Christmas in the Heart of Germany (Frankfurt to Nuremberg, Cruise-Only)
6 days with
Day 1 Frankfurt, Germany, (Embarkation)
Welcome to Germany! This afternoon board your ship and meet your crew at a welcome reception before dinner, as you sail out of Frankfurt. (Dinner)
NOTE: Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3.30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2 Miltenberg
Tucked away behind medieval defensive walls and towered gates, the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg is a cultural gem on the banks of the Main River. This afternoon’s GUIDED WALK will acquaint you with the town’s delightful Marktplatz (market square), which centers around a Renaissance-era fountain and features striking half-timbered buildings, cobblestone lanes, and one of the oldest inns in Germany, Haus zum Riesen (the giant’s house) and the gothic splendor of the Merchant Hall. Later, continue your cruise on the Main River to Würzburgand and enjoy a CULINARY DEMONSTRATION on board. Tonight let your Cruise Director introduce you the ST. NICHOLAS LEGEND. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Würzburg
Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The city makes an immediate impression with imposing Marienberg Fortress perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOP’S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you are free to explore the beautifully decorated streets on your own, visit the Christmas markets, or perhaps join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg where you will have the opportunity to visit the Christmas Museum. Here, try a Schneeball (snowball), a local specialty not at all suitable for a diet! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Bamberg
Learn everything about Christmas Traditions during an ONBOARD MORNING LECTURE. Medieval Bamberg is the former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic center, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! This time of year, the town is decked out for Christmas. Especially interesting are the many nativity scenes built by local citizens and exhibited throughout the town. Enjoy the Christmas market, where, in addition to candles and decorations, you’ll find regional delicacies such as gingerbread and nut bread. Be sure not to miss the special gift we have reserved for you in a local brewery. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Nuremberg
Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Choose either a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized “NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS” tour. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market is one of the most famous in the world. You’ll find dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, including Nuremberg Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), baked goods and sweets, Christmas decorations, ornaments, and more. A shuttle service to the ship will be at your disposal. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends after breakfast today. (Breakfast)
All This Included
Experience the holiday season on this festive river cruise vacation from Frankfurt to Nuremberg. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, and Nuremberg. You’ll have opportunities galore to explore the many Christmas markets, try some festive Glühwein, sample 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.
Superb dining with meals on board featuring full breakfast with complimentary sparkling wine, lunch with complimentary soft drinks, and dinner including complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks; a welcome reception, Captain’s reception, and farewell dinner; one sitting with open seating arrangements
Deluxe cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds
Included shore excursions with Local Guide
Headsets for shore excursions
Complimentary Wi-Fi access
Personalized room options & excursions
Included excursions with Certified Local Guide; sightseeing as outlined in the day by-day itinerary; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE.
Cruise: deluxe 5-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Frankfurt: onboard welcome reception
Miltenberg: guided walk, onboard culinary demonstration, St. Nicholas legend
Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas market
Bamberg: onboard lecture, guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas market
Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market
Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
Attend a traditional cookie-baking demonstration.
Learn about local Christmas traditions at a fascinating onboard lecture.
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Tranquility II
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Frankfurt:
in single room $274, in twin room $153
Cabin upgrades are available.
Port charges: $120.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
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.
Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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