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Grand Christmas and New Year's Cruise

12-Night Cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest

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Nuremberg to Budapest - 13 days

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Detailed 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 and Christmas Market

Discover Nuremberg, a quintessential Medieval German city, on your panoramic city tour. Your tour takes you past the mighty ancient walls with 80 towers that enclose the historic city centre. You will stop at Medieval Kaiserburg Castle, and then walk through the lively old quarter with its well preserved traditional half-timbered houses. You will visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, Germany’s oldest and best-known Christmas Market with over 200 stalls filled with signature toys and tasty seasonal treats. While at the market, you will certainly want to sample the lebkuchen (gingerbread), since Nuremberg is the “Gingerbread Capital of the World.” (BB, L, Captain’s Welcome Gala)

Day 3: Nuremberg, cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Regensburg

Spend a leisurely day onboard your floating hotel as you cruise along the Main River and through the remarkable 106-mile-long Main-Danube Canal to the Danube River. This canal is a marvel of modern engineering and was completed in 1992 to allow travel from the North Sea all the way to the Black Sea. It stretches from Bamberg on the Main River all the way to Kelheim on the Danube River, and includes 16 locks that rise to a height of 1,330 feet, making it the highest point of any commercial waterway in Europe. (BB, L, D)

Day 4: Regensburg

Featured Excursion: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour of Old Town -or- Jewish Regensburg walking tour

Your first port of call on the Danube, Regensburg is a friendly town with quaint cobblestone streets, Medieval alleys, and ancient Roman ruins. Regensburg became an international trading hub back in the 12th century and, for a time, the capital of Bavaria. You may wish to attend Christmas mass in one of Regensburg’s lovely churches before seeing this unspoiled gem of a city with a local expert. Starting at the Cathedral of St. Peter, you will walk past the Gothic Town Hall, across the 12th-century Stone Bridge, and through Old Town. If you prefer, you can visit sites associated with one of the oldest Jewish communities in southern Germany, which dates to the Middle Ages. Invigorated by your stroll, you’ll return to the ship for a warm and festive Christmas meal, complete with all the holiday trimmings. (BB, L, D)

Day 5: Cruising the Danube River, Deggendorf (Theresienthal)

Featured Excursion: Bavarian Forest horse-drawn carriage ride and Theresienthal visit

Begin the day with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Bavarian Forest village of Baernzell. After a scenic drive through the Nature Reserve of the Bavarian Forest, marvel at the amazing collection exhibited in the Theresienthal Glass Museum. Experience the art of glass making first hand during a visit to a world-renowned glass manufacturer. While there, you will learn about the techniques used to create the famous glass, as well as the extraordinary history of Theresienthal Palass. (BB, L, D)

Day 6 : cruising the Danube River, Passau

Featured Excursion:Passau walking tour

The beautiful city of Passau, which is situated at the confluence of three rivers, was an important centre of trade during the Medieval period. On your Passau walking tour, you will see the treasures of Old Town, including Italian Baroque buildings erected after the big fire of 1662 and the city’s ornate cathedral. (BB, L, D)

Day 7: Linz (Salzburg)

Featured Excursion: Full day in Salzburg

Journey through the region known to many as the “smile on the face of Austria,” Salzburg. On your guided tour through the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, view historical gems from the 17th-century cathedral to Mozart’s birth house to the famous Getreidegasse. You’ll then have time to further explore this Austrian treasure. (BB, D)

Day 8: cruising the Wachau valley, Dürnstein

Featured Excursion: Dürnstein village stroll with exclusive mulled wine tasting, and exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg

Explore charming Dürnstein with your Cruise Manager and enjoy an exclusive mulled wine tasting. Then you have a chance to meet modern-day nobility as you attend an exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a descendant of the royal Habsburgs.(BB, L, D)

Day 9: Vienna

Featured Excursion: Choice of Vienna city tour or exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking tour

Take a panoramic tour of Vienna that will introduce you to the city’s many architectural highlights, including the stately Ringstrasse, or visit Vienna’s famous shopping streets, the Graben and Kohlmarkt, and enjoy the amazing confections adorning Café Demel’s windows. (BB, L, D)

Day 10: Vienna

Featured Excursion: Schönbrunn Palace and exclusive New Year’s gala dinner and dance at a Viennese palace

During the morning, you will visit the stunning former Habsburg summer residence, Schönbrunn Palace. Later in the evening, celebrate New Year’s Eve in grand style in a magnificent Viennese palace. You will delight in a festive dinner along with a private concert, and then dance to famous Strauss and Mozart tunes. (BB, L, D)

Day 11: Vienna, cruising the Danube River

Take some time to explore Vienna on your own and then enjoy your ship’s luxuries as you cruise the enchanting Danube to Budapest. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, Captain’s Farewell Dinner)

Day 12: Budapest

Featured Excursion: Budapest city tour

Your panoramic city tour features the famous 19th-century Chain Bridge, the first bridge to connect Buda with Pest, as well as the Great Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum, the Hungarian State Opera House, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the stunning Parliament Building. Visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district, St. Matthias Church, and the 19thcentury Fisherman’s Bastion. (BB, L, D)

Day 13: Budapest (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship and transfer to the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home.

Departures & Pricing


  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary.
  • Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 23. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.

2018 Departure Dates

Program Start Date
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.
From Nuremberg
Program Start Date

Lower Deck fwd & aft -
Cat 5 w/window

Lower Deck Cat 4 w/window
Middle Deck fwd - Cat 3 w/ Window
Middle Deck Cat 2 w/ window
Upper Deck -
Cat 1 w/french balcony
Upper Deck -
Suite w/french balcony
Upper Deck -
Royal Suite w/french balcony
Dec 22, 2018
River Beatrice
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.
Port Charges are additional $240 per person.

Prices Include:
▪12 nights Cruise in selected riverview stateroom 
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 12 dinners
▪ Captain's Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners
▪ Exclusive New Year's gala dinner dance at the Palais Daun Kinsky (or similar Viennese palace)
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water
▪ Shore excursions, including "Choice is Yours" option, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
▪ Guided "Taste of Christmas" and "Gentle Walking" programs
▪ 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
▪ Services of an experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment
▪ Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: "Heaven on Earth: The Wordly Pleasures of Baroque Art and Architecture "
▪ Use of Nordic walking sticks
▪ Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
▪ 24-Hour Room Service
▪ Concierge services
▪ Gratuities for all onboard and onshore services
▪ All transfers on arrival and departure 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
▪ Personal expenses

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