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Avalon Waterways Reviews – 8 Day River Cruise Frankfurt to Prague

Avalon Waterways Reviews – 8 Day River Cruise Frankfurt to Prague. Christmas in the Heart of Germany 

8 Day River Cruise Frankfurt to PragueYou can add another Christmas tradition to your holiday schedule when you experience the festive heart of Frankfurt and Prague on this 8 day Avalon Waterways river cruise. Your festive river cruise will begin with a sightseeing tour through, Wurzburg, where you’ll enjoy learning about the vast historical landmarks within Marienberg Fortress. Bamberg is sure to amaze you with its traditional Christmas cheer that fills the town.

After shopping for some last minute gifts and enjoying a nice warm cup of mulled wine while in Nuremberg, you will then travel to Prague, Czech Republic where you will complete your journey. Along your Avalon river cruise, you will enjoy the sights and sounds of Germany’s finest Christmas carols, delicious drinks and local food that will make your mouth water.

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 – Frankfurt, Germany (Embarkation)
Germany welcomes you and your crew with a welcome reception dinner just before heading to Frankfurt. Flights for Frankfurt must arrive by 3:30pm and all guests must be aboard the vessel by 5 pm.

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Day 2 – Miltenberg

Hidden behind ancient medieval walls and lofty gates is the Bavarian Village of Miltenberg. This quaint little town sits along the banks of the Main River. An afternoon guided walk is offered to give you an in depth look at the Marketplatz which surrounds a breathtaking renaissance-era fountain. A festive atmosphere lurks within the half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets, for a one-of-a-kind Christmas in Germany. Germanys oldest inn, Haus zum Riesen (the giant’s house) is a story-book showcase that housed some pretty important individuals such as Elvis Presley and Holy Roman Emperors, Charles IV and Frederick Barbarossa, to name a few. Take a leisurely stroll to the Merchant Hall and then board your cruise on the Main River Wurzberg. (B, L, D)

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Wurzburg is known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, and is enveloped by lush vineyards and sloping hills. You will be awestruck at such historical landmarks as you gaze up at the Marienberg Fortress that is perched above town and the 15th – century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your guided sightseeing tour, you will experience the Bishops Residenz, home of the largest fresco painted ceilings and stunning baroque décor. When the afternoon hits, you are able to explore these scenic and historic streets on your own. Maybe you prefer one of our optional excursions through Rothenberg. Here, you can try a Schneeball (snowball), a mouthwatering rich and local delicacy. (B, L, D)

Day 4 –Bamberg
Today you will arrive in a quaint and baroque little Bavarian town of Bamberg. This quiet and fabled town echoes historical symbols as the great 13th-century Romanesque Cathedral and the breathtaking Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall). Altes Rathaus was built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River because the bishops had refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall. Bamberg is also the home of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and your guided walking tour takes you through the historic center. This time of year, the town’s people celebrate the Christmas cheer by decking the towns with such magical ornaments and handcrafted decorations as the traditional Nativity Scene. The local fresh market offers a cozy atmosphere where you can indulge in your favorite childhood delicacy- ginger and nut breads. You may want to grab a few homemade Christmas ornaments and candles while you’re there too. (B, L, D)

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Day 5 – Nuremberg
Much of Nuremberg’s Old Town has suffered through the battles of WWII, some of which was restored to the unofficial capitol of the Holy Roman Empire. Today you may choose between the guided sightseeing tour through this medieval attraction, taking in bits and pieces of the city’s historic places such as the churches and the Kaiserberg (Imperial Castle), or join a Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour at your leisure. The entire Old Town is light up with festive Christmas lights, decorations, and is home of one of the most famous Christmas Market’s in the world. Here, you’ll sample some traditional wares such as Nuremberg Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), sweet and savory baked goods, and handmade Christmas ornaments and decorations. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Nuremberg (Disembarkation) – Prague, Czech Republic
The “Golden City” awaits you as you say goodbye to your crew mates and hop on a motor coach to Prague after a delicious and light breakfast.

Day 7 – Prague
As you spend your last day reflecting on the sights and wonders of you European river cruise, you approach a 1,200 year old city filled with its timely treasure and treats of the past. These historical elements include Old Town’s Astronomical Clock that was built in 1410 and an envy of all Europe and the HRadcany Castle Grounds with St, Vitus Cathedral and the oldest bridge in Prague, the Charles Bridge. The Christmas Markets are sure to send you home with treats that spark the Christmas cheer in everyone. Old wooden toys are nothing that compare to what you know back home. They are among the many Czech handicrafts that are offered in the wooden huts in town. Grab a warm mug of svarene vino (mulled wine) and traditional hot sausage and head to the Old Town where you can sit alongside the inspiring and beautifully lit Christmas tree.

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Day 8 – Prague
Your European river cruise vacation ends after a nice warm breakfast in Prague.

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