Classic Christmas Markets (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Ship: River Queen
Nürnberg, Germany to Frankfurt, Germany
Nürnberg, Germany

Arrive at Nuremberg Airport, from where you will be transferred to the ship.

Nürnberg, Germany

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.; Featured Excursion: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas market

Bamberg, Germany

As you explore the quirky, narrow lanes of Bamberg's Old Town, look for signs of the city's famous Nativity Walk, which links 40 churches, museums, and public spaces displaying Nativity and New Testament scenes. Some of the figures in the scenes were carved centuries ago. Browse through delightful shops decorated for the holidays and search for treasures at the city's four Christmas markets—a traditional market, another featuring medieval cultural programs, and two focused on local arts and crafts.; Featured Excursion: Bamberg Nativity Walk with Christmas market

Kitzingen, Germany
Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany
Kitzingen, Germany
Würzburg, Germany

Travel along the "Romantic Road" to Germany's best-preserved walled city, Rothenburg. Get a sense of life as it might have been during the Middle Ages as you walk past half-timbered houses en route to one of Germany's oldest and most celebrated Christmas markets. If you wish, you may stop in at a delightful museum that displays toys dating back to the 17th century. Take a break from shopping to sample a schneeball—a "snowball" of sweet, deep-fried dough covered in powdered sugar or chocolate.; Featured Excursion: Full day Rothenburg with walking tour and Christmas market

Würzburg, Germany

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 Residence 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.; Featured Excursions: Würzburg Residence with Christmas market and exclusive Franconian "Village Day"

Wertheim, Germany

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

Frankfurt, Germany

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.; Featured Excursions: Choice of Frankfurt walking tour with Christmas market or exclusive "Taste of Christmas" walking tour

Frankfurt, Germany

Disembark the ship and transfer to Frankfurt International Airport for your flight home.

Classic Christmas Markets map

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What's Included


    • An array of pillow options, flat-screen TVs with infotainment centers, and bathrooms stocked with robes, slippers, and L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products

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