PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwired - May 14, 2013) - Crown Cruise Vacations has been booking Christmas markets cruises for the last 20 years. These Festive journeys are offered aboard the Viking fleet, the Rhine Getaway, Romantic Danube, Danube Waltz, Heart of Germany and the Christmas markets cruises are hallmarks of Viking River Cruises.
What and when are the Christmas markets?
The history of Christmas markets goes back to the late middle ages in the German-speaking parts of Europe. The Vienna "December Market" was a forerunner of the Christmas market and dates back to 1294.
In many of the charming towns and villages in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas markets. Medieval in appearance, they are held in the town square and sell food, drink and lovely handmade gifts from open-air stalls. There is usually a generous amount of festive singing and dancing.
The Christmas market sailings on river cruise lines generally begin in mid-November and continue through the end of the year. These sailings are typically held on the Main, Rhine, Danube and Seine rivers. They are perfect for those wanting to experience the quintessential magic of the holidays while shopping for one-of-a-kind treasures.
A number of Viking River Cruises sailing dates between November 30 and December 24 include Christmas markets. Here, the spirit and romance of the holidays come alive with the scent of gingerbread and the tunes of traditional carols around every corner. Whichever Christmas markets you visit, you'll enjoy a wonderful feast of tasty treats, as well as dozens of stalls brimming with unique and inspiring handcrafted gifts. Viking River Cruises has the most river ships sailing to the most places and with the greatest variety of shore excursions. Here are some cruises and dates still available:
Viking Freya 7-Night Europe Cruise from Frankfurt, Germany, to Nuremberg, Germany, departing Dec. 10, 2013. Prices start at $2748 per person, double occupancy for Balcony; $4398 Suite.
Viking Aegir 8-Night Europe Cruise from Budapest, Hungary, to Nuremberg, Germany, departing Dec. 14, 2013. Prices start at $1956 per person, double occupancy for Oceanview; $2556 Balcony; $4756 Suite.
Viking Atla 8-Night Europe Cruise from Basel, Switzerland, to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, departing December 20, 2013. Prices start at $1856 per person, double occupancy, Oceanview; $2556 Balcony; $4756 Suite.
- 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
- Guided tours with audio headset
- All meals, featuring regional specialties and including welcome cocktail reception & dinner and Captain's farewell dinner
- Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
- Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Culture Curriculum: Enjoy a classical music performance; learn how to create your own Alsatian Flammkuchen; observe a traditional glassblower; attend lectures on Germany's current affairs & origins of Rhine River cruising
- All port charges
- Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
While Viking offers all the standard included tours, it, too, has offerings for those who want to dig a little deeper. Viking's Culture Curriculum(SM) spans all manner of engaging activities that bring history and culture to life, and life to every experience. Viking also offers concierges who will make restaurant reservations, book theater tickets or spa services and arrange private guides.
When you travel with Viking, every destination is made more fascinating and enjoyable with a wealth of included guided tours, informative lectures, interesting demonstrations and entertaining performances. It is a combination that enables you to transcend just seeing a place and instead discover a sense of place -- a discovery that is enriching and enlightening.
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