Christmastime on the Danube - Prague to Vienna

This festive European river cruise vacation begins in Prague, the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic. See famous sights like Old Town’s Astronomical Clock and the Charles Bridge, but also get the unique chance to stroll through the Christmas markets. It’s a treat to see the rows of brightly decorated wooden huts that sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Explore to your heart’s content with a warm cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine).

Board your river cruise vessel in Nuremberg, Germany, with its medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and palaces. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations and the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world, has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spiced gingerbread), Glühwein (hot mulled wine), and unique decorations and ornaments. Learn about local Christmas traditions, as you cruise to historical Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. After a guided tour, savor local sausages at Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants, and enjoy a tasting of German beers. Experience Passau’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral—a masterpiece of baroque architecture.

Arrive in Melk, Austria, and tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries. As you cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley, enjoy a tasting of traditional Austrian cookies. This Christmas river cruise ends in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this time of year.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes

Your cruise at a glance

  • Prague
    • Join a sightseeing tour of the city with a visit to Hradcany Castle grounds, then free time to explore the seasonal stalls in the Old Town.
  • Nuremberg
    • Choose to explore the medieval city on a guided sightseeing tour or opt for a tour of the Nuremberg Rally grounds.
  • Melk
    • Guided visit to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey before departing for Vienna.

Christmas market

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Prague, Czech Republic


Travel to Prague where you will be met by our Avalon Representative.

Welcome to the Golden City of Prague!

Explore the City of 100 Spires Enjoy free time to explore the Prague and its surrounding countryside. Sample delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.

Day 2 Prague

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Czech Christmas Spirits.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Take a guided city walk to see the grounds of Hradčany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.

Spend the afternoon on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Prague (departure 7 December only). Stroll through the brightly colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts. In the evening, you might like to attend an optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting

Day 3 Prague - Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The Perfect Christmas wish come true Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before your transfer to Nuremberg and board your Avalon Suite Ship®.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

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Notes

Note: 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.

Departure November 23: While the Avalon Passion will be festively decorated and the Christmas spirit already prevails on board and in most cities, Christmas markets will not be open until this cruise reaches Regensburg. The optional excursion to Salzburg on day 6 will be included.

CHOICE

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Prices & cabin details

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Date

Staterooms available

Price per person

Hotels

Hilton Prague

This centrally-located hotel is an ideal base from which to enjoy the attractions of the spectacular city of Prague. Three restaurants, two bars and a health club await you after a day's sightseeing. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location
    • A 15 minute walk from the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square and close to major attractions. The airport is 25 minutes away.

  • Facilities
    • Restaurant Sky Bar & Lounge Café Bistro Swimming pool Sauna Steam room and jacuzzi Spa
Hilton Prague

InterContinental Prague

This first class hotel overlooking the Vltava river, is the ideal base to explore Prague’s historic sites. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location
    • Located on the banks of the Vltava River, the hotel is an easy walk from Old Town, Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter and Prague Castle. 

  • Facilities
    • Restaurant Bar Café Health Centre and Fitness Centre Salt water indoor swimming pool Sauna and whirlpool Gift shop
InterContinental Prague

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative similar standard hotels to those shown.

Reviews

"Cruise booked using Avalon web site, travel options available and clear pricing..."

4th December 2018 - Mr David Stephens

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