8 Nights | Classic Christmas Markets
Everyone believes in fairytales at Christmastime.
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,
five hundred 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, 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, cozy up to steaming
mugs of gluhwein (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.
Who will enjoy this cruise
Those wanting to experience the quintessential magic of
the holidays while shopping for one-of-a-kind treasures and
discovering the legends behind some of our most popular
Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program
Share the magic of a European holiday with the special young
people in your life on this Classic Christmas Markets cruise
filled with lots of holiday merrymaking.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.
You will visit the following 6 places:
Frankfurt am Main, commonly known simply as Frankfurt, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2009 population of 672,000. The urban area had an estimated population of 2,295,000 in 2010. The city is at the centre of the larger Frankfurt/Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region which has a population of 5,600,000 and is Germany's second largest metropolitan area. In English, this city's name translates to Frankfurt on the Main (pronounced like English mine or German mein). The city is located on an ancient ford on the river Main, the German word for which is "Furt". A part of early Franconia, the inhabitants were the early Franks. Thus the city's name reveals its legacy as being the "ford of the Franks".
Nuremberg is a city on the river Pegnitz and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal in the German state of Bavaria, in the administrative region of Middle Franconia. When people think of Nuremberg, they usually think of gingerbread, toys, Christmas, the Reich Party Rally Grounds, or the Nuremberg Trials. But the old town of Nuremberg is much more than this and indeed Nuremberg probably comes closest to many tourists' expectations of a typical German city: On the one hand one can find half-timbered houses, gothic churches within a medival city wall in the shadow of the towering imperial castle, which was one of the most important residences of the emporers of the Holy Roman Empire.