Avalon Waterways Christmastime From Vienna To Frankfurt 2021 River Cruise

This holiday river cruise takes you to many beautiful and historical cities of Germany and Austria. And the views along the way can’t be outdone—towns and villages decorated for the holidays and beautiful views as you cruise along the Danube and Main Rivers, and the Main Danube Canal. Your Christmastime river cruise begins in Vienna, the capital and treasure of Austria, and ends in Frankfurt, Germany. In Vienna, see the sights with a Local Guide, or opt for a culinary walk through the Christmas markets to taste some of the traditional fare. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk, and visit the Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s most architecturally-breathtaking monasteries—sure to be truly magnificent during the holiday season. In Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, see the sights with a Local Guide and savour local sausages and beer at one of Germany’s oldest restaurants, Historiche Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen). On to Nuremberg where, after your guided tour, you are free to visit the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world. A full-day excursion to Munich shows you the Bavarian capital. The traditional Christmas market is located on the Marienplatz, with aromas of toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread filling the air! Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the many nativity scenes exhibited throughout the town are sure to delight. In Würzburg, on the River Main, visit 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). Your last stop is at one of the charming small towns dotted along the river—sure to be even more appealing illuminated with Christmas lights and decorations.

Vienna Christmas

Itinerary

Welcome to Austria. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

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. Alternatively, this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

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

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

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

Discovery Excursion: Enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting on board while sailing to Grein.

Classic Excursion: Take a Guided Walk of Grein including its historic theatre, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.

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.

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

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

Classic Excursion: 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.

Discovery Excursion: Later, indulge in an on board Beer Tasting to sample regional German brews.

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.

Discovery Excursion: Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this morning.

Classic Excursion: Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich

Take some free time today to stroll this pedestrian and bike-friendly city to see the famous Glockenspiel, outdoor cafés, or a Bavarian Biergärten for authentic brews. Return to your ship in Nuremberg in the late afternoon.

Classic Excursion: Enjoy a Guided City Tour which will show you the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of Bavarian monarchs, along with the Old and New Town Halls of Marienplatz

A day to relax and enjoy Nuremberg at your own pace. Stroll through the festively lit streets, buy those last-minute Christmas gifts, or ask your Cruise Director for suggestions of things to do. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

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

Classic Excursion: 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.

Discovery Excursion: Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing.

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.

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

Discovery Excursion: Join a Cookie-Baking Demonstration on board your ship while sailing

Classic Excursion: Take a Guided Tour of a picturesque village along the Main River

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Price Guide

Date Fares from (pp) Flights
27 November 2021 £1,869 *Cat B Panorama Suite* was £5,369pp!! Included!
3 December 2021 £2,295 *Cat P Panorama Suite* was £5,792pp!! Included!
5 December 2021 £1,919 *Cat B Panorama Suite* was £5,347pp!! Included!

What's Included

  • Return Heathrow flights (other airports may carry a supplement)
  • 11 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom
  • All meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal
  • Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats
  • Choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day
  • Excursions and sightseeing trips with local guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director
  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
  • Special on board and on shore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts designed to enrich your cruise. On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music
  • Captain's welcome and farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes; Welcome Dinner; Farewell Dinner
  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes
  • Complimentary Wifi (signal permitting)