Experience the holiday season on this festive river cruise vacation from Frankfurt to Prague. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg and finally, Prague in the Czech Republic. You'll have opportunities galore to explore the many Christmas markets, try some festive Gluhwein, sample tasty holiday treats, smell the festive aromas, shop for locally crafted Christmas ornaments, and delight in the holiday cheer. This year, celebrate the holiday season in style on this memorable and joyous cruise. Your ship will be decorated and dressed up in Christmas colors.
You see life differently. While others chase what's popular, you follow your own path. At Avalon, we share your unique point of view. That's why we've used our 85-plus years to design a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. Panoramic windows throughout Elegant, contemporary design Remarkable service Professional Cruise Director Friendly, English-speaking crew Non-smoking interior Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment Upscale bar serving premium spirits Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides Complimentary Nordic walking sticks Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs Hair Salon Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games Comfort Collection BedsSM Egyptian super-combed cotton linens European-style duvets Nightly turn-down service Bathrobes & slippers Premium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryer Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage Well-stocked minibar In-room safe Individual climate control Complimentary bottled water daily Captain's welcome & farewell receptions Breakfast, lunch & dinner on board daily Daily full breakfast buffet with hot/cold menu items Complimentary sparkling wine at breakfast Complimentary juices at breakfast Made-to-order egg station at breakfast Daily early- and late-riser breakfasts Daily lunch buffet with pasta and carving stations Grilled lunch alternative at the Sky Bistro (weather permitting) Light lunch alternative in the Panorama Bistro Four-course a la carte dinners with open seating Nightly choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, desserts or cheese Regional wine, beer & soft drinks at all onboard lunches and dinners Daily regional, Western & Avalon FreshSM vegetarian/healthy cuisine Alternative dinner of petite portions and wine in the Panorama Bistro Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day Daily Afternoon Tea with tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches Daily Night Fare served at 10:30 pm And, much more
Highlights & Sightseeing
Cruise: deluxe 5-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Day 1 Frankfurt (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Miltenberg: guided walk, onboard cooking baking demonstration, St. Nicholas legend
Day 3 Wurzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz; Christmas market
Day 4 Bamberg: onboard lecture; guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas market
Day 5 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market
Day 6 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)-Prague: travel to Prague
Day 7 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle Grounds; Christmas market
Day 8 Prague: your vacation ends today
Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
Attend a traditional cookie-baking demonstration.
Meals Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes Welcome dinner Daily Afternoon Tea Daily Night Fare Farewell dinner Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
NOTES:Christmas markets operate from late November until the third week of December, depending on the location 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 becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered. Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
Frankfurt, Germany. (Embarkation)
Welcome to Germany! This afternoon board your ship and meet your crew at a welcome reception before dinner, as you sail out of Frankfurt. (Dinner)
Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3.30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Tucked away behind medieval defensive walls and towered gates, the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg is a cultural gem on the banks of the Main River. This afternoon's GUIDED WALK will acquaint you with the town's delightful Marktplatz (market square), which centers around a Renaissance-era fountain and features striking half-timbered buildings, cobblestone lanes, and one of the oldest inns in Germany, Haus zum Riesen (the giant's house) and the gothic splendor of the Merchant Hall. Later, continue your cruise on the Main River to Wurzburg and enjoy a COOKIE-BAKING DEMONSTRATION on board. Tonight, let your Cruise Director introduce you to the ST. NICHOLAS LEGEND. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Known as the "Pearl of the Romantic Road," Wurzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The city makes an immediate impression with imposing Marienberg Fortress perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOP'S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you are free to explore the beautifully decorated streets on your own, visit the Christmas markets, or perhaps join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg, where you will have the opportunity to visit the Christmas Museum. Here, try a Schneeball (snowball), a local specialty not at all suitable for a diet! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Learn everything about Christmas traditions during an ONBOARD LECTURE this morning. In the early afternoon, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic center, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)-built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! This time of year, the town is decked out for Christmas. Especially interesting are the many nativity scenes built by local citizens and exhibited throughout the town. Enjoy the Christmas market, where, in addition to candles and decorations, you'll find regional delicacies such as gingerbread and nut bread. Don't miss the special gift we have reserved for you in a local brewery. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city's medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized "NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS" tour. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market is one of the most famous in the world. You'll find dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, including Nuremberg Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), baked goods and sweets, Christmas decorations, ornaments, and more. Shuttle service to the ship will be at your disposal. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Nuremberg (Disembarkation)-Prague, Czech Republic
After breakfast today, bid your crew farewell and travel by motorcoach to Prague, the "Golden City." (Breakfast)
Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town's Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the Christmas markets, where rows of brightly decorated wooden huts sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Get a little inner warmth with a cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) and a traditional hot sausage. The beautifully decorated tree in the Old Town is an impressive sight. (Breakfast)
Your vacation ends after breakfast today. (Breakfast)