Christmastime From Prague To Basel – Cruise Only

09/21/2019 through 12/06/2019
09/21/2019 through 12/18/2019
Avalon Waterways
Avalon Visionary

Celebrate this magical time of year with a delightful Christmastime river cruise through the heart of Germany, on the Main Danube Canal, and the Main and Rhine Rivers.

Board your ship in Nuremberg, Germany, host to one of the oldest Christmas markets in the country. Get into the holiday spirit as you stroll through the brightly illuminated and decorated Old Town. 200 stalls sell traditional German Christmas wares and seasonal delicacies. In delightful Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find nativity scenes built by local citizens throughout the town. Learn about holiday traditions as you cruise to Würzburg, and here walk through the halls of the ornate Bishop’s Residenz-home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. Then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Learn how to bake a traditional cookie before arriving at one of the charming small towns with half-timbered houses that are dotted along the Main River. In Rüdesheim on the Rhine River, see Europe’s largest nativity scene with life-size figures. Visit Heidelberg Castle, which towers magnificently over the city, and watch the skaters on the ice rink below. At this time of year, the historic charm of Strasbourg, France, 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 your Christmastime river cruise to Breisach, Germany-gateway to the famous Black Forest. An area of unrivaled natural beauty, and the home of Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. There is no better setting at this time of year, when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses. Your delightful holiday cruise ends in Basel, Switzerland.

Included Features:

Day 1 Nuremberg (Embarkation): welcome to Nuremberg; onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Nuremberg:
choice of Nuremberg guided tour, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market

Day 3 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture

Day 4 Würzburg:
guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas market

Day 5 Main river village: baking demonstration on board, guided walk

Day 6 Mainz. Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat

Day 7 Heidelberg–Speyer: guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; time at leisure for Christmas markets in Speyer

Day 8 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 9 Breisach: excursion the Black Forest; Christmas market

Day 10 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Nuremberg
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Day 3 Bamberg
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Day 4 Würzburg
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Day 5 Main River Village
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Day 6 Wiesbaden. Excursion To Rudesheim
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Day 7 Speyer, Germany. Heidelberg Excursion
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Day 8 Strasbourg, France
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Day 9 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 10 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)
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