Christmas in the Heart of Germany - Prague to Frankfurt

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Czech Republic

  • River cruise

Experience the holiday season on this festive river cruise from Prague to Frankfurt. Your holiday begins in Prague with guided sightseeing that shows off the city's best-known treasures with time to explore the impressive Old Town Christmas market. Your cruise also includes guided city sightseeing in Nuremberg, Bamberg, Würzburg, a visit to the Bishop's Residenz, and the charming Main River Village. And, of course, there's free time to visit the vibrant Christmas markets.

At a glance


Prague See the Astronomical Clock in the city's Old Town and visit the Hradcany castle grounds.
Würzburg Visit the Bishop's Residenz and explore the lively Christmas markets.
Main River Village Wander the cobblestone lanes and delightful Marktplatz of this charming medieval settlement.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Prague

Day
1

Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. This fascinating city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires, and pinnacles highlighting its skyline.

No meals included

Prague

Day
2

Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town's Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; Hradcany castle grounds; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the Christmas markets, where rows of brightly decorated wooden huts sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Get a little inner warmth with a cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) and a traditional hot sausage. The beautifully decorated tree in the Old Town is an impressive sight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Prague – Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)

Day
3

After lunch, drive to Nuremberg to embark your cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nuremberg

Day
4

Although 90% of Nuremberg's Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Choose either a guided sightseeing tour and marvel at this thousand-year-old city's medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized Nuremberg rally grounds tour. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market is one of the most famous in the world. You'll find 200 stalls offering traditional wares, including Nuremberg Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), baked goods and sweets, Christmas decorations, ornaments, and more.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bamberg

Day
5

In the early morning hours, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties. Your guided walking tour takes in its historic centre, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! At this time of year, especially interesting are the nativity scenes built by local residents and exhibited throughout the town. Enjoy the Christmas market, where, in addition to candles and decorations, you'll find many regional delicacies, like gingerbread and nut bread. Rejoin your ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, cruise along the Main River to Würzburg, and attend a fascinating On-board lecture to learn more about the European Christmas traditions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Würzburg

Day
6

Known as the "Pearl of the Romantic Road," Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The city makes an immediate impression with imposing Fortress Marienberg perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your included guided sightseeing tour, visit the magnificent baroque Bishop's residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you are free to explore on your own—maybe visit the Christmas markets or join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg. Be sure to try a Schneeball (snowball), a local speciality not at all suitable for a diet!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Main River Village

Day
7

Tucked away behind medieval defensive walls and towered gates, the picturesque Main River Village is a cultural gem on the banks of the Main River. This afternoon's guided walk will acquaint you with the town's delightful Marktplatz (market square), which centres around a Renaissance-era fountain and features striking half-timbered buildings, cobblestone lanes, and one of the oldest inns in Germany, Haus zum Riesen (the giant's house) and the gothic splendour of the Merchant Hall. Depart for Frankfurt before dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Frankfurt (Disembarkation)

Day
8

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Disembarkation takes place after 8.30am.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Hilton Prague

This centrally-located hotel is an ideal base from which to enjoy the attractions of the spectacular city of Prague. Three restaurants, two bars and a health club await you after a day's sightseeing. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    A 15 minute walk from the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square and close to major attractions. The airport is 25 minutes away.

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Sky Bar & Lounge
    • Café Bistro
    • Swimming pool
    • Sauna
Hilton Prague

InterContinental Prague

This first class hotel overlooking the Vltava river, is the ideal base to explore Prague’s historic sites. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    Located on the banks of the Vltava River, the hotel is an easy walk from Old Town, Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter and Prague Castle. 

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Café
    • Health Centre and Fitness Centre
    • Salt water indoor swimming pool
InterContinental Prague

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