Classic Christmas Markets

Frankfurt Christmas Market
9 Days from $2,699 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. Overnight flight to Nuremberg (not included).

  2. Arrive at the Nuremberg airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. 

  3. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Captains Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
  4. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast and Dinner
  6. The town of Wurzburg 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 Wurzburg Residenz 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Captains Farewell Dinner
  9. Disembark the ship and transfer to Frankfurt International Airport for your flight home. 


  • All Meals All Meals
  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Christmas Traditions in Germany”
  • Exclusive Generations Family Program on a select December departure
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
asterisk 30 Nov 17 8 Dec 17 $3149$2999pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$2,999 pp
7 Dec 17 15 Dec 17 $2949$2799pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$2,799 pp
asteriskcheck-mark 14 Dec 17 22 Dec 17 $2849$2699pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$2,699 pp

*These departures operate in reverse.

Generations Family Program on these departures.

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 and cruise in category 5 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port Charges included.

Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on Stateroom category.

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 vacation.

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.

Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.

Length: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 130 / Staff: 41

Suite: 4 (214 sq ft) / Staterooms: 61 (151 sq ft) / Rivers: Rhine River, Main River, Danube River

The recently remodeled, 130-passenger River Duchess is decorated in soft hues of blue and green complemented by soothing earth tones, providing a tranquil and elegant onboard ambiance. Enjoy spectacular and ever-changing views of Europe’s most enchanting waterways in the ship’s stylish Blue Danube Lounge, Palace Restaurant, or the La Motte Sky Lounge.

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Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft - 20 sq m) with a French balcony

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, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Additional special amenities and services

Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) with a French balcony

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, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes, and slippers

Category 2-3

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, heated mirrors, cozy 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. 





Captain's Lounge

At Sea

  • 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.


Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:


Discover Prague, the "City of Spires," which is particularly magical during the holiday season.

Included in your 4-day stay:

  • 3-nights at the Art Deco Imperial Hotel (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 $899 per person (single supplement $529)
Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Nuremberg.

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