Christmastime On The Danube – Cruise Only Eastbound
Enter a stunning world of cherished Christmas traditions along the Danube River. Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Nuremberg, Germany, with its medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and palaces. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations and the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world, has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spiced gingerbread), Glühwein (hot mulled wine), and unique decorations and ornaments. Learn about local Christmas traditions, and cruise to historical Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. After a guided tour, enjoy a tasting of German beers. Experience Passau’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral-a masterpiece of baroque architecture.Arrive in lovely Melk, Austria, and tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey-one of Europe’s largest monasteries. As you cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley, enjoy a tasting of traditional Austrian cookies. This Christmas river cruise ends in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this sparkling time of year on the Danube River.
Day 1 Nuremberg (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market; lecture on boardDay 3 Regensburg: onboard Christmas Traditions lecture; guided walk; Christmas market; beer tasting on boardDay 4 Passau: guided walk; Christmas marketDay 5 Melk: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey; onboard cookie tastingDay 6 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing, or culinary tour at Christmas marketDay 7 Vienna (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)