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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • FRANKFURT, GERMANY: City by bus & walking tour of Frankfurt and Christmas Market, and German themed dinner aboard
  • MILTENBERG, GERMANY: Walking tour of Miltenberg, on board egg-nog making class
  • WURZBURG, GERMANY: City tour of Wurzburg, on board gingerbread making class and cocktail demonstration in lounge
  • BAMBERG, GERMANY: Walking city tour including a stop at the Bamberg Cathedral
    *Bamberg Cathedral is not open on 26th of December. Inside tour will be available for reverse itinerary (see reverse itinerary tab).
  • NUREMBERG, GERMANY: Franconian lunch with famous Nuremberg Sausages

INCLUDED SERVICES:

  • Arrival & departure transfers Frankfurt-port, port-Nuremberg if air purchased through us.
  • Accommodations for 6 nights/7 days in cabin andtotal of 16 meals on board (6 buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners)
  • A total of 5 shore excursions as outlined
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and farewell dinner with enhanced menu
  • Free unlimited house wine/beer/sodas/water/tea/coffee for dinner daily while on board
  • Services of English speaking guides for all tours
  • On board English speaking Cruise manager
  • For all departures with 20 or more passengers, additional services of VWT Cruise Director

NOT INCLUDED:

    • International airfare
    • Port Charges: $136 per person
    • Individual transfers (can be quoted separately)
    • Additional meals, drinks, optional excursions and other services not shown as included
    • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
    • WI-FI: AVAILABLE FOR A FEE
    • TIPS: To drivers, local guides, CREW (shared) and Cruise Managers & Cruise Directors.
      (Suggested amounts will be advised with final documents)

Day 1 Frankfurt Embarkation after 4PM (D)

On the day of arrival, you will be transferred to your floating hotel*. After check in, explore your floating hotel with a welcome buffet and information meeting followed by your first dinner on board.
*Transfers included if air purchased through us.

Day 2 Frankfurt (B, L, D) (from xx – 20.00)

After breakfast, enjoy a guided city tour of Frankfurt: a culturally, ethnically, and religiously diverse global hub for commerce, education, tourism and transportation. This metropolitan city showcases a magnificent blend of modernization and historical preservation; from its skyscrapers forming the Frankfurt Skyline in the city center to Frankfurt’s unique Old Town that is the largest timber-framed old town in all of Europe. From here, you will be able to tour Frankfurt’s famous Christmas Market, which is a massive street market held annually in the town’s square where seasonal foods, drinks, and entertainment are exhibited all through the day and night in celebration of the holiday – with the Frankfurt Christmas Market being the very first and oldest seasonal market in all of Europe. Afternoon free at leisure before returning to the ship as we depart for Miltenberg. The day comes to a close with German themed dinner onboard and live music into the night.

Day 3 Miltenberg (B, L, D) (from 08:00-14.00)

After your sumptuous buffet breakfast, depart on your walking tour of this beautiful medieval town. During the tour, you will marvel at the history embodied in the pristine half-timbered houses and crooked cobble stoned streets found within this well-preserved medieval city. Further layers of history are evidenced in the preserved Bronze Age tumuli, Celtic hill forts and Roman ruins and castle. Some free time to explore the historical old town prior to returning to the ship for lunch while you set sail on to Wurzburg. In the evening, partake in an egg-nog making class in the lounge.

Day 4 Wurzburg (B, L, D) (from 08.00 – 14.00)

After breakfast, enjoy a morning walking tour of the Wurzburg, which will include a stop at the Bishops’ Residenz (outside), one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy some free time at your own leisure before returning to the ship for lunch while you set sail to Bamberg. While at sail, enjoy a cocktail making demonstration in the lounge, then get creative by joining a gingerbread making class after the demonstration.

Day 5 Bamberg (B, L, D) (from 10.00 – 20.00)

Morning walking tour of the medieval city of Bamberg. Founded in 902, Bamberg is a beautiful city that has retained its medieval aesthetic and is known for its special “smoky” beer. During the tour, you will visit Bamberg’s medieval city center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) followed by a stop at the magnificent 11th-century cathedral which was reworked in late Romanesque style in the 13th century. In the afternoon you can either spend time exploring the city on your own or participate in the optional culinary tour of Bamberg. Tonight, enjoy a farewell cocktail and get ready for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
*Bamberg Cathedral inside tour will not be available on the 26th of December due to church services.

Day 6 Nuremberg (B, L, D) (from 06.30 – xx)

After breakfast, embark on a guided bus/walking tour of Nuremberg, the 2nd largest city within the German federal state of Bavaria. You will visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s, followed by a stop at the Palace of Justice, site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials. For lunch enjoy a traditional Franconian meal that features Nuremberg’s famous (and delicious) sausages. After lunch, spend some free time exploring Nuremberg’s Old Town. Return to the ship for a final dinner onboard.

Day 7 Nuremberg Disembarkation 9:00AM (B)

After breakfast, say your final farewells to the crew as you disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flights.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

While every effort will be made to adhere to the schedules outlined above, please note that all times listed are tentative and all stops and sights outlined are subject to change, substitution or alteration for reasons of passenger safety and reasons beyond our control including but not limited to: inclement weather, lock schedules, low or high water levels, museum closures and availability of specified attractions due to blackout periods, holidays or similar. Passenger compliance, understanding and cooperation will sincerely be appreciated! Please note that our Terms & Conditions including Force Majeure clauses apply in full.

Day 1 Nuremberg Embarkation after 4PM (D)

On the day of arrival, you will be transferred* to your floating hotel for check in to your designated cabins. Then explore your ship, enjoy a welcome buffet and an information meeting prior to your first dinner on board. *Transfers included if air purchased through us.

Day 2 Nuremberg (B, L, D) (from xx – 20.00)

After breakfast, embark on a guided bus/walking tour of Nuremberg, the 2nd largest city within the German federal state of Bavaria. You will visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s, followed by a stop at the Palace of Justice, site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials. For lunch enjoy a traditional Franconian meal that features Nuremberg’s famous (and delicious) sausages. After lunch, spend some free time exploring Nuremberg’s Old Town! Return to the ship for a welcome cocktail and crew introduction followed by a German themed dinner and live music in the lounge.

Day 3 Bamberg (B, L, D) (from 7:30-13.00)

Morning walking tour of the medieval city of Bamberg. Founded in 902, Bamberg is a beautiful city that has retained its medieval aesthetic and is known for its special “smoky” beer. During the tour, you will visit Bamberg’s medieval city center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) followed by a visit to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral which was reworked in late Romanesque style in the 13th century. After the tour you can either spend time to explore on your own or participate in the optional culinary tour of Bamberg. Return to the ship for lunch while we set sail to Wurzburg. While at sail, enjoy a cocktail making demonstration in the lounge, then get creative by joining a gingerbread making class after the demonstration.

Day 4 Wurzburg (B, L, D) (from 08.00 – 18.00)

After a sumptuous buffet breakfast, enjoy a morning walking tour of the Wurzburg, which will include a stop at the Bishops’ Residenz (outside), one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy some free time at your own leisure before returning to the ship for lunch. On board, partake in an egg-nog making class in the lounge followed by a festive New Year dinner. Depart for Miltenberg.

Day 5 Miltenberg (B, L, D) (from 10.30 – 20.00)

Upon arrival to Miltenberg, disembark for the included walking tour of this beautiful medieval town. During the tour, you will marvel at the history embodied in the pristine half-timbered houses and crooked cobblestoned streets found within this well-preserved medieval city. Further layers of history are evidenced in the preserved Bronze Age tumuli, Celtic hill forts and Roman ruins and castle. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. On board, our wait staff will entertain you with a napkin folding demonstration. Tonight, enjoy a farewell cocktail and get ready for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Day 6 Frankfurt (B, L, D) (from 07.30 – xx)

Enjoy a guided morning city tour of Frankfurt: a culturally, ethnically, and religiously diverse global hub for commerce, education, tourism and transportation. This metropolitan city showcases a magnificent blend of modernization and historical preservation; from its skyscrapers forming the Frankfurt Skyline in the city center to Frankfurt’s unique old town that is the largest timber-framed old town in all of Europe. After lunch back on board, the balance of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own in search of those last minute souvenirs. The day comes to a close with dinner onboard followed by live music and late night snacks.

Day 7 Frankfurt Disembarkation 9:00AM (B)

After breakfast, say your final farewells to the crew as you disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

While every effort will be made to adhere to the schedules outlined above, please note that all times listed are tentative and all stops and sights outlined are subject to change, substitution or alteration for reasons of passenger safety and reasons beyond our control including but not limited to: inclement weather, lock schedules, low or high water levels, museum closures and availability of specified attractions due to blackout periods, holidays or similar. Passenger compliance, understanding and cooperation will sincerely be appreciated! Please note that our Terms & Conditions including Force Majeure clauses apply in full.

M/S Crucevita

This elegant, luxurious, boutique style vessel, the M/S Crucevita was designed in an old world grand yacht style. Superb public areas, accented in oak and leather, include a panorama restaurant, cozy bar and lounge, a fire-place, a gym, sauna, library, and sun deck! The cabins area spacious 14 sq m (150 sq ft) and are fitted with beds that are stowed away during the day to create extra space to relax. All cabins include air-conditioning/heating that can be regulated individually, a multi-channel satellite TV with remote control, a mini safety deposit box, a telephone and a hair dryer. The luxury bathroom contains a toilet, enclosed shower, and a stylish wash basin. Cabins on Main deck have panorama windows while cabins on the upper Promenade deck will have new French balconies (renovation scheduled for 2019 winter-season) The decks are interconnected by a regular elevator suitable to carry up to 4 persons. The Sun Deck is accessible from the Promenade Deck by an outside chair lift. Maximum capacity 110 passengers serviced by a young and vivacious crew of 36. Non-smoking interiors. Currency: Euro

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*NOTE ON CHRISTMAS MARKETS:

The official Christmas market period in most of Europe, begins mid-November and depending on city, ends December 22 – 24. In some major cities, Christmas markets may remain open between Christmas and New Year or may be replaced with other local activities in preparation for New Years’ festivities.