7. Christmas in Germany - Viking River Cruise

Dates Dec. 7-15,2017
Destinations Cologne, Germany; Nuremberg, Germany; Bamberg, Germany; Wurzburg, Germany; Miltenberg, Germany; Koblenz, Germany;
Duration 8 days 7 nights
Price From $2,039

Depart date
*****Book by the end of February and get air and transfers out of Salt Lake for only $495****

Immerse yourself in the joyful spirit of Germany’s Christmas markets during this 8-day cruise with Dave & Bonnie Jacobs.  Delight your senses with the season’s delicate ornaments, handmade toys, and sweet cookies.  This is Christmas at its most traditional, the perfect complement to exploring historic and architectural treasures from the soaring Cologne cathedral to Wurzburg’s baroque Bishops’ Residenz.  And with festive onboard events, you’ll rejoice in the perfect holiday.  

Browse endless colorful ornaments and handmade toys as the aroma of spicy glühwein fills the air. Delve into Nuremberg’s World War II history at the former Nazi Rally Grounds and Palace of Justice. Tour Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz, with its massive staircase and frescoed ceiling by Tiepolo. Follow the “Romantic Road” through storybook villages to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. For eight days, you will cruise the Rhine and Main between Nuremberg and Cologne, where Christmas markets add to a holiday spirit brimming with good cheer.

Questions? Contact:

Sarah Wangsgard, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6473
Email Kim

Days 1-2: Dec. 7/8, 2017

Days 1-2: Thur/Fri, December 7/8, 2017

Home Cities - Cologne

Depart the US to arrive into Cologne, home to one of the world’s finest cathedrals. Transfer from the airport to embark your ship.* After boarding, relax and get settled in, or spend some time on your own exploring the city, a stunning blend of modern plazas, ancient Roman ruins and, of course, cologne boutiques. After dinner, relax and enjoy musical entertainment in the Lounge. (D)

Meals : Dinner
Day 9: Dec.15, 2017

Day 8: Fri, December 15

Nuremberg, Germany

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight (B)

 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: Dec.14, 2017

Day 8: Thur, December 14

Nuremberg, Germany

Arrive in Nuremberg during a leisurely breakfast. Take a tour of the city’s most prominent landmarks, and delight in the iconic Christmas market in Old Town's Main Market Square. Browse booths with colorful ornaments, handmade gifts and sweet-smelling treats; there is no better place to shop for wooden toys and nutcrackers, and you may even spot the golden curls of the Christkind, an angel who brings children toys. Taste the traditional lebkuchen (gingerbread), savory bratwurst and glühwein (hot spiced wine); chances are you’ll hear carolers harmonizing a favorite holiday song. Lunch and dinner are served aboard; you can come and go as you please. (B, L, D)

 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Dec. 13, 2017

Day 7: Wed, December 13

Bamberg,Germany

Sail through the morning; after lunch, we visit Bamberg, with its medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your walking tour includes a visit to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral, reworked in late Romanesque style in the 13th century, and the picturesque city hall built on an island in the middle of a river. We remain docked well into the evening, so feel free to walk around Bamberg or visit its traditional Christmas markets, especially beautiful when lit up after dark. You can also follow Bamberg’s popular “Route of Nativity Scenes” to view diverse crèche displays at a few dozen churches, museums and other public spaces. (B, L, D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Dec. 12, 2017

Day 6: Tue ,December 12

Würzburg, Germany

After breakfast, disembark for a full day amid the charms and exquisite architecture of Bavaria. Journey to Würzburg,beautifully restored after heavy damage during World War II. During your visit, tour the Bishops’ Residenz, a magnificent baroque palace with many paintings and frescoes. Built in 1744 for the prince-bishop, it features a sweeping staircase and spectacular ceiling frescoes by Tiepolo. If you wish, trace the “Romantic Road” to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Stop for a hearty lunch in a local restaurant, then explore this medieval town with its joyful Christmas market. Rothenburg is also home to the German Christmas Museum, open all year, and you’re invited to try the local pastry, the Schneeball (snowball). Rejoin your ship for dinner. (B, L, D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Dec. 11, 2017

Day 5: Mon, December 11

Miltenberg, Germany

If you wish, join an optional full-day excursion to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1385. Tour the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, originally built in the 13th century. Your guided walk ends at Heidelberg’s Old Town and marketplace, where you can explore the city’s festive Christmas market. Shop for special gifts, sample scrumptious local treats or treat yourself to lunch at a local café. Or remain on board and enjoy scenic cruising along the Main River. Arrive in Miltenberg in the afternoon and disembark for a walking tour. This enchanting riverside village is brimming with charm, its cobblestone streets lined with medieval houses and flower-bedecked balconies. Return on board for dinner. (B, L, D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Dec. 10, 2017

Day 4: Sun, December 10

Koblenz, Germany & Middle Rhine Scenic Cruising

This morning, explore Koblenz on your own. This traditional German country town rests at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Its lively Christmas markets, cobblestone streets, wood-beamed houses adorned with flowers, ancient market square and medieval churches recall the fairy-tale Germany of old. Later, enjoy scenic cruising along the Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This picturesque stretch is flanked by steeply sloping vineyards, splendid castles and dramatic rocky banks. You will pass by the famed Lorelei Rock, whose legendary maiden mesmerized sailors with her song. (B, L, D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Dec. 9, 2017

Day 3: Sat, December 9 

Cologne, Germany

Experience one of Germany’s most celebrated cities during a walking tour today. Stroll through the Old Town past Great St. Martin Church, and spend some time inside Cologne’s Dom, a remarkable Gothic cathedral whose construction began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880. There’ll also be time to browse the countless stalls of Cologne’s Christmas market, spread at the foot of the cathedral. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Return on board for dinner. (B, L, D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

INCLUDED IN PRICE:

  • 8‐day cruise with river‐view stateroom
  • Scenic cruising on the Middle Rhine
  • 5 guided tours with audio headset
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Enjoy a holiday music perfomance; attend lectures on holiday traditions in Europe & the Main‐Danube Canal
  • Holiday baking demonstration.
  • Wine/beer/soft drinks/ with lunch & dinner on board
  • All taxes and fees associated with land cost
  • Document package with travel bag
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Multiple dining venues with open seating
  • Most al fresco dining on Europe’s rivers
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Organic herb garden
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV, with interactive programming
  • Complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB port
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja toiletries
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • ** Escorted at 20 passengers** 

Not Included:

  • Airfare from your home city to Cologne, ***Book by the end of February and get air and transfers for $495 including tax.
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Tour gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. phone calls, room service, internet, etc.)
  • Travel insurance (plans start at $35)
  • Meals not included in tour outline

Optional Pricing:

  • French Balconies and Balcony cabins available – call for pricing
  • Single Supplement/Private room
  • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00 pp deposit at time of booking
  • Final Payment due Feb 28th, 2017
  • This tour is based on a minimum/max of 20 passengers
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  • ** Escorted at 20 passengers**
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