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A Magical Holiday Christmas River Cruise

I love the Christmas Holidays.  Once we get to Thanksgiving, I start feeling that Christmas spirit.  Christmas music around the clock, Christmas movies, the cooler weather.  I love it all. 
 
As much as I love to river cruise.  Combine them, perfection.
A Christmas river cruise is pure magic.  And the Christmas season is one of the best times to go to Europe.  A true winter wonderland.
 
Glide by storybook villages and snow-capped castles on the riverside.
 
Each year, timeless traditions spring to life at European Christmas Markets, where rows of colorful lights illuminate cobblestone streets and charming booths brimming with traditional handcrafted souvenirs in historic town squares. 
 
A river cruise visits some of the most delightful Christmas markets.
Indulge in gingerbread, Christmas cookies and sugary chimney cakes
Feast on mulled wine or sip hot chocolate topped with marshmallows.
Shop for Hand-carved toys and ornaments from Christmases past.
Listen to Angelic songs of strolling carolers.  
And romantic ice-skating in front of the beautifully illuminated Vienna City Hall.

Some of the time honored Christmas Markets include:

– The Budapest Christmas Market – it’s Hungary’s largest.  It’s strict “handcrafted-only” policy makes it the ideal shopping spot for the one of a kind gift.
– Vienna – situated in front their impressive 19th century town hall with awe inspiring decorations that illuminate the city.
– Strasbourg, France – the self proclaimed “Capital of Christmas”.  The oldest, largest, and most famous Christmas Markets in France. 
– Nuremberg, Germany – One of the largest and most popular in all of Europe.  Nuremberg’s 400 year old Christmas Market offers live music, hand crafted souvenirs, a nostalgic carousel, and a children’s steam train.
– Regensburg, Germany – which an independent jury has described as one of the loveliest in Germany
– Cologne, Germany – featuring their specialty – potato pancakes with applesauce
You’ll be transported from one Christmas wonderland to another by river ship. 
 
Onboard festivities include music performances, tree trimming, exquisite feasts, and engaging in customs that have long since passed.  

Christmas river cruises sail on the Rhine, Danube, and on the Seine in Paris:

– Danube river cruises sail from Budapest to Germany (Vilshofen, Passau, Nuremberg).  Extend in Prague which is less than 2 hours from where the cruise ends in Germany.  Transfer and hotels included so no need to worry about how you’re getting there.
 
– Rhine river cruises sail from Amsterdam to Basel.  Extend in Paris or Switzerland.
 
– Or a Parisian holiday on the Seine. 
 
Christmas river cruises start when the Christmas Markets open (Towards the end of November – could start as early as the 22nd or as late as the 29th).
 
Best time to go, I’d say anytime.  My opinion, that early part of December.
 
There’s also cruises that are out on Christmas day so you can celebrate on the ship.  And you can even celebrate the new year on a river cruise.  Keep in mind that most Christmas Markets do end just after Christmas day so if you’re most interested in the Christmas Markets, go a bit earlier in the month.
 
Christmas on a European river cruise is magical.  It’s a great option for couples and families.  If you’re looking for a holiday getaway, I would highly recommend a river cruise.  No better way to get into the Christmas spirit.
Please feel free to call with any questions at 305-814-8184!

This years top 10 most popular and fastest growing destinations

Virtuoso’s list of this years hottest upscale destination for fall into winter travel.

Top 10 most popular destination for fall 2019 are as follows:
1. United States
2. Italy
3. United Kingdom
4. France
5. South Africa
6. Israel
7. Australia
8. Germany
9. Japan

10. Spain

Interested in something a bit more adventurous or something different?

Here’s a list of the Hot 10 ranking of emerging places with the largest year-over-year percentage increase in fall travel bookings:
1. Uruguay
2. The Maldives
3. Malta
4. Romania
5. Egypt
6. Puerto Rico
7. Rwanda
8. Qatar
9. South Korea

10. Norway

Please feel free to call us at 305-814-8184 with questions.

Tauck Family Christmas River Cruise 2019 – Limited Availability!

So, how many people were excited that Hallmark Channel just recently announced that they will play Hallmark Christmas movies year-round!  I know several members of my family were super excited for that. 

It may be a bit early in the year to get excited for Christmas, but Tauck is giving you and your family a bigger reason to start that countdown!  By the way, it’s 316 as of today… 

Tauck has announced a family river cruises for 2019 on the Danube river.  It’s the Holiday Magic Danube Family River Cruise.  The itinerary starts in Munich and sails eastbound to Budapest on an 8-day river cruise. 

Your family will discover Europe’s 700-year-old holiday markets tradition in historic town centers, decorated, lit up, and brimming with the sights, flavors, scents, and music of the season.  

Magic’s in the air along with the aromas of roasting sausages, gingerbread, cinnamon, hot gluhwein, crackling fires, and evergreens.  

Sightseeing is designed for all generations to enjoy together – in Oberndorf, home of “Silent Night”… at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna and magnificent Melk Abbey… in Old Town Bratislava with medieval games and a scavenger hunt… and in Budapest, “the Pearl of the Danube.”  

Your family will toast the season during a Tauck Exclusive evening at a private palace in Vienna with dinner, a performance, and a waltzing lesson!

River Cruise Includes: 

  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors, and Tauck Cruise Director 
  • Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,115  
  • A Tauck Exclusive evening at a private Viennese palace – with dinner, entertainment, and a waltzing lesson 
  • Visit to Oberndorf, birthplace of the carol “Silent Night”  
  • A visit to Baroque Salzburg and, weather permitting, a funicular ride up to the city’s hilltop fortress  
  • In Passau, a choice of a walking tour of Old Town and a sweets-making workshop at a local café; a guided geo-caching game in Old Town; or a guided hike with a holiday theme and storytelling 
  • In the Wachau Valley, a choice between a guided visit to Melk Abbey or a walking tour of Old Town Krems; and a choice between a wine tasting or a hike to Kuenringer Castle in Dürnstein (weather permitting) 
  • Visits to Schönbrunn Palace and the Prater amusement park in Vienna 
  • Medieval games, a walking tour, and a scavenger hunt in Old Town Bratislava 
  • A tour of Budapest taking in the castle district, Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes Square, and more  
  • Traditional European holiday dinner and events aboard the riverboat 
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks  
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted 
  • 20 meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners); service charges, admission fees, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges 

There are only 2 family sailings and they will book up quickly!  Call or email us for a quote or if you have questions!

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