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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
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
9 Day Itinerary
VIENNA TO PRAGUE
DAY 1: TUESDAY 3 DECEMBER
VIENNA, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Vienna. Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before boarding your Avalon Suite Ship. (D)
DAY 2: WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER
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 Schonbrunn 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 cafe this evening. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
DAY 3: WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER
Striking Frescoes and the Breathtaking Wachau Valley. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings. Thisafternoon cruise to Grein, where this evening you will enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D).
DAY 4: WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER
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 (B,L,D)
DAY 5: THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER
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 179AD. 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 6: FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER
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 favourite Bavarian fare-from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
DAY 7: SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER
NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)-PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
The Perfect Christmas Wish Come True. Transfer to Prague and stroll through the brightly coloured wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts. (B)
DAY 8: SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER
Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Czech Christmas Spirits. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk to visit the grounds of Hradeany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. Spend the afternoon on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Prague. Stroll through the brightly coloured wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts. (B)
DAY 9: MONDAY 10 DECEMBER
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Terms & Conditions
DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT:
A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is due within 7
days of booking confirmation.
Cancellation fees apply; please refer your travel agent for
any applicable charges. Avalon reserves the right to cancel or
reschedule any tour departure. If cancellation is made prior to
departure of the tour, the only responsibility of Avalon will be to
refund to the passenger the amount we have received for the
The above cancellation charges will be applied in all cases. We
do urge you to take adequate travel insurance, including cover
against cancellation, as recommended by your travel agent.
A fee of $30 per transaction will be charged for any alteration
or revision made to a reservation. A change to traveller name,
tour date or tour itinerary within final payment dates will
be treated as a cancellation and new reservation; standard
cancellation fees apply.
A valid national passport is needed for all tours and, as the
various countries all have their own formalities, it is imperative
that you check with your travel agent the visa requirements
to enter the countries of the tour you have chosen. Local
consulates will also be in a position to give advice. Passengers
are responsible for getting their own visa’s and must ensure
that they can obtain these visas before entering into a booking
commitment with us.
Airfares, airport taxes and fees (unless specified); passports; visas
and vaccinations; tips to your tour director and tour driver and local
city guides; gratuities on ferries and cruise ships; laundry, telephone,
mini bar; alcohol, beverages and food not on the regular table
d’hôte menu (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving
the hotel or restaurant); optional excursions; porterage at airports;
travel insurance; excess baggage fees; all other items of a personal
Refer to Avalon 2019 brochure.