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Germany Christmas Markets Cruise

December 10-16, 2020 • 7 Days • Approx $2675

Celebrate the holidays among the famous Christmas Markets of Germany!

Indulge in the spirit of Christkindlmarkt this December as we make our idyllic way through Germany along the Main River, featuring Christmas Market visits in Frankfurt, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, and Nuremberg!

Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this NEW 2020 tour! An Early Bird is a $50 deposit that holds your spot during the planning stages of a trip, when we don’t have a set itinerary or dates. Early Birds are always refundable! Details for the Germany Christmas Markets Cruise will be finalized soon!

Enjoy the festive markets and holiday scenes of Germany while comfortably ensconced aboard our small river cruising ship! Featuring Christmas Market visits in Frankfurt, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, and Nuremberg!

Our ship, the M/S Crucevita


This elegant, luxurious, boutique style vessel, the M/S Crucevita was designed in an old world grand yacht style. Superb public areas, accented in oak and leather, include a panorama restaurant, cozy bar and lounge, a fire-place, a gym, sauna, library, and sun deck! The cabins area spacious 14 sq m (150 sq ft) and are fitted with beds that are stowed away during the day to create extra space to relax. All cabins include air-conditioning/heating that can be regulated individually, a multi-channel satellite TV with remote control, a mini safety deposit box, a telephone and a hair dryer. The bathrooms contains a toilet, enclosed shower, and a stylish wash basin. Cabins on Main deck have panorama windows while cabins on the upper Promenade deck have new French balconies. The ship serves 110 passengers with a crew of 36.

This is a draft itinerary. Revisions will be made, and an updated itinerary with finalized dates and pricing will be made available!


Pricing is based on double occupancy.

  • Accommodations aboard our ship
  • 17 meals: all breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners as denoted (BLD)
  • WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
  • Cultural & historical expertise of local guides throughout
  • All tipping for local guides and group meals
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy. Single accommodations aboard ship may be limited. We also provide a roommate matching service.

Activities/Visits to:

  • Bus/Walking tour of Frankfurt
  • Frankfurt Christmas Markets
  • Walking tour of Miltenberg
  • Miltenberg Christmas Markets
  • Walking tour of Wurzburg
  • Wurzburg Christmas Markets
  • Walking tour of Bamberg
  • Bamberg Christmas Markets
  • Bus/Walking tour of Nuremberg
  • Traditional Franconian meal in Nuremberg
  • Nuremberg Christmas Markets

Optional Excursion:

  • Culinary tour of Bamberg (Day 5)

Important Info

Group Size

Approximately 28 travelers


Accommodations aboard ship


17 meals: all breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners


Not Included. Travelers fly into Frankfurt and home from Nuremberg.



Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Your Guides

Walking Adventures Guides Tim & Jeannette Friesen

Tim & Jeannette Friesen currently lead summertime walking adventures, primarily in Europe. During the school year, Tim serves as a high school music teacher in Molalla, Oregon, while Jeannette works part time in the WAI office helping travelers over the phone and generally keeping the rest of us organized. Tim & Jeannette will be accompanied by local guides on this tour – they look forward to sharing some of Europe’s most popular Christmas markets with you!


This is a draft itinerary. Revisions will be made, and an updated itinerary with finalized details will be made available!

Click on each day to reveal more details. (BLD) refers to meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 1-Dec 10: Arrive Frankfurt (D)

On the day of arrival, we’ll board our floating hotel and check into our designated cabins. After check in, enjoy a welcome buffet and information meeting. Afterwards we’ll relax for our first dinner on board.

Day 2-Dec 11: Activities in Frankfurt (BLD)

After breakfast, enjoy a guided city tour of Frankfurt: a culturally, ethnically, and religiously diverse global hub for commerce, culture, education, tourism and transportation. This metropolitan city showcases a magnificent blend of modernization and historical preservation; from its skyscrapers forming the Frankfurt Skyline in the city center to Frankfurt’s unique old town that is the largest timber-framed old town in all of Europe. From here, you will be able to tour Frankfurt’s famous Christmas Markets, which is a massive street market held annually in the town’s square where seasonal foods, drinks, and entertainment are exhibited all through the day and night in celebration of the holiday – with the Frankfurt Christmas Market being the very first and oldest seasonal market in all of Europe. Afternoon free at leisure before returning to the ship for a welcome Cocktail and presentation by the crew in the lounge as we depart for Miltenberg. The day comes to a close with dinner onboard and live music into the night.

Day 3-Dec 12: Frankfurt – Miltenberg (BLD)

This morning, we’ll start with a walking tour of the beautiful medieval town. During the tour, you will marvel at the history embodied in the pristine half-timbered houses and crooked cobblestoned streets found within this well-preserved medieval city. Further layers of history are evidenced in the preserved Bronze Age tumuli, Celtic hill forts and Roman ruins and castle. Return to the ship for lunch while you set sail to Wurzburg. Afternoon cooking class in the lounge.

Day 4-Dec 13: Miltenberg – Wurzburg (BLD)

After breakfast, enjoy a morning walking tour of the Wurzburg, which will include a stop by the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy some free time before returning to the ship for lunch while you set sail to Bamberg. Afternoon cocktails demonstration in the lounge.

Day 5-Dec 14: Wurzburg – Bamberg (BLD)

We start our visit to the medieval city of Bamberg with another walking tour. Founded in 902, Bamberg is a beautiful city that has retained its medieval aesthetic and is known for its special “smoky” beer. During the tours, you will visit Bamberg’s medieval city center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) followed by a visit to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral which was reworked in late Romanesque style in the 13th century. After the tour you either spend time to explore the city on your own or participate at the optional culinary tour of Bamberg. Tonight get ready for the Farewell Cocktail and Captain’s Dinner.

Day 6-Dec 15: Bamberg – Nuremberg (BLD)

After breakfast, embark on guided bus/walking tour of Nuremberg, the 2nd largest city within the German federal state of Bavaria. You will visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s, followed by a stop at the Palace of Justice, site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials. For lunch enjoy a traditional Franconian meal that features Nuremberg’s famous (and delicious) sausages. After lunch, spend free time exploring Nuremberg’s Old Town and the historic 13th century walls that surround the city. Return to the ship for a final dinner onboard.

Day 7-Dec 16: Depart for Home (B)

After breakfast, we’ll say our final farewells to the crew as we disembark and make our way to the airport for our return flight.

More Details

Click on each heading for more details.

How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

Call or mail in your refundable $50 Early Bird deposit to reserve a spot on this tour! We’ll take approximately 28 travelers on this tour, accompanied by 2 Walking Adventures guides and a local guide, offering a guide to traveler ratio of 1:9.

What’s an Early Bird? Early Bird deposits are refundable $50 deposits which serve to hold your spot on a tour until dates and pricing have been confirmed. Once all details on a tour have been finalized, travelers can then register with an additional $450 deposit to bring their total on a tour up to $500.

Traveler Discounts

No Traveler Discounts are available for this tour.

How is Airfare arranged?

Travelers fly into Frankfurt, Germany and home from Nuremberg, Germany. More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be available after this tour has been finalized.

What happens next?

We are currently finalizing the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.

If you have Early Birded with a refundable $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register with an additional $450 fee, bringing your deposit on tour up to $500. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.