Christmastime on the Danube - Prague to Vienna

  • 9 Days

  • Czech Republic

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere from Prague to Vienna and all along the legendary Danube on this enchanting winter cruise. Visit the magnificent Hradcany Castle grounds in Prague, then shop for Czech handicrafts in its sprawling Christmas market. Warm up with a Bratwurst at Germany’s oldest restaurant in medieval Regensburg and watch local craftspeople in wooden huts creating nativity scenes, dolls, toys, puppets, pottery and paintings. See the ‘Sound of Music’ sites in Salzburg and join a guided visit of the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk, before marvelling at Vienna’s Neo-Renaissance Opera House and perusing the exquisite glass baubles in its street market over a spicy mulled wine.

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 25th November 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. Prague markets are open from early December until the first days of January.

At a glance

Prague Guided sightseeing and visit to Hradcany Castle grounds
Regensburg Guided sightseeing and time to explore the stalls lining its winding cobbled streets
Melk Guided visit of Benedictine Abbey before departing for Vienna

Day 1

Prague

Fly to Prague where you will be met and transferred to the Prague Intercontinental Hotel for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

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 of  Europe, stroll the magnificent, statue-lined Charles Bridge, and gaze in awe at St Vitus Cathedral and the Hradcany Castle grounds. 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 3

Prague - Nuremberg (Embarkation)

Drive to Nuremberg, where your cruise ship is docked, for embarkation and a Welcome Reception.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Nuremberg

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Although 90% of Nuremberg’s 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 either a guided sightseeing, and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized “Nuremberg rally grouds” tour. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market is one of the biggest in Germany, and one of the most famous in the world. The market has 200 stall holders who offer traditional wares, including Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, (Lebkuchen) fruit loaves, bakery goods and sweets, typical Christmas decorations, and Christmas tree ornaments.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Regensburg

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Regensburg is a UNESCO World Heritage city and one of Germany's best-preserved medieval towns. It is also home to Germany's oldest restaurant, the 12th century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen). Architectural highlights on your guided tour include the Old Town Hall and Porta Pretoria - gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179AD. During the festive season, the town centre comes alive with sparkling Christmas lights and a bustling Christmas market, overlooked by the fairytale architecture of towering church spires, medieval guardhouses and stately mansions. Colourful wooden stalls pack the market square and line the winding cobbled streets, offering up fine handicrafts and festive gifts such as nativity scenes, dolls, toys, puppets, pottery and paintings. Stroll through the markets to see artisans crafting their wares and enjoy the mouth-watering scent of freshly baked gingerbread, Christmas cookies and tempting Bavarian delicacies.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Passau

Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow 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 through this charming town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.” Afterward, set sail for Linz, where you arrive in the evening. Alternatively, you might like to join a full-day optional 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 Christmas carol, and learn how the Austrians celebrate Christmas.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Melk - Vienna

Included today: Guided sightseeing. This morning, enjoy a guided visit of Melk’s magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendour of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view you have from the terrace of the abbey over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breath-taking! During lunchtime, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Vienna

Included today: Guided sightseeing, Choice of Vienna sightseeing or Culinary tour in the afternoon. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's romantic capital has much to offer: the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ring Boulevard, and awe-inspiring St Stephen's Cathedral. See these and more on an included city tour. Later, absorb the wonderful festive atmosphere of the Adventszeit (Advent season) in the city's idyllic 'Christkindlmarkte' Christmas markets. Browse colourful wooden stalls crammed with authentic Austrian handicrafts, savour the delcious scent of spiced mulled wine, and marvel at the magnificent Christmas trees laden with exquisite glass baubles and traditional decorations - a distinctive feature of the Viennese Christmas markets.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Vienna (Disembarkation)

Disembark and 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. Prague markets are open from early December until the first days of January.

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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