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European Holiday Markets

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Hofburg Palace, Vienna
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
8 Days from $3,099 per person

This cruise takes you to some of the most famous and delightful of the holiday markets in Central Europe. At each market, you’ll find wooden stalls displaying traditional crafts that range from quirky little characters made of fruit and dressed in Bavarian costume to beautifully carved and painted Nativity figures. You’ll also find exquisite ornaments and fine contemporary crafts, along with fairytale villages decked in holiday finery.  

Enjoy Uniworld’s exclusive “Taste of Christmas” program in Vienna, where you’ll see astonishing confectionary decorations in Café Demel’s windows. Celebrate the season in a new way as you meander through old lands, and remember, as the Christkind says, “While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy it brings is eternal.”

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

  2. The medieval walled city of Nuremberg—the “Gingerbread Capital of the World,” and equally famous for its toys—is yours to discover today on a panoramic tour. Stop at the imperial castle, Kaiserburg, and stroll past the handsome half-timbered houses of the charming old quarter. Make your way to Nuremberg’s famous Christkindlesmarkt, one of the best and the largest in Germany, with over 200 wooden stalls filled with handcrafted gifts. Celebrate a festive evening at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

    Featured Excursions: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
  3. During the holidays, the streets and squares of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, sparkle with Christmas lights. Experience the perfect combination of an inviting skyline, impressive historic monuments and legendary Bavarian hospitality as you stroll through the atmospheric narrow lanes on your tour before going to the Christmas Market at Thurn and Taxis Castle. Larger than Buckingham Palace, its magnificent park, imposing architecture and picturesque courtyard creates a unique romantic atmosphere for this Christmas Market. Step back into the times of knights, princesses, and horses and carriages as you wander through the courtyard gently lit by torches, lanterns and candles admiring the mighty, beautifully decorated Christmas tree and enjoying traditional Bavarian delicacies.

    Featured Excursions:
    “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour with enchanting Christmas Market in the Thurn and Taxis Castle

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  4. Snuggle in warm blankets on a horse-drawn wagon ride through the Nature Reserve of the Bavarian Forest before arriving at a world-renowned glass manufacturer in Theresienthal, where you’ll learn about the techniques used to create beautiful Bohemian glassware for European rulers for centuries. Later in Passau, join a local expert to discover the city’s magical townscape, built in Italian baroque style, full of historic buildings, large squares, romantic promenades and winding lanes. St. Stephan’s Cathedral in the old town center provides the perfect setting for its Christmas Market, which sells special ornaments and handmade toys, as well as lebkuchen, gingerbread and glühwein, hot mulled cider. As an extra-special treat, learn how to make delicious lebkuchen and beautiful holiday floral centerpieces.

    Featured Excursions:
    Exclusive Bavarian Forest village with Theresienthal glass manufactory visit, and Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market and gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  5. The Danube serves as a dividing line between the modern Linz and its old soul. During your guided walking tour, view Linz’s Alter Dom, the Old Market and the impressive Main Square—one of Austria’s most attractive closed squares—with its baroque Trinity Column. Spend time browsing the one-of-a-kind wares on display at the local Christmas Market, where you’ll encounter two things for which Linz is most famous—Christmas crèches (Nativity scenes) and the delicious Linzer torte, a classic holiday dessert.

    Featured Excursions:
    Linz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  6. Cruise the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to the village of Dürnstein, nestled at the foot of a hill crowned with the romantic ruins of a 12th-century castle. Ramble along the narrow lanes of the town with a local expert. Stroll through the town, stopping to warm yourself with a cup of spiced mulled wine and enjoy a soul-stirring organ concert at the 15th-century former Augustine monastery—splendidly redone in the baroque style of the 18th century. Later, sail to the “City of Waltzes,” where you’ll be treated to an exclusive private concert of Mozart and Strauss at a Viennese palace.

    Featured Excursions:
    Dürnstein walking discovery tour with exclusive spiced mulled wine tasting and organ concert in Augustine church, and exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  7. Vienna is a treasure trove of gems, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral—the most beloved architectural wonder in all of Vienna—and the stately Ringstrasse, the broad thoroughfare surrounded by the many imperial buildings that give Vienna its wedding cake appearance. After your panoramic tour, visit Prince Eugene’s magnificent Winter Palace, one of the most magnificent baroque edifices in Vienna, in the historic city center. If you wish to experience a taste of Christmas in Vienna, join a local guide as you venture along famous shopping streets with windows bedecked with their holiday finery, and stop to sample some of the local seasonal treats with a Viennese coffee. Conclude your day at the festive Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit and Christmas Market OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Captain’s Farewell Dinner
  8. Disembark the ship and transfer to Vienna International Airport for your flight home.

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Vienna to Nuremberg
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Nuremberg to Vienna
Itinerary in reverse
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SHIP: River Beatrice
Vienna to Nuremberg
  • Itinerary in reverse: This departure's itinerary operates in reverse order.

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 $160 per person.

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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.


  • 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, 6 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 majestic River Beatrice
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days


  • 2 countries
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Taste of Christmas” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 3 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: “The Sound of Christmas Music, from ‘Silent Night’ to Christmas Oratorio”


We are excited to announce that the River Beatrice will reemerge as the S.S. Beatrice in Spring 2018 — after an extensive bow-to-stern renovation. The S.S. Beatrice will debut a fresh, sleek look with a graceful bow, redesigned lounge and an elegant grand staircase. Additional dining venues will include a private space to replace the Captain’s Lounge and Library. Two new Royal Suites measuring 375 square feet and an additional Owner’s Suite are being created. We’ll also be adding several connecting rooms which are ideal for families traveling together. Join us next Spring onboard Uniworld’s newest Super Ship — the S.S. Beatrice.


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Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:


Discover Prague, the “City of Spires,” which 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 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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