Christmastime on the Danube - Vienna to Prague

  • 9 Days

  • Austria

Enjoy the festive atmosphere from Vienna to Prague and all along the legendary Danube on this enchanting winter cruise. Enjoy guided sightseeing in each city and delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of centuries-old Christmas markets in Vienna, Regensburg, Nuremberg and Prague. Be sure to sample the Glühwein, Lebkuchen and other traditional holiday specialties. Other highlights include a guided visit of the amazing Benedictine Abbey in Melk, a wine tasting, and a visit of the magnificent Hradcany Castle grounds in Prague. Your ship will be decorated and dressed up in Christmas colours.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 15th December 2017

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

Overview

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

Day 1

Vienna (Embarkation)

Fly to Vienna where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for six nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Vienna

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, this is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys' Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral—plus, countless other sights you'll see on your guided tour. We will offer you a special culinary tour at the Viennese Christmas markets where you can taste all the best flavours that Austria has to offer during Christmas time. Be sure to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! An optional concert is available tonight.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Melk

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. The magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey dominates the town and is one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You'll be captivated by the splendour of the church with its frescoed ceilings. Later your Cruise Director will introduce you to one of the most popular legends in Europe: St. Nicholas Legend. Join in an evening walking tour of Grein.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Linz - Passau

Linz, Austria’s third-largest city, straddles the Danube and is an important industrial town and busy river port. Perhaps join the optional full day excursion to Salzburg. This storybook city is a great place to soak up the wonderful Christmas atmosphere and a feast for the eyes with its charming cobbled streets, palaces and churches set beneath the imposing 11th century Hohensalzburg Castle. The excursion takes in the city's fascinating historic centre, the famed 'Sound of Music' sights and the cheerful Christmas markets of Domplatz Cathedral and Residenzplatz. Dominated by a spectacular Christmas tree, the Christmas markets brim with festive treats such as hand-painted tree ornaments, wooden toys, nativity figures, and festive arts and crafts. Indulge in the tasty aroma of traditional gingerbread, toasted almonds, hot roasted chestnuts and warming mulled wine, and revel in the merry sounds of carols, choirs and festive songs. Later rejoin your ship in Passau. Ideally located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube, Passau 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Regensburg

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. The only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of "historic interest." Architectural highlights included on your guided walk are the 13th-century Old Town Hall and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included snack at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. The afternoon is free to visit the Regensburg Christmas market, including the ones hosted by Thurn und Taxis Palace.. The tempting aromas of mulled wine, sausage, roasted almonds, and gingerbread create a memorable atmosphere. Before dinner tonight we'll introduce you to some of Germany's famous beers!

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Nuremberg

Included today: Guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour Spend a relaxing morning cruising before reaching Nuremberg. Although 90% of its Old Town suffered extensive damage during World War II, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Choose from an included guided sightseeing tour and marvel at the city's medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a Nuremberg rally grounds tour. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights, and the Christmas market is one of the biggest in Germany, featuring 200 stalls selling traditional wares and foods.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Nuremberg (Disembarkation) - Prague

After breakfast, disembark your cruise ship and drive across the Czech border to Prague, the 'Golden City' . You will then be transferred to the Prague Intercontinental Hotel for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

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 monumental Hradcany Castle. 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Prague

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

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

Your ship

Avalon Vista

Accommodating 166 passengers, Avalon Vista delivers a river cruising experience like no other. As one of Avalon Waterways' innovatively designed Suite Ships, Avalon Vista offers two full decks of Panorama Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique open-air balconies. Designed with comfort in mind and with upgrades and enhancements throughout, Avalon Vista offers impeccable personal service and attention to detail as well as elegant dining and sleek, contemporary decor. Every suite provides the very best in size, views and design. Even the placement of the bed allows you to wake up and retire to bed each day facing the magnificent river views.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 47
  • Number of cabins: 83
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 166 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 135
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2012
Available cabins on this cruise
Royal Suite

The Royal Suites feature a wall-to-wall panoramic window measuring 11ft- 50% wider than the industry standard, the wall-to-wall panoramic window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony, Open-Air Balcony with spacious seating area, Comfort Collection Beds featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds, one queen-size bed or one king-size bed (Royal Suites only), nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Panorama Suite

Panorama Suites feature a wall-to-wall panoramic window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard, the wall-to-wall panoramic window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony, Open-Air Balcony with spacious seating area, Comfort Collection Beds featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom

Deluxe Staterooms feature Comfort Collection Beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

Accommodating 166 passengers, Avalon Vista delivers a river cruising experience like no other. As one of Avalon Waterways' innovatively designed Suite Ships, Avalon Vista offers two full decks of Panorama Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique open-air balconies. Designed with comfort in mind and with upgrades and enhancements throughout, Avalon Vista offers impeccable personal service and attention to detail as well as elegant dining and sleek, contemporary decor. Every suite provides the very best in size, views and design. Even the placement of the bed allows you to wake up and retire to bed each day facing the magnificent river views.

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