2013: Christmastime Zurich to Nuremberg - Cruise Only (WZN0) - Vista
10 days from Zurich to Nuremberg
Ring in the holidays on this exciting cruise along the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. You'll have opportunities to explore the traditional Christmas markets, shop for colorful Christmas decorations, sample the tasty treats, sip some warm drinks, listen to the holiday music and cheer, and smell the aromas of freshly baked specialties. Board your ship in Basel and head north to Breisach for an included excursion into Germany's legendary Black Forest; to Strasbourg, France, for guided sightseeing and time to explore one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe; and to Heidelberg, where you can marvel at the imposing red sandstone castle and bask in the holiday atmosphere. Enjoy an excursion to the pretty wine village of Rudesheim with its outstanding Christmas market and life-sized nativity scene. Also visit Miltenberg for a traditional baking demonstration, Wertheim to see the half-timbered houses and shop for blown-glass ornaments, and Wurzburg to visit the magnificent Bishop's Residenz. Other highlights include medieval Bamberg to sample delicious German beers, and Nuremberg, where your vacation ends.
Highlights & Sightseeing
Excursion to the Black Forest
Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Take pictures of the castle
Excursion to Rudesheim; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
Guided walk; baking demonstration
Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz
Guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; beer tasting
B: full buffet breakfast L: lunch D: dinner
Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast, soft drinks with lunch, and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included on board your vessel.
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Day 1 Zurich, Switzerland. Transfer to Basel (Embarkation)
Flights into Zurich must arrive before 3 pm. Your river cruise vessel is docked on the Rhine River in Basel, where France, Switzerland, and Germany meet. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception at 6 pm. (Dinner)
Day 2 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest
Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany's BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. There's no better setting for this time of year than when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses with their long sloping roofs, connoting images of warm and festively decorated interiors. And if there has been a fresh snowfall, this will indeed be a Winter Wonderland! Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Strasbourg, France
Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is influenced by the culture of both countries and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. A Certified Local Guide shows you the noteworthy sights: the GOTHIC CATHEDRAL, the lovely LA PETITE FRANCE district, Place Kleber, and Place Gutenberg with the statue of the inventor of the printing press. Dating back to 1570, the traditional Christmas market is one of the oldest and finest in Europe. Located around Place de la Cathedrale and Place Broglie, its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. As you stroll through the festively decorated and illuminated streets you'll notice the pleasing aromas of mulled wine, sweets, spice cakes, and biscuits-a truly magical atmosphere! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Speyer, Germany. Excursion to Heidelberg
This morning, dock in the ancient imperial city of Speyer on the left bank of the Rhine. From here, an included excursion takes you to Heidelberg, of Student Prince fame and Germany's oldest university town. Take your photos of imposing Heidelberg Castle, built of red sandstone and towering above the city. At this time of year an ice rink is set up at the foot of the castle, and stalls offer Gluhwein, Bratwurst, and other tasty treats. The Christmas market itself is scattered over five town squares and you'll find a wide array of crafts and regional delicacies. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Frankfurt. Excursion to Rudesheim
After breakfast this morning a comfortable motorcoach ride takes you to the pretty little town of Rudesheim, a perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town. A visit to SIEGFRIED"S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM is a real surprise! Afterward, there's free time to explore. The entire town transforms itself into one large Christmas market, offering products and specialties from a number of nations, all presented in a distinctive manner. You'll be spoiled by the selection of shops offering a vast variety of Christmas presents and decorations. In the Market Square you'll find Europe's largest nativity scene, with life-size figures. After lunch, return to Frankfurt. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Miltenberg-Wertheim
Miltenberg is a picturesque Bavarian village that thrived on income from river traffic. Its cultural wealth and affluence are reflected in the beautiful medieval and renaissance houses and the gothic splendor of the Merchant Hall shown to you during your guided walk. After lunch, learn how to bake a local SOFT COOKIE specialty. In the afternoon, there's free time in Wertheim, whose overlapping half-timbered houses are grouped along winding streets. Glassblowers have a long tradition in this town and, especially in winter, they produce ornaments that hang on Christmas trees all over the world. Marvel at the tasteful Christmas decorations in all the shop windows. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Wurzburg
Known as the "Pearl of the Romantic Road," Wurzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The magnificent BISHOP"S RESIDENZ is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon is free to explore more of the city. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Bamberg
Medieval Bamberg is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your walking tour takes in its breathtaking cathedral, the Old Town Hall straddling the Regnitz River, and serpentine streets with charming houses and 18th-century mansions. At this time of year the town is decked out for Christmas. Especially interesting are the many nativity scenes that are built by local citizens and exhibited throughout the town. Today, we'll introduce you to some of Germany's FAMOUS BEERS! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Nuremberg
Although Nuremberg suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it was restored to its original style. Marvel at this historic city with its fabulous gothic churches and elegant patrician houses. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations. The city's traditions include famous Lebkuchen, toy making, and metal working. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Zurich:
in single room $175, in twin room $118
Prices shown above include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $192
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,027
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,092
P / Royal Deck / $1,284
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,184