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Christmastime From Prague To Basel - Cruise Only

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Sailing Date: Dec 07, 2018
Through: Dec 16, 2018
Book By: Dec 3 2018 7:00PM
# of Nights: 9
Ship: Avalon Expression
Line:  Avalon Waterways
Terms:  Terms & Disclaimers
ID:  5220491
from $3,249.00  (USD)
Per Person

Airfare not included
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Day Location
1 Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)     
2 Nuremberg     
3 Bamberg     
4 Würzburg     
5 Miltenberg     
6 Wiesbaden. Excursion To Rüdesheim     
7 Excursion To Heidelberg - Speyer     
8 Strasbourg, France     
9 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To The Black Forest     
10 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)     
Number of Nights: 9
Celebrate this magical time of year with a delightful Christmastime river cruise through the heart of Germany, on the Main Danube Canal, and the Main and Rhine Rivers.

Board your ship in Nuremberg, Germany, host to one of the oldest Christmas markets in the country. Get into the holiday spirit as you stroll through the brightly illuminated and decorated Old Town. 200 stalls sell traditional German Christmas wares and seasonal delicacies. In delightful Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll find nativity scenes built by local citizens throughout the town. Learn about holiday traditions as you cruise to Würzburg, and here walk through the halls of 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). Learn how to bake a traditional cookie before arriving at one of the charming small towns with half-timbered houses that are dotted along the Main River. In Rüdesheim on the Rhine River, see Europe's largest nativity scene with life-size figures. Visit Heidelberg Castle, which towers magnificently over the city, and watch the skaters on the ice rink below. At this time of year, the historic charm of Strasbourg, France, is mixed with festive aromas, sights, and sounds-creating a truly magical atmosphere! Visit the gothic cathedral with its ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock.

Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Breisach, Germany-gateway to the famous Black Forest. An area of unrivaled natural beauty, and the home of Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. There is no better setting at this time of year, when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses. Your delightful holiday cruise ends in Basel, Switzerland.

Included Features:

Day 1 Nuremberg (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour, Christmas market

Day 3 Bamberg: guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; onboard lecture; Christmas market

Day 4 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz; Christmas markets

Day 5 Miltenberg: onboard culinary demonstration, guided walk

Day 6 Wiesbaden. Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat

Day 7 Heidelberg-Speyer: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; time at leisure for Christmas markets in Speyer

Day 8 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 9 Breisach: excursion to the Black Forest; Christmas market

Day 10 Basel: your vacation ends this morning

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Travel Date Range Nights Price From   Information  
Dec 07, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018

9

$3,249.00   Airfare not included  
Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.