Day 1: BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship is ready for boarding. Flights into Zurich must arrive by 3pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5pm.
Stroll through the city centre, enjoy the festive illumination and savour Christmas delicacies like waffles, gingerbread, sweets and Swiss raclette. EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (D)
Day 2: BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST.
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest.
DISCOVERY - Join a full-day 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. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D)
Day 3: STRASBOURG, FRANCE.
A Gothic Cathedral, Heaven's Time, and Joyeux Nl.
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. Savour 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/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO SPEYER (B,L,D)
Day 4: SPEYER, GERMANY. HEIDELBERG EXCURSION.
Winter Wonders and a Wine Barrel Fit for a King.
CLASSIC - Take a half-day Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat-the world's largest wine barrel.
This afternoon, visit the local German Christmas Markets in Heidelberg, or Speyer. Explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sounds, tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of these sparkling winter wonderlands. EVENING/OVERNIGHT TO WIESBADEN (B,L,D)
Day 5: WIESBADEN. 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 Rudesheim.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO SPEYER (B,D)
Day 6: MAIN RIVER VILLAGE.
Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights in Beautiful Bavaria.
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 WURZBURG (B,L,D)
Day 7: WURZBURG.
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 Kathe 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 8: BAMBERG.
Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes.
DISCOVERY - Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing.
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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 9: NUREMBERG.
Living Heritage and History Lessons.
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 browsing the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favourite Bavarian fare-bratwurst, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other Christkindlmarkt culinary delights. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 10: NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION). EXCURSION TO MUNICH (EMBARKATION).
This morning disembark the vessel which has brought you to Nuremberg and drive 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 Nuremberg in the late afternoon and embark on the ship which will take you to Vienna (B,D)
Day 11: 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Day 12: REGENSBURG.
Christmas Magic in Bavaria's Medieval Miracle.
DISCOVERY - Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this morning.
CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria-entrance to the Castra Regina fortress built in 179AD.
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 as you sail. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
Day 13: 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 (included for departure 25 Nov only). Spend free time in Passau's charming Christkindlmarkt near magnificent St. Stephen's Cathedral. Take a brief evening cruise to Linz, and go out for music and dancing or late-night dessert before sailing to Melk. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
Day 14: MELK, AUSTRIA.
Striking Frescs and the Breathtaking Wachau Valley.
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescd ceilings.
DISCOVERY - Enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting while sailing through the splendid Wachau Valley to Vienna.
VIENNA: Vienna's Winter Wonderland.
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 DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 15: VIENNA.
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, 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 Schonbrunn 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 cafe this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 16: VIENNA (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)