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12 Day Avalon River Cruise from Vienna to Mainz 2020

12 Day Avalon River Cruise from Vienna to Mainz

Christmastime from Vienna to Mainz River Cruise (WVF)

Starting from $5,111
Ship(s): Avalon Passion, Avalon Tranquility II

River Cruise Description

This fabulous Christmas, 12 day Avalon river cruise from Vienna to Mainz 2020 vacation will transport you through some of the most breathtaking countryside. You’ll visit numerous beautiful and historic cities in picturesque Germany and stunning Austria. You’ll marvel at the picturesque views you will encounter along the way. You can’t beat the fabulous towns and charming villages decked out for the annual celebration of Jesus’ birth.

You’ll discover that this holiday season is one of the most beautiful times of the year to enjoy a peaceful cruise along the breathtaking Blue Danube and Main Rivers, not to mention the popular Main Danube Canal. Your exciting Christmastime river cruise begins in charming Vienna, the capital and iconic treasure of Austria, and ends in magnificent Mainz, Germany. In Vienna, you’ll enjoy a tour of the festive sights with a friendly knowledgeable Local Guide. Or, you might choose joining a culinary stroll through the bustling Christmas markets where you can relish the taste of some traditional holiday cuisine.

You’ll cruise peacefully through the stunning Wachau Valley to quaint Melk, and visit the elegant Benedictine Abbey, considered one of Europe’s most architecturally-breathtaking monasteries you’ve ever seen. It is truly one of the most magnificent sights especially during the Christmas season. In beautiful Regensburg – said to be one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities ¬ you’ll marvel at the sights with a friendly Local Guide and a time to taste some delicious local sausages and beer at one of Germany’s oldest and most popular restaurants, Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen).

You’ll cruise on to historic Nuremberg where, after your expertly guided tour, you will have some wonderful free time to visit the bustling Christmas market, considered to be one of the most renowned in the world. You’ll be able to enjoy a full-day excursion to magnificent Munich, the fascinating Bavarian capital. The classic Christmas market is located on the Marienplatz, where the wonderful aromas in the air of tasty toasted almonds, delicious roasted chestnuts, and breathtaking gingerbread well surely allure you.

You’ll continue your sensational Christmas river cruise to charming Bamberg, a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll be delighted by the many colorful nativity scenes exhibited throughout the town. Your stop at quaint Würzburg, on the beautiful Main River, and tour the elegant Bishop’s Residenz – home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, then you’ll enjoy a leisurely walk through the Christmas markets while you sip some tasty Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Your last stop is at one of the charming small villages that will allure you as you cruise along the river – sure to be even more appealing because it’s illuminated with thousands of Christmas lights and festive decorations. Your fabulous 12 day Avalon river cruise from Vienna to Mainz 2020 adventure ends in beautiful Mainz.

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Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests — from cooking classes, to painting workshops — to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go — from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary


Day 1 Arrive in Vienna, Austria (Embarkation)

Welcome to Austria! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

It’s day 1 of your 12 day Avalon river cruise from Vienna to Mainz 2019. Austria’s capital city is known as the “City of Music” and it’s said that Vienna inspired the creative genius of world-famous composers – Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This afternoon, you’ll board your luxurious Avalon river cruise ship and meet your friendly captain and crew at a casual evening welcome reception.  *NOTE: Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.


Day 2 Vienna

Royal Collections and Culinary Confections
Take a Guided Tour of Vienna to see the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial family, OR:
Join a Guided Culinary Tour of Vienna’s magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel.

Consider joining a Guided Optional Tour of Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg dynasty for 300 years. You’ll have free time to explore the Christkindlesmarkt and find some gifts to take home, or perhaps relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Melk

Striking Frescoes and the Breathtaking Wachau Valley
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings.

You’ll have time to relax and enjoy yourself onboard your ship while cruising into quaint Grein, a tiny little village, and in the evening you’ll have fun with live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Passau, Germany

Saint Stephens, Salzburg, and the Story of Silent Night
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.

You might want to sign up for an exciting full-day optional excursion to charming Salzburg to visit some of the must-see sites, which were made even more popular by the movie, “The Sound of Music.” You’ll learn how cunning little mice brought about the composition of the famous Silent Night Christmas carol, and you’ll learn how the Austrians really celebrate Christmas.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Regensburg

Christmas Magic in Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—entrance to the Castra Regina fortress built in 179 AD.

During your free time you’ll enjoy exploring on your own, or you might choose to visit the bustling Regensburg Christmas market, including the ones hosted by fascinating Thurn and Taxis Palace. The aromas of mulled wine, sweet toasted almonds, delicious sausages and fantastic gingerbread will create an unforgettable atmosphere, especially when it comes just before dinner.

Later, indulge in an onboard Beer Tasting to sample regional German brews. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. 

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons.
Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this morning.
Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.

You’ll have free time to explore and shop the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare—from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Nuremberg (Disembarkation). Excursion to Munich (Embarkation)

This morning disembark the vessel which has brought you to Nuremberg and drive to Munich.
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.

Enjoy some free time on your own walking around this pedestrian and bike-friendly city to see the famous Glockenspiel, outdoor cafés, or a Bavarian Biergärten for authentic brews. Then you’ll return to Nuremberg late afternoon and embark on the ship which will take you to Mainz.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8 Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons

You’ll enjoy a day of relaxation and explore more of Nuremberg at your own pace. You’ll wander through the brilliant holiday lit streets, purchase those last-minute Christmas gifts, or ask your friendly river Cruise Director for suggestions of more exciting things to do. A convenient shuttle service is available to you.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Bamberg

Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes
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.

This holiday time of year, you’ll marvel at a community that is elaborately decorated just for Christmas. Especially fascinating are the many wonderful nativity scenes built by normal citizens and exhibited throughout the town. You’ll enjoy the bustling Christmas market, where, you will naturally find holiday candles and decorations, but in addition, you’ll find many delicious regional delicacies, such as world-famous gingerbread and nut bread.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Würzburg

Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residence.

During this afternoon you’ll enjoy more free time to explore the beautifully decorated streets on your own, visit the colorful bustling Christmas markets, or perhaps you’ll decide to join an exciting optional excursion to visit quaint medieval Rothenburg, where you will have your chance to visit the world-famous Christmas Museum. Here, don’t miss the opportunity to try a popular Schneeball (snowball), a local specialty not at all in line with your regular diet!

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Main River Village

Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights
Take a Guided Tour of a picturesque village along the Main River
Join a Cookie-Baking Demonstration on board your ship while sailing.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Mainz (Disembarkation)

While your fabulous Avalon river cruise vacation ends after a wonderful breakfast this morning, you’ll take many wonderful memories and hopefully a lot of great photographs home with you.


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