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CHRISTMASTIME ON THE DANUBE - CATEGORY E - 2019

This Christmastime river cruise begins 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. Cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. Here, you’ll tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries—where monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls.

Arrive in Passau, Germany, and visit the city’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. In Regensburg, after a guided tour of the city, enjoy a tasting of German beers. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to Nuremberg, the thousand-year-old city with its medieval fortifications and gothic churches. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread) and unique decorations and ornaments. Then, make your way to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic—one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

In Prague’s Old Town, see the magical Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, and once the envy of all Europe. The Christmas markets offer an array of Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Explore to your heart’s content with a warm cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) among the rows of brightly decorated wooden huts, and be sure to see the beautifully decorated tree in Old Town to end this perfect, seasonal river cruise.

Inclusions

8 breakfasts
8 lunches
8 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $3,868
Start Location
Vienna, Austria
End Location
Prague, 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
03 Dec 201911 Dec 2019OpenAUD $3,868
15 Dec 201923 Dec 2019On RequestAUD $3,868
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: VIENNA, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Vienna. Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before boarding your Avalon Suite Ship. (D)
Day 2: 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 Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire's glow in a Viennese cafe this evening. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
Day 3: MELK.
Striking Frescs and the Breathtaking Wachau Valley. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescd ceilings. This afternoon cruise to Grein, where this evening you will enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
Day 4: 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Day 5: REGENSBURG.
Christmas Magic in Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk and see 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 - Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this morning. DISCOVERY - Later, indulge in an onboard Beer Tasting to sample regional German brews. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 6: 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. Sample favourite Bavarian fare-from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 7: NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)-PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
The Perfect Christmas Wish Come True. Transfer to Prague and stroll through the brightly coloured wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts. (B)
Day 8: PRAGUE.
Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Czech Christmas Spirits. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk to visit 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. Stroll through the brightly coloured wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts. (B)
Day 9: PRAGUE.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)