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Classic Christmas Markets

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Frankfurt Christmas Market
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
8 Days from $2,849 per person

Discover villages with fairytale houses and a friendly, festive atmosphere. Share traditional holiday goodies with the people who made them. Watch as modern children abandon their usual electronics and discover the enchantment of handcarved wooden toys, as scents of cinnamon and roasting nuts fill the air. 

Sail through Christmas country, trying Frankfurt’s famous apple cider, Bamberg’s specially brewed holiday beer, and Nuremberg’s gingerbread. Throughout, cozy up to steaming mugs of gluhwein (warm spiced wine) and do as the locals do by collecting different mugs from each stall and town you visit. Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany, the land where many Christmas traditions began, and find the magic of the season in the smiles that you meet along the way.

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  1. Arrive at Nuremberg International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

    meal(s):Dinner
  2. For an over-the-top, old-world holiday extravaganza, look no further than Nuremberg, which boasts the largest and grandest Christmas market in all of Germany—and that’s really saying something. The “Gingerbread Capital of the World” pulls out all the stops during the holidays, as you’ll see for yourself on a panoramic tour guaranteed to put you in a festive mood.

    Featured Excursion:
    Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Captains Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
  3. The UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg, unlike most German cities, was largely undamaged by bombing during WWII. This fact, combined with the city’s prosperous thousand-year history, means that Bamberg has one of the largest intact old-town centers in Europe, so the medieval layout and architecture that was a model for other towns throughout Central Europe remains for you to see and experience.

    Featured Excursion:
    Bamberg walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  4. Your ship docks in the Bavarian town of Kitzingen in the morning, and after breakfast you’ll take a ride along the Romantic Road, once a medieval trade route, to Rothenburg. The minute you step down from the motorcoach in Rothenburg (also known as Rothenburg ob der Tauber), you’ll know why the route, which links picturesque and well-preserved old towns, is called the Romantic Road. Rothenburg is right out of a storybook: Wide medieval walls still enclose its charming core of Gothic churches and gabled houses.

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

    meal(s):Breakfast and Dinner
  5. 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 on your schedule for today, as is a delightful encounter with the residents of a Franconian village.

    Featured Excursions:
    Exclusive Franconian “Village Day”
    Würzburg Residence with Christmas Market

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  6. Located at the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers, Wertheim (or Wertheim am Main) is a lovely village dating back over a thousand years. It epitomizes the friendly, slow-paced, small-town atmosphere of many German villages; here, residents greet each other by name as they do their daily shopping for fresh bread and sausage in tiny shops. On your guided walking tour of the village, you’ll hear a lot about daily life in Wertheim, as well as facts about the town and its history. Its many well-preserved medieval buildings— complete with low doors, tiny rooms and insufficient lighting—attest to the inconveniences of life in the Middle Ages.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Wertheim walking discovery tour with mulled wine and Christmas stollen demonstration or Michelstadt Christmas Market

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  7. Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers as well as traditional Old Town architecture. Experience both aspects of the city today, with time to browse the local Christmas market, one of the best on the Continent. Other options include a “Taste of Christmas” walking tour featuring all sorts of sugary and savory treats or an excursion to the Christmas market in Wiesbaden.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Frankfurt walking discovery tour with Christmas Market or Exclusive “Taste of Christmas” Frankfurt walking tour or Wiesbaden Christmas Market

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Captains Farewell Dinner
  8. Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to the Frankfurt International Airport for your flight home.

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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships

Taste

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

Travel

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the regal River Queen
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

Explore

  • 1 country
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Taste of Christmas,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks

Experience

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Christmas Traditions in Germany”
  • Exclusive Generations Family Program on a select December departure
Cruise Start Date CATEGORY 5 CATEGORY 4 CATEGORY 3 CATEGORY 2 CATEGORY 1 SUITE Availability Price
1 Dec 17 $3,449pp $3,799pp $4,099pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Queen
Frankfurt to Nuremburg
8 Dec 17 $2,949pp $3,299pp $3,599pp $3,999pp $4,499pp $5,799pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Queen
Nuremberg to Frankfurt
15 Dec 17 $2,849pp $3,199pp $3,499pp $3,899pp $4,399pp $5,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Queen
Frankfurt to Nuremburg
1 Dec 18 $3,299pp $3,399pp $3,999pp $4,399pp $4,999pp $6,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Queen
Frankfurt to Nuremburg
8 Dec 18 $3,099pp $3,199pp $3,799pp $4,199pp $4,799pp $6,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Queen
Nuremberg to Frankfurt
15 Dec 18 $2,899pp $2,999pp $3,599pp $3,999pp $4,599pp $5,899pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Queen
Frankfurt to Nuremburg

Click here for more information about Uniworld’s unique Generations family program.

Note: Christmas markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 23rd.

NOTE: Flights must arrive between 5am and 5pm and depart between 6am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.

Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom. Single rooms are available at a supplement. Port charges included for 2017 only. 2018 port charges are an additional $140 per person. 

Must Pay in Full at time of booking to receive Early Payment Discount where available. 

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details. 

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the cruise.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

View River Cruise Terms & Conditions 

Length: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 128 / Staff: 41

Suite: 4 (215 sq ft) / Staterooms: 60 (151 sq ft) / Rivers: Rhine River, Danube River, Moselle River, Main River

One of the most unique ships cruising Europe’s waterways, the River Queen has an exterior resembling the steamships of the 1930s and an elegant Art Deco interior. Decorated in richly textured blue and white fabrics—with marble bathrooms and inspiring artwork—River Queen is a sublime floating hotel designed with your every comfort in mind. River Queen was rated the #1 ship in the entire cruise industry (both river and ocean) in the 2012 Conde´ Nast Traveler Readers' Cruise Poll.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (215 sq ft - 20 sq m)

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Additional special amenities and services

Category 1-5

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m)

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

Our meticulously designed ships feature enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views. 

Reception

Main Lounge

Captain's Lounge

Lounge

Restaurant

Lounge

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Germany must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Germany.

  • The currency in Germany is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Germany, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Germany. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We recommend packing layers to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:

Prague

Included in your 4-day stay:

  • 3-nights at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Praguel (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Prague city tour with Prague Castle District and Christmas markets
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

From $699 per person (single supplement $199)
Additional fees may apply, please call for details. 


Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Nuremberg.

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