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Avalon Waterways Festive Season in the Heart of Germany (WNF)

6 Day River Cruise Nuremberg to Frankfurt 
This festive Christmastime river cruise begins in Nuremberg, the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Guided sightseeing shows you its historical treasures, as well as Old Town, illuminated with holiday lights and decorations. There’s plenty of time to visit the Christmas market, one of the most famous in Germany, and be sure to savor some traditional lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), a specialty of Nuremberg. Next stop is delightful Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, throughout town, you’ll see nativity scenes built by local citizens. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to charming Würzburg, known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” and surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Walk through the halls of the ornate Bishop’s Residence—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Learn how to bake a traditional cookie before arriving at one of the charming small towns with half-timbered houses and narrow streets that are dotted along the Main River. Take a guided walk of one of these picturesque Bavarian villages—sure to be even more appealing lit up with festive lights and decorations. As this unforgettable Europe river cruise ends in Frankfurt, you will never forget the historical treasures of Germany perfectly paired with the views, sounds, and tastes of the joyous holiday season.

Ships: Artistry II - Imagery II - Tranquility II - Envision - Impression
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $300 per couple on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 12/02/20
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  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Nuremberg (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; beer tasting on board

Day 3 Volkach–Kitzingen: guided tours

Day 4 Würzburg: guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 5 Main river village: guided walk

Day 6 Frankfurt (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

12/02/2020 - Festive Season in the Heart of Germany (Westbound)
12/09/2020 - Festive Season in the Heart of Germany (Westbound)

Related Avalon Tours

WNF - The Heart of Germany (Westbound)
WNFQ - With 2 Nights in Prague (Westbound)
WFN - The Heart of Germany (Eastbound)

Itinerary (2021)

Day 1NUREMBERG, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Nuremberg must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

(D)
Day 2NUREMBERG
 Living Heritage and History Lessons

CLASSIC Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.

Spend free time browsing the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare—bratwurst, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other Christkindlmarkt culinary delights.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG


(B,L,D)
Day 3BAMBERG
 Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bamberg—medieval home of Germany’s Roman Empire dynasties. Stroll through dozens of Bamberg’s nativity scenes—from miniature to life-size.

Take free time to enjoy the quaint Christmas markets, and warm up with traditional German dumplings, sausage, and a glass of hearty Bavarian ale.

DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing.

EVENING CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

(B,L,D)
Day 4WÜRZBURG
 Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residence.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt German Christmas museum—the world’s most extensive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations.

Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Wurzburg’s Christmas markets.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

(B,L,D)
Day 5MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
 Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of a picturesque village along the Main River.

DISCOVERY Join a Cookie-Baking Demonstration on board your ship while sailing.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT

(B,L,D)
Day 6FRANKFURT (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Book now to guarantee Early Preview Pricing, available only until April 6, 2020.

Gateway city for departure is Frankfurt, Germany.

Port charges:
$130

Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category Decks Price
D / Indigo Deck / $143
B / Sapphire Deck / $821
A / Sapphire Deck / $857
P / Royal Deck / $928
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,571

NOTE:
Special Interest Cruises: Festive December 16

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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*12/09/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $2,099.00
*12/03/2021 Special Offer/Promotion $2,099.00
*12/09/2021 Special Offer/Promotion $2,099.00
*12/11/2021 Special Offer/Promotion $2,099.00
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