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THE LEGENDARY DANUBE - CATEGORY E (FESTIVE THEMED CRUISE) - 2019

Experience the Christmas markets of the beautiful Blue Danube for a holiday season you’ll never forget. Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City of Prague and its surrounding countryside, and take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradcany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, and stroll through the brightly colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts.

Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Nuremberg to enjoy German Christmas traditions, and take a guided tour to see the city’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, You may also choose a guided tour of WWII Nuremberg Rally Grounds used by the Third Reich. You’ll cruise to the magical town of Regensburg for a guided city walk of its historic Old Town, enjoy a German beer tasting on board and cruise toward Passau where the Danube meets the Inn and Ilz Rivers, and sail on to Linz with its legendary Linzer Torte for a holiday treat. Cruise to lovely Melk, Austria, and tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Take in the wonderful wine region scenery as you sail through the stunning Wachau Valley. You’ll arrive in Vienna to discover the gilded landmarks in the City of Music. See the Imperial Palace of the legendary Habsburg family, the historic Vienna Opera House, and spectacular St. Stephens Cathedral. You’ll marvel at Vienna’s Christmas Advent Market with its warmth, confections, and delightful seasonal mementos.

Cruise to Budapest, the “Pearl of the Danube,” for a guided sightseeing tour of iconic sites such as Hers’ Square. Discover the special Christmas markets in this shining city, and take time to explore local pubs and cafes. Sample strudel, savor the sights of the season, and discover the age-old traditions of a European Christmas Market cruise to remember for many seasons to come.

Inclusions

9 breakfasts
9 lunches
9 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
10
Price From
AUD $4,288
Start Location
Prague, Hungary
End Location
Budapest, Hungary
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
09 Dec 201918 Dec 2019On RequestAUD $4,288
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
Welcome to the Golden City of Prague-Explore the City of 100 Spires. Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City and its surrounding countryside. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.
Day 2: PRAGUE.
Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradeany Castle Grounds; see 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 3: PRAGUE-NUREMBERG, GERMANY (EMBARKATION).
The Secret Romance of Picturesque Prague. The morning is free to explore Prague on your own to enjoy the stunning architectural beauty of the city. This afternoon, board your Suite Ship in Nuremberg and enjoy a dinner on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,D)
Day 4: ROTH. NUREMBERG EXCURSION.
Living Heritage and History Lessons. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions. CLASSIC - Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg's medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR: CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich. DISCOVERY - Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this afternoon. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Day 5: 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 179AD 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)