Do you love the magic of Christmas? Would you love to embrace the Christmas spirit during a family vacation? Well, you can when you decide to take an incredible Christmas market river cruise in Germany! River cruises are the perfect option for multigenerational vacations. During a river cruise in Germany, the whole family can explore different cities in the country. Add in the Christmas décor and shopping adventures and you have a vacation everyone will remember forever. Plus, you get to experience so many different Christmas traditions on Christmas market river cruises. Today, I am sharing an itinerary for a Christmas market river cruise in Germany. You won’t need to stick with this exact itinerary for your Christmas market river cruise. I can easily help personalize an itinerary for your family when we chat.
Upon your arrival at Nuremberg Airport, you will be met by a driver who will take you to your hotel. You will have two days at the hotel in Nuremberg before you board the boat for the river cruise. This will give you ample time to immerse yourself into the culture and traditions of this German city.
This first day can be used to explore Nuremberg on your own. Or you can take a nap to get over jet lag and enjoy the amenities the hotel offers.
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, it will be time to learn how to make authentic German gingerbread. Have a few laughs with your family, as you all learn how to mix the dough before rolling it out. Decorate your gingerbread as you want before indulging in a bite or two.
A brewery tour is the perfect way to spend the afternoon over in Bamberg. It’s not that far of a drive from Nuremberg. You will have time to explore the village on your own after your brewery tour.
You have one last morning to spend on your own in Nuremberg before boarding the boat for your Christmas market river cruise. Spend it on a tour of the city. Or head over to the Memorium of the Nuremberg Trials.
Before you know it, you will be headed to the river cruise boat for a holiday adventure with your family. Spend the rest of the day getting things organized in your room and learning where everything is on the boat.
It’s also a great day to get to know a few of the others who will be cruising with you. Some of them may become lifelong friends!
Yes, you are still in Nuremberg for this first day of your river cruise in Germany. However, today it is all about the Christmas market in this German city! This is an excellent day to get started on your holiday shopping.
Just don’t forget to stop at the vendors for some bratwurst, mulled blueberry wine, and gingerbread. There are so many other foods to try while taking a river cruise in Germany. Taste as many as you can, so you can choose your all-time favorite.
After your Christmas market adventure, you can choose to take a guided tour of Nuremberg. Most people prefer the tour of the Gothic Cathedral and Kaiserburg Castle. However, a tour of the Nuremberg Rally Grounds is also available.
While in Bamberg, take a guided tour of the different nativity scenes throughout the village. Some of them are miniatures, while others are quite life-size. Then grab a few German dumplings and a Bavarian ale to enjoy while walking around the Christmas market in the village.
There are so many different activities you can do during a Christmas market river cruise in Germany in addition to shopping at the Christmas markets.
As tempting as it may be to spend the entire day exploring Wurzburg, you may prefer to check out the Kathe Wohlfahrt German Christmas Museum. This museum is in the town of Rothenburg. It contains the world’s most extensive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations.
If you do decide to skip the museum, you can tour the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” in Wurzburg. The towering fortress, Bishop’s residence, and Old Main Bridge will keep you busy for a couple hours. Afterwards, you can check out the Christmas market in this German town.
Your family will get to spend the entire morning exploring Main River Village in Germany. Your tour guide will make sure you don’t miss any of the unique sights within this beautiful destination.
When you return to the ship, you will have some downtime, as it begins to sail to Frankfurt for the final day of your family vacation.
This is the last day of your Christmas market river cruise in Germany. You will have arrived in Frankfurt in the early morning hours. Depending on the time of your flight home, you may have a little time to explore this beautiful city and see the Christmas market there.
You will discover there are so many reasons to take a Christmas market river cruise with your family for the holidays. If you are searching for the perfect gift for everyone in your family, a Christmas market river cruise in Germany may be the answer. The whole family will get to make memories together, as you enjoy each other’s company during what may become a holiday tradition.
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