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13 Days | Grand Christmas & New Years
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NUREMBERG TO BUDAPEST

Day 1 | Nuremberg, Germany. Arrive at the Nuremberg airport where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)

Day 2 | Nuremberg. Discover Nuremberg, a quintessential Medieval German city, on your panoramic city tour. Your tour takes you past the mighty ancient walls with 80 towers that enclose the historic city center. You will stop at Medieval Kaiserburg Castle, and then walk through the lively old quarter with its well-preserved traditional half-timbered houses. You will visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, Germany’s oldest and best-known Christmas Market with over 200 stalls filled with signature toys and tasty seasonal treats. While at the market, you will certainly want to sample the lebkuchen (gingerbread), since Nuremberg is the “Gingerbread Capital of the World.” (BB, L, Captain’s Welcome Gala)

Day 3 | Cruising the Main-Danube Canal. Regensburg. Spend a leisurely day onboard your floating hotel as you cruise along the remarkable 106-mile-long Main-Danube Canal to the Danube River. This canal is a marvel of modern engineering and was completed in 1992 to allow travel from the North Sea all the way to the Black Sea. It stretches from Bamberg on the Main River all the way to Kelheim on the Danube River, and includes 16 locks that rise to a height of 1,330 feet, making it the highest point of any commercial waterway in Europe. Arrive in Regensburg in time for midnight mass in one of the many historic churches in the Medieval town center—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (BB, L, D)

Day 4 | Regensburg. In the morning, you can attend Christmas Mass in one of Regensburg’s lovely churches; during the afternoon, you will be taken on a walking tour of this unspoiled gem of a city. Starting at the Cathedral of St. Peter, you will be taken past the Gothic Town Hall, the 12th-century Stone Bridge, and Old Town. Invigorated by the stroll through this winter wonderland, you will return to the ship for a warm and festive Christmas meal, complete with all the holiday trimmings. (BB, L, D)

Day 5 | Deggendorf (Theresienthal). Begin the day with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Bavarian Forest village of Baernzell. After a scenic drive through the Nature Reserve of the Bavarian Forest, marvel at the amazing collection exhibited in the Theresienthal Glass Museum. Experience the art of glass making first hand during a visit to a world-renowned glass manufacturer. While there, you will learn about the techniques used to create the famous glass, as well as the extraordinary history of Theresienthal. (BB, L, D)

Day 6 | Passau. Enjoy a peaceful morning cruising to the beautiful city of Passau. Situated at the confluence of three rivers, Passau was an important center of trade during the Medieval period. On your walking tour, you will see the treasures of Old Town, including Italian Baroque buildings erected after the big fire of 1662 and the city’s ornate cathedral. (BB, L, D)

Day 7 | Linz, Austria (Salzburg). Journey through the region known to many as the “smile on the face of Austria,” Salzburg. On your guided tour through the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, view historical gems from the 17th-century cathedral to Mozart’s birth house. (BB, D)

Day 8 | Dürnstein. Explore charming Dürnstein at your leisure in the morning. Later in the day, you are invited to an exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a descendant of the royal Habsburgs. (BB, L, D)

Day 9 | Vienna. Vienna is a treasure trove of gems, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral—the most beloved architectural wonder in all of Vienna—and the stately Ringstrasse, the broad thoroughfare surrounded by the many imperial buildings that give Vienna its wedding cake appearance. After your panoramic tour, visit the Baroque State Hall of the Austrian National Library, said to be the most beautiful library room in the world. (BB, L, D)

Day 10 | Vienna. During the morning, you will visit the stunning former Habsburg summer residence, Schönbrunn Palace. Later in the evening, celebrate New Year’s Eve in grand style in the magnificent Palais Daun Kinsky. You will delight in a festive dinner along with a private concert, and then dance to famous Strauss and Mozart tunes. (BB, L, D)

Day 11 | Vienna. Cruising the Danube River. Spend a full day cruising the enchanting Danube. (BB, L, Captain’s Farewell Dinner)

Day 12 | Budapest, Hungary. Your panoramic city tour features such sights as the 19th-century Chain Bridge, the Great Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum, the Hungarian State Opera House, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the stunning Parliament Building. Visit the UNESCO Castle Hill district, St. Matthias Church, and the 19th century Fisherman’s Bastion. (BB, L, D)

Day 13 | Budapest. Disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest Ferihegy International Airport for your flight home. (CB, BB)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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