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Open a gift wrapped in glowing lights and sights of the inviting beauty of Christmas markets on the Danube and Rhine River. Embark on special departures for the festive season in Europe’s most beautiful Christmas markets and festivities. Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on our decorated Suite Ships® as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local Christmas traditions along your river cruise. Enjoy stunning winter views on the Danube with the warm glow of Christmas markets, beautifully adorned with ageless traditions. Savor the special views of the season by embarking in Vienna with a culinary tour in the Christmas markets of the City of Music. Sail through the wonderful Wachau Valley with visits to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey perched above the Danube. In Passau, browse through the shining Christmas markets in the “City of Three Rivers.” On to Regensburg for Christkindlesmarkt shopping and beer tasting on board, and a visit to Nuremberg with your choice of a city tour or the WWII Rally Grounds. Spend a day exploring the Christmas markets here for traditional keepsakes and delicious specialties. Take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich for to see the historic home of monarchs at Nymphenburg Palace. In Bamberg, tour the city of seven hills of the Imperial Dynasties, and enjoy onboard Christmas Traditions lecture as you sail to Würzburg—the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”—with Christmas markets brimming with holiday cheer. Visit a quaint Bavarian Main River village and enjoy a cookie-baking demonstration on board your ship. Take an excursion to Rüdesheim in the Rhine Valley wine region to experience the joyful Mechanical Music Museum. Enjoy Christmas market lights and delights through Heidelberg and Speyer before sailing to Strasbourg for the La Petite France district and shimmering Christmas markets. Continue on to the Black Forest for a traditional Bavarian Christmas atmosphere or visit the largest wine producer in Europe at Badischer Winzerkeller winemakers. Your European Christmas cruise concludes in Basel, Switzerland.

  1. Day 1
    VIENNA, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION)
    Welcome to Austria. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

    Flights into Vienna must arrive by 3:30 pm.

    Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

    Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before boarding.

    (D)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    VIENNA
    Royal Collections, and Culinary Confections

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Vienna to see the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial family, OR:

    DISCOVERY Join a Guided Culinary Tour of Vienna’s magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel.

    You may join a Guided Optional Tour of Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg dynasty for 300 years.

    Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening.

    Alternatively, this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    MELK–GREIN
    Striking Frescoes and the Breathtaking Wachau Valley

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings.

    DISCOVERY Enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting on board while sailing to Grein.

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.

    Enjoy live entertainment on board.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PASSAU

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    PASSAU
    Saint Stephens, Salzburg, and the Story of Silent Night

    CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

    You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, Austria. See the setting of The Sound of Music, and learn the story behind the beloved Christmas hymn, Silent Night.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    REGENSBURG
    Christmas Magic in Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

    CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—entrance to the Castra Regina fortress built in 179 AD.

    Take time to browse Regensburg’s sparkling Christmas markets. Enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread, or bratwurst.

    DISCOVERY Later, indulge in an onboard Beer Tasting to sample regional German brews.

    Enjoy live entertainment on board.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    NUREMBERG
    Living Heritage and History Lessons

    DISCOVERY Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this morning.

    CLASSIC Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.


    Spend free time on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare—from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH


    CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Tour which will show you the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of Bavarian monarchs, along with the Old and New Town Halls of Marienplatz.

    Return to your ship in Nuremberg in the late afternoon.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    NUREMBERG
    Living Heritage and History Lessons

    A day to relax and enjoy Nuremberg at your own pace. Stroll through the festively lit streets, buy those last-minute Christmas gifts, or ask your Cruise Director for suggestions of things to do.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    BAMBERG
    Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bamberg—medieval home of Germany’s Roman Empire dynasties. Stroll through dozens of Bamberg’s nativity scenes—from miniature to life-size.

    Take free time to enjoy the quaint Christmas markets, and warm up with traditional German dumplings, sausage, and a glass of hearty Bavarian ale.

    DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    WÜRZBURG
    Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residence

    You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt German Christmas museum—the world’s most extensive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations.

    Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Wurzburg’s Christmas markets.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
    Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of a picturesque village along the Main River.

    DISCOVERY Join a Cookie-Baking Demonstration on board your ship while sailing.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    FRANKFURT. EXCURSION TO RUDESHEIM
    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

    DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience in Rüdesheim, enjoy a local special treat.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO SPEYER

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    HEIDELBERG EXCURSION. SPEYER
    Winter Wonders and a Wine Barrel Fit for a King

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel.

    After the tour, visit the local German Christmas Markets in Heidelberg.

    Explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sounds, tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of these sparkling winter wonderlands.

    This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT TO STRASBOURG

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    A Gothic Cathedral, Heaven’s Time, and Joyeux Noël

    CLASSIC Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.


    You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace, for an afternoon in a French wine-country village.

    Savor the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by spending your free time this afternoon wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg. Take in the lights, music, and the pleasures of the season.

    EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

    (B,L,D)

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
    History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

    DISCOVERY Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:

    DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood.


    You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. Alternatively, spend your afternoon leisurely browsing Breisach’s lovely Christmas market to sample bretzels, mulled wine and Black Forest cake.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  16. Day 16
    BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

    Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Christmas markets generally operate from late November until the third week of December, depending on the location.

Health and Safety Protocols for Globus Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Globus' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Globus has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Globus' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Globus' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Globus will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Globus will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Globus' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Globus will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Globus' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Globus removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Globus are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Globus will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Globus' commitment to clean, Globus is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Globus has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Gateway city for departures is Zürich.

Port charges:
$420

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $427
B / Sapphire Deck / $2,677
A / Sapphire Deck / $2,784
P / Royal Deck / $2,998
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $5,141

Vienna: Hilton Vienna Am Stadtpark
A modern 579 room property offering comfortable luxury. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and access in guestrooms is subject to a fee (payable locally). Leisure facilities include a well-equipped gym with sauna and steam bath, a contemporary style restaurant with a terrace for al fresco dining during the summer months and a lobby bar & lounge.
Address:
Am Stadtpark 1,A
Wien , Austria
Zurich: Renaissance Zurich Tower
This 300 room luxury hotel is housed in a modern tower building located in the vibrant Zurich West quarter. The exclusive Grill restaurant serves urban cuisine and the lounge bar offers drinks, snacks and cocktails. Other amenities include a fitness area on the 15th floor with city views, sauna and steam bath.
Address:
Turbinenstrasse 20
Zurich , Switzerland

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Globus Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.4
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 8904 reviews about Globus Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

This was our first tour with Affordable Tours and Globus. This planned trip exceeded our expectations, from the hotel accommodations, meals, and the guided tours. Special mention to our great tour director, Chiro who ensured that everything ran smoothly, Gerardo, our bus driver, and also tour guide Yvonne. The whole crew went above and beyond what they were supposed to do. Great, reputable company! My husband and I are already talking about planning another Italy tour, hopefully one with Chiro as the tour director.

This trip has exceeded my expectations.

Every aspect of the trip was very smooth. Director provided excellent information on what was upcoming. Local guides were great in sharing personal stories tied in to what was being seen.

Amazing trip, and tour guide. Would recommend to others

Everything was terrific. Would do this again. G

I found Globus Tours (sold by Affordable Tours) to be a good mix of guided tours and free time. The extra excursions offered were excellent and well organized.

This was a first rate, professional tour company. We had an excellent experience.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and professional. The drivers were above expectations. Rooms and meals were great. Would use Affordable Tours and Globus again.

Our tour guide Helen is excellent, she is very knowledgeable in history and explain things very clear. She is caring and did a very good job and made this trip memorable and the groups are easier going and made a great difference for this trip. Thank you for your services and certainly I will recommend my friends and I hope in near future l will make another trip with you and your company. Thank you.

Our tour director (Bob) and driver (Joe)) we're truly outstanding. The itinerary was great. Highly recommend.

My trip was fantastic, hotels, staff and guide your director was outstanding!!! Very happy with my trip, and will book another trip again we Affortable tours !

Fantastic trip. One of the best trips I ever took.

The tour operator are exceptional professional and friendly

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