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Nuremberg to Vienna | 8 Days
Date Range: Dec 2014 - Dec 2014Ship: River Empress

Nuremberg to Vienna | 8 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Nuremberg (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at Nuremberg Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)
Day 2:
Nuremberg, Roth Motorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

Discover Nuremberg, a quintessential Medieval German city, on a panoramic city tour. Your tour takes you past the mighty Medieval walls (with no fewer than 80 towers) that enclose the historic city center. You will stop at the Kaiserburg and walk through the lively old quarter with its well-preserved half-timbered houses. The next stop is Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, with over 200 wooden stalls filled with signature toys and glittering gifts. Enjoy the festive atmosphere enhanced by the delicious aromas of gingerbread and glühwein (warm spiced wine). And you won’t want to leave without buying a special toy—whether for a child or for yourself—since Nuremberg has been a toy-making center for centuries. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, WD)
Day 3:
Regensburg UNESCO
FEATURED EXCURSION: “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour with Christmas Market

Lively Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to 2,000 years of history. Your guided walking tour explores the Cathedral of St. Peter, with its magnificent stained-glass windows; the Town Hall; and Regensburg’s famous 12th-century Stone Bridge. And what could be more satisfying as you wander the city’s romantic Christmas Market than indulging in local specialties such as dumplings with vanilla sauce? The stalls of the Christmas Market are set up around the 500-year-old New Parish Church and in front of the classical columns of the former city guardhouse and the Lucrecia craft market. Shop for children’s toys or traditional hand-carved Nativity scenes. (BB, L, D)
Day 4:
Deggendorf (Theresienthal), Passau Uniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive Bavarian Forest horse-drawn wagon ride with Theresienthal visit, Passau walking tour with Christmas Market, and gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations

After enjoying a scenic horse-drawn wagon ride through the Bavarian Forest, you’ll be taken to the world-famous crystal glass manufacturer, Theresienthal, to see the fine art of handmade crystal glass-making at a workshop. Then it’s on to Passau. Your walking tour takes you through the cobblestone streets of Old Town to the New Residence, the Town Hall, and the Christmas Market located near the magnificent Baroque cathedral. St. Stephan’s is home to the largest pipe organ in Europe, featuring a staggering 17,774 pipes and 233 registers. At the Christmas Market, you will have the opportunity to see firsthand how gingerbread is made and then taste this famous holiday treat. You will also learn how to make beautiful holiday centerpieces at a floral-decorating demonstration. (BB, L, D)
Day 5:
Cruising the Danube River, Linz
FEATURED EXCURSION: Linz walking tour with Christmas Market

The Danube serves as a dividing line between the modern Linz and its old soul. During your guided walking tour, view Linz’s Alter Dom, the Old Market, and impressive Main Square—one of Austria’s most attractive closed squares, with its Baroque Trinity Column. Also, enjoy Linz’s enchanting Christmas Market, which is filled with everything from Christmas crèches—for which Linz is famous—to the ever-popular Linzer torte. (BB, L, D)
Day 6:
Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein, Vienna UNESCOUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachConcert
FEATURED EXCURSIONS:  Dürnstein walking tour with exclusive mulled wine tasting and Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese concert hall

Cruise the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Wachau Valley, where the vineyard- and orchard-covered hills rise steeply above the water. The tiny Baroque village of Dürnstein is located in the center of the valley. High above the town, you can see the ruins of the 12th-century castle where Richard the Lionheart was held for ransom. Along with the castle, Dürnstein is home to a beautiful Baroque monastery, 16th- through 18th-century townhouses, and old burgher houses—all of which you will see on your guided tour as you enjoy an exclusive mulled wine tasting. You will depart Dürnstein later in the day for Vienna, where you will enjoy an evening of music by Mozart and Strauss in a classic Viennese concert hall. (BB, L, D)
Day 7:
Vienna UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with National Library visit and Christmas Market or exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking tour

Vienna is a treasure trove of secular and sacred gems, many of which you’ll see on your panoramic city tour. Travel the stately Ringstrasse, the broad thoroughfare surrounded by the many imperial buildings and monuments that give Vienna its wedding cake-like appearance. You will see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where Mozart was married, and then visit the State Hall of the Austrian National Library, said to be the most beautiful library room in the world. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the city’s largest Christmas Market, too, which spreads out before Vienna’s Neo-Gothic City Hall. You can also explore some of the other charming and unique markets at your leisure.

Or, you might choose to indulge in the “Taste of Christmas” during a special guided walking tour through the heart of the city. Visit the glitzy shops on Graben and Kohlmarkt streets, where you’ll see feats of confectionary design in the windows of Café Demel, and explore the grand Christkindlmarkt before returning to the ship. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD)

Note: The Austrian National Library is closed on Mondays. If the tour lands on a Monday, Mozarthaus will be visited instead.
Day 8:
Vienna (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship and transfer to Vienna International Airport for your flight home. (CB/BB)
Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Vienna to Nuremberg | 8 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Vienna (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at Vienna International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)
Day 2:
Vienna UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with National Library visit and Christmas Market or exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking tour and Mozart and Strauss concert as a Viennese concert hall

Vienna is a treasure trove of secular and sacred gems, many of which you’ll see on your panoramic city tour. Travel the stately Ringstrasse, the broad thoroughfare surrounded by the many imperial buildings and monuments that give Vienna its wedding cake-like appearance. You will see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where Mozart was married, and then visit the State Hall of the Austrian National Library, said to be the most beautiful library room in the world. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the city’s largest Christmas Market, too, which spreads out before Vienna’s Neo-Gothic City Hall. You can also explore some of the other charming and unique markets at your leisure. 

Or, you might choose to indulge in the “Taste of Christmas” during a special guided walking tour through the heart of the city. Visit the glitzy shops on Graben and Kohlmarkt streets, where you’ll see feats of confectionary design in the windows of Café Demel, and explore the grand Christkindlmarkt before returning to the ship. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner and afterwards enjoy an evening of music by Mozart and Strauss in a classic Viennese concert hall.  (BB, L, WD)

Note: The Austrian National Library is closed on Mondays. If the tour lands on a Monday, Mozarthaus will be visited instead.
Day 3:
Dürnstein, cruising the Wachau Valley UNESCOUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachConcert
FEATURED EXCURSIONS:  Dürnstein walking tour with exclusive mulled wine tasting 

The tiny Baroque village of Dürnstein is located in the center of the valley. High above the town, you can see the ruins of the 12th-century castle where Richard the Lionheart was held for ransom. Along with the castle, Dürnstein is home to a beautiful Baroque monastery, 16th- through 18th-century townhouses, and old burgher houses—all of which you will see on your guided tour as you enjoy an exclusive mulled wine tasting. Later, cruise the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Wachau Valley, where the vineyard- and orchard-covered hills rise steeply above the water. (BB, L, D)
Day 4:
Linz
FEATURED EXCURSION: Linz walking tour with Christmas Market 

The Danube serves as a dividing line between the modern Linz and its old soul. During your guided walking tour, view Linz’s Alter Dom, the Old Market, and impressive Main Square—one of Austria’s most attractive closed squares, with its Baroque Trinity Column. Also, enjoy Linz’s enchanting Christmas Market, which is filled with everything from Christmas crèches—for which Linz is famous—to the ever-popular Linzer torte. (BB, L, D)
Day 5:
Passau, Vilshofen (Theresienthal) Uniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Passau walking tour with Christmas Market, gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations, and exclusive Bavarian Forest horse-drawn wagon ride with Theresienthal visit

While in Passau, your walking tour takes you through the cobblestone streets of Old Town to the New Residence, the Town Hall, and the Christmas Market located near the magnificent Baroque cathedral. St. Stephan’s is home to the largest pipe organ in Europe, featuring a staggering 17,774 pipes and 233 registers. At the Christmas Market, you will have the opportunity to see firsthand how gingerbread is made and then taste this famous holiday treat. You will also learn how to make beautiful holiday centerpieces at a floral-decorating demonstration. After enjoy a scenic horse-drawn wagon ride through the Bavarian Forest, you’ll be taken to the world-famous crystal glass manufacturer, Theresienthal, to see the fine art of handmade crystal glass-making at a workshop.  (BB, L, D)
Day 6:
Regensburg UNESCO
FEATURED EXCURSION: “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour with Christmas Market 

Lively Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to 2,000 years of history. Your guided walking tour explores the Cathedral of St. Peter, with its magnificent stained-glass windows; the Town Hall; and Regensburg’s famous 12th-century Stone Bridge. And what could be more satisfying as you wander the city’s romantic Christmas Market than indulging in local specialties such as dumplings with vanilla sauce? The stalls of the Christmas Market are set up around the 500-year-old New Parish Church and in front of the classical columns of the former city guardhouse and the Lucrecia craft market. Shop for children’s toys or traditional hand-carved Nativity scenes. (BB, L, D)
Day 7:
Roth, Nuremberg Motorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market 

Discover Nuremberg, a quintessential Medieval German city, on a panoramic city tour. Your tour takes you past the mighty Medieval walls (with no fewer than 80 towers) that enclose the historic city center. You will stop at the Kaiserburg and walk through the lively old quarter with its well-preserved half-timbered houses. The next stop is Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, with over 200 wooden stalls filled with signature toys and glittering gifts. Enjoy the festive atmosphere enhanced by the delicious aromas of gingerbread and glühwein(warm spiced wine). And you won’t want to leave without buying a special toy—whether for a child or for yourself—since Nuremberg has been a toy-making center for centuries. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, FD)
Day 8:
Nuremberg (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship and transfer to Nuremberg Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague. (CB/BB)
Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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