Christmastime on the Danube Eastbound (WNV2017)

A 9-Day Avalon Waterways tour starting from $2,369

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Tour Length: 9 Days
Countries Visited: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Christmas Markets
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Tour Category: Other Avalon Tours
Tour Operator: Avalon Waterways
Tour Code: WNV-2017
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Christmastime on the Danube - Eastbound

Vacation Overview
Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere from Prague to Vienna and all along the legendary Danube on this enchanting river cruise vacation. Enjoy guided sightseeing in each city and delight in the special winter atmosphere of this time of year. Highlights include a visit to the magnificent Hradcany Castle grounds in Prague, a fun beer tasting, and a guided visit of the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk. Visit the Christmas markets and be sure to sample the Glühwein, Lebkuchen, and other traditional holiday specialties along the way! Your 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 Prague, Czech Republic. Welcome to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, a fascinating city straddling the Vltava River.

Day 2:
Prague. A 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, Prague’s best-known treasures include the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of Europe; HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague, which is guarded on both ends by a tower. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books and stroll through the Christmas markets. Rows of brightly decorated wooden huts sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Get a little inner warmth with a cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) and a traditional hot sausage from one of the stalls. The beautifully decorated tree in the Old Town is an impressive sight. (B)

Day 3:
Prague–Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation). After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception. (B,D)

Day 4:
Nuremberg. Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to its former glory as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Choose a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market is one of the most famous in the world. The market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, including Lebkuchen (spiced gingerbread), baked goods, and typical Christmas decorations and ornaments. After your free time at the Christmas market, a shuttle bus service will be at your disposal to take you back to the ship. While sailing to Regensburg, enjoy an ONBOARD LECTURE about Christmas traditions. (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. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of “historic interest.” Highlights included on your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR are the 13th-century Old Town Hall, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city’s alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers, built by wealthy families in the Middle Ages to emphasize their status. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy a SNACK at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. This afternoon is free to explore on your own or to visit the Regensburg Christmas market, including the ones hosted by Thurn and Taxis Palace. The tempting aromas of mulled wine, sweet roasted almonds, sausages, and gingerbread create an unforgettable atmosphere. Before dinner we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS. (B,L,D)

Day 6:
Passau. Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. The Christkindlmarkt, Passau’s charming Christmas market, is set against the stunning backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Take in the highlights of the “City of Three Rivers” on an included GUIDED WALK. Afterward, set sail for Linz, where you arrive in the evening. Alternatively, you might like to join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg to see some of the sites from The Sound of Music, find out how mice caused the composition of the famous Silent Night Christmas carol, and learn how the Austrians celebrate Christmas. (B,L,D)

Day 7:
Melk, Austria–Vienna. This morning, enjoy a GUIDED VISIT of Melk’s 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendor of the frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. During lunchtime, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein. Before arriving in Vienna this evening, enjoy a special onboard Austrian COOKIE-BAKING DEMONSTRATION & TASTING. Vienna, the “City of Music,” inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 8:
Vienna. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boy’s Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—and countless other sights you’ll see on your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR. We will offer you a special CULINARY TOUR at the Viennese Christmas markets, where you can taste all the best flavors that Austria offers during this time of year. Visit the Christmas market in the town center, and be sure to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! (B,L,D)

Day 9:
Vienna (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
         
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Documents
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 6-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Days 1-2 Prague:
guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds; Christmas market

Day 3 Prague – Nuremberg:
onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Nuremberg:
choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market, onboard lecture

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

Day 6 Passau:
guided walk; Christmas market

Day 7 Melk:
guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey, Austrian cookie baking demonstration

Day 8 Vienna:
guided sightseeing; culinary tour at Christmas market

Day 9 Vienna:
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.

 

Price Details US
Port charges:$144Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.Extra nights per person in Prague:in single room from $179 to $191, in twin room from $99 to $107Extra nights per person in Vienna:in single room $230, in twin room $125Prices 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 / $171B / Sapphire Deck / $985A / Sapphire Deck / $1,028P / Royal Deck / $1,113Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,628

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