What to expect on a Christmas Craft Markets cruise
Join Craft Cruises™ as we visit the Christmas Markets along the Danube aboard the Viking Spirit cruising from Nuremberg, Germany to Vienna, Austria. Join fellow crafters as we welcome winter with a timeless trip down the Danube River with Viking River Cruises.
Viking River Cruises has received numerous awards including Conde Nast’s Gold List and Best River Cruise Line.
Christmas Craft Markets Destinations
We will discover the beauty of Austria and Germany as we sail through enchanting valleys and Bavarian countryside, and experience the magic of the holiday season in the region where so many Christmas traditions began. We’ll delight in the sweet smells of gingerbread, rich sweet breads, and hot mulled wine as the aromas of these tasty goodies fill the crisp winter air. Come shop the Christmas Markets for seasonal handicrafts and unique specialty items that fill the local markets, making this holiday season one to remember.
Unpack just once! This gives more time for enjoying the food, wonderful service and the ever-changing riverside scenery along the Danube. Docking in the heart of a town not only allows easy access to the markets but also to some very exciting local nightlife.
Usher in the holiday season with a timeless trip down the Danube River and discover the beauty of Austria and Germany. Sail through the enchanting Wachau Valley and Bavarian countryside, and experience the magic of the holiday season where so many Christmas traditions began. Delight in the sweet smells of tasty lebkuchen (gingerbread) and glühwein (hot mulled wine). On select sail dates, you can shop in Christmas markets for seasonal handicrafts and unique gifts
Danube Explorer is an 8-day/7-night cruise with fares starting from $1,699. Sail aboard a ship designed for viewing the enchanting riverside vistas, through panoramic windows, from the sun deck, or from the comfort of your private, river-view cabin. Our onboard meals, prepared by European chefs, include a choice of entrées, regional specialties and traditional favorites.
Identical sister ship to Viking Europe, Viking Neptune and Viking Pride, this ship was designed to provide optimal scenery viewing and deluxe cruising comfort. Each features Scandinavian-designed interiors, the amenities of a fine hotel, and an English-speaking crew.
Our English-speaking guides will take you to architectural treasures and famous historic sites. You’ll enjoy an apple strudel making demonstration, Bavarian folkloric entertainment, and visits to Christmas markets brimming with seasonal offerings. Highlights include the 900-year-old Benedictine abbey at Melk and historic Regensburg.
Christmas markets are seasonal and scheduled to be open from the last week of November through December 23. In lieu of Christmas market shopping, enjoy time at leisure for additional exploration.