Christmastime in the Heart of Germany (Eastbound, Cruise Only)
6 days with Avalon Waterways Rating:
Day 1 WIESBADEN, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Germany! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (D)
Day 2 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights in Beautiful Bavaria
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of a picturesque village along the Main River.
DISCOVERY Join a Cookie-Baking Demonstration on board your ship while sailing.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WüRZBURG (B,L,D)
Day 3 WURZBURG
Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet
CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residence.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt German Christmas museum—the world’s most extensive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations.
Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Wurzburg’s Christmas markets.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 4 BAMBERG
Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes
DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing.
CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bamberg—medieval home of Germany’s Roman Empire dynasties. Stroll through dozens of Bamberg’s nativity scenes—from miniature to life-size.
Take free time to enjoy the quaint Christmas markets, and warm up with traditional German dumplings, sausage, and a glass of hearty Bavarian ale.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 5 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 browsing the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare—bratwurst, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other Christkindlesmarkt culinary delights.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 6 NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
All This Included
In Wiesbaden, board your Avalon Suite Ship® which is decorated and dressed up in Christmas colors, and embark on this festive Christmastime river cruise through the heart of Germany, ending in historical Nuremberg.
Your European river cruise takes you behind medieval walls and towered gates to enjoy a guided walking tour in a picturesque village along the Main River. Celebrate the season in charming Würzburg, known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” and surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Visit the ornate Bishop’s Residenz—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine).
Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the many nativity scenes exhibited throughout the town are sure to delight. Finally in Nuremberg, after your guided tour, you are free to visit the Christmas market—one of the most famous in the world. Wander through Old Town illuminated with holiday lights and decorations, and be sure to savor some traditional lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), a Nuremberg specialty. While on board, you’ll also learn how to bake a traditional cookie and hear all about German Christmas traditions.
Historical treasures of Germany are perfectly paired with the sights, sounds, and tastes of the joyous holiday season on this unforgettable European Christmas river cruise.
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Visionary
Frankfurt: The Westin Grand Frankfurt
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Frankfurt:
in single room from $234 to $309, in twin room from $147 to $181
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