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CHRISTMASTIME MAINZ TO BUDAPEST - CATEGORY E - 2019

Begin your European river cruise with incomparable festive cheer in the heart of Germany’s Christmas markets. Warm your heart and memories by embarking on your Avalon Suite Ship® in Wiesbaden, then on to a Bavarian Main river village for Christmas scenes and specialty sweets. Your Christmas cruise continues to Würzburg with classic sightseeing of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” amid the glow of local Christmas markets and the city’s dazzling architecture.

Sail for a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bamberg—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size. Your cruise through the Christmas markets of Germany continues into Nuremberg with its festive atmosphere with Bavarian favorites such as bratwurst, gingerbread, and mulled wine will warm your spirit with traditional cheer.

Sail from Nuremberg to Regensburg, and next to Passau, with its narrow streets and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey and then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. Your European river cruise holiday ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. With Christmas memories of Germany, and the Danube’s legendary beauty, this Christmas river cruise will be cherished for years to come.

Inclusions

12 breakfasts
12 lunches
12 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
13
Price From
AUD $6,346
Start Location
Mainz, Germany
End Location
Budapest, Germany
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
06 Dec 201918 Dec 2019On RequestAUD $6,346
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: MAINZ, GERMANY (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Germany! Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (D)
Day 2: MAIN RIVER VILLAGE.
Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights in Beautiful Bavaria. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of a picturesque village along the Main River. DISCOVERY - Join a Cookie-Baking Demonstration on board your ship while sailing. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)
Day 3: WURZBURG.
Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the "Pearl of the Romantic Road" with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residence. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Visit the Kathe Wohlfahrt German Christmas museum-the world's most extensive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations. Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Wurzburg's Christmas markets. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 4: BAMBERG.
Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes. DISCOVERY - Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bamberg-medieval home of Germany's Roman Empire dynasties. Stroll through dozens of Bamberg's nativity scenes-from miniature to life-size. Take free time to enjoy the quaint Christmas markets, and warm up with traditional German dumplings, sausage, and a glass of hearty Bavarian ale. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 5: 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 browsing the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favourite Bavarian fare-bratwurst, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other Christkindlmarkt culinary delights. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 6: NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH.
CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Tour which will show you the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace-a former residence of Bavarian monarchs, along with the Old and New Town Halls of Marienplatz. (B,D)
Day 7: NUREMBERG.
Living Heritage and History Lessons. A day to relax and enjoy Nuremberg at your own pace. Stroll through the festively lit streets, buy those last-minute Christmas gifts, or ask your Cruise Director for suggestions of things to do. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Day 8: REGENSBURG.
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria-built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. DISCOVERY - Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
Day 9: PASSAU.
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers," OR: Join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion. LINZ, AUSTRIA: The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music. Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz's many nature trails for a bird's-eye view of the city and river below. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
Day 10: MELK-WACHAU VALLEY.
Striking Frescs and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescd ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. DISCOVERY - Enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting while sailing to Vienna. During lunchtime sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. VIENNA: Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube. 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 11: VIENNA.
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. CLASSIC - Venture into the Habsburg empire on a Guided City Tour of Vienna's gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex-the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral, OR: DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Culinary Tour of Vienna's magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-a Habsburg Empire summer home 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. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 12: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Hers' Square. Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city's cafes and pubs, and don't miss the unique Christmas markets that Budapest hosts every year during the Festive season. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 13: BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)