Holiday Markets of Austria & Germany
With the Potomac Annuitants Club
December 1 – 8, 2023
Starting at $3209 per person, double occupancy
Experience Europe’s old-world charms during the most magical time of the year.
“Welcome, young and old, to my little community of wood and cloth.” These words spoken by the Christkind open the Nuremberg Christmas Market. Though the iconic representative of the market is named for the infant Jesus, she—yes, she—is a girl dressed as a crowned angel. All over Germany, the Christkind is a symbol of the holiday’s magic.
This cruise takes you to some of the most famous and delightful holiday markets in Central Europe. At each market, you’ll find wooden stalls displaying traditional crafts that range from quirky little characters made of fruit and dressed in Bavarian costume to beautifully carved and painted Nativity figures. You’ll also find exquisite ornaments and fine contemporary crafts, along with fairytale villages decked in holiday finery.
Sparkling lights illuminate ancient cathedral squares and the sound of children’s laughter mingles with carols. Enjoy Uniworld’s exclusive “Taste of Christmas” program in Vienna, where you’ll see astonishing confectionary decorations in Café Demel’s windows. Celebrate the season in a new way as you meander through old lands, and remember, as the Christkind says, “While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy it brings is eternal.”
WHO WILL ENJOY THIS CRUISE
Those looking to experience Europe at its most magical will enjoy the chance to discover the delightful holiday traditions and treats of Germany and Austria, and to find special gifts for loved ones back home.
Day 1| Vienna (Embark)
Arrive at Vienna International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.
Note: For Arrival, Departure and Transfer details, please visit Uniworld.com/transfers. For Port Location details, please visit Uniworld.com/ports.
Day 2 | Vienna
Vienna is a city steeped in history, music and elegant architecture. Mozart, Austria’s most famous citizen, was at the height of his creative powers when he lived here, writing perhaps his best-known works, including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. He found Vienna a very inspiring place, and so will you. You’ll have a full day to savor the Christmas spirit in Vienna with over 140 wooden stalls enticing you with every sort of delicacy. Be sure to try the rum balls and nutmeg-spiced macarons, which are local favorites, and amble through the adjacent park to admire the elaborately decorated trees.
Choice of “Taste of Christmas” Vienna Walking Tour or Vienna city tour with Christmas Market
A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Day 3 | Dürnstein, Cruising the Wachau Valley
After a scenic cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley, we’ll reach the tiny village of Dürnstein. Walk along its cobbled streets, browse the shops selling apricot schnapps, and perhaps take a quick jaunt up to the ruins of a castle (with an intriguing tale all its own). Later, you can taste mulled wine and attend an organ concert at an Augustine church.
Featured Excursion: Dürnstein village stroll with spiced wine tasting and organ concert in a monastery
Day 4 | Linz, Cruising the Danube River
There’s more to Linz than its famous Linzer torte, although that alone makes it well worth a visit. The city has a thriving contemporary art scene, and its two Christmas Markets are over-the-top enchanting. In keeping with the Austrian traditions of good food and good music, Linz gave rise to both the Linzer torte and the Linz Symphony. The symphony is one of Mozart’s most celebrated works. The story goes that the composer was so inspired by the beauty of the city that he finished his Symphony No. 36 in less than a week here in 1783.
Choice of Linz walking tour with Christmas market or Linz town stroll and cider farm visit
Day 5 | Passau (Theresienthal)
Take some time today to explore the beautifully expansive and heavily wooded Bavarian Forest. As the largest continuous forested region in Europe, there’s plenty to uncover—like unspoiled landscapes, abundant wildlife and idyllic atmosphere.
Featured Excursion: Passau walking tour with Christmas market
Featured Excursion: Bavarian Forest adventure
Day 6 | Regensburg
The Old Town of Regensburg sparkles with holiday lights and decorations this time of year, adding to its already considerable charms. Check out the brightest cultural sights, then head to what may very well be the most romantic Christmas Market in all of Germany, nestled within the courtyard of a beautiful baroque castle—as you take in the delights of the markets.
Featured Excursion: Regensburg walk with Thurn & Taxis Castle visit and Christmas market
Day 7 | Roth, Nuremburg
For a truly over-the-top holiday extravaganza, look no further than Nuremberg, which boasts the largest and grandest Christmas Market in all of Germany—and that’s really saying something. The “Gingerbread Capital of the World” pulls out all the stops during the holidays, as you’ll see for yourself on a panoramic tour guaranteed to put you in a festive mood. Two hundred stalls filled with holiday wares—ornaments, nutcrackers, seasonal treats and hand-carved toys—await you, and the irresistible aromas of roasting nuts, cinnamon and grilled sausages waft through the air.
Featured Excursion: Nuremburg city tour with Christmas market
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Day 8 | Nuremburg (Disembark)
Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Nuremberg Airport for your flight home.
$3209 Classic $4109 Retail
$4009 French Balcony $4909 Retail
$4509 Deluxe French Balcony $4509 Retail
$6609 Suite $7509 Retail
$8509 Grand Suite $9409 Retail
$10209 Royal Suite $11109 Retail
- 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the majestic RIVERSHIP SS BEATRICE
- All transfers on arrival and departure days
- All gratuities onboard
- Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water. Some premium liquors are additional
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
- 6 days of shore excursions hosted by English-speaking local experts, with “Choice Is Yours” options
- Guided “Taste of Christmas” program
- State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
- Use of Nordic walking sticks
- Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
- Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
- 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- Captivating onboard local entertainment
- Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Airfare and items of a personal nature and premium alcoholic beverages. Airfare is estimated from $1000-$1500 per person depending on carrier, dates of travel etc.
The S.S. Beatrice boasts yacht-style light wood with blue and white finishes throughout, a renovated lobby featuring elegant mirrors, marble floors, a white Murano chandelier with blue shades and a grand staircase made of nickel and black iron—a signature design element of Uniworld’s Super Ships. The ship’s redesigned lounge features sofas and chairs with hand-made upholstery, a parquet floor and upholstered ceiling panels, solar shades and new USB ports allowing guests to charge anywhere they are sitting. The artwork throughout the ship includes pieces from Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Pino Signoretto.
S.S. Beatrice offers four dining options all inspired by famous Austrian composers, including Mozart’s, the ship’s main restaurant; Wolfgang’s bar and lounge and newly added Schubert’s and Max’s. For guests seeking an immersive culinary experience, Max’s restaurant offers intimate cooking classes where guests can create local European cuisines alongside the chef. Schubert’s, an 18-seat café located at the bow of the ship, offers guests shared plates from lunch through dinnertime. The cozy Austrian-styled eatery features menus reflecting the cuisine of the ship’s destinations.
Grand Suite 400 and Suite 402 have fixed king-sized beds that cannot be separated. Suite 405 has a fixed four-poster bed that cannot be separated.
All Staterooms Include
- Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft – 14 sq m)
- Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, individual thermostat and bottled water
- Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers
DELUXE FRENCH BALCONY
A 10% deposit of total price is due with booking. Final payment is due July 25, 2023. You may use a credit card for deposit (without fee). We accept AX, Visa, & MC. Final payment made be made by check or Zelle…or with a credit card & 5% fee.
Cancellations 120 days or more before cruising will result in a $200pp cancellation fee. Cancellations between 119—90 days before cruising will result in a cancellation fee of 20% of cruise fare. Cancellations between 89—60 days before cruising will result in a cancellation fee of 35% of cruise fare. Cancellations between 59—30 days before cruising will result in a cancellation fee of 50% of cruise fare. If cancelled less than 30 days before cruising (or no-show), fare is non-refundable.
Cancellation insurance is highly recommended. Insurance information will be provided to you. If for some reason you have not been given an insurance application, please call our office immediately. Please read the information brochure carefully before sending payment to the insurance carrier. If you have a pre-existing condition, insurance must be purchased before final payment is made. If you wish to purchase “cancel anytime” insurance, it must be done when deposit is received. Insurance does not cover a pandemic.
SHARON CARR TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER-RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS.
Any out of pocket expenses caused by airline delays are the sole responsibility of the client and any refunds due are at the sole discretion of the airline. Client must contact the airline directly for any reimbursement. Once again, INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
SHARON CARR TRAVEL is not the source or supplier of the travel services included in this package and they act solely as an agent for the actual suppliers of such service and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, war, insurrection, vendor bankruptcy, revolt or other civil uprising, other military actions, pandemic, strikes or any act of god occurring in either the country of origin, destination or through passage, or for any reason whatsoever. The suppliers whose names appear in the information supplied are those who are responsible for providing the travel services purchased. SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible should any of these suppliers fail to provide the travel services purchased SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage during the tour. Also, SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be liable regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. Acceptance of the Tour Contract will serve as a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement. This agreement is binding on your heirs, legal representatives and assigns. If, for some reason, a trip must be rescheduled due to any of the above reasons, participants are bound by the new dates of travel, and can only obtain a refund if insurance has been purchased and insurer is contractually bound.
While the ExxonMobil Potomac Annuitants Club (EMPAC) works with Sharon Carr Travel to obtain a memorable travel opportunity for our members, neither ExxonMobil Corporation nor the EMPAC accept any responsibility arising out of the provision of these travel services, or the alteration or cancellation thereof. Members are encouraged to consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any risks associated with travel including the cancellation thereof for reasons outside the control of the travel operator.