Uniworld Spices Up Holiday Sailings with Exclusive Excursions

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection wants you to start thinking about the holidays and Europe’s stunning Christmas Markets. Special Christmas Market-themed river cruises are offered from the last week of November right up until December 20th or so, when river cruises spanning both Christmas and New Years are typically offered.

This year, Uniworld is spicing up its Christmas Markets cruises by offering A Taste of Christmas – a unique complimentary shore excursion program offered exclusively to Uniworld guests.

Europe's Christmas Markets are a stunning tradition and vacation opportunity rolled into one. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Europe’s Christmas Markets are a stunning tradition and vacation opportunity rolled into one. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Available in Paris, Vienna, Strasbourg and Frankfurt, A Taste of Christmas provides guests with an in-depth tour of each city’s main Christmas Market with a local expert. Each of these tours concludes with delicious, seasonal treats made by a local vendor, and can include a marzipan-filled pastry or freshly baked gingerbread in Germany; vanillekipferi, Austria’s favorite Christmas cookie; or a sampling of bredele, traditional Alsatian Christmas cookies, each with its own distinctive shape, history and flavoring.

Other holiday-themed excursions can include taking a horse-drawn wagon ride through the Bavarian Forest, wandering through Versailles on a secret palace tour, sipping cocktails with a real-life Austrian princess, enjoying a festive New Year’s Eve dinner and a private concert with the chance to dance to famous Strauss waltzes at a Viennese palace, or ringing in the New Year in an opulent Budapest ballroom with a gala dinner and dance.

Christmas Markets - like this one in Vienna, Austria - are all about unique crafts, local food and traditions. Photo ©  2012 Aaron Saunders

Christmas Markets — like this one in Vienna, Austria — are all about unique crafts, local food and traditions. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

“Everyone loves our holiday river cruises, as they are a wonderful way to spend quality time with your loved ones as you create your own traditions,” says Guy Young, president of Uniworld.

Young’s comments are particularly noteworthy. Here at River Cruise Advisor, Christmas Markets voyages have become part of our yearly holiday traditions.

All told, Uniworld has seven separate all-inclusive holiday itineraries on offer for the upcoming 2014 season:

While it might seem early to be talking about the holiday season – it is six months away, after all – it’s never too early when it comes to cruises that feature Europe’s storybook-esque Christmas Markets. Demand for these popular sailings can be quite high, and it’s not uncommon for itineraries to sell out months in advance.

Enjoy a piping-hot cup of Gluhwein to ward off the chill! Photo ©  2013 Aaron Saunders

Enjoy a piping-hot cup of Gluhwein to ward off the chill. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

There’s not just one Christmas Market, either. Cities like Strasbourg and Vienna regularly sport up to a dozen different markets, each with their own distinct themes and vendors. Even the collectible cups that serve up hot helpings of Gluhweinmulled, spiced red or white wine – can change from market to market.

The best time to start thinking about the holidays – and river cruising through them – is right now.

More information on Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection can be found by visiting our complete company profile here on River Cruise Advisor.

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