Christmas Market Cruise with Viking River

Trip Date: 
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - Sunday, December 10, 2017
Trip Location: 


On our Christmas Markets Cruise you'll travel along the Danube and visit bustling holiday markets in cities such as Nuremberg, Vienna, Passau, Regensburg and Budapest. From hand-blown glass ornaments and handcrafted toys to nutcrackers and dollhouses of all shapes and sizes, you can browse through an assortment of unique trinkets and one-of-a-kind goods at row after row of elaborately decorated stalls. Sip on hot mulled wine and munch on gingerbread. Vienna’s glimmering City Hall makes an unforgettable backdrop to its 700-year old markets, where you’ll find decadent Austrian tortes, enormous pastries and international choirs. Nuremberg is brimming with unique German gifts, like Plum People – folksy figurines made from dried prunes and many hand made treasures.


DAY 1   

Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest, capital of Hungary. Transfer to your ship from the airport.* After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or do a bit of exploring; if your arrival schedule permits, join an organized walk to Budapest’s famous covered market in the three-story Great Market Hall established in 1897. Return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner. (D)


DAY 2   

Budapest, Hungary

Your morning begins with a panoramic tour of the Pest side of the city. Journey along Andrássy Avenue and see the 19th- and 20th-century mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. Stop in Heroes’ Square to learn more about Hungarian history, then cross the Danube to Buda’s Castle District. Walk up the hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Rejoin your ship in Visegrád for lunch as we cruise along the scenic Danube River. Enjoy a midafternoon Viennese coffee workshop, complete with apple strudel. (B, L, D)


DAY 3   

Vienna, Austria

Today we tour the Austrian capital of Vienna. Ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century. See some of the city’s baroque architecture, including the world-famous Opera House, St. Stephan’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. Return to your ship for lunch. The rest of the day is ours to further explore the Christmas Market. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (B, L, D)



DAY 4   

Krems, Austria

After breakfast, explore the time-honored town of Krems and see the Steiner Tor, the last remaining city gate. Visit Göttweig, a working Benedictine abbey that owns many of the vineyards along the Danube. The splendid ceiling fresco in the imperial stairwell is one of the largest in the world. Visit the church, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Rejoin your ship and cruise leisurely through the captivating Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste some local Austrian specialties as you spot attractive riverside towns and castle ruins along the way. (B, L, D)


DAY 5   

Passau, Germany

Arrive this morning in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Your guided walk along the town’s narrow streets takes you through Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. You’ll see the New Bishop’s Residence and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, you will learn about the 17,000-pipe organ, considered Europe’s largest church organ. Enjoy lunch aboard your ship, and return to the city for an afternon at the Christmas Market. We cruise through the night. (B, L, D)


DAY 6   

Regensburg, Germany

After breakfast, meet your guide dockside for a walking tour through the scenic town of Regensburg, considered one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities. See one of the largest groupings of 13th- and 14th-century church spires, towers and patrician houses north of the Alps. You also encounter the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral and a number of idyllic courtyards. Take time to stroll through the Chrstmas Market. Lunch is served aboard your ship.

This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising along the Danube River, or take an optional Danube Narrows excursion. Travel by road to Kelheim and board a ferryboat to explore the 400-foot chalk cliffs and dramatic scenery of the Danube Narrows.  (B, L, D)


DAY 7   

Main–Danube Canal & Nuremberg, Germany

Very early this morning, we sail through the locks that comprise the Main–Danube Canal, an engineering marvel that stretches 106 miles from Bamberg on the Main River to Kelheim on the Danube. It began as Charlemagne’s dream in 793 and was completed in 1992 with 16 locks that raise the water level 1,332 feet. Today, it enables river travel from the North Sea to the Black Sea.

Arrive in Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city, around lunchtime. Afterward, your city tour features Zeppelin Field, the former Nazi parade grounds, and the Palace of Justice, the venerable vestige of the Nuremberg Trials; or, our group can go to the Christmas Market. (B, L, D)


DAY 8   

Nuremberg, Germany

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. 



*To Receive Free Airfare:

  • Pay your $600 deposit, per person, by May 31, 2016 and receive free round trip airfare.
  • Offer expires May 31, 2016.
  • Balance is due by June 25, 2017.



All This Is Included

  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 6 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy musical entertainment highlighting Austrian & Hungarian classics; attend lectures on the European Union, Viennese coffee houses and Mozart; learn how to make your own apple strudel
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary


GROUP PRICES:               Double per person

Standard                            $3590.

French Balcony                  $4490.

Veranda                             $4790.

Single Supplement             100%

Transfers                           120.


Please Note:

  • A $600 deposit per person is required to hold space; balances are due on June 25, 2017. Fees are nonrefundable after June 30, 2017.
  • Cancellation fee - $100.
  • If you are traveling with a sighted friend or family member, call today for discounted rates.
  • Except where noted, prices are based on double occupancy and do not include airfare or gratuity
  • Trip insurance is recommended.
  • Our trips are non-smoking and not combinable with any other offer.
  • Optional Viking shore excursions have a fee.

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