Vienna Christmas Market

Enjoy Germany's Christmas Markets by
ESCORTED LAND TOUR AND RIVER CRUISE

 

 A-Rosa Viva Ship on the Rhine

12 Day Combination Cruise and Escorted tour of  Germany
Including Christmas Markets

 

Monday Dec 2, 2013    Depart JFK
Depart JFK at 5:40pm for Dusseldorf Germany on Air Berlin

Tuesday Dec 3, 2013  Arrive Dusseldorf and transfer to ship in Cologne
Arrive Dusseldorf at 6:55am.
After clearing immigration and claiming your luggage, transfer to the Cologne train station.   Enjoy a short walking tour of the area with your guide.
1:30pm meet back at the train station to board your bus to the ship   The A-Rosa ship will depart Cologne at 5pm  and you can enjoy your first dinner on board as the ship heads south along the Rhine.

Wednesday Dec 4: Cruise from Mannheim - Speyer   
This morning your cruise takes you south through the picturesque winter landscapes of Germany. The ship will make a brief stop at Mannheim before continuing to Speyer, an historic old imperial city situated on the left bank of the Rhine. Here you can explore Speyer independently, making sure to take in the huge Romanesque cathedral and the picturesque Advent market, set in front of the Old Mint. Choirs and bands provide an entertaining musical programme and there are also cultural contributions from towns twinned with Speyer, including traditional arts and crafts and local culinary specialties.

Thursday Dec 5: Cruise to Kehl ( dock across the river from Strasbourg)  
The ship will dock in Kehl this morning and you have the whole day to explore the unique capital of Alsace. The morning's city tour will introduce you to the city which so wonderfully combines the cultures of France and Germany. Strasbourg's Cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings in eastern France, whilst the Old Town – known as 'Petit France', is a true gem. During the Advent period, Strasbourg takes on an even more special charm, with its multitude of Christmas stalls selling hand-crafted gifts and tasty festive delicacies. From Strasbourg, you may also take a memorable afternoon excursion through the scenic Black Forest to Baden Baden.

Friday Dec 6: Cruise to Mainz       
At lunchtime, the ship docks at Mainz, one of Germany's most historic cities. Today's walking tour of the city will introduce you to some of the highlights such as St Stephen's Church, with its windows by Chagall, St Martin's Cathedral and the university, originally built as a Jesuit college between 1615 and 1618. Mainz's historic market square is also home to the Advent market, a beautiful spectacle of twinkling lights. The air is scented with a distinctive aroma of Christmas - an enchanting cocktail the essences of roast almonds, gingerbread, hot chestnuts and mulled wine.

Saturday Dec 7: Ship arrives in Cologne 
Your festive cruise comes to an end this morning as you disembark in Cologne after breakfast.

Transfer to the Cologne train station and board your train to Frankfurt  (transfer departs ship around 9.00 am)

Train Departure:
Depart at 10:19AM      from  Cologne train station
Arrive at 11:48AM      at the Frankfurt Main train station

Check into  your hotel near the Frankfurt  train station.  Rest of the day to explore.

Overnight Frankfurt

Sunday  Dec 8:   Motor coach from Frankfurt - Eisenach - Weimar - Leipzig (D)    
Depart from Frankfurt in the morning and drive eastward to Eisenach, dominated by the Wartburg Castle. Visit one of the most important buildings of German history and see the room where Martin Luther in only eleven weeks translated the new Testament. Three hundred years before, St. Elizabeth of Thuringia spent almost all her life at the Wartburg. Afterwards, we continue to a cultural treasure, Weimar, where numerous famous persons like Goethe, Schiller, Liszt and Richard Strauss lived and worked. Afterwards we head to our today’s destination, Leipzig, check-in at our hotel and visit one of Germany´s largest Christmas markets. The main attraction is located on the historical market square in front of the ancient town hall, a 25 yard Christmas tree with thousands of lights. Stroll along the stalls with handcrafted Christmas gifts from the region. We invite you to an informal but very typical German snack with Bratwurst and the hot spiced wine called Glühwein. overnight at Ramada City Centre or Park Hotel.

Monday  Dec 9:   Motor coach from Leipzig - Meissen - Dresden(B)  
After the breakfast we continue towards Meissen where we will visit one of Germany’s oldest porcelain manufactories. Founded in the 18th century and being continuously in operation since then, the delicate and always handcrafted products are found in royal courts and celebrities homes all around the world. See the exhibition hall and the demonstration workshops where all steps of the painting and glazing process are explained to you. Afterwards, we go on to Dresden, the capital of the Free State of Saxony. on a city tour you will get to know one of the loveliest cities of central Europe. Due to its general mild climate, the baroque architecture and the renowned museums, Dresden is also called ‘Florence of the Elbe’. See the main sights such as the Semper opera House, the baroque Zwinger and, overall, the restored Frauenkirche. nowadays, it is hard to believe that after the bombing in 1945 the city centre was completely destroyed. After our tour we check-in at our hotel. In the evening we will visit the Christmas market called ‘Striezelmarkt’ – named after the local cake ‘Striezel’. Highlights are the big Christmas pyramid and the numerous stalls where you can taste the Striezel. overnight at Park Inn or similar

Tuesday Dec 10:   Motor coach from Dresden - Annaberg - Schneeberg - Plauen(B/D)
Today we are heading mostly along country roads, via Seiffen, a centre of the wooden toy industry, to two ancient miner-villages, Schneeberg and Annaberg. These towns are typical for the Erzgebirge (ore Mountains) and actually home of the German tradition of woodcarving and Christmas pyramids. In former times, light – represented by candles – was an important symbol of life and safety for the miners, working in the dark tunnels. The woodcarvers combined their deep religious beliefs and used candles to illuminate the pyramids, decorated with saints and symbols of the holy night. The Christmas market in Annaberg is dating back to 1510. Schneeberg hosts St. Wolfgang’s Church with an altar from 1539, carved by Lucas Cranach the elder. In the afternoon we continue towards Plauen, famous for its handcrafted lace. Plauen was founded in 1122 and since the 16th century has been an important place for cotton manufacturing. our farewell dinner will be served at our hotel. overnight at Hotel Alexandra or similar.

Wednesday Dec 11:  Motor coach from  Plauen - Bamberg - Frankfurt(B)
This morning we are traveling through the Franconian forest to the imperial city of Bamberg. Founded in the 9th century, it has a nicely preserved old Town which was declared Unesco World Heritage Site. We will see the cathedral and the former Benedictine abbey of Michaelsberg before, unfortunately, it is time for the last impressions of German Christmas markets. You will have
sufficient time to do some last-minute shopping before we start our journey through the rolling hills of Franconia back to Frankfurt, our final destination which we will reach in the late afternoon.

Check into your Frankfurt Hotel located by the train station for 2 nights with free time to explore.

Thursday Dec 12:  Frankfurt (B)    
Day free  to explore.

Friday Dec 13:  Frankfurt (B)
Depart Hotel for flight from Frankfurt to Berlin then on to JFK on Air Berlin.

 

 

 

RATES

Cruise
Departure
Date

Start City

Ship
Name

Cabin with window
lower deck

Cat C
Middle deck
w/French Doors

Cat D
Upper deck
w/French Doors

12/3/2014

Cologne

A-Rosa Brava

$2674

$2760

$2810



The rate includes: air from JFK on Air Berlin / an outside cabin with a window or French Doors opening to the outdoors  / 
all meals, including wine with lunch and dinner  /  free internet on board  /  all sightseeing  / bicycles available for use (10 euro) /
port taxes / transfers between airport, cruise, Frankfurt land tour and 3 nights hotel in Frankfurt

Travel Insurance Highly Recommended.  We can assist with insurance.

IF YOU WANT TO USE MILES OR EXTEND YOUR TRIP, THEN THE RATE LESS THE AIRFARE AND LAST 2 HOTEL NIGHTS
IN FRANKFURT THEN DEDUCT $800

Arosa Cabin with French Doors Ama Room AMACerto_stateroom
Standard Window Stateroom   French Door Stateroom     Cabin with French Doors   
Arosa Set Table Arosa Aft Lounge Arosa Lounge
Set Table  Back Wine Dining Room  Lounge
Arosa Spa Lounge Arosa Fitness Room Arosa Facial Area
Spa Lounge   Fitness Room Facials
Arosa Hallway Arosa Cabin Door Arosa Bath
Arosa Ship Hallway Arosa Cabin Door Arosa Bathroom
Arosa Buffet Arosa Buffet 2 Arosa Buffet 4
Arosa Food Station Arosa Food Station Arosa Food Station

 

AmaBella deck plan