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Classic Christmas Markets

7-Night Cruise from Nuremberg to Frankfurt (or reverse)

Uniworld Classic Christmas Markets

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Nuremberg to Frankfurt (or reverse) - 8 days

 

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Detailed Itinerary: Nuremberg to Frankfurt

Skip to Frankfurt to Nuremberg itinerary

Day 1 : Nuremberg (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at the Nuremberg airport where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)

Day 2 : Nuremberg

Featured Excursion: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

Your tour of the medieval walled city of Nuremberg—famous for its gingerbread and its long toymaking tradition—shows you the highlights and takes you inside Castle Kaiserburg, which looms over the city. Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and sample wonderful regional delicacies and seasonal treats at Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, the largest and oldest in Germany. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, Captain’s Welcome Gala)

Day 3: Bamberg

Featured Excursion: Bamberg Nativity walk with Christmas Market

One of the few cities not destroyed during the WWII bombings of Germany, Bamberg is a city built on seven hills. Wander through the half-timbered fishing village of Klein-Venedig, known as “Little Venice,” and past the curious narrow alleyways that line Old Town. Continue to the scenic Bamberg Cathedral and New Residence. The guided tour also includes visits to Nativity scenes throughout the city and time to explore the treasures waiting in the local Christmas Market. While enjoying the market, be sure to sample what Bamberg is world-famous for: rauchbier (smoked beer). (BB, L, D)

Day 4: Würzburg (Rothenburg)

Featured Excursion: Full day Rothenburg walking tour and Christmas Market

The ship will dock in Würzburg, where a motorcoach will take you to Rothenburg. Travel along parts of the “Romantic Road” on your way to Germany’s best-preserved walled city, Rothenburg, with its timber-frame houses topped with picturesque red tile roofs. Your exploration of this fairytale gem gives you a glimpse at the way life was lived during the Middle Ages, as it is home to some of the best-preserved Medieval buildings in Europe. You will conclude your visit at one of Germany’s oldest and most celebrated Christmas Markets, Reiterlesmarkt. You will also want to visit Kathe Wohlfahrt’s original Christmas shop. This famous location also features a delightful museum that displays vintage toys from as early as the 17th century. (BB, D)

Day 5: Mainz, Rüdesheim

Featured Excursion: Würzburg Residenz with Christmas Market and exclusive Franconian "Village" Day

The town of Wurzburg owes many of its most notable monuments to the ambitious building programs of the wealthy prince-bishops of the Schönborn family, who controlled the town in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their spectacular episcopal residence is just one of your destinations today. The opulent Wurzburg Residenz is an extraordinary baroque palace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 300-room palace took nearly 60 years to complete and contains the world’s largest ceiling fresco (created by Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo), as well as what is often described as the world's most beautiful staircase. You’ll also visit the town’s 200-year-old Christmas Market for one-of-a-kind presents and souvenirs. Later in the day, share some homemade seasonal treats with a family in an idyllic German village. (BB, L, D)

Day 6: Wertheim

Featured Excursion: Wertheim walking tour with mulled wine and Christmas stollen demonstration

Join your local guide for a walk through the town of Wertheim, where you can look across the Main River to Bavaria before continuing to the Pointed Tower. Stop in at the historic Wertheim Market Square, lined with half-timbered buildings and shops selling artisanal glass and Franconian wines in round bottles. Later, enjoy a cup of mulled wine and a stollen (traditional German fruitcake) baking demonstration by a master baker in a private village wine estate. (BB, L, D)

Day 7: Frankfurt

Featured Excursion: Choice of Frankfurt waling tour with Christmas Market -or- exclusive "Taste of Christmas" walking tour

On the last full day of your journey, dive into the energy of sophisticated Frankfurt, roaming from its historic heart to its landmark skyscraper, Main Tower. Take an elevator to the top of the tower for a view of the 50 skyscrapers that reveal the importance of this European hub, which people from 200 nations call home. An enormous lighted Christmas tree marks Römer Square, where you’ll find pretty timber-framed houses surrounding a famous Christmas Market. Explore the area on foot with your guide, then amble on your own through the market. Or, opt instead to explore the spectacular 10-story Zeil shopping mall and the Kleinmarkthalle with a local guide who will introduce you to the delectable tastes of the season. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, Captain’s Farewell Dinner)

Day 8: Frankfurt (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship in Frankfurt and transfer to the Frankfurt airport for your flight home. (CB or BB)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Frankfurt to Nuremberg

Skip to Nuremberg to Frankfurt itinerary

Day 1: Frankfurt (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at the Frankfurt airport where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)

Day 2: Frankfurt

Featured Excursion: Choice of Frankfurt walking tour with Christmas Market -or- exclusive "Taste of Christmas" walking tour

On the last full day of your journey, dive into the energy of sophisticated Frankfurt, roaming from its historic heart to its landmark skyscraper. Take an elevator to the top of the Main Tower for a view of the 50 skyscrapers that reveal the importance of this European hub, which people from 200 nations call home. An enormous lighted Christmas tree marks Römer Square, where you’ll find pretty timber-framed houses surrounding a famous Christmas Market. Explore the area on foot with your guide, then amble on your own through the market. Or, opt instead to explore the spectacular 10-story Zeil shopping mall and the Kleinmarkthalle with a local guide who will introduce you to the delectable tastes of the season. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, Captain’s Welcome Gala)

Day 3: Cruising the Main River - Wertheim

Featured Excursion: Wertheim walking tour with mulled wine and Christmas stollen demonstration

Join your local guide for a walk through the town of Wertheim, where you can look across the Main River to Bavaria before continuing to the Pointed Tower. Stop in at the historic Wertheim Market Square, lined with half-timbered buildings and shops selling artisanal glass and Franconian wines in round bottles. Later, enjoy a cup of mulled wine and a stollen (traditional German fruitcake) baking demonstration by a master baker in a private village wine estate. (BB, L, D)

Day 4: Würzburg

Featured Excursion: Würzburg Residenz with Christmas Market and exclusive Franconian "Village Day"

The town of Würzburg owes many of its most notable monuments to the ambitious building programs of the wealthy prince-bishops of the Schönborn family, who controlled the town in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their spectacular episcopal residence is just one of your destinations today. The opulent Würzburg Residenz is an extraordinary baroque palace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 300-room palace took nearly 60 years to complete and contains the world’s largest ceiling fresco (created by Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo), as well as what is often described as the world's most beautiful staircase. You’ll also visit the town’s 200-year-old Christmas Market for one-of-a-kind presents and souvenirs. Later, share some homemade seasonal treats with a family in an idyllic German village. (BB, L, D)

Day 5: Würzburg (Rothenburg)

Featured Excursion: Full day Rothenburg with walking tour and Christmas Market

After the ship docks in Kitzingen, you’ll travel along parts of the “Romantic Road” to Germany’s best-preserved walled city. Rothenburg is truly a fairytale gem, with its medieval stone walls still enclosing the old city. You’ll get a glimpse of the way life was lived in the Middle Ages as you walk past half-timbered houses topped with picturesque red-tile roofs on your way to one of Germany’s oldest and most celebrated Christmas markets, Reiterlesmarkt. One local seasonal treat that shouldn’t be missed is the schneeball, or “snowball,” made from strips of sweet dough that are fried and covered in powdered sugar or chocolate. You will also want to visit Käthe Wohlfahrt’s original Christmas shop and stop in at a delightful museum that displays toys dating back to the 17th century. (BB, D)

Day 6: Bamberg

Featured Excursion: Bamberg Nativity walk with Christmas Market

One of the few cities not destroyed during the WWII bombings of Germany, Bamberg is a city built on seven hills. Wander through the half-timbered fishing village of Klein-Venedig, known as “Little Venice,” and past the curious narrow alleyways that line Old Town. Continue to the scenic Bamberg Cathedral and New Residence. The guided tour also includes visits to Nativity scenes throughout the city and time to explore the treasures waiting in the local Christmas Market. While enjoying the market, be sure to sample what Bamberg is world-famous for: rauchbier (smoked beer). (BB, L, D)

Day 7: Nuremberg

Featured Excursion: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

During the Middle Ages, Nuremberg was the preferred residence of German emperors, as you will discover on your guided excursion. Visit Kaiserburg Castle, which rises high above the city and has housed every emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Your walking tour continues along cobblestone streets to one of the most famous examples of 14th-century German ironwork, the Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain) in Hauptmarkt (Market Square). Finish the day shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts at the festive Christkindlesmarkt, the largest and oldest Christmas Market in Germany. In this fine Medieval setting, you can enjoy authentic Nuremberg gingerbread and bratwurst. (BB, L, Captain’s Farewell Dinner)

Day 8: Nuremberg (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship in Nuremberg and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (CB or BB)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 23. The cruise operator reserves the right to substitute appropriate sights and excursions in keeping with the celebrations of the season.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

2017 & 2018 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.
From Nuremberg
Cruise Embarkation Day
Cat 5 - Lower Deck aft w/ window
Cat 4 - Lower Deck w/ window
Cat 3 - Middle Deck w/ window
Cat 2 - Middle Deck w/ window

Cat 1 - Upper Deck w/ window

Suite - Upper Deck w/ window
Dec 8, 2017
$2,949
$3,299
$3,599
$3,999
$4,499
$5,799
Dec 8, 2018
$2,999
$3,099
$3,699
$4,099
$4,699
$5,999
 
From Frankfurt
Cruise Embarkation Day
Cat 5 - Lower Deck aft w/ window
Cat 4 - Lower Deck w/ window
Cat 3 - Middle Deck w/ window
Cat 2 - Middle Deck w/ window

Cat 1 - Upper Deck w/ window

Suite - Upper Deck w/ window
Dec 1, 2017
$3,149
$3,499
$3,799
$4,199
$4,699

$5,999

Dec 15, 2017
$2,949
$3,299
$3,599
$3,999
$4,449
$5,799
Dec 1, 2018
$3,199
$3,299
$3,899
$4,299
$4,899
$6,199
Dec 15, 2018
$2,799
$2,899
$3,499
$3,899
$4,499
$5,799
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 23. 
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please Inquire.
2018 Departures: Port Charges are additional $140 per person.
Prices Include:
▪ 7-night Cruise in selected riverview stateroom 
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
▪ Captain's Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water
▪ Excursions, including "Choice is Yours" option, all fully hosted by English- speaking local guides
▪ Guided "Taste of Christmas", "Village Day" and "Gentle Walking" programs
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment and lecture
▪ Cultural enrihment, including a Signature Lecture: "Christmas Traditions in Germany"
▪ An experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
▪ Exclusive Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program on select date
▪ 24-Hour Room Service (new in 2017)
▪ Concierge services
▪ All transfers on Embarkation and Disembarkation days; Transfers are subject to transfer guidelines. Please ask for details.
▪ Taxes
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges (In 2017, port charges are included in the cruise prices.)
▪ Gratuities
▪ Personal expenses

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