Christmastime from Vienna to Frankfurt (WVF2017)

A 12-Day Avalon Waterways tour starting from $3,599

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Tour Length: 12 Days
Countries Visited: Austria, Germany
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Tour Category: Other Avalon Tours
Tour Operator: Avalon Waterways
Tour Code: WVF-2017
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Christmastime from Vienna to Frankfurt

Vacation Overview
Celebrate the holiday season on this magnificent cruise from Vienna to Frankfurt. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Vienna, Nuremberg, Munich, Bamberg, and Würzburg as well as guided walks in the small town of Krems, medieval Regensburg, and charming Miltenberg. Other highlights: visit the Bishop’s Residence in Würzburg and the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, enjoy a beer tasting in Bamberg, and a wine tasting in Austria’s Wachau Valley. Marvel at the traditional Christmas decorations and delight in the festive atmosphere of this special time of year. Wander through the many Christmas markets while you listen to local Christmas music, sample tasty Christmas treats, smell the aromas of the season, and shop for local Christmas ornaments and crafts. What a wonderful way to celebrate the season. You ship will be decorated and dressed up in Christmas colors.

 

Meals
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

 
Day 1:
Arrive in Vienna, Austria (Embarkation). Vienna, Austria’s capital, is known as the “City of Music” and inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This afternoon, board your cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (D)

NOTE:
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2:
Vienna. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, this is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights you’ll see on your GUIDED TOUR. We will offer you a special CULINARY TOUR at the Viennese Christmas markets where you can taste all the best flavors that Austria has to offer during Christmas time. Be sure to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! An optional concert is available tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 3:
Krems–Melk. This morning, arrive in Krems GUIDED SIGHTSEEING. Then, sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. The magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY dominates the town and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You’ll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings. This evening you’ll be able to sample some of the FAMOUS WINES of this region. Later your Cruise Director will introduce you to one of the most popular legends in Europe: ST. NICHOLAS’ LEGEND. (B,L,D)

Day 4:
Passau, Germany. This morning, you may wish to join an optional full-day excursion to Salzburg to see some of the popular Sound of Music sites, find out how mice caused the composition of the famous Silent Night carol, and learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas. Rejoin your ship in Passau in the early evening or stay on board and relax as you cruise to Passau, located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of cobblestone streets, lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK. (B,L,D)

Day 5:
Regensburg. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. The only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of “historic interest.” Architectural highlights included on your GUIDED WALK are the 13th-century Old Town Hall and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. The afternoon is free to visit the Regensburg Christmas market, including the ones hosted by Thurn und Taxis Palace. The tempting aromas of mulled wine, sausage, roasted almonds, and gingerbread create a memorable atmosphere. Before dinner tonight we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS! (B,L,D)

Day 6:
Nuremberg. Spend a relaxing morning cruising before reaching Nuremberg. Although 90% of its Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Choose from an included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at the city’s medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights, and the Christmas market is one of the biggest in Germany, featuring 200 stalls selling traditional wares and foods. After your free time at the Christmas Market, a shuttle bus service will be at your disposal to take you back to the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 7:
Nuremberg. (Disembarkation) Excursion to Munich. (Embarkation). After breakfast, disembark the vessel which has brought you to Nuremberg and drive to Munich, where a local expert will proudly show you the sights of the Bavarian capital. An inspiring mix of historic buildings and impressive architecture, you’ll see the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, Nymphenburg Palace, MARIENPLATZ in the historic heart of the city with the Old and New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. Later, there’s free time to explore on your own. The traditional Christmas market is located on the Marienplatz, with aromas of toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread filling the air and the strains of alpine Christmas music coming from the town hall. At the nearby Rindermarkt, you’ll find the Kripperlmarkt, one of the largest markets in Germany to specialize in mangers and other nativity accessories. And don’t leave Munich without paying a visit to the famous Hofbräuhaus for a stein of beer! Return to Nuremberg in the late afternoon and embark on the ship which will take you to Frankfurt.(B,D)

Day 8:
Nuremberg. A free day today, to enjoy the Christmas markets or explore the town on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 9:
Bamberg. In the early morning hours, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic center, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! At this time of year, especially interesting are the nativity scenes built by local residents and exhibited throughout the town. Enjoy the Christmas market, where, in addition to candles and decorations, you’ll find many regional delicacies, like gingerbread and nut bread. Be sure not to miss the special gift we have reserved for you in a local brewery. Rejoin your ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, cruise along the Main River to Würzburg, and attend a fascinating ONBOARD LECTURE to learn more about the European Christmas traditions. (B,L,D)

Day 10:
Würzburg. Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The city makes an immediate impression with imposing Fortress Marienberg perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOP’S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you are free to explore on your own—maybe visit the Christmas markets or join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg where you will have the opportunity to visit the Christmas Museum. Be sure to try a Schneeball (snowball), a local specialty not at all suitable for a diet! (B,L,D)

Day 11:
Miltenberg. A CULINARY DEMONSTRATION will be delivered before lunch and before your arrival in Miltenberg. Tucked away behind medieval defensive walls and towered gates, the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg is a cultural gem on the banks of the Main River. This afternoon’s GUIDED WALK will acquaint you with the town’s delightful Marktplatz (market square), which centers around a Renaissance-era fountain and features striking half-timbered buildings, cobblestone lanes, and one of the oldest inns in Germany, Haus zum Riesen (the giant’s house) and the gothic splendor of the Merchant Hall. Depart for Frankfurt before dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 12:
Frankfurt (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

NOTE:

Flights out of Frankfurt should not leave before 8:30 am.

 
         
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12/1/2018 - 12/12/2018
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

City Highlights


Cruise:
deluxe 11-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Days 1–2 Vienna:
onboard welcome reception on Day 1; guided sightseeing; culinary tour at Christmas market

Day 3 Krems–Melk:
guided walk; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting, St. Nicholas Legend

Day 4 Passau:
guided walk; Christmas market

Day 5 Regensburg:
guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting; Christmas market

Day 6 Nuremberg:
onboard lecture, choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market

Day 7 Nuremberg (Disembarkation). Excursion to Munich (Embarkation):
guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz

Day 8 Nuremberg:
day at leisure to visit Christmas Markets

Day 9 Bamberg:
guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; onboard lecture; Christmas market

Day 10 Würzburg:
guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas markets

Day 11 Miltenberg:
onboard culinary demonstration, guided walk

Day 12 Frankfurt:
your vacation ends this morning.

Notes
NOTES:Christmas markets operate from late November until the third week of December, depending on the location (Prague markets are open from early December until the first days of January).In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Scenic Highlights
Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.Learn about local Christmas traditions at a fascinating onboard lecture.Attend a traditional culinary demonstration.

 

Price Details US
Port charges:$264Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.Extra nights per person in Vienna:in single room $230, in twin room $125Extra nights per person in Frankfurt:in single room $274, in twin room $153Prices shown above include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:Category / Decks / PriceD / Indigo Deck / $313B / Sapphire Deck / $1,806A / Sapphire Deck / $1,884P / Royal Deck / $2,041Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,984

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