2019 : Christmastime on the Danube - Westbound (WVN) - Passion

9 Day River Cruise Vienna to Prague

This Christmastime river cruise begins 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 time of year. Cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. Here, you'll tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey-one of Europe's largest monasteries-where monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls.

Arrive in Passau, Germany, and visit the city's charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. In Regensburg, after a guided tour of the city, savor traditional sausages at Historiche Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants and enjoy a tasting of German beers. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to Nuremberg, the thousand-year-old city with its medieval fortifications and gothic churches. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread) and unique decorations and ornaments. Then, make your way to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic-one of Europe's most beautiful cities.

In Prague's Old Town, see the magical Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, and once the envy of all Europe. The Christmas markets offer an array of Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Explore to your heart's content with a warm cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) among the rows of brightly decorated wooden huts, and be sure to see the beautifully decorated tree in Old Town to end this perfect, seasonal river cruise.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation): Welcome reception on board
Day 2 Vienna: Choice of guided sightseeing, or culinary tour at Christmas market
Day 3 Wachau Valley-Melk-Grein: Scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk
Day 4 Passau: Guided walk; Christmas market
Day 5 Regensburg: Guided walk; Christmas market; Christmas Traditions lecture; beer tasting on board
Day 6 Nuremberg: Choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market
Day 7 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)-Prague: Transfer to Prague
Day 8 Prague: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle; Christmas market
Day 9 Prague:Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
    Classic
    Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
    Discovery
    We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
    Active
    Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1
    (D)
    VIENNA, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION)
    Welcome to Vienna
    Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before boarding your Avalon Suite Ship

    Day 2
    (B, L, D)
    VIENNA
    Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections
    Classic
    Take a Guided Tour of Vienna to see the Imperial Palace complex-the winter residence of the Imperial family, OR:
    Discovery
    Join a Guided Culinary Tour of Vienna's magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel.
    You may join a Guided Optional Tour of Schonbrunn 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 cafe this evening.
    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

    Day 3
    (B, L, D)
    MELK
    Striking Frescoes and the Breathtaking Wachau Valley
    Classic
    Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings.
    This afternoon cruise to Grein, where this evening you will enjoy live entertainment on board
    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

    Day 4
    (B, L, D)
    PASSAU
    Saint Stephens, Salzburg, and the Story of Silent Night
    Classic
    Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers."
    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.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

    Day 5
    (B, L, D)
    REGENSBURG
    Christmas Magic in Bavaria's Medieval Miracle
    Classic
    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.
    Take time to browse Regensburg's sparkling Christmas markets. Enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread, or bratwurst.
    Discovery
    Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this morning.
    Discovery
    Later, indulge in an onboard Beer Tasting to sample regional German brews.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

    Day 6
    (B, L, D)
    NUREMBERG
    Living Heritage and History Lessons CLASSIC Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg's medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
    CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich.
    Spend free time on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare-from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlesmarkt.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

    Day 7
    (B)
    NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)-PRAGUE
    The Perfect Christmas Wish Come True
    Transfer to Prague and stroll through the brightly colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts.

    Day 8
    (B)
    PRAGUE
    Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Czech Christmas Spirits
    Classic
    Take a Guided City Walk to visit the grounds of Hradcany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town's Astronomical Clock.
    Spend the afternoon on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Prague. Stroll through the brightly colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts.

    Day 9
    (B)
    PRAGUE
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Notes

  • 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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Call 1 (559) 686-1631 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14029290

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2018
    Duration
    9 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Passion

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Vienna  
    Day 2Vienna  
    Day 3Grein  
    Day 4Passau  
    Day 5Regensburg  
    Day 6Nuremberg  
    Day 7Prague  
    Day 8Prague  
    Day 9Prague  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    12/03/2019Quote
    12/15/2019Quote
    Disclaimer

    Port charges:
    $156

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Vienna:
    in single room $217, in twin room $130

    Extra nights per person in Prague:
    in single room from $191 to $230, in twin room from $115 to $132

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $171
    B / Sapphire Deck / $985
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1028
    P / Royal Deck / $1113
    Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1885

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
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  • Additional airline-imposed fees for seat assignments may apply and are not included in your total package cost. Please refer to carrier websites for seat assignment policies and applicable pricing.

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    Guaranteed air-inclusive prices - air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional non-refundable air deposit of $300 per person is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Avalon in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus a non-refundable per person service fee of $30 (North/Central America), $50 (Europe/Middle East) or $80 (all other international destinations). Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and Avalon has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.

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