Christmas Markets Along the Danube - Eastbound Aboard ms Savor

Celebrate the magic of the season with a special cruise between Nurnberg and Vienna aboard ms Savor or ms Joy, filled with exclusive Tauck experiences, special yuletide events aboard and ashore, and great holiday cheer!



This Danube river cruise from Nurnberg 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 gluhwein 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! Watch delectable gingerbread being made at Cafe 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!

This Danube river cruise from Nurnberg 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 gluhwein 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! Watch delectable gingerbread being made at Cafe 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!

Traveling Well Includes:
  • 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 $1,716!
  • 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

  • Day 1 - Arrive Nurnberg & embark your riverboat

    Tour begins: 5:30 PM, Nurnberg, Germany. A transfer is included from Airport Nurnberg to ms Savor or ms Joy. Guests enjoying a pre-cruise stay in Nurnberg will receive a transfer from the Tauck hotel to the riverboat. You'll find Nurnberg all done up for the holidays; like its neighboring countries, during the season of the Christmas Markets Germany is at its most festive. Join the captain for his welcome reception followed by dinner aboard the riverboat this evening.

    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: D

    Day 2 - Holiday time in Nurnberg

    Nurnberg - On Nurnberg'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 gluhwein!

    You'll have a choice of sightseeing in historic Nurnberg this morning. You may choose to explore old Nurnberg, including a walking tour along its centuries-old ramparts and defensive walls, past the opera house and St. John's Cemetery to the old city and marketplace, and visiting the Durer House. Or take a tour that includes the Zeppelinfeld rally grounds, the Documentation Center and other Nurnberg city sites associated with World War II and its aftermath. Following your visit to Nurnberg's famous Weihnachtsmarkt, you'll have lunch and some time to spend as you please before rejoining the riverboat and continue cruising to Regensburg. After dinner tonight, you might want to join in as we trim the riverboat's Christmas tree for the holidays and enjoy some special treats.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 3 - Regensburg and a Christmas market at a palace

    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, gluhwein 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.

    You'll understand why Regensburg calls itself Europe's best-preserved medieval city as you explore its Christmas Market set against a backdrop of centuries-old buildings during a walking tour and have some free time to enjoy the town on your own. After lunch aboard the riverboat, it's off for a private visit to an opulent palace that the founders of Europe's first large-scale postal system converted from a monastery for themselves. The Thurn und Taxis family's impressive Palace of St. Emmeram is said to have more rooms than Buckingham Palace, and hosts its very own Christmas Market in the intimate setting of the beautiful inner courtyard every year. On your visit, tour the palace and browse the fine private market, where you might interact with artisans displaying their wares. Rumor has it that Her Highness Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis and her family often wander through, enjoying the market themselves. After returning to the ship, alumni of the famed Regensburger Domspatzen choir perform aboard the riverboat this evening.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 4 - Christmastime in Passau

    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, gluhwein 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 Cafe Simon. After a walking tour of the city and its Weihnachtsmarkt, the afternoon is yours to explore as you wish. Please join us back aboard the riverboat for a discovery briefing with your Tauck Director before dinner.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 5 - 'Tis the season in Salzburg & Linz

    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. After a walking tour and wander through the Christkindlmarkt in this charming city, enjoy a special festive lunch at Hotel Sacher with your fellow travelers. Following some free time, return to Linz for a different Christmas Market experience… and, as you've learned, each town's market has something all its own to offer. Or, if you prefer, spend the entire day in Linz, enjoying its Christmas Market, exploring on your own, or just relaxing aboard the riverboat. Enjoy a live musical performance by Donau Klang aboard ship tonight.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 6 - Melk Abbey on the Danube

    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.

    A visit to one of the world's most famous monasteries, beautiful Melk Abbey, inspires with Baroque architecture and facades, soaring ceilings, magnificent frescoes, gold and marble statues and artistic treasures. Black-robed Benedictine monks go about their simple daily lives here today, just as they have done for hundreds of years. Situated high above the town overlooking the river, the Abbey is home to a stunning library housing a massive collection of medieval manuscripts, including a famous group of musical manuscripts. Be sure to take time to admire the views of the Danube from its terraces. From Melk, you'll cruise through the Wachau Valley this afternoon, arriving in grand old Vienna after dinner tonight.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 7 - Making very merry in Vienna

    Vienna - Images of St. Nicholas - with his devilish nemesis, Krampus - Advent wreaths, twinkling lights, roasting chestnuts, sausages and kartoffelpuffer (potato cakes), hot gluhwein 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 Schonbrunn 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 Schonbrunn Palace, and take in the palace's own Christmas Market. After a holiday lunch at the historic Palais Pallavicini, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to sample more of Vienna's holiday cheer and its many Christmas Markets; complimentary shuttles run back and forth between the city and the riverboat. Share your memories of this wonderful week with your new friends at the captain's farewell reception, followed by dinner this evening... as your Christmas Market cruise draws to a close.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 8 - Homeward bound

    Tour ends: Vienna. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the riverboat to Vienna International Airport. Guests enjoying a post-cruise stay in Vienna will receive a transfer from the hotel to the airport. Please allow at least 3 hours for airport check-in.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B

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    Cruise Line
    Tauck River Cruising
    Offer
    Offer valid through 12/31/2019
    Duration
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms Savor

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Nurnberg  
    Day 2Nurnberg  
    Day 3Regensburg  
    Day 4Passau  
    Day 5Salzburg  
    Day 6Melk  
    Day 7Vienna  
    Day 8Vienna  
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    * Land / cruise price per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, shore excursions, applicable fuel surcharges, and gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, and on all included meals.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice. Further, museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays.

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