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European Christmas Markets Luxury Gay Cruise 2025

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Europe Gay Christmas River Cruise 2025

Classic Christmas Markets
Luxury LGBT River Cruise

December 08 – 15, 2025

 

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Classic Christmas Markets Luxury LGBT River Cruise

7 nights from Nuremberg to Frankfurt, Germany

December 08 – 15, 2025
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises River Duchess

Gay Christmas Luxury CruisePack you bags and get ready for the ultimate holiday adventure as you experience Europe’s old-world charms during the most magical time of the year. This luxury LGBT cruise takes you to some of the most famous and delightful holiday markets in Germany, where sparkling lights illuminate ancient cathedral squares and the sound of children’s laughter mingles with carols. Experience Europe’s old-world charms during the most magical time of the year aboard Uniworld's Boutique River Cruises luxury River Duchess.

A cruise for those wanting to experience the quintessential magic of the holidays. Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany, the land where many Christmas traditions began, and find the magic of the season in the smiles that you meet along the way.

 

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Discover villages with fairytale houses and a friendly, festive atmosphere. Share traditional holiday goodies with the people who made them. Watch as modern children abandon their usual electronics and discover the enchantment of hand-carved wooden toys, as scents of cinnamon and roasting nuts fill the air.

Sail through Christmas country, trying Frankfurt’s famous apple cider and Nuremberg’s gingerbread. Throughout, cozy up to steaming mugs of glühwein (warm spiced wine) and do as the locals do by collecting different mugs from each stall and town you visit. Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany, the land where many Christmas traditions began, and find the magic of the season in the smiles that you meet along the way.

 

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A cruise with Uniworld...

Boutique hotels are known for their destination-specific interior décor, gracious service, and carefully selected amenities, all of which provide an intimate, elegant, and relaxed experience.

Similarly, Uniworld’s boutique river cruises allow guests to travel from one exciting destination to the next aboard a stylish floating hotel with inviting lounges, cozy libraries, panoramic restaurants, sumptuous cuisine, exquisite antiques and original art and luxurious riverview staterooms and suites. Meticulous attention to detail is readily apparent on every company-owned ship.

 

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All Inclusive!

Dining
• All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients

• 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

• Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions

• Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners

• Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

 

River Duchess stateroom

 

Accommodations
• 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the regal River Duchess

• Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options

• Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

 

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Excursions
• 6 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts

• Guided “Taste of Christmas” and “Village Day” programs

• State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all shore excursions

• Use of Nordic walking sticks

 

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Experiences
• 1 country: Germany

• 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites

• Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager

• Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (transfer guidelines apply)

• Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour

• Cultural enrichment, including captivating onboard local entertainment

 

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Luxury Uniworld River Duchess

The 130-passenger River Duchess is decorated in soft hues of blue and green complemented by soothing earth tones, providing a tranquil and elegant onboard ambiance. Enjoy spectacular and ever-changing views of Europe’s most enchanting waterways in the ship’s stylish Blue Danube Lounge, Palace Restaurant, or the La Motte Sky Lounge.

 

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Carrying no more than 130 passengers, this intimate ship is a wonderful place to savor the scenery, dine on exquisite cuisine, and relax with friends over drinks in the Salon Bar and other richly appointed public areas.

 

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The signature touches for which Uniworld has become known-inspiring original hand-selected art, classic furnishings, old world antiques, marble, and clever use of mirrors can be found in the various public areas along with different hues of green, brown, beige, and gold adorning the walls and floors throughout.

 

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Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in 100% Egyptian cotton linens and a menu of pillow choices.

 

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Itinerary

Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

 08 Dec Nuremberg, Germany    PM
 09 Dec Nuremberg, Germany    
 10 Dec Bamberg, Germany    
 11 Dec Kitzingen (Rothenburg) / Würzburg, Germany    
 12 Dec Würzburg, Germany    
 13 Dec Wertheim, Germany    
 14 Dec Frankfurt, Germany    
 15 Dec Frankfurt, Germany AM  
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The itinerary is subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

 

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Day 1 - Nuremberg, Germany (Embark)

Arrive at Nuremberg Airport (NUE). If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

 

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Day 2 - Nuremberg, Germany

For a holiday extravaganza, look no further than Nuremberg, which boasts the largest and grandest Christmas Market in all of Germany— and that’s really saying something. The “Gingerbread Capital of the World” pulls out all the stops during the holidays, as you’ll see for yourself on a panoramic tour guaranteed to put you in a festive mood. You could not ask for a more perfect place to begin an exploration of Christmas traditions than Nuremberg. Stroll through the castle gardens and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, then walk through a maze of cobblestone lanes down to the central Market Square. There, spread out before the Church of Our Lady, is the largest Christmas Market in Germany.

Featured Excursion:
• Nuremberg city tour with Christmas market

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

 

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Day 3 - Bamberg, Germany

The fact that Bamberg still exists today is something of a miracle—it survived WWII bombing virtually unscathed. It’s a superb example of a medieval German city, one compact enough to explore on foot with a local expert. You’ll also have free time to visit not just one but four Christmas Markets and a captivating amount of nativity scenes located along nativity trail.

Featured Excursion:
• Bamberg Walking Tour with Christmas Market

 

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Day 4 - Kitzingen (Rothenburg) / Würzburg, Germany

Rothenburg looks like something straight out of the pages of a storybook, with its medieval walls, cobbled streets, Gothic churches, and Hansel-and-Gretel houses. Join a local expert for an insightful walking tour, and then wander amongst the stalls at one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets. (Today’s lunch will be on your own.)

Featured Excursions:
• Full-Day Rothenburg with Walking Tour and Christmas Market
• Würzburg Christmas Market Night Stroll

 

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Day 5 - Würzburg, Germany

This morning, you’ll head off to see the Würzburg Residence, a baroque-style palace famous for its gigantic ceiling fresco. Later, visit the town’s renowned Christmas Market, held in front of the old City Hall, for some one-of-a-kind gifts for friends back home. Beautifully decorated wooden booths are illuminated by the soft glow of Christmas lighting, and the air is filled with the scent of roasted chestnuts and the sound of Christmas carols. One of the best ways to embrace a different culture is through encounters with local residents, which you’ll experience this afternoon in a typical Franconian village. Make new friends over hot drinks and homemade seasonal treats.

Featured Excursions:
• Würzburg Residence Visit with Christmas Market
• Village Day: Franconian Christmas

 

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Day 6 - Wertheim, Germany

Located at the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers, Wertheim is a lovely village dating back over a thousand years. It epitomizes the friendly, slow-paced small-town atmosphere of many German villages; here, residents greet each other by name as they do their daily shopping for fresh bread and sausage in tiny shops. On your guided walking tour of the village, you’ll hear a lot about daily life in Wertheim, as well as facts about the town and its history. Its many well-preserved medieval buildings—complete with low doors and tiny windows—attest to the inconveniences of life in the Middle Ages.

Featured Excursion:
• Wertheim Walking Tour with Mulled Wine and Christmas Stollen Demonstration

 

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Day 7 - Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers, but that’s done nothing to diminish the cultural heart of the city. Frankfurt’s old town, the Altstadt, is as charming as it gets, and has hosted some of the best Christmas markets on the continent for centuries. Opt to stay in town today for a “Taste of Christmas” walking tour featuring all sorts of sugary and savory treats, or alternatively, head out of town on an excursion to the Christmas market in Wiesbaden.

Featured Excursions:
• “Taste of Christmas” Frankfurt Walking Tour
• Wiesbaden Twinkling Star Christmas Market

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

 

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Day 8 - Frankfurt, Germany (Disembark)

Disembark the ship in Frankfurt. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to the Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) for your flight home.

 

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Length: 361 ft. • Width: 37.5 ft • Guests: 130 • Crew: 42

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Suite River Duchess suite Rhine Deck. Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft - 20 sq m) with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, backlit magnifying mirror & heated mirror, comfortable bathrobes and slippers. Additional amenities and services include in-suite butler service, packing and unpacking assistance, in-room breakfast, daily fruit and cookie plate and an elegant evening snack, Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas, fully stocked mini bar, bottle of wine upon request, shoeshine, and free laundry service $ 6,999
$ 7,299
French Balcony Stateroom River Duchess french balcony stateroom Rhine Deck. Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, heated mirror, backlit magnifying mirror, comfortable bathrobes and slippers $ 5,199
$ 5,499
Deluxe Stateroom River Duchess Deluxe Stateroom Danube Deck. Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, heated mirror, backlit magnifying mirror, comfortable bathrobes and slippers $ 4,099
$ 4,399
Classic Stateroom River Duchess Classic Stateroom Moselle Deck. Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, heated mirror, backlit magnifying mirror, comfortable bathrobes and slippers $ 3,399
$ 3,699
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All prices are per person, based on double occupancy in $ USD.

Taxes & charges of $230pp, Gratuities of $200 pp, and optional insurance are additional.

20% deposit of the cruise fare plus $200 required at time of booking. Final payment is due 120 days prior to sailing.

Single Share Traveling solo but don't mind sharing a cabin? Ask about our cabin share assistance program.

Prices are cruise only and DO NOT INCLUDE return airfare! Please ask for airfare add-ons back to your home city.

Fares are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.

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