8 Day Christmas Markets River Cruise

6 nights MS Monarch Empress (Regensburg & Vienna)
Round trip airfare from NYC, 6 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Flights New York-Munich, Vienna-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights outside cabin aboard the Deluxe Monarch Empress
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

Special Features

  • Experience the charm of the world-famous Christmas markets in Regensburg, Passau, Linz & Vienna
  • Marvel at the beautiful churches and ancient stone bridges in Regensburg
  • Explore 2500-year-old Passau and its mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic Arcitecture
  • Tour romantic Vienna with its legendary opulence and elegance

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides

Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Germany

DAY 2, Monday - Embark in Regensburg
Arrive in Munich and transfer to the port in Regensburg. The group transfer will operate at approximately 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. The port is a 1.5 hour drive from the Munich airport. Embarkation begins at 2 pm. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Regensburg City Tour & Christmas Market
This morning explore Regensburg, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter, and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at the beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. After lunch aboard the ship, feel free to visit the Christmas markets where you can enjoy hot mulled wine, traditional foods and wonderful handmade local crafts
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday- Passau City Tour
Dock this morning in 2500-year-old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Alternatively, join the optional full day tour to picturesque Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including the Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship
Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg & Christmas Market
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Full Day in Linz & Christmas Market
Early this morning cruise into Linz. Founded by the Romans, Linz has cultivated a strong artistic tradition, especially in the field of music. Today a walking tour explores the city, viewing sites such as St. Mary’s Cathedral and Linz Castle. Alternatively, join the optional full day excursion to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Travel through the picturesque landscape of Southern Bohemia to Cesky Krumlov, a fairy-tale town with its maze of narrow cobbled streets. Declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in 1992, Cesky Krumlov has earned an international reputation for its State Castle and Chateau, one of the largest in Central Europe, superbly furnished with priceless art, tapestries and richly decorated weapons. The guided walk through town is highlighted by Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance houses once mansions of noblemen families
Optional: Full Day Tour of Cesky Krumlov & Christmarkets
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Wachau Valley Scenic Sailing
Today relax on board and spend the day admiring the picturesque countryside as you travel eastward. Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley on the way to Vienna, the Imperial city legendary for its opulence and elegance
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Vienna City Tour & Christmas Market
This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travelers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, and beautiful gardens. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at a café sampling the famous Viennese Sacher Torte, or, join the optional afternoon tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the opulent baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. The ship will remain docked in Vienna this evening
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Depart Austria
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Embarkation will begin at 2:00 pm however early arrivals may rest in the lounge if their assigned cabin is not ready upon check-in.Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.
  • .Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
Not Included
Optional shore excursions and gratuities

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.

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