Grand Christmastime Cruise from Zurich to Vienna
16 days from Zürich to Vienna
Discover the best of Central Europe during this exciting Christmastime cruise from Basel to Vienna. You’ll have opportunities to explore the traditional Christmas markets, and soak up the special atmosphere of the festively lit streets and beautifully decorated store windows. Shop for colorful Christmas decorations, sample the tasty treats, sip some warm drinks, listening to the holiday music and cheer, and smell the aromas of freshly baked specialties. Your journey starts in Zürich. Then, travel to Basel to board your ship. 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 Rüdesheim 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 Würzburg to visit the magnificent Bishop’s Residenz. Other highlights include medieval Bamberg to sample delicious German beers, and an excursion to Munich, the vibrant Bavarian capital. Then, on to medieval Regensburg, delightful Passau, and Melk with a visit to its awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey. To end your vacation, ring in the New Year in Vienna with a gala New Year’s Eve dinner, then bundle up and watch the city’s marvelous fireworks display from the Sky Deck of your vessel.