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).

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

Multiple itineraries are available:

Christmastime on the Danube - Prague to Vienna map

Day 1 UK - Prague


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

Welcome to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, a fascinating city straddling the Vltava River.

Day 2 Prague

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

A 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, Prague’s best-known treasures include the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of Europe; Hradčany Castle Grounds; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague, which is guarded on both ends by a tower. 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.

Day 3 Prague - Nuremberg (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception.

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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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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
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
InterContinental Prague

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

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