity punsch… all signs of Christmastime in Vienna! Many Christkindlmarkts big and small grace Austria’s capital at yuletide, and you’ll explore two of the major ones. Magic’s in the air at the Wiener Christkindlmarkt on the Rathausplatz in front of the city hall, Vienna’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 Schönbrunn Palace, you’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’s own, equally impressive Christmas Market… guaranteed to warm your heart.
“Imperial” Vienna, which you’ll explore on a sightseeing tour this morning, seems even grander with Christmas decorations everywhere you look. Get a glimpse of what “happy Habsburg family holidays” might have been like on a tour of Schönbrunn Palace, and take in the palace’s own Christmas Market.
Day 8 Depart Vienna, Austria
Cruise ends in Vienna. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the riverboat to Vienna International Airport.

Aboard ms Joy

Cruising along the Danube River exclusively for Tauck, ms Joy continues to maintain Tauck’s high standards for quality and comfort as part of the Destination Fleet With a maximum of 130 guests, the 443-foot riverboat and her sister ships continue the tradition of providing more space per guest on Europe’s inland waterways, transporting fewer passengers than most longships (135 meters).

Her deck plan is innovative; with a total of 67 cabins,the most popular cabins tend to be our largest… so Tauck have used the added ship length to offer twenty-two 300-square-foot Tauck Suites – the most of any river cruise ship on any European river. To increase the amount of natural sunlight on the lower deck, they’ve created 8 loft cabins that extend from the first to the second decks, providing guests with an additional view; all windows in these loft cabins open.

Facilities: 

  • Alternate dining venue, Arthur’s, offering classic favorites at lunch and dinner and lighter breakfasts in the morning
  • Al fresco dining on Sun Deck, weather permitting
  • American breakfast room service available in Category 7 Tauck Suites
  • Complimentary snacks served 10:00 AM – midnight
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
  • Onboard entertainment includes enrichment lectures, piano music nightly, in-room movies, culinary demos, local entertainment and “themed” fun
  • 110-volt and 220-volt outlets included in every cabin for small electronics; minibar stocked with complimentary water and soft drinks
  • Complimentary Internet & Email available
  • Fitness center; massages available; putting green on Sun Deck; Jacuzzi on Sun Deck – available 24 hours
  • Bicycles available aboard for use ashore
  • Laundry service available

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

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