Christmastime on the Danube - Eastbound River Cruise (WNV)Starting from $3,907
River Cruise Description
This joyful 2019 9 Day Avalon river cruise from Prague to Vienna on the iconic Danube is one of Europe’s most sought-after vacation experiences. Your fascinating Christmastime adventure gets underway in beautiful Prague, the bustling capital city of the Czech Republic. You’ll see all the famous must-see sights such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock and the iconic Charles Bridge. But you’ll also get the unique opportunity to walk through the world-famous Christmas markets. It will be an amazing treat to see the rows of brilliantly decorated wooden stalls where you can purchase that special Christmas tree ornaments, handcrafted wooden toys, and other Czech handicrafts. You can explore to your heart’s content while enjoying a delicious warm cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine).
You’ll board your luxurious Avalon Waterways river cruise ship in historic Nuremberg, Germany, with its stunning medieval fortifications, elegant gothic churches, and palaces. The holiday season features magnificent Old Town brightly illuminated with fascinating lights and Christmas decorations throughout the fabulous Christmas market, considered one of the most renowned market places in the world. You’ll marvel at the dozens of huts offering classic specialties, such as Lebkuchen (spiced gingerbread), Glühwein (hot mulled wine), and unique handcrafted decorations and ornaments. You’ll learn about the fascinating local Christmas traditions, as your Avalon river cruise ship cruises to charming Regensburg, strangely surviving as the only German city the allies didn’t bomb during the horrific battles of WWII. After a wonderful guided tour of the city, you’ll enjoy tasting some local sausages at world-famous Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest and most popular restaurants, and at the same time you might enjoy a tasting of terrific German beers. You’ll experience Passau’s charming Christmas market set against the picturesque backdrop of elegant St. Stephen’s Cathedral – considered a masterpiece of rococo architecture.
You’ll arrive in charming Melk, Austria, and tour the sensational 11th century Benedictine Abbey – one of Europe’s largest monasteries. You’ll learn about the historic Christmas traditions as your luxurious Avalon cruise ship takes you through the picturesque wintery landscapes of the sensational Wachau Valley. You’ll also enjoy a special tasting of traditional Austrian cookies. Your fantastic Christmastime river cruise ends in Austria’s capital city of Vienna, known as the “City of Music,” home to the amazing sounds of world-renowned composers Mozart and Strauss. You’ll also hear the famous Vienna Boys’ Choir, and experience the Spanish Riding School. You’ll also see all the must-see sights with a friendly Local Guide, or you might choose to join a wonderful culinary tour through the bustling Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this festive and joyous time of year. You can decide how to make this 2019 9 Day Avalon river cruise from Prague to Vienna uniquely yours with all the options available.
|Departure Date||Ship||Priced From|
|Nov 25, 2019||Avalon Passion||$3,993||Call Us!|
|Dec 7, 2019||Avalon Passion||$3,907||Call Us!|
River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic
Welcome to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, a fascinating 1,200-year-old city straddling the beautiful Vltava River.
Day 2 Prague
Prague – a remarkable city preserved in time. It’s best-known treasures include the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once considered the envy of Europe; the beautiful HRAD?ANY CASTLE GROUNDS; stunning St. Vitus Cathedral; and the ancient Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague – guarded on both ends by a stately tower. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books and stroll through the Christmas markets. Merchants in rows of brightly decorated wooden huts sell everything from Christmas tree ornaments and wooden toys, to exquisite Czech handicrafts. Receive a little inner warmth with a cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) and a traditional hot sausage from one of the merchant nooks. The beautifully decorated tree in the Old Town is an impressive sight. (Breakfast)
Day 3 Prague–Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)
After lunch, you drive to Nuremberg, where your river cruise ship is docked and awaiting your arrival. Before dinner, meet your crew at a casual welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 Nuremberg
Some 90 percent of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage from devastating bombings and the ravages of WWII. This ancient city, however, was restored to its former glory as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. You might 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 boasts some 200 merchant stalls offering traditional wares, including Lebkuchen (spiced gingerbread), baked goods, and typical Christmas decorations and ornaments. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Regensburg
Regensburg dates back to the time of the Celts, around 500 BC known as the Iron Age. This 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 boasts at least 1,300 buildings listed as being 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. Stroll through the city’s historic alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these homes in the Middle Ages as a statement to their economic status. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Enjoy a beer and good SNACK at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. This afternoon is your free time to explore on your own or to visit the fantastic Regensburg Christmas market and do some shopping. The wonderful, but tempting aromas of mulled wine, sweet roasted almonds, sausages, and gingerbread allures you and creates an unforgettable atmosphere. Before dinner we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s most FAMOUS BEERS at an onboard tasting. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Passau
Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers meet, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. The Christkindlmarkt, Passau’s captivating Christmas market, is set against the alluring backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a stunning masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Take in the sights of the “City of Three Rivers” on an included GUIDED WALK. Afterward, set sail on your ship for Linz, where you arrive in the evening. Or, you might like to join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg. This exciting tour will share with you 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 Austrian people celebrate Christmas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Melk, Austria–Vienna
This morning, enjoy a GUIDED VISIT of Melk’s ancient 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The gorgeous abbey houses an ornate library with more than 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the artistic splendor of the frescoed ceilings, stunningly high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. During lunchtime, cruise through the scenic and picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the striking baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. This “City of Music” inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Vienna
Austria’s magical capital, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, is a fabulous showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the extravagant 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 many other sights you’ll see on your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Especially 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, which are the historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Vienna (Disembarkation)
Although your vacation ends with breakfast this morning, we hope it leaves you with a wealth of memories and some amazing photos of your Avalon River Cruise journey to share with loved ones back home. (Breakfast)
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