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Classic Christmas Markets

Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Nuremberg to Basel 8 Days

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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.

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, as 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, cosy 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.

What's Included

  • Transfers to and from airport and ship
  • 7-night, all inclusive, boutique river cruise
  • Unlimited drinks onboard including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and bottled water*
  • All gratuities onboard and ashore
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all excursions
  • Included shore excursions with English speaking guides, as per itinerary
  • Epicurean Adventurer Program
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • Flights or Rail available on request

Family Friendly Programme Family Friendly Programme (Selected Sailings)

Share the enchantment of this region with the special young people in your life. These cruises not only feature unique, fun-filled adventures for families to enjoy together, they’re also packed with culturally and historically significant experiences designed to spark creativity and life-long learning.

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Uniworld Cruise Companion - Christmas & New Year

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Day 1: Nuremberg

Map of the Rhine & Main Rivers
Map of the Rhine & Main Rivers

Arrive at Nuremberg Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Nuremberg

Included Excursion: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

Your tour of the medieval walled city of Nuremberg, famous for its gingerbread and its long toymaking tradition—shows you the highlights and takes you inside Castle Kaiserburg, which looms over the city. Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and sample wonderful regional delicacies and seasonal treats at Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, the largest and oldest in Germany. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Bamberg

Included Excursion: Bamberg Nativity Walk with Christmas Market

As you explore the quirky, narrow lanes of Bamberg’s Old Town, look for signs of the city’s famous Nativity Walk, which links 40 churches, museums and public spaces displaying Nativity and New Testament scenes. Some of the figures in the scenes were carved centuries ago. Browse through delightful shops decorated for the holidays and search for treasures at the city’s four Christmas markets—a traditional market, another featuring medieval cultural programs and two focused on local arts and crafts.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Kitzingen (Rothenburg Luxury Motorcoach Transfer), Würzburg

Included Excursion: Full day Rothenburg with walking tour and Christmas Market

Travel along the “Romantic Road” to Germany’s best-preserved walled city, Rothenburg. Get a sense of life as it might have been during the Middle Ages as you walk past half-timbered houses en route to one of Germany’s oldest and most celebrated Christmas markets. If you wish, you may stop in at a delightful museum that displays toys dating back to the 17th century. Take a break from shopping to sample a schneeball—a “snowball” of sweet, deep-fried dough covered in powdered sugar or chocolate.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Würzburg

Included Excursion: Würzburg Residenz with Christmas Market and exclusive Franconian “Village Day”

The town of Wurzburg 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 Wurzburg 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 world's most beautiful staircase. 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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Wertheim, cruising the Main River

Included Excursion: Wertheim walking tour with mulled wine and Christmas stollen demonstration

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, lined with half-timbered buildings and shops selling artisanal glass and Franconian wines in round bottles. Later, enjoy a cup of mulled wine and a stollen (traditional German fruitcake) baking demonstration by a master baker in a private village wine estate
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Frankfurt

Included Excursion: 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, roaming from its historic heart 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, where you’ll find pretty timber-framed houses surrounding a famous Christmas Market. Explore the area on foot with your guide, 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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Frankfurt (Disembark)

Disembark the ship and transfer to Frankfurt International Airport for your flight home.
Included Meals B

Alternate Itinerary


Day 1: Frankfurt

Map of the Rhine & Main Rivers
Map of the Rhine & Main Rivers

Arrive at Frankfurt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Frankfurt

Included Excursion: 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, roaming from its historic heart to its landmark skyscraper. Take an elevator to the top of the Main 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, where you’ll find pretty timber-framed houses surrounding a famous Christmas Market. Explore the area on foot with your guide, 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 Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Cruising the Main River, Wertheim

Included Excursion: Wertheim walking tour with mulled wine and Christmas stollen demonstration

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, lined with half-timbered buildings and shops selling artisanal glass and Franconian wines in round bottles. Later, enjoy a cup of mulled wine and a stollen (traditional German fruitcake) baking demonstration by a master baker in a private village wine estate.
Included Meals B (L) D

Day 4: Würzburg

Included Excursion: Würzburg Residenz with Christmas Market and exclusive Franconian “Village Day”

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 world's most beautiful staircase. You’ll also visit the town’s 200-year-old Christmas Market for one-of-a-kind presents and souvenirs. Later, share some homemade seasonal treats with a family in an idyllic German village
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Kitzingen (Rothenburg Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

Included 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 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 dating back to the 17th century.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Bamberg

Included 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. You may also wish to browse through the delightful shops that are beautifully decorated for the holiday.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Nuremberg

Included 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 unique 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 gluhwein in hand to keep you nice and toasty. In this fine medieval setting, you can also enjoy authentic Nuremberg gingerbread and bratwurst. Shuttle buses will run between the market and the ship in the afternoon. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Nuremberg (Disembark)

Disembark the ship and transfer to Nuremberg Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague.
Included Meals B


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

A stunning, boutique river cruise ship

Uniworld's ships really are the ultimate in boutique luxury, each with their own unique character. All have lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites with handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options. On board the River Duchess & River Empress French balconies are available in staterooms and suites on the Rhine (upper) Deck.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Lavishly decorated outside staterooms
  • 4 individually decorated suites
  • French balconies on the upper deck staterooms
  • Sun deck with life-size chess and shuffleboard
  • Main Lounge with full-service bar and dance floor
  • Captain's Lounge with library & bar
  • Elegant restaurant
  • Patio lounge
  • Sky lounge
  • Fitness center, sauna & Serenity River Spa
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Elevator
  • Boutique*
  • Guest laundry & ironing room

* Payable locally.


Deck Plan

Uniworld River Duchess - deck plan
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World Class Staterooms

After one night in your magnificent riverview stateroom, you'll understand why sailing with Uniworld is truly the best way to see the Old World. Rated Top Cabins by Zagat Survey®, your elegantly appointed boutique stateroom comes standard with Uniworld-as does the ever-changing breathtaking river scenery.

Each stateroom has been decorated by the award-winning design team of Red Carnation Hotels with all the comforts necessary for a restful retreat. Every evening, you'll look forward to curling up in your handcrafted Savoir® of England bed which is draped in sumptuous high-thread count 100% Egyptian combed cotton sheets, along with an array of pillow options. As you sip your morning coffee, admire the sun rising from your picture window or French balcony. And look forward to getting ready for your day in a luxurious marble bathroom stocked with L'Occitane products, plush towels, and soft robes.

All Staterooms Feature

  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds
  • 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets
  • Marble bathrooms with L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products
  • Individual climate control
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Generous built-in closets
  • Plush Christy towels
  • Backlit magnifying mirror
  • Cosy waffle bathrobes & slippers
  • Towel warmers

Suites

Uniworld River Duchess Suite Uniworld River Duchess Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 214 sq. ft.
  • French balconies (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors)
  • Refrigerator
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Bottle of wine upon arrival
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast

Category 1 Staterooms

Uniworld River Duchess Cat 1 Uniworld River Duchess Cat 1 Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 151 sq. ft.
  • French balconies (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors)

Category 2 & 3 Staterooms

Uniworld River Duchess Cat 2 & 3 Uniworld River Duchess Cat 2 & 3 Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 151 sq. ft.
  • Panoramic picture window (does not open)

Category 4 & 5 Staterooms

Uniworld River Duchess Cat 4 & 5 Uniworld River Duchess Cat 4 & 5 Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 151 sq. ft.
  • High level window (does not open)

World Class Dining

Uniworld goes above and beyond with everything they do, including providing you with a truly remarkable dining experience. That's why Uniworld is the only river cruise company to be honored by Zagat Survey® as Top Dining.

An award-winning dining experience with Uniworld includes:

  • A certified Global Master Chef leading a professional culinary team in the preparation of gourmet cuisine that offers a delicious fusion of style, unique culinary creations, and tastes inspired by the regions of your itinerary
  • Menu selections that change every day and are designed for each region you visit and tailored to the season
  • All meals flawlessly prepared daily using only the freshest ingredients, which are often brought onboard from local farmers' markets
  • A distinctive, international menu of wines developed by Red Carnation Hotels' acclaimed sommelier from their Relais & Châteaux hotel
  • Award-winning Signature Dishes from Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of Red Carnation Hotels, Uniworld's sister company and partner
  • Relaxed open seating, so you can dine where and with whomever you wish
  • The refined and intuitive service of a professionally trained, caring staff standing ready to fulfill your wishes in an atmosphere of casual sophistication and elegance
Gourmet Dining onboard a Uniworld Ship

Sumptuous buffets at breakfast and lunch offer an extensive array of hot and cold selections. Breakfast features crispy Belgian waffles topped with whipped cream and warm maple syrup, a dozen or more homemade breads and jams, an omelet station, and hand-cut seasonal fresh fruit. Lunch offers a delectable feast with salads, soups, carved-to-order roasts, and more.

Evenings provide exquisite ambience with relaxed open seating. Each dish is flawlessly prepared using the finest ingredients-local meats and seafood along with tasty side dishes. Always included with lunch & dinner onboard are European fine wines and a selection of beer and soft drinks served by an attentive, caring staff. Of course, every meal concludes with a wide range of freshly prepared, decadent desserts that look every bit as delicious as they taste.

Uniworld also provides a variety of dining experiences including: al fresco under the stars and light-lunch dining-both on the sun deck; Captain's Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners; early-riser breakfast; and afternoon tea. Plus, Uniworld gives you the choice of dining on lighter cuisine with our Traveling Lite menu.

On our boutique ships, meals are truly a feast for all the senses. From the delicious bouquet of a glass of perfectly aged pinot noir, to the inviting sight of candlelit tables draped in fine linen, to the pleasant sounds of friends engaged in intimate conversation, to the delicious flavor of each savoury dish, Uniworld's dining experiences have been designed to delight you.


Cultural Highlights

Through integrated onboard and onshore programs, Uniworld provides a 360º encounter with each exciting port of call.

  • Signature lectures
  • Intriguing onboard entertainment
  • Captivating shore excursions fully hosted by English-speaking local experts using state-ofthe-art Quietvox audio systems immerse you in the history, tradition, and culture of each stop on your itinerary.
  • With Uniworld's included Choice Is Yours, Go Active, and Gentle Walking, programs, you can customize your travel experience even more.

Uniworld Staff &Service

The Uniworld Standard

At Uniworld, we treat our guests as one might treat one's best friends and family, which means no request too large, no detail too small.

Since Uniworld is a proud part of The Travel Corporation, a family-run business, treating our guests-and our team of staff members-as an extension of our family comes naturally.

Providing truly personalized, gracious, and consistently exceptional hospitality to our guests starts from within the organization. This means hiring the very best team of professionals in the industry and providing them with ongoing training.

In addition, we constantly challenge ourselves, so we have put in place fastidious Quality Assurance programs with onboard ship inspections and third-party mystery shoppers to elevate our service to the highest possible level. Only then can we provide our guests with the award-winning hospitality for which we have been recognized by esteemed consumer publications such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure.

We do all of this because we truly care about creating harmony both onboard and onshore in order to bring joy to our guests and ensure that everyone has the most memorable experience possible. This is our commitment to our guests and our staff.

DepartShipCat 5Cat 4Cat 3Cat 2Cat 1Suite
Dec 1River Duchess£2489£2769£2999£3319£3709£4739
Dec 8River Duchess£2329£2609£2839£3159£3549£4579
Dec 15 Family Friendly ProgrammeRiver Duchess£2249£2529£2759£3079£3469£4499

Dates in blue denote cruises boarding in Frankfurt.

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DepartShipCat 5Cat 4Cat 3Cat 2Cat 1Suite
Dec 1River Duchess£2699£2799£3199£3599£4099£5199
Dec 8River Duchess£2599£2699£3099£3499£3999£5099
Dec 15 Family Friendly ProgrammeRiver Duchess£2399£2499£2899£3299£3799£4899

Dates in blue denote cruises boarding in Frankfurt.

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