Christmastime on the Danube - Prague to Vienna

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9 Days from £2,635
Departures available from :
25th Nov - 7th Dec
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Introduction

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere from Prague to Vienna and all along the legendary Danube on this enchanting river cruise vacation. Enjoy guided sightseeing in each city and delight in the special winter atmosphere of this time of year. Highlights include a visit to the magnificent Hradcany Castle grounds in Prague, a fun beer tasting, and a guided visit of the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk. Visit the Christmas markets and be sure to sample the Glühwein, Lebkuchen, and other...

“I would give the overall experience 10 out of 10”

I would give the overall experience 10 out of 10
I would give the overall experience 10 out of 10
Dawn Ball and Christine Mallard

The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • PRAGUE Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds
  • NUREMBERG Guided sightseeing; beer tasting
  • REGENSBURG Guided sightseeing
  • MELK Guided visit of Benedctine Abbey
  • VIENNA Guided sightseeing
  • CAPTAIN'S RECEPTION, WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNERS

Included in the price

  • Your personal Avalon chauffeur service by executive car for you and your travelling companions to and from your chosen UK airport (limot 100 miles each way)

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Category E Deluxe Stateroom flying from London. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • 6 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French balcony in most staterooms; 2 nights at the Hilton Hotel, Prague

  • All meals on board including full breakfast , buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day. Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner. Buffet breakfast in Prague

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew

  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music

  • Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner

  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

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Day 1 Prague.

Fly to Prague where you will be met and transferred to the Prague Intercontinental Hotel for two nights.

Day 2 Prague.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Arguably Europe's most beautiful city, 1000-year-old Prague straddles the Vltava River and is an architectural treasure box filled with towers, spires and pinnacles hardly touched by time. Today, marvel at the famous Astronomical Clock, once the envy of all Europe, stroll the magnificent, statue-lined Charles Bridge, and gaze in awe at St Vitus Cathedral and the Hradcany Castle grounds. There's also time to delve into the narrow streets of the atmospheric Old Town, browsing its shops for hand-cut crystal and art books before exploring the magnificent Christmas Market. Spread out in the huge Old Town square and crowned by a magnificent Christmas tree, this brightly lit circus of wooden huts is fantastic for souvenir shopping. Shop for traditional Czech handicrafts, hand-painted Christmas ornaments and cheerful wooden toys, and perhaps stopping for a cup of 'svarene vino', the local hot and sweet mulled wine, and a plate of traditional roast pork. (B)

Day 3 Prague - Nuremberg.

Drive to Nuremberg, where your cruise ship is docked, for embarkation and a Welcome Reception. (B, D)

Day 4 Nuremberg.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. 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 either a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary 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 biggest in Germany, and one of the most famous in the world. The market has 200 stall holders who offer traditional wares, including Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, (Lebkuchen) fruit loaves, bakery goods and sweets, typical Christmas decorations, and Christmas tree ornaments. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Regensburg.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Regensburg is a UNESCO World Heritage city and one of Germany's best-preserved medieval towns. It is also home to Germany's oldest restaurant, the 12th century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen). Architectural highlights on your guided tour include the Old Town Hall and Porta Pretoria - gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179AD. During the festive season, the town centre comes alive with sparkling Christmas lights and a bustling Christmas market, overlooked by the fairytale architecture of towering church spires, medieval guardhouses and stately mansions. Colourful wooden stalls pack the market square and line the winding cobbled streets, offering up fine handicrafts and festive gifts such as nativity scenes, dolls, toys, puppets, pottery and paintings. Stroll through the markets to see artisans crafting their wares and enjoy the mouth-watering scent of freshly baked gingerbread, Christmas cookies and tempting Bavarian deliciacies. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Passau

Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK through this charming town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.” Afterward, set sail for Linz, where you arrive in the evening. Alternatively, you might like to join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg to see some of the popular Sound of Music sites, find out how mice caused the composition of the famous Silent Night Christmas carol, and learn how the Austrians celebrate Christmas. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Melk, Austria - Vienna.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. This morning, enjoy a GUIDED VISIT of Melk’s magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendour of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view you have from the terrace of the abbey over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breath-taking! During lunchtime, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Vienna.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's romantic 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. See these and more on an included city tour. Later, absorb the wonderful festive atmosphere of the Adventszeit (Advent season) in the city's idyllic 'Christkindlmarkte' Christmas markets. Browse colourful wooden stalls crammed with authentic Austrian handicrafts, savour the delcious scent of spiced mulled wine, and marvel at the magnificent Christmas trees laden with exquisite glass baubles and traditional decorations - a distinctive feature of the Viennese Christmas markets. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Vienna.

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

<note><b>Note:</b> Christmas markets usually operate from late November until the third week in December, depending on location. Prague markets are open from early December until the first days of January.</note>

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DECK Indigo - Forward Indigo - Aft Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 300 sq ft
WINDOW Window Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area Seating area Seating area Larger seating area

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