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Grand Christmastime Cruise From Vienna To Basel

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Sailing Date: Dec 01, 2018
Through: Dec 16, 2018
Book By: Nov 27 2018 7:00PM
# of Nights: 15
Ship: Avalon Passion
Line:  Avalon Waterways
Terms:  Terms & Disclaimers
ID:  4949902
from $5,448.00  (USD)
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Day Location
1 Vienna, Austria (Embarkation)     
2 Vienna     
3 Melk - Grein     
4 Passau, Germany     
5 Regensburg     
6 Nuremberg     
7 Nuremberg (Disembarkation) - Excursion To Munich (Embarkation)     
8 Nuremberg     
9 Bamberg     
10 Würzburg     
11 Miltenberg     
12 Wiesbaden. Excursion To Rüdesheim     
13 Excursion To Heidelberg - Speyer     
14 Strasbourg, France     
15 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To The Black Forest     
16 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)     
Number of Nights: 15
This European Christmastime river cruise will take you across Austria and Germany and along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers. Enjoy guided sightseeing in several cities along the way and delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of centuries-old Christmas markets.

Begin in musical Vienna, where a guided tour shows you the impressive sights. Perhaps opt for a guided culinary walk through the Christmas markets to taste some Austrian holiday favorites, or explore on your own. Cruise through the winter wonderland of the Wachau Valley and visit Melk with its magnificent abbey. In Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities, marvel at the sights and savor local sausages. While sailing to Nuremberg, learn about Christmas traditions and sample some German beer. At Nuremberg's Christmas market, which is one of the oldest in the world, be sure to try Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread). A full-day excursion to Munich shows you the Bavarian capital. The traditional Christmas market on the Marienplatz delights with aromas of toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread! Continue your holiday river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where many nativity scenes are exhibited throughout the town. In Würzburg, on the River Main, visit the ornate Bishop's Residenz, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). See Europe's largest nativity scene with life-size figures In Rüdesheim on the Rhine; and visit Heidelberg Castle towering magnificently over the city, before cruising to Strasbourg, France. This time of year, the historic charm of the city is mixed with festive aromas, sights, and sounds-creating a truly magical atmosphere! Visit the gothic cathedral with its ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Continue to Breisach, Germany-gateway to the famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, before ending this charming Christmastime river cruise adventure in Basel, Switzerland.

Included Features:

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

Day 3 Krems-Melk: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater

Day 4 Passau: guided walk; Christmas market

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

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

Day 7 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)-Excursion to Munich (Embarkation): guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz

Day 8 Nuremberg: Day at leisure for visiting Christmas Market

Day 9 Bamberg: guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; onboard lecture; Christmas market

Day 10 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz; Christmas markets

Day 11 Miltenberg: onboard culinary demonstration, guided walk

Day 12 Wiesbaden-Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat

Day 13 Heidelberg-Speyer: guided visit of the castle; see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; time at leisure for Christmas markets in Speyer

Day 14 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 15 Breisach: excursion to the Black Forest; Christmas market

Day 16 Basel: your vacation ends this morning

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Travel Date Range Nights Price From   Information  
Dec 01, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018

15

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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.