Christmastime in Germany and Austria - Vienna to Frankfurt

Note: Christmas markets usually operate from late November until the third week in December, depending on location.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Vienna
    • Included city tour to see Hofburg Palace, the opera house and cathedral. Browse the ‘Christkindlmarkte’ for souvenirs.
  • Bamberg
    • Guided sightseeing of UNESCO-listed medieval town, with beer tasting in the evening.
  • Miltenberg
    • Expert-led walking tour; shop for glass Christmas ornaments and attend a baking demonstration.

Frankfurt Christmas Market


Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Travel to Vienna where you will be met and transferred to your ship. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Day 2 Vienna

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's romantic capital shimmers with Baroque elegance and is renowned as the 'City of Music' for its association with many of the great composers including Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss. Explore Vienna on an included city tour and marvel at the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ring Boulevard, and awe-inspiring St Stephen's Cathedral. 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.

Day 3 Dürnstein - Melk

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley, where so many excellent Austrian wines are grown and produced, and admire the lush, vineyard-cloaked river banks, picturesque castles and rustic villages en route to Dürnstein, known for its distinctive baroque Stiftskirche with its blue and white façade. Above the town are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. This afternoon enjoy an included visit to Melk and admire magnificent views over the Danube valley and picturesque Melk town from the glorious Benedictine Abbey. One of Europe's largest monasteries, the Abbey is over 900 years old and dominates the town from its towering hilltop perch overlooking the river. Later sample some of the region's best-known wines at an included wine tasting.

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Note: Christmas markets usually operate from late November until the third week in December, depending on location.


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:


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.


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.


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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Staterooms available

Price per person

1st December 2018

Please call to book

£4,158 - £4,354

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