Grand Christmastime Cruise from Vienna to Basel
2013 / 2014
16 days from Vienna to Basel
Discover the best of Central Europe during this exciting Christmastime cruise from Vienna to Basel. Start in magical Vienna, where you will enjoy guided sightseeing, free time to explore the Christmas markets, and will embark your cruise vessel. Sail west, stopping in Dürnstein to see the baroque Stiftskirche and in Melk to visit its Benedictine Abbey and sample regional wines. Continue to the busy river port of Linz, delightful Passau, medieval Regensburg, and Nuremberg for guided sightseeing and to experience Germany’s most famous Christmas market. Other highlights include the vibrant Bavarian capital of Munich, German beer tasting in Bamberg, a visit of the magnificent Bishop’s Residenz in Würzburg. Also visit Wertheim to see the half-timbered houses and shop for blown-glass ornaments, Miltenberg for a traditional baking demonstration, and enjoy an excursion to the pretty wine village of Rüdesheim with its outstanding Christmas market and life-sized nativity scene. In Heidelberg, marvel at the imposing red sandstone castle and bask in the holiday atmosphere; enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, with time to explore one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe; and from Breisach, take an excursion into Germany’s legendary Black Forest.