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Danube River Cruise, Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau,Wacchau Valley, Gluhwein Party, Vienna, Hofburg Palace, Vienna Opera House, Christmas Markets
Christmas on the Danube
Van Galder Tour & Travel / Collette Tours
Germany & Austria at Christmastime!
Danube River Cruise, German Christmas Markets, Vienna Opera House, and Hofburg Palace!
December 2-10, 9 days, 19 meals.
On a boat cruise along the Danube, explore charming Christmas markets and see Europe dressed in its holiday best!
Welcome the winter season with a timeless trip down the Danube River. Board your cruise and relax as you are transported along beloved cities, where age-old culture is interwoven into seasonal specialties. Peruse handcrafted trinkets, traditional sweets, and infectious holiday cheer as you make your way through some of Europe's most renowned Christmas markets. Your holiday tour begins with an overnight flight to Germany.
Wurzburg, Germany - Tour Begins
Start in a historic Bavarian town along the banks of the Main River. Enjoy time to unwind and soak in the charms of Franconia. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight's welcome dinner and toast to your upcoming adventure.
Wurzburg - Rothenburg - Nuremberg - Board Cruise Ship
Join a local guide on a leisurely-paced walking tour of Wurzburg, an ancient wine town. Your journey takes you to Rothenburg, a town of medieval walls, fairytale houses, and Christmas markets. Continue on to Nuremberg to board your ship. Your home for the next 6 nights, this vessel has modern amenities such as the newest technology, panoramic deck cafe, panorama salon and bar, exceptional service, and delicious cuisine and wine with every dinner. This evening, enjoy a special dinner onboard.
Stroll through historic Nuremberg with an expert guide and see Old Town, the 900-year-old ramparts, and the Imperial Castle. Your city tour concludes at Nuremberg's 17th-century Christmas market, which is Germany's oldest. Wander along the local goods and perhaps you'll shop for handcrafted nutcrackers or treat your taste buds to Nuremberg's famous Lebkuchen (gingerbread). Cruise across the continental divide and through the Main-Danube Canal to Regensburg.
With an expert guide, discover Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. See the first stone bridge built over the Danube and the Porta Praetoria - a Roman gate built in A.D. 179. Stroll through Old Town to Regensburg's charming Christmas market and marvel at the festive lights and decorations. Browse and shop at the brighlty lit wooden huts holding seasonal ornaments, wooden toys, and local handicrafts.
Amid the early morning light, cruise past scenic valleys and charming riverside towns to Passau, situated at the meeting point of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. This morning, it's your choice! Enjoy a leisurely-paced guided walking tour of Passau, the 2,000-year-old fairytale city also known as the "City of Three Rivers" and take in its ornate Baroque architecture, the cobblestoned streets, and St. Stephen's Cathedral, home to Europe's largest church organ - OR - spend time at one of the largest preserved castle complexes in Europe, the Veste Oberhaus, perched high above the old town of Passau, Never conquered and never completely destroyed, the view of the city from above is breathtaking.
Wachau Valley, Austria - Emmersdorf - Durnstein - Vienna
Cruise to the quaint town of Emmersdorf. Relax and take in the scenery before visiting Durnstein and the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey. Take a sip of local traditions at a Gluhwein Party and then continue through the Wachau Valley, dotted with castles and hillside houses. As the day draws to a close, say hello to Vienna, Austria's capital city.
Join a local expert and explore Vienna's architecture, including Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is yours! Perhaps you'll join an optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs' summer retreat. Celebrate the end of your trip at the Captain's Gala Dinner, followed by a special Christmas concert performed by the ship's orchestra.
Vienna - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends
Disembark after breakfast and say goodbye to the iconic Danube.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
DEPOSIT: $800 per person due at time of reservation; final payment is due July 28, 2023. Current rates guaranteed until March 24, 2023.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Overnight flight (1 night); Maritim Hotel Wurzburg, Germany (1 night); MS Amadeus Brilliant Cruise Ship (6 nights).
TOUR INCLUSIONS: Collette tour director, roundtrip motorcoach/airport/resort transfers, roundtrip air, accommodations, luggage handling at hotels, admissions/attractions, and 19 meals, including 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Optional, but highly recommended; available at booking only for $449 per person.
PASSPORT REQUIRED: Passport must be valid for 6 months upon departure from Vienna, Austria. You are strongly encouraged to visit www.travel.state.gov for the latest details on passport requirements.
ACTIVITY LEVEL 3 / HEAVY WALKING: Physical stamina required. Stair climbing, longer periods of walking and/or standing may be involved, along with higher elevations and longer days. Participants must be able to keep up with group.
ADDITIONAL FEES: Airline luggage fees and fuel surcharges (if applicable) are additional and may vary by airline.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Janesville, WI|| Van Galder Terminal |
3120 N. Pontiac Dr., Janesville WI
|Madison, WI|| Dutch Mill Park & Ride |
4545 East Broadway, Madison WI
|Rockford, IL|| Van Galder Terminal |
7559 Walton St., Rockford IL
|South Beloit, IL|| Fas Mart/McDonald's ($3 per day) |
Hwy 75 and I90, South Beloit IL
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