Celebrate the holiday season on this delightful cruise from Prague to Basel. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Prague, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Würzburg, and Strasbourg as well as a guided walk in charming Miltenberg. Other highlights: visit the Bishop’s Residence in Würzburg; Heidelberg with its famed red-stoned castle, and quaint Rüdesheim on the Rhine. Marvel at the traditional Christmas decorations and delight in the festive atmosphere of this special time of year. Wander through the many Christmas markets while you listen to local Christmas music, sample tasty Christmas treats, smell the aromas of the season, and shop for local Christmas ornaments and crafts. What a wonderful way to celebrate the season. Your ship will be decorated and dressed up in Christmas colors.
Cruise: deluxe 9-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDays 1-2 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle grounds; Christmas market Day 3 Prague–Nuremberg: onboard welcome reception; Day 4 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas marketDay 5 Bamberg: guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; onboard lectureDay 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas marketsDay 7 Miltenberg: onboard culinary demonstration, guided walkDay 8 Frankfurt. Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treatDay 9 Heidelberg–Mannheim: guided visit of the castle; see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; time at leisure for Christmas markets in MannheimDay 10 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas Markets, onboard woodcarving demonstrationDay 11 Breisach: excursion to the Black Forest; Christmas marketDay 12 Basel: your vacation ends this morning
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with 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 (Prague markets are open from early December until the first days of January).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.