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Classic Christmas Markets

Classic Christmas Markets

Classic Christmas Markets

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Explore villages adorned with houses straight out of a fairy tale, basking in a warm and festive ambiance. Indulge in traditional holiday treats crafted by the very hands that made them. Witness contemporary children forsaking their usual electronic devices and instead discovering the enchantment of handcrafted wooden toys, all while being enveloped by the delightful scents of cinnamon and roasting nuts.

Cruise through the heart of Christmas country, sampling Frankfurt’s renowned apple cider and Nuremberg’s delectable gingerbread. Throughout your journey, cozy up with steaming mugs of glühwein, a comforting warm spiced wine, and follow the local tradition of collecting distinct mugs from each stall and town you visit. Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany, the birthplace of many cherished Christmas traditions, and uncover the magic of the season through the smiles of the people you encounter along the way.


DAY 1 Nuremberg (Embark)

Arrive at Nuremberg Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

*Itinerary also available from Frankfurt to Nuremberg

Ship: River Queen

Included Meals: All meals onboard with unlimited beverages

DAY 2 Nuremberg

For a holiday extravaganza, look no further than Nuremberg, which boasts the largest and grandest Christmas Market in all of Germany— and that’s really saying something. The “Gingerbread Capital of the World” pulls out all the stops during the holidays, as you’ll see for yourself on a panoramic tour guaranteed to put you in a festive mood. You could not ask for a more perfect place to begin an exploration of Christmas traditions than Nuremberg. Stroll through the castle gardens and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, then walk through a maze of cobblestone lanes down to the central Market Square. There, spread out before the Church of Our Lady, is the largest Christmas Market in Germany.

Please note that most Christmas Markets in Europe end their season on the 23rd of December and will not be available after that date.

Featured Excursion: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas market

Ship: River Queen

Included Meals: All meals onboard with unlimited beverages

DAY 3 Bamberg

The fact that Bamberg still exists today is something of a miracle—it survived WWII bombing virtually unscathed. It’s a superb example of a medieval German city, one compact enough to explore on foot with a local expert. You’ll also have free time to visit not just one but four Christmas Markets and a captivating amount of nativity scenes located along nativity trail.

Featured Excursion: Bamberg Walking Tour and Christmas market.

Ship: River Queen

Included Meals: All meals onboard with unlimited beverages

DAY 4 Kitzingen (Rothenburg) Wurzburg

Rothenburg looks like something straight out of the pages of a storybook, with its medieval walls, cobbled streets, Gothic churches, and Hansel-and-Gretel houses. Join a local expert for an insightful walking tour, and then wander amongst the stalls at one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets

Featured Excursions: Full-Day Rothenburg with Walking Tour and Christmas Market and Würzburg Christmas Market Night Stroll

Ship: River Queen

Included Meals: All meals onboard with unlimited beverages

DAY 5 Wurzburg

This morning, you’ll head off to see the Würzburg Residence, a baroque-style palace famous for its gigantic ceiling fresco. Later, visit the town’s renowned Christmas Market, held in front of the old City Hall, for some one-of-a-kind gifts for friends back home. Beautifully decorated wooden booths are illuminated by the soft glow of Christmas lighting, and the air is filled with the scent of roasted chestnuts and the sound of Christmas carols. One of the best ways to embrace a different culture is through encounters with local residents, which you’ll experience this afternoon in a typical Franconian village. Make new friends over hot drinks and homemade seasonal treats.

Featured Excursions: Würzburg Residence Visit with Christmas Market and Village Day: Franconian Christmas

Ship: River Queen

Included Meals: All meals onboard with unlimited beverages

DAY 6 Wertheim

Located at the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers, Wertheim is a lovely village dating back over a thousand years. It epitomizes the friendly, slow-paced small-town atmosphere of many German villages; here, residents greet each other by name as they do their daily shopping for fresh bread and sausage in tiny shops. On your guided walking tour of the village, you’ll hear a lot about daily life in Wertheim, as well as facts about the town and its history. Its many well-preserved medieval buildings—complete with low doors and tiny windows—attest to the inconveniences of life in the Middle Ages.

Featured Excursion: Wertheim Walking Tour with Mulled Wine and Christmas Stollen Demonstration

Ship: River Queen

Included Meals: All meals onboard with unlimited beverages

DAY 7 Frankfurt

Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers, but that’s done nothing to diminish the cultural heart of the city. Frankfurt’s old town, the Altstadt, is as charming as it gets, and has hosted some of the best Christmas markets on the continent for centuries. Opt to stay in town today for a “Taste of Christmas” walking tour featuring all sorts of sugary and savory treats, or alternatively, head out of town on an excursion to the Christmas market in Wiesbaden.

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Featured Excursions: Wiesbaden Twinkling Star Christmas Market and “Taste of Christmas” Frankfurt Walking Tour

Ship: River Queen

Included Meals: All meals onboard with unlimited beverages

DAY 8 Frankfurt (Disembark)

Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to the Frankfurt International Airport for your flight home.

Ship: River Queen

Included Meals: All meals onboard with unlimited beverages

About this trip

1 country: Germany

Departure Months


What's included




7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners, Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners. Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water


All transport shown

Sightseeing highlights

One of the most unique ships cruising Europe’s waterways, the River Queen has an exterior resembling the steamships of the 1930s and an elegant Art Deco interior. Decorated in richly textured blue and white fabrics—with marble bathrooms and inspiring artwork—River Queen is a sublime floating hotel designed with your every comfort in mind.

A cruise for those wanting to experience the quintessential magic of the holidays.

Guided “Taste of Christmas” and “Village Day” programs.

The Bressenden difference


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, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water


6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts

Guided “Taste of Christmas” and “Village Day” programs

State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions

Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks


7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the regal River Queen or the elegant River Princess

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options

Free Internet and Wi-Fi access


1 country: Germany

2 UNESCO World Heritage sites

Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager

Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)

Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour

Captivating onboard local entertainment


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Generations Family Program (select 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 lifelong learning.

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