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Christmastime on the Danube
2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Prague, 6-Night Cruise from Nuremberg to Vienna (or reverse)

Avalon Christmastime on the Danube

Christmas Time on the Danube Map

Prague to Vienna (WNV) - 9 Days

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Vienna to Prague (WVN) - 9 days

For further assistance call 1-800-526-8539

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Detailed Itinerary: Prague to Vienna (WNV)

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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 svarene vino (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 4th 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 for a welcome reception. (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, all explained by a local expert. 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. This evening we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights included on your tour are the Old Town Hall and Porta Pretoria - gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. The city is the capital of Upper Palatinate, a bustling university town, and one of Bavaria’s cultural centers. The Christmas market is located on the historic market square. Germany is famous for its sausages and Regensburg is home to the country’s oldest restaurant, Historische Wurstküche (the Old Sausage Kitchen), dating back to the 12th century. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Passau – Linz, Austria

Passau, ideally located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube, is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets. St. Stephen’s Cathedral houses the world’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. An optional full-day excursion to Salzburg takes in the popular Sound of Music sights as well as more Christmas cheer - the traditional carols, the sparkling lights, and the smell of candles and gingerbread! Linz, Austria’s third-largest town, lies on both banks of the Danube and is an important industrial town and busy river port. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Melk – Vienna

Melk’s magnificent BENEDICTINE ABBEY dominates the town from its commanding hill site and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening, arrive in Vienna, known as the “City of Music,” which inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Vienna

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s capital has much to offer: the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ring Boulevard, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, to name just a few of the sights you will enjoy on your city tour. You do not rush through Vienna; you waltz, taking your time to savor each classic sight and sound. Shop in the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood café. Soak up the atmosphere of the Adventszeit (Advent season) and spend some time in the beautiful Christmas markets located throughout the city. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Vienna (Disembarkation Day)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Vienna to Prague (WVN)

Skip to Prague to Vienna itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Vienna, Austria (Embarkation Day)

Welcome to Vienna, Austria’s romantic capital! This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Dinner)

Day 2: Vienna

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s capital has much to offer: the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, majestic Ring Boulevard, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, to name just a few of the sights you will enjoy on your city tour. You do not rush through Vienna - you waltz, taking your time to savor each classic sight and sound. Shop in the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood café. Soak up the atmosphere of the Adventszeit (Advent season) and spend some time in the beautiful Christmas markets located throughout the city. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Dürnstein – Melk

This morning, enjoy a guided walk around Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade. After lunch, visit the glorious BENEDICTINE ABBEY, which dominates the town of Melk from its commanding hill site and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening you’ll sample some of the FAMOUS WINES of the region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Linz – Passau, Germany

Linz, Austria’s third-largest town, lies on both banks of the Danube and is an important industrial town and busy river port. An optional fullday excursion to Salzburg takes in the popular Sound of Music sights as well as more Christmas cheer - the traditional carols, the sparkling lights, and the smell of candles and gingerbread. Passau, ideally located at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers, is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets. St. Stephen’s Cathedral houses the world’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights on your guided tour include the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria - gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. The city is the capital of Upper Palatinate, a bustling university town, and one of Bavaria’s cultural centers. The Christmas market is located on the historic market square. Germany is famous for its sausages, and Regensburg is home to the country’s oldest restaurant - Historische Wurstküche (the Old Sausage Kitchen), dating back to the 12th century. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: 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, all explained by a local expert. 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 7: Nuremberg (Disembarkation Day) – Prague, Czech Republic

Cross the Czech border in the Bohemian Forest and head for Prague, the “Golden City.” (Breakfast)

Day 8: Prague

Prague is a 1,000-year-old city preserved in time. It straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires and pinnacles highlighting its skyline. 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 9: Prague

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for 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 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.

From Prague (WNV)

Program Start Date

 

Cruise Embarkation Date (from Nuremberg)
Ship

Cat. E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Cat. D - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows

Cat. B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony

Cat. A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony

Cat. P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony

Suite -
Upper Deck w/ open air balcony

Nov 25, 2017
Nov 27, 2017
Vista
$2,369
$2,540
$3,354
$3,397
$3,482
$3,997
Dec 7, 2017
Dec 9, 2017
Vista
$2,369
$2,540
$3,354
$3,397
$3,482
$3,997
From Vienna (WVN)
Program Start Date

 

Cruise Embarkation Date (from Vienna)
Ship

Cat. E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Cat. D - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows

Cat. B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony

Cat. A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony

Cat. P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony

Suite -
Upper Deck w/ open air balcony

Dec 3, 2017
Dec 3, 2017
Vista
$2,369
$2,540
$3,354
$3,397
$3,482
$3,997
Dec 15, 2017
Dec 17, 2017
Vista
$2,369
$2,540
$3,354
$3,397
$3,482
$3,997
Port charges: Additional $144 per passenger.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please Inquire.
For 6 Nights Cruise Only (no 2 nights hotel in Prague): Subtract $320 from the prices above. For Cruise WNV itinerary: Arrive in Nuremberg on Day 3 for embarkation between 4:00pm and 5:30pm. Depart Vienna on Day 9 upon disembarkation.// For Cruise WVN itinerary: Arrive in Vienna on Day 1 for embarkation between 4:00pm and 5:30pm. Depart Nuremberg Day 7 upon disembarkation.
Transfers at the Start/End of the program are available for purchase. Please inquire.

Prices Include:

• 6-night Cruise from Nuremberg to Vienna (or reverse) in selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• 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
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Daily guided sightseeing program with Certified Local Guides
• 2 nights deluxe hotel accommodation in Prague at Hilton Prague Hotel (or similar; hotel subject to change) with daily buffet breakfast
• 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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