Experience the holiday season on this festive river cruise vacation from Zurich to Vienna. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg and Vienna. Other highlights: excursions to Germany’s Black Forest; to Heidelberg for a visit to the red sandstone castle and to Rüdesheim in the heart of Rhine wine country. There’s a fun tasting of German beers, and a guided visit of the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the many Christmas markets, where you can sample some tasty holiday treats, smell the festive aromas, shop for locally crafted Christmas ornaments, and delight in the holiday cheer. This year, celebrate the holiday season in style on this memorable and joyous cruise. 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 BedsSMDay 1 Zurich. Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Breisach: excursion to the Black Forest; Christmas marketDay 3 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas marketDay 4 Excursion to Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat; Christmas marketsDay 5 Frankfurt. Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treatDay 6 Miltenberg: guided walk; Christmas market, onboard culinary demonstration, St. Nicholas’ LegendDay 7 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas marketDay 8 Bamberg: onboard lecture, guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas marketDay 9 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas marketDay 10 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)–Excursion to Munich (Embarkation): guided sightseeing, see the MarienplatzDay 11 Nuremberg: morning at leisure for visiting Christmas Market; onboard lectureDay 12 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; Christmas market; beer tastingDay 13 Passau: guided walk; Christmas marketDay 14 Melk: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey, Austrian Cookie baking demonstrationDay 15 Vienna: guided sightseeing; culinary tour at Christmas marketDay 16 Vienna: 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.