Christmas Market Cruise on the Danube River 2017

An 8-Day Mayflower Tours tour starting from $4,599

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Tour Length: 8 Days
Countries Visited: Austria, Germany, Danube River, Christmas Markets
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Tour Type:
 River Cruises
Tour Category: First Class
Tour Operator: Mayflower Tours
Tour Code: MFTS-3690-3690
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Six nights accommodations aboard the MS Emerald Destiny

Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Danube, Europe’s most popular river. We travel onboard our exclusively chartered ship exploring the wonderful Christmas Markets of Germany and Austria.

 
 
The Mayflower Tours Way
  • 17 Meals (6 dinners, 5 lunches, and 6 breakfasts)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Tours
  • International Cruise Director and Mayflower Tours expert staff onboard, plus local English-speaking guides for shore excursions
  • Experience the Danube River aboard the exclusively chartered MS Emerald Destiny river ship on a six-night cruise
  • Once onboard, unpack just once in your tastefully furnished river view stateroom with a window for panoramic viewing
  • Included shore excursions escorted by local, English-speaking guides in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau and Vienna
  • Visit the festive atmosphere and Christmas Markets in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz and Vienna
  • All meals included onboard featuring local and international specialties served at one leisurely seating
  • All onboard lunches and dinners are four courses and served with complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks
  • Afternoon tea and late evening snack served daily in the lounge
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Spacious public areas with large picture windows in the lounge, bar and dining room. Heated swimming pool and mini theatre for movies
  • Evening events and Insights onboard
  • Enhanced touring experience with the use of individual audio headsets
  • Walk-out balcony featured in the suites on Horizon Deck
  • "Inside balcony" featured in the staterooms on the Vista and Horizon Decks
  • $40 in Mayflower Money
Local Insights
  • Insightful presentation on the history of the Danube River
  • Culinary demonstration by the ship???s chef
  • Included guided visit to Sch??nbrunn Palace
 
 

Day One — Depart the USA
Today we depart the USA on our overnight flight to Munich, Germany.

Day Two — Munich/Nuremberg/Embark our river vessel
Upon arrival in Munich, transfer to our exclusively chartered river ship, the MS Emerald Destiny, in Nuremberg. The afternoon is at leisure to begin exploring our new surroundings. We’ll be immersed in the Christmas spirit as we stroll through Nuremberg’s famous Christkindle Market on the Haupt Market Square in the center of this charming medieval city. With the majestic Alps to the south and the medieval Imperial Castle perched atop the Old Town hill, Nuremberg is a spectacular backdrop for one of Germany's oldest Christmas markets. Aromas of gingerbread, sausages, roasting chestnuts and spiced mulled wine fill the air as we shop for Christmas gifts and souvenirs.

Day Three — Nuremberg
Our day begins with a guided tour of Nuremberg. During the panoramic tour by coach we’ll venture outside of the inner city to see the Palace Of Justice, site of the famous war trials, and one of the few buildings in Nuremberg that survived the extensive bombings of Germany. We’ll also see St. John’s Cemetery and the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds. Returning to the city center, we begin the walking portion of the tour. Our guide takes us through the Old Town and provides insights about the castle, fountains, churches and art as well as the city’s past and present. After the tour, we’ll have free time for visiting the Christkindle Market. This afternoon, the ship departs for Regensburg, Germany.

Day Four — Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities
After a leisurely morning sailing along the Danube River, we arrive in Regensburg. Following lunch onboard, we explore Regensburg on a guided walking tour. As we stroll through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we’ll experience its beauty and history firsthand. At the end of the excursion we remain in town to spend time at the magnificent Christmas Markets. Wander through the narrow streets, hidden courtyards and quaint passageways, all a twinkle with sparkling Christmas lights. This evening, the ship departs for Passau, Germany.

Day Five — Passau, one of Germany’s oldest cities
This morning we arrive in Passau. The day begins with an included walking tour where we admire graceful arcades, beautiful architecture, quaint alleyways and a picturesque river promenade as we wander through the cobblestone streets with our guide. We’ll also see the breathtaking Baroque cathedral of St. Stephan. After the tour there is free time to visit the stalls of the local Christmas Market. Handmade ornaments and Christmas tree decorations, intricately carved nativity sets of all sizes, toys, marionettes, scented candles and other traditional handicraft items are awaiting our selection to take home and put under the Christmas tree!After a fun-filled morning of shopping and immersion into the festive atmosphere of the Markets, we return to the ship for lunch. After lunch, the ship departs for Linz, Austria. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon onboard and watch the scenery pass by from the comfort of your stateroom or the panoramic windows of the lounge. The ship arrives in Linz this evening.

Day Six — Linz, the European Capital of Culture
Today is all about discovering the most popular market, Christkindlmarkt am Hauptplatz, of Linz. Join our Tour Managers for the short walk into the city center where we will have ample time for this market in the main pedestrian square of the city center. Set amongst the Baroque scenery of the city, it’s a perfect place to get caught up in the festivities of the Christmas season. This afternoon, the ship departs for the final port of call, Vienna.

Day Seven — Vienna, the beautiful, historic capital of Austria
With an early morning arrival in Vienna, we have a full day ahead of us in this capital city. An included panoramic excursion shows us the highlights of Vienna before we enjoy a guided visit of Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. Due to its historic importance, unique grounds and splendid furnishings, today the palace is part of UNESCO’s cultural heritage. Among the rooms we see on our guided visit are the living quarters, offices and conference rooms, all richly decorated and well-preserved. This afternoon is left free of planned activities so we can explore the local Christmas Markets on the last day of our cruise. This evening, we gather one last time with our new-found friends at the farewell dinner onboard.

Day Eight — Vienna/USA
It’s time to bid a fond "auf widersehen" to Europe with wonderful memories of the German and Austrian Christmas Markets as we transfer to the Vienna Airport for our flight home.

 
         
Touring Date
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12/5/2017 - 12/13/2017
$4,599
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

 
Days Two through Seven Aboard the MS Emerald Destiny
MS Emerald Destiny

The 180-passenger MS Emerald Destiny is a new deluxe river cruise vessel providing a stylish, spacious and unique ship from which to enjoy your river cruise! In addition to providing some of the largest staterooms and suites on river vessels, the ship also offers one-bedroom suites which boast a separate bedroom, spacious lounge area and full balcony. Other unique features onboard are a heated swimming pool (with a retractable roof) that transforms into a cinema in the evening! With the friendly staff and remarkable ship it???s sure to be a relaxing and enjoyable holiday!

  • Built: 2015
  • Speed: 15.5 mph
  • Staterooms: 80
  • Suites: 12
  • Length: 443 ft.
  • Crew: 47
Owner???s One Bedroom Suite (315 sq. ft.): Horizon Deck
  • Features outdoor private balcony with sliding glass door; separate bedroom and lounge area with sofa, chair, coffee table, two dressers and walk-in closet; large bathroom with two basins, shower, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers; Complimentary WiFi; Two twin beds that can be put together; Telephone; Safe; Individual climate control; TV; Mini-fridge
Grand Balcony Suite (210 sq. ft.): Horizon Deck
  • Features outdoor private balcony with sliding glass door; Bathroom with shower, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers; Complimentary WiFi; Two twin beds that can be put together Dresser; Closet; Writing desk; Telephone; Safe; Individual climate control; TV; Mini-fridge
Panorama Stateroom (180 sq. ft.): Vista and Horizon Decks
  • Features an indoor balcony with open-air system; Bathroom with shower and hair dryer; Complimentary WiFi; Two twin beds that can be put together; Dresser; Closet; Writing desk; Telephone; Safe; Individual climate control; TV; Mini-fridge
Stateroom (162 sq. ft.): Riviera Deck
  • Features picture window; Bathroom with shower and hair dryer; Complimentary WiFi; Two twin beds that can be put together; Dresser; Closet; Writing desk; Telephone; Safe; Individual climate control; TV; Mini-fridge
Public Areas and Ship Amenities
  • Dining Room
  • Lounge with dance floor
  • Sun Deck featuring deck chairs
  • Fitness room, hairdresser, massage therapy room
  • Elevator
  • Reception Lobby
  • Hospitality Desk
  • Daytime heated swimming pool and bar
  • Evening cinema
  • Voltage: 220V
  • Complimentary Wifi
 

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