February 9, 2019

Join my Christmas Markets river cruise 2019!


DECEMBER 13 – 28, 2019


I’d love you to join my magical Christmas River Cruise this year from Vienna to Nuremberg and spend Christmas Day in Paris!


Europe’s Christmas Markets have been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Probably ever since I first heard about them. So this year I am taking a small group to Europe for a magical cruise and spending Christmas Day in Paris.

I love all things Christmas! But growing up in New Zealand where our Christmas day is spent slathered in sun screen singing Jingle Bells, it wasn’t until I had my first ever winter Christmas in Maryland, USA as a 17-year old exchange student, that Christmas suddenly felt “right”.

I guess it has to do with being inundated with northern hemisphere movies and TV shows, Christmas carols were largely written by those in the snowy months of winter and we wrapped our presents with paper covered in snowmen, the swimming towel inside a juxtaposition on what deep down I thought Christmas was supposed to feel like.

So this year, December 2019, we have put an amazing two-week tour together that will include a gorgeous 7-night river cruise along the Danube River from Vienna to Nuremberg and give us plenty of time to immerse ourselves into a winter wonderland this Christmas.

Cruising through Regensberg, Germany

Cruising through Regensberg, Germany

This tour is ideal for people who don’t want to celebrate Christmas alone, but join a small group of like-minded travellers, or perhaps you’d like to bring a partner or friend to enjoy the season with, as we shop at the markets and drink mulled wine, and enjoy the tastes and sounds of a European Christmas.

Our Christmas Cruise 2019 itinerary:

Flying with Singapore Airlines from Auckland*, we’ll go straight through to Frankfurt for 2 nights to experience their Christmas vibe and stay in a boutique hotel there with a private tour organised the next day.

Then we’ll go to Vienna for 1 night in a hotel before our cruise begins so we can enjoy some of the live music that the city is so famous for.

We then embark on a seven-night cruise with Uniworld where every cabin has balconies and every day we wake up in a new wintery village in Germany and Austria to enjoy sight seeing excursions plus plenty of free time to shop, people-watch and browse at your leisure.

This cruise takes you to some of the most famous and delightful holiday markets in Central Europe. At each market you’ll find wooden stalls displaying traditional crafts that range from quirky little characters made of fruit and dressed in Bavarian costume to beautifully carved and painted Nativity figures. You’ll also find exquisite ornaments and fine contemporary crafts, along with fairytale villages decked in holiday finery.

Click here to see the full day-to-day itinerary with Uniworld >>

Christmas market in Nuremberg, Germany

Christmas market in Nuremberg, Germany

After disembarking in Nuremberg we’ll travel to Paris for 2 nights to experience the classic Christmas Eve dinner tradition in a beautiful hotel, then the next day, you’ll need to save room, as we celebrate Christmas Day in Paris. Magical!

We fly to Singapore on Boxing Day for 1 night to warm up and have a day to explore, and be home on December 27 in time for New Year’s Eve where you can tell all your family and friends about your amazing Christmas.

Christmas cruise tour

What’s included in the price?

  • Your return economy class airfares from Auckland*.
  • All meals on board, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on board.
  • Breakfasts in hotels either side of the cruise.
  • Private transfers between locations.
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts.
  • Guided “Taste of Christmas” program.
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks if required.
  • 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.
  • Local onboard entertainment.
  • Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch in Paris.
  • Private walking tour in Paris with a local guide.

Cost: NZ$12,250 per person based on two people sharing a room. (Please contact me for the single supplement rate).

Uniworld dining room

All meals and drinks are included on the cruise

Reserve your spot with a $500 deposit!

This tour will sell quickly, so if you’d like to reserve your spot while we reserve the boutique hotels, flights and organise our venues for our special Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch, you can with just a $500 non-refundable deposit per person. Balance due by 30 September 2019.

Maximum group size: 14

*If you would like to join from outside of NZ we can remove the airfare component and you can meet us in Frankfurt and leave us in Paris. Contact me for the land-only price, or we can arrange flights from elsewhere in the world for you.

Contact Megan on megan(@)bloggeratlarge.com for more details or to reserve your place.

This tour has been designed by Megan Singleton and Josh Loughnan at Weka Travel.

About Megan Singleton


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  1. Jan Morris on

    Sounds wonderful. Last year I spent most of Christmas day in the kitchen, and had a migraine for 2 days after. I cant do that again.


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