Celebrate the holiday season on this magnificent cruise from Vienna to Basel. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Vienna, Nuremberg, Munich, Bamberg, Würzburg, Munich and Strasbourg as well as guided walks in the small town of Krems, medieval Regensburg, and charming Miltenberg. Other highlights: visit the Bishop’s Residence in Würzburg and the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, enjoy a beer tasting in Bamberg, and a wine tasting in Austria’s Wachau Valley. Visit 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 15-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDays 1–2 Vienna: onboard welcome reception on Day 1; guided sightseeing; Christmas marketDay 3 Krems–Melk: guided walk; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting, St. Nicholas’ LegendDay 4 Passau: guided walk; Christmas marketDay 5 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; Christmas market, beer tastingDay 6 Nuremberg: onboard lecture, choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas marketDay 7 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)–Excursion to Munich (Embarkation): guided sightseeing, see the MarienplatzDay 8 Nuremberg: Day at leisure for visiting Christmas MarketsDay 9 Bamberg: guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; onboard lectureDay 10 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas marketsDay 11 Miltenberg: onboard culinary demonstration, guided walkDay 12 Frankfurt–Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treatDay 13 Heidelberg–Mannheim: guided visit of the castle; see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; time at leisure for Christmas markets in MannheimDay 14 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas Market, onboard woodcarving demonstrationDay 15 Breisach: excursion to the Black Forest; Christmas marketDay 16 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.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.