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Next stop: Munich, Germany!
Today, fly overnight to Munich, Germany and transfer to Regensburg. You can also begin your journey earlier with an optional pre-trip extension to Prague
Transfer to Regensburg, embark ship, and enjoy a Welcome Drink with the Captain
Upon arrival in Regensburg, a Vantage representative will assist you with boarding the ship. Along the way, you’ll catch glimpses of this city's remarkable architecture, some of which dates back as far as the 11th century. Enjoy your first dinner on board this evening.
Wandering Regensburg’s historic streets by foot or bike
Delve into Bavarian custom and culture with a day in medieval Regensburg. Unforgettable Moment: Largely spared from World War II bombing, Regensburg is remarkably well-preserved, with an Old Town doubling as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander the city on a walking tour of the city’s medieval highlights and former Jewish Quarter, and sample gluehwein — spiced mulled wine — at the Christmas market. Later, you'll have leisure time to explore on your own or continue shopping the Christmas market.
Biking Opportunity: Explore Regensburg’s monuments and history, including Walhalla memorial hall, during a medium 14-mile route. Click here for details.
Christmas-themed tour of Passau, painting and gingerbread making, and Captain’s Gala Dinner
More baroque splendor awaits you in picturesque Passau, located at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers. On a Christmas-themed walking tour, we’ll admire the UNESCO-listed Old Town and spend some time at the Christmas market, located just outside St. Stephan's Cathedral. Don’t forget to try the gingerbread here in Passau — it’s spiced, warm, delectable, and you’ll even learn how to make it later this afternoon. This afternoon, a local painter comes on board for a colorful painting lesson. Cultural Connection: Then, learn the secrets of making Germany’s treasured lebkuchen — also known as gingerbread — in the ship’s lounge. Tonight, gather for the Captain’s Gala Dinner on board.
Biking Opportunity: Follow the beautiful Ilz River along an extremely scenic medium/difficult 10-mile route. Click here for details.
Follow "The Sound of Music" to Salzburg, or explore the cultural capital of Linz
You’ll have a choice of tours in Austria today. Set off today for storybook Salzburg, nestled in the Austrian Alps. Cultural Connection: This city — Mozart’s hometown, in fact — also boasts a few locales featured in the beloved classic, "The Sound of Music." Or, choose to explore lovely Linz, a cutting-edge city at the forefront of the arts and technology that UNESCO dubbed a City of Media Arts. No matter which tour you choose, you’ll have time to soak up the charm — and peruse the wares at the local Christmas market.
Austrian Christmas traditions, exploring Liechtenstein Palace, and traditional heurigen dinner
Warm apple strudel . . . it’s a European holiday staple, and you’ll learn how to make it today during a cooking demonstration. Cultural Connection: Venture to Vienna and hear a fascinating lecture on Austrian Christmas traditions. A panoramic city drive along the UNESCO-listed Ringstrasse will give you a better view of this imperial and artsy capital. Unforgettable Moment: Later, feel the grandeur of Palais Liechtenstein on a special tour of this dazzling estate. Then sit down for a Viennese heurigen dinner on an optional tour. Heurigens are taverns serving hearty dishes and seasonal wines, and on top of all the food and music you’ll savor, we’ve enhanced this tour with a wine-tasting and visit to a wine cellar, too. Alternatively, spend some time exploring Vienna on your own, including the city’s Christmas market. Cultural Connection: Tonight, warm-up dancers join us on board for a lively show.
The congenial atmosphere of cozy, family-style wine taverns, known as heurigens, is perfectly complemented by hearty food, lively music — and locally produced vintages, of course. Heurigens traditionally have rustic décor, open courtyards with outdoor seating, and an accordion player playing traditional Viennese songs. You’ll visit an authentic heurigen for dinner, music, and wine! You can look forward to a fun and festive evening!
The best of Vienna: Lipizzaner horses, Christmas markets, a private Kursalon concert
Cultural Connection: A lecture on the Habsburg monarchy kicks off a second day of discoveries in Vienna. Afterward, attend a rehearsal of the famed Lipizzaner horses at the Spanish Riding School. After lunch on the ship, catch the Vantage shuttle back to the center of Vienna where more fabulous Christmas market shopping awaits. Cultural Connection and Unforgettable Moment: This evening, attend an exclusive private classical music concert at the Kursalon music hall — a frequent haunt of Vienna’s own Johann Strauss.
Biking Opportunity: Enjoy the architecture of Vienna, including panoramic sights of the city’s skyscrapers, during a medium 8-mile route. Click here for details.
Organ recital and treasure hunting in Bratislava; plus, live entertainment while you deck the halls of the ship!
Get to know Bratislava today. On your walking tour, glimpse the city’s diverse historical sites — including Bishop’s Palace, Main Square, and the National Theater — before taking in a classical organ recital at a local church. This afternoon, you'll have free time to visit the Christmas market, where you can shop for fine crystal, handmade leather slippers, honey wine, and other treasures. Tonight, deck the halls of your ship later in a fun Christmas tree-decorating workshop before a festive Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Transfer to Budapest for your return flight home
Disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to the Budapest airport to return home. Or stay in the Hungarian capital for your extension.
On this three-night extension, explore one of Europe’s — nay, the globe’s! — most impressive capitals. Delve deeper into the urban heart of Hungary as you enjoy a walking tour of the city, soaking in sweeping city views from the famous Fisherman’s Bastion (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) while learning about its captivating history and appreciating its modern vibrancy. You’ll also have plenty of time on your own to discover what makes this “Pearl of the Danube” so luminous. This is an outstanding opportunity to experience the best of the Hungarian capital filled with holiday spirit, holiday treats, and charming Christmas markets.
Important Notice:The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert. In addition, should there be an extreme change in water levels, Vantage will do everything possible to provide either the included excursion or an alternate excursion at Vantage’s discretion.
Please Note: Port times & itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels and winter weather may affect itinerary. All Christmas markets are subject to local traditions and opening dates and times are dependent on the local authorities.