Christmas River Cruise on the Danube - Avalon River Cruises

Christmastime on the Danube – Westbound 2017

9 Day River Cruise from Vienna to Prague

2017 Information

Enjoy the festive atmosphere from Vienna to Prague and all along the legendary Danube on this enchanting river cruise vacation. 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, fun beer tasting, and a visit of the magnificent Hradcany Castle grounds in Prague. What a fantastic way to start your holiday season! Your ship will be decorated and dressed up in Christmas colors.


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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 6-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Days 1-2 Vienna: onboard welcome reception on Day 1; guided sightseeing; culinary tour at Christmas market

Day 3 Krems-Melk: guided walk; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting; St. Nicholas Legend (December 3 departure)

Day 4 Passau: guided walk; Christmas market

Day 5 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting; Christmas market

Day 6 Nuremberg: onboard lecture, choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market

Days 7-8 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle grounds; Christmas market

Day 9 Prague:
your vacation ends this morning

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Learn about local Christmas traditions at a fascinating onboard lecture.

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

NOTES:

  • Christmas markets operate from late November until the third week of December, depending on the location (Prague markets are open from early December until the first days of January).
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Vienna, Austria (Embarkation)

Vienna, Austria’s capital, is known as the “City of Music” and inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This afternoon, board your cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Dinner)

NOTE:
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2Vienna

Once the center 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 flavors 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3Krems–Melk

This morning, arrive in Krems and enjoy a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING.Then, 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 splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings. This evening you’ll be able to sample some of the FAMOUS WINES of this region. Later your Cruise Director will introduce you to one of the most popular legends in Europe: ST. NICHOLAS’ LEGEND (December 3 departure). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Passau, Germany

This morning, you may wish to join an optional full-day 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 carol, and learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas. Rejoin your ship in Passau in the early evening or stay on board and relax as you cruise to Passau, located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Regensburg

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! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Nuremberg

Spend a relaxing morning cruising and enjoy an ONBOARD LECTURE about Christmas Traditions before reaching Nuremberg. Although 90% of its 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 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. After your free time at Christmas Market, a shuttle bus service will be at your disposal to take you back to the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Nuremberg (Disembarkation)–Prague, Czech Republic

After breakfast, say goodbye to your crew and travel by motorcoach to Prague, the “Golden City.” (Breakfast)

Day 8Prague

Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time. See its Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; HRADČANY CASTLE GROUNDS; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the Christmas market’s brightly decorated wooden huts, which sell Christmas ornaments and decorations, handcrafted wooden toys, and other Czech crafts. Get a little inner warmth with a cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) and a traditional hot sausage. The beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the Old Town is an impressive sight. (Breakfast)

Day 9Prague

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Ship Details

Vista

Vista

It didn't take us long to expand Europe's youngest fleet! The Avalon Vista set sail in 2012, adding to our unique offering of Suite Ships®. The Vista's two full decks of suites feature Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. Enjoy fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an expanded Fitness Center,complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.

Included Amenities

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Sky Deck with shade awnings
  • Non-smoking interior
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Durnstein
  • Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Behind-the-scenes ship tour
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks
  • English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
  • Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs
  • Expanded Fitness Center
  • Elevator
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew
  • Cruise Director
  • Revolutionary engineering
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Hair salon (manicures available)
  • Onboard movie nights
  • Bicycles you can check out and use around many port towns for free
  • Avalon Choice cruising experience
  • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing options
  • Local Favorites onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans & experts
  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Well-stocked library
  • Selection of Local Favorites to bring the customs, cultures, and tastes of your destination to life

Staterooms & Suites

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. D, E) - 172 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk
  • Memory foam mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity
Panorama Suite (Cat. A, B, P) - 200 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony®
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity
  • Coffee table
  • Memory foam mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Make-up mirror
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk
  • Sofa
Royal Suite - 300 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony®
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity
  • Coffee table
  • Memory foam mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Make-up mirror
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk
  • Sofa
  • Double sinks
DECK PLANS

Hotels

Vienna
Prague

Vienna

Intercontinental - Vienna

Intercontinental - Vienna Johannesgasse 28, Wien,  Austria Johannesgasse 28
Wien, Austria

Hotel as shown or similar

A luxurious 458 room hotel with timeless elegance. Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and guestrooms subject to a fee (payable locally) and there is also a fitness centre with sauna, steam bath, solarium and 24 hour gym. Traditional Viennese cuisine and Mediterranean favourites can be sampled in the stylish restaurant. Viennese coffee and pastries can be enjoyed in the Café and the opulent American bar has a large selection of cocktails with live piano music.

Hotel Amenities

Business Center
Dry Cleaning
Elevator
Restaurant On-Site
Gift Shop
Currency Exchange
Spa Services
Concierge desk
Beauty Salon
Fitness Room
Bar/Lounge
Luggage Storage
Room Amenities

Air Conditioning
Wake-Up Calls
Desk
Phone
Mini-bar
Complimentary Toiletries
In-Room Safe
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Cable/Satellite
Internet Access
Television
Room Service
Iron/Ironing Board
Voicemail
Climate Control
Pay Movies
Smoking Rooms
Window Opens

Prague

InterContinental Praha

InterContinental Praha Parizska 30, Prague,  Czech Republic Parizska 30
Prague, Czech Republic

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class

Contemporary 9-story Hotel situated in old Jewish Quarter, across the road from the Vltava River.

Hotel Amenities

Bar/Lounge
Spa Services
Luggage Storage
Fitness Room
Ice Machine
Hot Tub
Pool
Dry Cleaning
ATM
Business Center
Gift Shop
Elevator
Free WiFi
Concierge desk
Currency Exchange
Restaurant On-Site
Parking/Valet
Room Amenities

Mini-bar
Window Opens
Cable/Satellite
Alarm Clock
Air Conditioning
Iron/Ironing Board
Coffee Maker
Television
Non-smoking Rooms
Smoking Rooms
Desk
Room Service
Internet Access
Phone
Disabled Access / Rooms
Voicemail
In-Room Safe
Hair Dryer

Hilton Prague Old Town

Hilton Prague Old Town V Celnici 7, Prague 1,  Czech Republic V Celnici 7
Prague 1, Czech Republic

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar

A contemporary 303 room hotel offering classic art deco inspired luxury. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in the lobby, access in the rooms is subject to a fee (payable locally). There is also an indoor swimming pool and fitness center and the stylish restaurant offers an innovative mix of European cuisine with Asian flavors. Snacks, drinks and cocktails are served throughout the day in the lounge bar.

Hotel Amenities

Luggage Storage
Currency Exchange
Restaurant On-Site
Elevator
Free WiFi
Bar/Lounge
Concierge desk
Dry Cleaning
Fitness Room
Pool
Ice Machine
Room Amenities

Smoking Rooms
Mini-bar
In-Room Safe
Window Opens
Climate Control
Desk
Cable/Satellite
Air Conditioning
Television
Phone
Room Service
Complimentary Toiletries
Iron/Ironing Board
Wake-Up Calls
Internet Access
Coffee Maker
Pay Movies
Hair Dryer
Alarm Clock

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Prague
Vienna
Passau
Nuremberg
Packages

Prague

Prague's Secrets Revealed
Prague's Secrets Revealed

Prague's Secrets Revealed

Prague Secrets Tour leads us to the Charles Bridge and Mala Strana, which according to the locals is Prague`s most romantic and picturesque part of the protected city center.

Price Range: $

Czech Dinner
Czech Dinner

Czech Dinner

A typical Czech meal in a famous wine restaurant to experience the real Prague atmosphere.

Price Range: $$

Castle Melnik Visit with Wine Tasting
Castle Melnik Visit with Wine Tasting

Castle Melnik Visit with Wine Tasting

Venture into the beautiful Bohemian countryside this morning and discover Castle M¿lník, a genuine Jewel of Bohemia.

Price Range: $$

Terezin Concentration Camp Memorial
Terezin Concentration Camp Memorial

Terezin Concentration Camp Memorial

Just one hour outside of Prague lies Terezín, a magnificent former 18th century Austrian fortress with a terrible past. Terezín's story is a combination of life and death: the tragedy of the Holocaust contrasts with the prisoners' secret celebrations of culture, politics and faith.

Price Range: $$

Vienna

Classical Concert
Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy an unforgettable concert in one of the city's elegant concert halls.

Price Range: $$

Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Visit magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Price Range: $$

Passau

Passau Walking Tour
Passau Walking Tour

Passau Walking Tour

After a relaxing sailing morning you will sail through Passau - the "Three-Rivers-City" is really one of a kind. Witness the natural spectacle of the confluence of three rivers: the Danube, Inn and Ilz.

Price Range: $

Silent Night
Silent Night

Silent Night

True, Salzburg is the birth-place of Mozart and you will find the face of the city's most famous son everywhere. Salzburg is also the setting for the Sound of Music movie, which has shaped the city's perception in the minds of generations. But Salzburg is much more.

Price Range: $$

Nuremberg

The Rise and the Fall of the Third Reich
The Rise and the Fall of the Third Reich

The Rise and the Fall of the Third Reich

Walking tour through the major sights of the Nazi Past of this city.

Price Range: $

Nürnberg Sightseeing
Nürnberg Sightseeing

Nürnberg Sightseeing

Start the guided city tour with a visit of the castle grounds of the Kaiserburg, once home to emperors, today still dominating the skyline of Nuremberg. After a panoramic drive the tour ends at the large market square, which is located at the heart of the city center, surrounded by a multitude of must-see sights. You are sure to be enchanted by the picturesque flair of the Old Town, take a look around and journey into times past

Price Range: $

Packages

Celebration Packages
Celebration Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebrating a birthday or anniversary while you're cruising? Add an Avalon Celebration Package to your vacation. You can make your special day even more memorable with special touches ranging from flowers to a private cocktail reception.

Price Range: $$

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