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Avalon Waterways Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Westbound (WVN0)

7 days Vienna to Nuremberg 
This Christmastime river cruise begins in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this time of year. Cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. Here, you’ll tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries—where monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls.

Arrive in Passau, Germany, and visit the city’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. In Regensburg, after a guided tour of the city, savor traditional sausages at Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants and enjoy a tasting of German beers. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to Nuremberg, the thousand-year-old city with its medieval fortifications and gothic churches. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), Glühwein (mulled wine), and unique decorations and ornaments.

A unique holiday river cruise vacation which offers the chance to savor the sights, smells, and tastes of centuries-old Christmas markets and explore historical medieval sites…a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday season!

Ships: Passion
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Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Groups Save $1,250 per person on select 2019 Avalon Waterways river cruises.*
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    Promotion Depatures (Land): 12/03/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 12/15/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 12/15/19
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation): welcome reception on board

Day 2 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing, or culinary tour at Christmas market

Day 3 Wachau Valley–Melk–Grein: scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk

Day 4 Passau: guided walk; Christmas market

Day 5 Regensburg:
guided walk; Christmas market; Christmas Traditions lecture; beer tasting on board

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

Day 7 Nuremberg (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

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Itinerary (2019)

Day 1VIENNA, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Austria! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Vienna 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 before boarding.

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Day 2VIENNA
 Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Vienna to see the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial family, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Culinary Tour of Vienna’s magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel.

You may join a Guided Optional Tour of Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg dynasty for 300 years.

Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

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Day 3MELK
 Striking Frescoes and the Breathtaking Wachau Valley

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings.

This afternoon cruise to Grein, where this evening you will enjoy live entertainment on board

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

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Day 4PASSAU
 Saint Stephens, Salzburg, and the Story of Silent Night

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, Austria. See the setting of The Sound of Music, and learn the story behind the beloved Christmas hymn, Silent Night.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

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Day 5REGENSBURG
 Christmas Magic in Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—entrance to the Castra Regina fortress built in 179 AD.

Take time to browse Regensburg’s sparkling Christmas markets. Enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread, or bratwurst.

DISCOVERY Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this morning.

DISCOVERY Later, indulge in an onboard Beer Tasting to sample regional German brews.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

(B,L,D)
Day 6NUREMBERG
 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 on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare—from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlesmarkt.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

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Day 7NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$156

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.

Extra nights per person in Vienna:
in single room $217, in twin room $130

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 / $171
B / Sapphire Deck / $985
A / Sapphire Deck / $1028
P / Royal Deck / $1113
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1885

Avalon Notes

  • 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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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