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Everyone believes in fairytales at Christmas time. Once upon a time, people gathered on cobblestone squares to buy the special tools & ingredients they needed to make the treats of the season. They kept warm with hot spiced wine, music, & games while they shopped & 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 & fun still prevail.
DETAILS
Starting fromR42 700
Package ValiditySelected departure date: 15 DEC 2016.  *** Book & pay 90 days prior to departure ***
Duration7 nights
DestinationGermany
Starts inFrankfurt
Ends inNuremberg

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- All transfers on arrival & departure days
- 7 nights cruise in a riverview stateroom on-board the River Duchess
- All dining & unlimited beverages on-board including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee & tea & bottled water
- Captain's Welcome & Farewell Receptions
- Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinners
- 6 excursions, including "Choice is Yours"
- Guided "Taste of Christmas", "Village Day," & "Gentle Walking" programs
- Visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Assistance of an English-speaking local expert & experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- On-board local entertainment
- Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Christmas Traditions in Germany”
- Exclusive Generations Family programme on slected summer departures
- Exciting shore excursions tailor-made for families and hosted by local experts
- Two dedicated Family Hosts to oversee all activities for young travellers
- On-board activities & amenities just for kids, including a game room, film nights, live the lingo in various languages, dessert making workshops, young travellers menu & more.
- Port charges & taxes

 

** Child ages 4 - 18 years old travelling with an adult starting at approx. R21350 per child, please enquiry with your Travel agent about the room configuration

 

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Frankfurt (embark)

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

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Frankfurt

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

Bustling modern-day Frankfurt shelters a surprisingly quaint & charming Old Town, full of traditional taverns as well as marvelous museums. Get an overview of both aspects of the city with your guide before making your way to the enormous Christmas tree & famous Christmas Market in the historic heart of the city. Or opt for a completely different kind of shopping experience with a visit to the spectacular 10-story Zeil shopping mall & the Kleinmarkthalle. Spend your last evening at the Captain’s Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner.

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Cruising the Main River, Wertheim

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:Wertheim walking discovery tour with mulled wine & Christmas stollen demonstration

Join your local guide for a walk through the picturesque town of Wertheim. See the Spitzer Turm, or “Pointed Tower,” built in the 13th century & once a prison for drunkards & feuding women; today, the tower’s structure leans to one side after withstanding more than 800 years of flooding. Stop in the historic Market Square, lined with half-timbered buildings & shops selling artisan glassworks & Franconian wines in round bottles. Be treated to a cup of warm mulled wine as you watch a master baker make stollen, a traditional German fruitcake, at a private wine estate.

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Würzburg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:Exclusive Franconian “Village Day” & Würzburg Residence with Christmas Market

The spirit of the holidays really comes alive in an idyllic Franconian village, where you’ll be treated to Franconian hospitality as well as their culinary delights, such as hot mulled wine & gingerbread beer. Learn more about how they celebrate the holidays with traditions that go back through the centuries before visiting the opulent Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 300-room baroque palace took nearly 60 years to complete & 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, by Balthasar Neumann. Your visit here will give you a true sense of the history of this region through the European Renaissance. Afterward, visit the town’s 200-year-old Christmas Market for one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasures.

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Kitzingen (Rothenburg)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:Full day Rothenburg with walking discovery tour & Christmas Market

Travel along the “Romantic Road” to Germany’s best-preserved walled city, Rothenburg. The medieval ramparts still enclose cobblestone lanes & half-timbered houses decked in holiday finery. In the heart of this fairytale gem, you’ll find one of Germany’s oldest & most celebrated Christmas markets, which fills the market square with the aroma of holiday treats, including a local specialty, the schneeball—a “snowball” of sweet, deep-fried dough covered in powdered sugar or chocolate. You will also want to visit Käthe Wohlfahrt’s original Christmas shop & the delightful museum that displays vintage toys from as early as the 17th century.

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Bamberg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:Bamberg walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

One of the few cities not destroyed during the WWII bombings of Germany, beautiful Bamberg is a city built on seven hills. Wander through the narrow lanes of Bamberg’s Old Town, looking for signs of the city’s famous Nativity Walk, which links 40 churches, museums & public spaces displaying Nativity & New Testament scenes. Some of the figures in the scenes were carved centuries ago. Browse through delightful shops decorated for the holidays & search for treasures at the city’s four Christmas markets—a traditional market, another featuring medieval cultural programs & two focused on local arts & crafts.

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Nuremberg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

During the Middle Ages, Nuremberg was the preferred residence of German emperors, as you will discover on your guided excursion. Visit Kaiserburg Castle, which rises high above the city & has housed every emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Your tour continues along cobblestone streets to one of the largest & oldest Christmas markets in Germany, Christkindlesmarkt, where you’ll get to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts & sample wonderful regional delicacies, such as authentic Nuremberg gingerbread. Join fellow guests at the Captain’s Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner.

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Nuremberg (disembark)

Disembark the ship & transfer to Nuremberg Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague.

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