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Christmas in the heart of Germany
2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Prague, 5-Night Cruise from Nuremberg to Frankfurt

Avalon Christmas in the heart of Germany

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Prague to Frankfurt (WNF) - 8 days

Prague to Weisbaden (in 2018)

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2017 Detailed Itinerary:

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Day 1: Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic

Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires and pinnacles highlighting its skyline.

Day 2: Prague

Prague is a 1,000-year-old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, once the envy of all of Europe; HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Charles Bridge. 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 svařené víno (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. Christmas is the most important family holiday of the year in most Eastern European countries, and the Czechs begin their preparations and celebrations on December 4 with the Feast of St. Barbara. (Breakfast)

Day 3: Prague – Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation Day)

After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception at 6:00pm. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: Nuremberg

Although Nuremberg suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it was restored to its original style. Marvel at this historic city with its fabulous gothic churches and elegant patrician houses. Nuremberg hosts Germany’s most famous Christmas market, which dates back to 1628; the Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations. The city’s traditions include famous Lebkuchen, toy making, and metal working. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Bamberg

Medieval Bamberg is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your walking tour takes in its breathtaking cathedral, the Old Town Hall straddling the Regnitz River, and serpentine streets with charming houses and 18th-century mansions. At this time of year the town is decked out for Christmas. Especially interesting are the many nativity scenes that are built by local citizens and exhibited throughout the town. Today we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Würzburg. Excursion to Rothenburg

Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The magnificent BISHOP’S RESIDENZ is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, set off on the most scenic section of the Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This ancient walled city - with its ramparts, fountains, and cobblestone lanes - is steeped in history. Although known for its year-round Christmas market, the real one at this time of the year is an experience you won’t want to miss. Try a Schneeball (snowball), a local specialty not at all suitable for a diet! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Wertheim – Miltenberg

This morning, stop in Wertheim, whose overlapping half-timbered houses are grouped along winding streets. Glassblowers have a long tradition in this town and, especially in winter, they produce ornaments that hang on Christmas trees all over the world. Marvel at the tasteful Christmas decorations in the shop windows and stroll through the charming Christmas market. In Miltenberg, you’ll discover a picturesque Bavarian village that thrived on income from river traffic. Its cultural wealth and affluence are reflected in the beautiful medieval and renaissance homes and the gothic splendor of the Merchant Hall shown to you during your guided walk. The town center is within walking distance of the ship, as is the Christmas market. Before lunch, learn how to bake a local SOFT COOKIE specialty. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Frankfurt (Disembarkation Day)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Departure flights should not leave before 8:30 am. (Breakfast)

Departures & Pricing

 

2018 Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic

Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. This fascinating city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires, and pinnacles highlighting its skyline.

Day 2: Prague

Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; HRADČANY CASTLE GROUNDS; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the Christmas markets, where 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. The beautifully decorated tree in the Old Town is an impressive sight. (Breakfast)

Day 3: Prague–Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation Day)

After lunch, drive to Nuremberg to embark your cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: 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 5: Bamberg

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 6: 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 7: 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 8: Wiesbaden (Disembarkation Day)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

NOTE: Flights out of Frankfurt should not leave before 10 am. Gateway city for departure is Frankfurt, Germany.

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

2017 and 2018 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Prague
Program Start Date

Cruise Embarkation Date (in Nuremberg)

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Category D - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows

Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ open air balcony

Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ open air balcony

Category P - Upper Deck w/ open air balcony

Suite -
Upper Deck w/ open air balcony

Dec 7, 2017
Dec 9, 2017
$1,969
$2,111
$2,790
$2,825
$2,897
$3,325
Dec 5, 2018
Dec 7, 2018
$2,169
$2,311
$2,990
$3,025
$3,097
$3,597
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges: Additional $120 per passenger.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.

For 5 Nights Cruise Only (no 2 nights hotel in Prague): Subtract $320 from above per person rates. Cruise Only WFN itinerary: Arrive in Frankfurt on Day 1 for embarkation at 3:30pm. Flights must arrive in Frankfurt no later than 3:30pm. Depart Nuremberg on Day 6 upon disembarkation// Cruise Only WNF itinerary: Arrive in Nuremberg on Day 3 for embarkation between 4:00pm and 5:00pm. Depart Frankfurt on Day 8 upon disembarkation. Flights should not leave Frankfurt before 8:30am. (In 2018: Depart Weisbaden on Day 8 upon disembarkation. Flights must not depart Frankfurt before 10am.)

Transfers at Start/End of program are available for purchase. Please call for details.

Prices Include:

• 2 nights hotel accommodations in Prague at Hilton Prague (or similar; hotel subject to change) with full breakfast ; half day sight seeing tour in Prague, transfer from the hotel to the ship in Nuremberg on Embarkation Day
• 5-night Cruise from Nuremberg to Frankfurt in selected cabin category
• Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D), including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and regional wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
• Daily guided sightseeing program with Certified Local Guides
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port Charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Personal expenses

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