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Classic Christmas Markets

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Tour Length: 8 Days
Countries Visited: Germany
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Everyone believes in fairytales at Christmastime.  Enter into a storybook world as you sail Germany’s Main River and explore all the delights of the season on this Uniworld holiday cruise. Germany is where many of the same Christmas traditions we celebrate today began, including the delightful Christmas Markets that started there more than 500 years ago. Warm apple cider, sweet gingerbread, cold holiday beer, and warm spiced wine will delight your senses as you revel in the enchantment of the season.

Once upon a time, people gathered on cobblestone squares to buy the special tools and ingredients they needed to make the treats of the season. They kept warm with hot spiced wine, music, and games while they shopped and chatted with the local tradesmen. Those were the first Christmas Markets, 500 years ago. Today, though the light comes from twinkling electric bulbs rather than torches, bonhomie and fun still prevail.

Discover villages with fairytale houses and a friendly, festive atmosphere. Share traditional holiday goodies with the people who made them. Watch as modern children abandon their usual electronics and discover the enchantment of handcarved wooden toys. The scents of cinnamon and roasting nuts fill the air. Sail through Christmas country, trying Frankfurt’s famous apple cider, Bamberg’s specially brewed holiday beer, and Nuremberg’s gingerbread. Throughout, cozy up to steaming mugs of glühwein (warm spiced wine) and do as the locals do by collecting different mugs from each stall and town you visit.

Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany, the land where many Christmas traditions began, and find the magic of the season in the smiles that you meet along the way. Share the enchantment of this region with the special young ones in your life on a select holiday sailing with Uniworld’s Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program .

Who will enjoy this cruise
Those wanting to experience the quintessential magic ofthe holidays while shopping for one-of-a-kind treasures and discovering the legends behind some of our most popular holiday traditions.

TRUE ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISING™ in 2014: All gratuities onboard and onshore; unlimited beverages onboard including an extensive selection of distinctive wines, craft and regional beers, spirits, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions with local experts as your guide; free Internet and Wi-Fi; and all arrival and departure day transfers. 

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Information is subject to change.

 
 

TRUE ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISING™ in 2014: All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services; unlimited fine wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions with local experts as your guide; free Internet and Wi-Fi; and all arrival and departure day transfers.

YOUR CRUISE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

TRAVEL
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the regal River Queen
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water

EXPLORE
8 excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts Guided “Taste of Christmas,” “Village Day,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
2 UNESCO World Heritage sites Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
Use of Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Christmas Traditions in Germany”
Exclusive Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program in December

Information is subject to change.

 

TRUE ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISING™ in 2014: All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services; unlimited fine wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions with local experts as your guide; free Internet and Wi-Fi; and all arrival and departure day transfers.

YOUR CRUISE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

TRAVEL
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the regal River Queen
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water

EXPLORE
8 excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts Guided “Taste of Christmas,” “Village Day,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
2 UNESCO World Heritage sites Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
Use of Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Christmas Traditions in Germany”
Exclusive Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program in December

Information is subject to change.

 
 

Day 1 - Nuremberg (embark)

Arrive at Nuremberg Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)

Day 2 - Nuremberg

FEATURED EXCURSION: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

During the Middle Ages, Nuremberg was the preferred residence of emperors. On your guided excursion, visit Kaiserburg, the castle that rises high above the city and that housed every emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Continue along cobblestone streets to one of the most famous examples of 14th-century German ironwork, the Beautiful Fountain in Market Square. Finish the day shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts at the festive Christkindlesmarkt, the largest and oldest Christmas Market in Germany. The best way to experience this market’s 200 wooden stalls is with a warm cup of sweet-and-spicy glühwein in hand to keep you nice and toasty. In this fine Medieval setting, you can also enjoy authentic Nuremberg gingerbread and bratwurst. Shuttles will run between the market and the ship in the afternoon. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, WD)

Day 3 - Bamberg


FEATURED EXCURSION: Bamberg Nativity Walk with Christmas Market

Wander with your guide through the curious narrow alleyways that wind through Old Town on your way to the scenic Bamberg Cathedral and New Residence. As you stroll, you’ll see parts of Bamberg’s famous Krippenweg (Nativity Walk), which links 40 churches, museums, and public spaces displaying Nativity and New Testament scenes. Some of the figures in these scenes were carved hundreds of years ago. You’ll have time to explore the treasures waiting in the local Christmas Market, which is actually four markets: the traditional market on Maxplatz, another featuring Medieval cultural programs in the courtyard of Geyersworth Palace, and two focused on local arts and crafts. If that’s not enough for you, browse through the delightful shops that are beautifully decorated for the holiday. (BB, L, D)

Day 4 - Kitzingen (Rothenburg), Würzburg


FEATURED EXCURSION:
Full day Rothenburg with walking tour and Christmas Market

After the ship docks in Kitzingen, you’ll travel along parts of the “Romantic Road” to Germany’s best-preserved walled city, Rothenburg. The moment you step out of the motorcoach, you will understand just what makes this route so romantic. Rothenburg is truly a fairytale gem, with its Medieval stone walls still enclosing the old city. You’ll get a glimpse of the way life was lived in the Middle Ages as you walk past half-timbered houses topped with picturesque red-tile roofs on your way to one of Germany’s oldest and most celebrated Christmas Markets, Reiterlesmarkt. One local seasonal treat that shouldn’t be missed is the schneeball, or “snowball,” made from strips of sweet dough that are fried and covered in powdered sugar or chocolate. You will also want to visit Käthe Wohlfahrt’s original Christmas shop and stop in at a delightful museum that displays toys made as far back as the 17th century. (BB, D)

Day 5 - Würzburg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Würzburg Residenz with Christmas Market, and exclusive Franconian village visit

The town of Würzburg owes many of its most notable monuments to the ambitious building programs of the wealthy prince-bishops of the Schönborn family, who controlled the town in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their spectacular episcopal residence is just one of your destinations today. The opulent Würzburg Residenz is an extraordinary Baroque palace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 300-room palace took nearly 60 years to complete and contains the world’s largest ceiling fresco, created by Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, as well as what is often described as the most beautiful staircase in the world. You’ll also visit the town’s 200-year-old Christmas Market for one-of-a-kind presents and souvenirs. Later in the day, share some homemade seasonal treats with a family in an idyllic German village. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Wertheim, cruising the Main River

FEATURED EXCURSION: Wertheim walking tour

Join your local guide for a walk through the town of Wertheim, where you can look across the Main River to Bavaria before continuing to the Pointed Tower. Stop in at the historic Wertheim Market Square, which is lined with half-timbered buildings and shops selling artisanal glass and Franconian wines in round bottles. (BB, L, D)

Day 7 - Frankfurt

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Frankfurt walking tour with Christmas Market or exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking tour

On the last full day of your journey, dive into the energy of sophisticated Frankfurt with your guide, roaming from its historic heart, Römer Square, to its landmark skyscraper, Main Tower. Take an elevator to the top of the tower for a view of the 50 skyscrapers that reveal the importance of this European hub, which people from 200 nations call home. An enormous lighted Christmas tree marks Römer Square, the beating heart of Frankfurt, where you’ll find pretty timber-framed houses surrounding a famous Christmas Market. Explore the area on foot with your guide and then amble on your own through the market. Or opt instead to explore the spectacular 10-story Zeil shopping mall and the Kleinmarkthalle with a local guide, who will introduce you to the delectable tastes of the season. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD)

Day 8 - Frankfurt (disembark)

Disembark the ship and transfer to Frankfurt 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.

 

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River Queen

2010 Condé Nast Travel Readers' Poll Best Small Ship.

Entered service 1999; Refurbished 2006; 66 staterooms; 132-passenger capacity; European officers and crew; 9- and 12-night cruises in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers.

The River Queen is the most unique river cruise ship in Europe. Her exterior resembles the great steamships of the 1930’s, while her plush interior provides a classical elegance reminiscent of the famous Art Deco style.

Facilities onboard River Queen:

  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms have hotel-style beds draped in fine linens, a vanity, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat for air conditioning and heat, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with satellite, bottled water, and bathroom with L'Occitane body products, magnifying mirror, and plush bathrobes
  • The suites have additional amenities and services including: slippers; coffe machine; bottle of wine upon arrival; fruit and cookie plate; morning coffee, and shoe shine
    Additional for 2010:  Free laundry services and daily newspaper
  • Beautiful panoramic main lounge with a fireplace (the only working fireplace on any river cruise ship) and  full-service bar, cozy Captain's lounge and library, elegant restaurant, sun deck, fitness room, massage treatments, sauna, gift boutique, guest and ironing facilities, and elevator
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar, and use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Wireless Internet access in public areas

 

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Staterooms (Click thumbnails to see full size image

Catrgory 1- 5 Stateroom
Catrgory 1- 5 Stateroom

Catrgory 1- 5 Stateroom

Catrgory 1- 5 Stateroom: approximately 151 sq ft

  • Lavishly Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites: have hotel-style beds draped in fine linens. The staterooms and suites on the RHine Deck have rench balconies. Other amenites include: a vanity, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat for air conditioning and heat, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with satellite, bottled water, and bathroom with L'Occitane body products, magnifying mirror, and plush bathrobes

 


Suite
Suite

Suite

Suite: approximately 215 sq ft

  • Lavishly Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites: have hotel-style beds draped in fine linens. The staterooms and suites on the RHine Deck have rench balconies. Other amenites include: a vanity, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat for air conditioning and heat, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with satellite, bottled water, and bathroom with L'Occitane body products, magnifying mirror, and plush bathrobes
  • The suites have extra amenities and service including: slippers; coffee machine; bottle of wine upon arrival; fruit and cookie plate; TV with DVD player; a refrigerator; and morning coffee, shoe shine, and free laundry services
  • Beautiful panoramic main lounge with full-service dar, cozy Captain's lounge and library, elegant restaurant, sun deck with chess and shuffleboard, sky lounge, fittness room, sauna, massage treatments, gift boutique, guest laundry and ironing facilities, and elevator
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar, and use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Wireless Internet access in public areas

Ship Facts:

  • Inagurated: 1999
  • Refurbished: 2006
  • Length: 361 ft (110 m)
  • Width: 37.5 ft (11.40 m)
  • Decks: 3 + sun deck
  • Staterooms: 66
  • Passenger Capacity: 132
  • Voltage: 220v
  • Onboard Currency: Euro

Ship Amenities:

Cabin Size: Approximately 151 sq. ft.
Suites: 4
Suite Size: Approximately 215 sq. ft.
Window Size: Moselle Deck = 6 ft. (1.86 m.) x 1.4 ft. (0.43 m.);
Main Deck = 6 ft. (1.86 m.) x 2.6 ft. (0.78 m.)
Danube Deck = 6.4 ft. (1.94 m.) x 3 ft. (0.93 m.)
Rhine Deck = 3 ft. (0.90 m.) x 5.8 ft. (1.78 m.)
Voltage: 220 volts
Elevator: Yes
Restaurant: Open seating
Library: Yes
Laundry Service: Available
Launderette: Yes
Ironing Facilities: Yes
Gymnasium: Yes
Sauna: Dry Sauna

 

The price of your cruise includes:

  • Intimate, boutique hotel-style cruise ships with an average capacity of 134 guests
  • Luxurious riverview staterooms appointed with hotel-style beds draped in 100% Egyptian cotton linens, cashmere/wool blankets, and European-style comforters. Plus, bathrooms stocked with plush robes, thick towels from Christie’s of Manchester, and L’Occitane body products.
  • A world-class, award-winning all English-speaking attentive staff with a ratio of one staff member to every three guests Guest service satisfaction rates of over 98%
  • Unlike most of our competition all meals are prepared fresh daily using only the finest ingredients from the local ports of call
  • Complimentary fine wine, beer, and soft drinks during dinner, bottled water in staterooms, and 24-hour specialty coffees and teas on board Uniworld’s company-owned ships in Europe
  • Evening al fresco dining on the sun deck
  • Captivating shore excursions fully hosted by English-speaking local guides who use state-of-the-art Quietvox portable headset systems to enhance guests’ sightseeing experience
  • Complimentary use of bicycles on company-owned ships
  • Exciting onboard local entertainment and insightful lectures
  • Epicurean Adventurer Program on nine itineraries in which guests enjoy a host of culinary delights including private wine tastings, special wine and food pairing dinner, cooking demonstrations, and unique onshore excursions
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days*
  • All riverview staterooms and suites are serviced twice-a-day
A wonderful dining experience calls for a few special ingredients:
  • Inviting ambiance of an elegant restaurant with a beautiful scenic backdrop
  • A professionally-trained culinary staff who stands ready to fulfill your requests including providing recommendations from our wine list planned by our award winning European sommelier
  • Gourmet cuisine prepared fresh daily with the finest ingredients, often brought onboard from local markets
  • International chefs from London’s five-star Meridian Piccadilly and Relais & Châteaux Hotels
  • Al fresco evening dining on the beautiful open-air sun deck
  • Open seating for all dining occasions
Menus change daily and reflect the best of the region and season:
  • Breakfast
    Full buffet breakfast, including made-to-order omelets, pancakes, Belgian waffles, French toast, bacon and sausages to lighter fare – cereals, an assortment of homemade breads, pastries, fresh fruits and juices, fine teas and French Press coffee from organic pure Arabica coffee beans.
  • Lunch
    Fresh salads, seasonal vegetables, artisan cheeses, homemade soups and bread, hearty sandwiches and delectable sweets
  • Dinner
    Gourmet entrees from homemade ravioli to filet mignon accompanied by complimentary fine wine, beer, soft drinks, and divine desserts*

*Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks are offered on Europe cruises only. Dining choices may vary on cruises in Egypt and China.

Gracious and accommodating, your all English-speaking staff has been well-trained in the art of hospitality. This means getting to know you, understanding your individual preferences, sharing their insights into the destinations you visit and offering you those extra special luxuries that make your experience more personalized.

When you join Uniworld on a river cruise, expect to be well cared for, from port to port. With around the clock 24-hour reception service, whatever you need, day or night, we are here to assist. Here, "well trained" is not just a phrase, but our philosophy. It’s the spirit in which we go above and beyond to ensure your journey provides memories that will last a lifetime.
 

Port Charges: 140.0000

Base category: Category 5

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