Celebrate the enduring magic of the Yuletide season on an enchanting journey to Europe’s most beloved Christmas markets. Discover magnificent settings where cobblestoned streets strung with colorful lights meet festive market stalls of handcrafted ornaments, fine wooden toys, and irresistible holiday treats such as sausages, hot chocolate, and delectable cookies. Joining us will be honored and respected front-line travel news journalist, Peter Greenberg. Extend your journey with the Vienna Pre-Program and/or Munich Post-Program Options.
- Celebrate the timeless magic of an Old-World Yuletide season and the ancient customs of Advent in Central Europe, where Christmas folklore and traditions come alive.
- Browse the intricately crafted ornaments hanging in wooden kiosks festooned with colorful lights, sip Glühwein; and savor irresistible holiday treats like roasted chestnuts and freshly baked gingerbread.
- Immerse yourself in the nostalgia and romance of Vienna’s classic open-air Christmas markets.
- Delight in the holiday pageantry of Salzburg, Passau, and Regensburg.
- Explore the authentic Old-World ambiance of Germany’s most famous Christkindlmärkt in historic Nuremberg.
Day 1 - Depart home city
Day 2 - Vienna, Austria / Embark Amadeus Star
Day 3 - Vienna
Day 4 - Dürnstein / Melk
Day 5 - Linz for Salzburg
Day 6 - Passau, Germany
Day 7 - Regensburg
Day 8 - Nuremberg
Day 9 - Nuremberg / Disembark ship / Return to home city
A multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer, University of Wisconsin alumnus Peter Greenberg is America’s most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. Known in the travel industry as “The Travel Detective,” Greenberg broadcasts breaking news and investigative reports from around the world each week as Travel Editor for CBS News. The consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news, Greenberg hosts the public television show The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg. Greenberg is also host of The Royal Tour, a groundbreaking series of global television specials, showcasing nations in a way no visitor has ever seen them before. Guided by some of the most dynamic and powerful Heads of State, Greenberg journeys deep inside each country to offer viewers access to extraordinary locations, historic landmarks, and cultural experiences.
Deluxe Small River Boat
The elegant and meticulously crafted Amadeus Star features all the comforts of a refined and traditional hotel. The 84 stylish staterooms and suites are among the most spacious of any European river boat (172 to 284 square feet). Suites include a private balcony, and select staterooms feature a unique floor-to-ceiling window that lowers to French-balcony height at the touch of a button. Accommodations have two twin beds or one queen bed, individual climate control, sitting area, and private bathroom with shower. Most have a minibar.
Vienna Pre-Program Option
Renowned for its architecture and walkable city center, discover layers of history and Christmas traditions in Austria's capital city of Vienna. Visit the Hofburg Palace in Old Town, the former winter residence of the Hapsburgs, and Belvedere Palace—built by Prince Eugene of Savoy as a summer home. Tour the Austrian Gallery, filled with collections from the Middle Ages to the present day. Explore the traditional Christmas Market in front of Vienna’s City Hall, the Spittelberg Christmas Market in the revitalized heritage district, and the Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace. Accommodations are for two nights at the InterContinental Wein.
Munich Post-Program Option
Our post-cruise extension begins in Nuremberg with a leisurely drive to Rothenburg ob der Tauber—known for its classical half-timbered medieval houses and a picturesque Reiterlesmarkt Christmas market. Enjoy lunch in this charming town before continuing to Bavaria's capital city of Munich, straddling the banks of the River Isar. Enjoy excursions to the baroque Nymphenburg Palace and the picturesque Linderhof Palace near Ettal. Accommodations are for three nights in the Bayerischer Hof Hotel.
The Pre/Post-Program Options are available at an additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.
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