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CHRISTMASTIME ON THE DANUBE - CATEGORY E - 2019

This festive European river cruise holiday begins in Prague, the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic. See famous sights like Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, but also get the unique chance to stroll through the Christmas markets. It’s a treat to see the rows of brightly decorated wooden huts that sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Explore to your heart’s content with a warm cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine).

Board your river cruise vessel in Nuremberg, Germany, with its medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and palaces. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations and the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world, has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spiced gingerbread), Glühwein (hot mulled wine), and unique decorations and ornaments. Learn about local Christmas traditions, as you cruise to historical Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. After a guided tour, enjoy a tasting of German beers. Experience Passau’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral—a masterpiece of baroque architecture.

Arrive in Melk, Austria, and tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries. As you cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley, enjoy a tasting of traditional Austrian cookies. This Christmas river cruise ends in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this time of year.

Inclusions

8 breakfasts
8 lunches
8 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $3,868
Start Location
Prague, Austria
End Location
Vienna, Austria
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
25 Nov 201903 Dec 2019On RequestAUD $3,868
07 Dec 201915 Dec 2019On RequestAUD $3,868
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
Welcome to the Golden City of Prague! Explore the City of 100 Spires. Enjoy free time to explore Prague and its surrounding countryside. Sample delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.
Day 2: PRAGUE.
Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Czech Christmas Spirits. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk to see the grounds of Hradeany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town's Astronomical Clock. Spend the afternoon on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Prague (departure 7 Dec only). Stroll through the brightly coloured wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts. In the evening, you might like to attend an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting. (B)
Day 3: PRAGUE-NUREMBERG, GERMANY (EMBARKATION).
The Perfect Christmas Wish Come True. Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before your transfer to Nuremberg and board your Avalon Suite Ship. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,D)
Day 4: NUREMBERG.
Living Heritage and History Lessons. CLASSIC - Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg's medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR: CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich. Spend free time on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg (7 Dec departure only). Sample favourite Bavarian fare-from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Day 5: REGENSBURG.
Christmas Magic in Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. DISCOVERY - Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this morning. CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria-entrance to the Castra Regina fortress built in 179AD. Take time to browse Regensburg's sparkling Christmas markets. Enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread, or bratwurst. DISCOVERY - Later, indulge in an onboard Beer Tasting to sample regional German brews. Enjoy live entertainment as you sail. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
Day 6: PASSAU.
Saint Stephens, Salzburg, and the Story of Silent Night. CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers." You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, Austria. See the setting of The Sound of Music, and learn the story behind the beloved Christmas hymn, Silent Night (included for departure 25 Nov only). Spend free time in Passau's charming Christkindlmarkt near magnificent St. Stephen's Cathedral. Take a brief evening cruise to Linz, and go out for music and dancing or late-night dessert before sailing to Melk. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
Day 7: MELK, AUSTRIA.
Striking Frescs and the Breathtaking Wachau Valley. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescd ceilings. DISCOVERY - Enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting while sailing through the splendid Wachau Valley to Vienna. VIENNA: Vienna's Winter Wonderland. This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 8: VIENNA.
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Vienna to see the Imperial Palace complex-the winter residence of the Imperial family, OR: DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Culinary Tour of Vienna's magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel. You may join a Guided Optional Tour of Schonbrunn Palace- summer home of the Habsburg dynasty for 300 years. Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlmarkt, or relax by the fire's glow in a Viennese cafe this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA. (B,L,D)
Day 9: VIENNA (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)