Uniworld 8D Classic Christmas Markets
ONBOARD THE REGAL RIVER QUEEN FROM NUREMBERG TO FRANKFURT
- 7-night cruise with meals onboard
- 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
- Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
- Unlimited beverages onboard
- 6 days of excursions
- 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- All transfers on arrival and departure days
- All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
- Exclusive Generations Family Program on a select December departure
2021 Sailings: Dec 1^, 8, 15^, 22
2022 Sailings: Dec 1^, 8, 15^, 22
^Itinerary operates in reverse
1 country: Germany
Itinerary from Nuremberg to Frankfurt
DAY 1: Nuremberg (Embark)
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.
DAY 2: Nuremberg
For a 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. You could not ask for a more perfect place to begin an exploration of Christmas traditions than Nuremberg. Stroll through the castle gardens and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, then walk through a maze of cobblestone lanes down to the central Market Square. There, spread out before the Church of Our Lady, is the largest Christmas Market in Germany.
Featured Excursion: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas market
Generations Excursion: No place like Nuremberg for the holidays (This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program)
A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
DAY 3: Bamberg
The fact that Bamberg still exists today is something of a miracle—it survived WWII bombing virtually unscathed. It’s a superb example of a medieval German city, one compact enough to explore on foot with a local expert. You’ll also have free time to visit not just one but four Christmas Markets and a captivating amount of nativity scenes located along nativity trail.
Featured Excursion: Bamberg walking tour with Christmas market
Generations Excursion: A stroll through Nativity Town (This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program)
DAY 4: Kitzingen (Rothenburg), Würzburg
Rothenburg looks like something straight out of the pages of a storybook, with its medieval walls, cobbled streets, Gothic churches and Hansel-and-Gretel houses. Join a local expert for an insightful walking tour, and then wander amongst the stalls at one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets
Featured Excursion: Full-day Rothenburg with walking tour and Christmas market
Generations Excursion: Rock on Rothenburg (This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program)
Today’s lunch will be on your own.
DAY 5: Würzburg
This morning, you’ll head off to see the Würzburg Residence, a baroque-style palace famous for its gigantic ceiling fresco. Later, visit the town’s renowned Christmas Market, held in front of the old City Hall, for some one-of-a-kind gifts for friends back home. Beautifully decorated wooden booths are illuminated by the soft glow of Christmas lighting, and the air is filled with the scent of roasted chestnuts and the sound of Christmas carols. One of the best ways to embrace a different culture is through encounters with local residents, which you’ll experience this afternoon in a typical Franconian village. Make new friends over hot drinks and homemade seasonal treats.
Featured Excursions: Würzburg Residence with Christmas market | Franconian Christmas “Village Day”
Generations Excursions: Würzburg’s winter wonderland | Festive Franconia (These excursions are only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program)
DAY 6: Wertheim
Located at the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers, Wertheim 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 and tiny windows—attest to the inconveniences of life in the Middle Ages.
Choice of Wertheim walking tour with mulled wine and Christmas stollen demonstration or Michelstadt Christmas market
Generations Excursion: Wertheim’s medieval sights & winter treats (This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program)
DAY 7: Frankfurt
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.
Choice of Wiesbaden Twinkling Star Christmas market or “Taste of Christmas” Frankfurt walking tour or Mainhattan walking tour with Christmas market
Generations Excursion: Frankfurt’s festive zoo (This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program)
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
DAY 8: Frankfurt (Disembark)
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.
Note: Selected sailing dates are operated in reversed itinerary. Itinerary will be provided on request basis. The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
A journey that will make you believe in holiday magic all over again.
Once upon a time, people gathered on cobblestone squares to buy the special tools and ingredients they needed to make the treats of the season. They kept warm with hot spiced wine, music and games while they shopped and chatted with the local tradesmen. Those were the first Christmas markets, 500 years ago. Today, though the light comes from twinkling electric bulbs rather than torches, bonhomie and fun still prevail.
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 hand-carved wooden toys, as scents of cinnamon and roasting nuts fill the air. Sail through Christmas country, trying Frankfurt’s famous apple cider and Nuremberg’s gingerbread. Throughout, cozy up to steaming mugs of glühwein (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.
Who will enjoy this cruise
Those wanting to experience the quintessential magic of the holidays while shopping for one-of-a-kind treasures and discovering the legends behind some of our most popular holiday traditions.
Generations Family Program (select sailing)
Share the magic of a European holiday with the special young people in your life on this multigenerational “Classic Christmas Markets” cruise filled with lots of family holiday merrymaking.
ABOUT THE SHIP
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 Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Cruise Poll.
Total 64 staterooms; 4 suites and 60 staterooms from Classic to French Balcony with its measurement of 361ft in length and 37.5ft in width. Carrying up to 128 guests and 42 staff.
Terms and Conditions:
- All fares are per guest in US dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
- Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed.
- Single Supplement applies for single accommodation.
- Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
- The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
- Prices exclude additional port charges of range from US$200 – US$310 per person.
- Other terms and conditions apply.