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River Cruising

Christmas Markets Along the Danube

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£2,140
Journey Type
River Cruising
Time of Year
Nov - Dec
Cities & Landmarks
Nürnberg, Regensburg, Vienna, Passau, Melk, Salzburg
Danube River European Christmas Market Cruise
Christmas Market, Salzburg, Austria

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TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

Visits to Christmas Markets in Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Passau, Regensburg & Nürnberg

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors & Tauck Cruise Director

 

Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at £937!

 

Locally guided walking tours of market cities and towns

 

Visit to Baroque Melk Abbey in Austria

 

Tour of Thurn und Taxis Palace and visit to its private Christmas Market

 

SEE WHAT YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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This Danube river cruise from Nürnberg to Vienna aboard ms Savor or ms Joy offers a new approach to discovering the magic of the Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria… a 700-year holiday tradition!

Enjoy Tauck's signature sightseeing and exclusive events... gain insights from the personal experiences of your local guides as they recall the Christmas Markets of their childhoods... and celebrate the holidays with special yuletide events on the ship and off! Aboard your riverboat, decorated in holiday style, you can sample glühwein and other seasonal goodies. Attend a holiday baking demonstration... a festive European Christmas dinner with all the fixings… and a performance by alumni of the Regensburger Domspatzen choir! Explore the Baroque architecture of 900-year-old Melk Abbey... have lunch at the Palais Pallavicini in Vienna, and take a tour of the Thurn und Taxis family's Palace of St. Emmeram in Regensburg, with a visit to its private Christmas Market – and more! Read Less

The Holiday Markets of Nürnberg

The festive holiday markets of Nürnberg

The most celebrated Christmas Market in Germany occupies Nürnberg’s main market square opposite the Church of Our Lady; over the years, touches like its golden-haired Christmas Angel and the Bavarian “Plum People” you'll see in its stalls have made it one of the most famous in Europe. And by the time the holiday season is over, more than two million people will have stopped by to shop for hand-made toys and ornaments, Christmas candles, gingerbread, and – of course – glühwein.

Experiencing Europe's Christmas Markets

Treasure the magic of Europe's Christmas Markets along the Danube

In every stop on your Christmas Markets cruise along the Danube, you'll enjoy all the magic of your destination's holiday markets, each of which has taken on a distinctive character of its own over the centuries. You'll discover those local traditions… like the hot mulled wine known as glühwein, served in collectible mugs unique to each market… that have caught on to become an indispensable part of the holiday celebration. Experience some special holiday magic on an exclusive visit to the Thurn und Taxis family’s Palace of St. Emmeram in Regensburg. Tour this lavish Baroque family home – converted from a monastery in the 18th century – and browse its private Christmas Market.

We really loved how Tauck thought of everything on the cruise, from our arrival at the airport until we headed home, there were no worries.

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Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie, traveling with like-minded travelers who share similar interests. Solo Travelers enjoy special savings on all departures – no single supplement in Category 1; and on select departures in select cabins, savings of $1000 per cabin. See details on Pricing & Availability.

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The choice is yours... We’re pleased to present an opportunity to customize and personalize your cruise by choosing your shore excursions on select days; choices have been carefully designed to appeal to different interests and preferences, with more active choices available on many days. 90 days prior to your departure date we'll contact you with the information you need to make your selections!

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You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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We have been on 2 Tauck land journeys over the past year and a half and they were both outstanding. We have raved about Tauck and have encouraged our friends and family to travel with Tauck. The Christmas Markets river cruise did not measure up to our expectations and we did not get to spend enough time in the towns. The itinerary needs updating.

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The walking tour of Passau, Germany was excellent.


The boat was beautiful. The crew more than helpful. The trip was outstanding. My wife has many food allergies. The entire restaurant staff took very good care of her, providing a variety of tasty food created to meet her medical needs. I can't say the same for any of the other cruises we've taken in the seven years.

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