Christmastime in the Heart of Germany - Cruise Only Westbound River Cruise (WNF0)Starting from $2,927
River Cruise Description
You deserve an unforgettable Holiday in the company of your loved ones, and this 2019 6 day Avalon river cruise from Nuremberg to Wiesbaden comes equipped with all the fun and entertainment you will need! This Avalon Waterways cruise promises to be one of the best experiences of your life, initiating your Christmastime festivities in the city of Nuremberg, where you’ll have the chance to admire the remains of the historic Roman Empire.
A Christmas celebration on board one of the best Europe river cruise vacation ships cannot be complete without the proper holiday decor and lighting. Not only is the ship decked out with these beauties, but it will stop at Old Town where you can admire the traditional ornaments and experience this time of year like one of the locals. Your 2019 6 day Avalon river cruise from Nuremberg to Wiesbaden will stop at Bamberg, where you will be able to appreciate the astonishing nativity scenes scattered throughout the town, or sip some hot mulled wine at one of the extensive vineyards. In addition to all these activities, the Avalon Waterways river cruise takes you to Wurzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, where you’ll get to visit one of the largest Christmas Markets in the world for some much needed R&R and shopping.
With guided sightseeing and time to wander around town, you’ll be able to experience everything this area has to offer. As part of the best European river cruise experience, you’ll walk through charming Bavarian villages and enjoy the taste of rich German food, truly a great idea for your Christmastime celebrations. Finally, your 2019 6 day Avalon river cruise from Nuremberg to Wiesbaden will have a traditional Christmas cookie baking demonstration on board the ship, so you can learn everything about this delicious activity, which can become a new family affair! This European Christmas river cruise is quite a wonderous and unique way to celebrate the holidays.
|Departure Date||Ship||Priced From|
|Dec 9, 2019||Avalon Visionary||Waitlist||Call Us!|
|Dec 11, 2019||Avalon Imagery II||$2,927||Call Us!|
River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)
Embark your cruise vessel in Nuremberg. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception. (Dinner)
Day 2 Nuremberg
Although 90% of Nuremberg’s 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 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 more specialized 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. You’ll find 200 stalls offering traditional wares, including Nuremberg Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), baked goods and sweets, Christmas decorations, ornaments, and more. After your free time at the Christmas Market, a shuttle bus service will be at your disposal to take you back to the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Bamberg, Germany
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. 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 European Christmas traditions. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 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! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 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. There’s free time to explore before you depart for Wiesbaden before dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Wiesbaden
Your vacation ends after breakfast today. (Breakfast)
Flights out of Frankfurt should not leave before 10 am. Gateway city for departure is Frankfurt, Germany.
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