Christmastime From Prague To Basel

10/18/2019 through 12/04/2019
10/18/2019 through 12/18/2019
Avalon Waterways
Avalon Visionary

Celebrate this magical time of year with a Christmastime river cruise vacation starting in the Czech Republic, on through the heart of Germany, and ending in Switzerland.

Prague, the beautiful Czech capital, is set on the banks of the Vltava River and a Local Guide will be proud to show you the famous sights. The Christmas market offers rows of brightly decorated wooden huts selling ornaments and Czech handicrafts. Explore to your heart’s content and try a traditional hot sausage from one of the stalls.

Board your ship in Nuremberg, Germany, host to one of the oldest Christmas markets. Get into the holiday spirit as you stroll through the illuminated 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, before cruising to Strasbourg, France. This time of year, the historic charm of the city is mixed with the 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, before ending in Basel Switzerland.

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Day 1 Prague: arrival day at leisure

Day 2 Prague: guided tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit to Hradcany Castle; Christmas market

Day 3 Prague–Nuremberg (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Nuremberg: choice of Nuremberg guided tour, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market

Day 5 Bamberg:
guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture

Day 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas market

Day 7 Main river village:
baking demonstration on board, guided walk

Day 8 Mainz. Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat

Day 9 Heidelberg–Speyer: guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; time at leisure for Christmas markets in Speyer

Day 10 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 11 Breisach: excursion the Black Forest; Christmas market

Day 12 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Prague, Czech Republic
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Day 2 Prague
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Day 3 Prague - Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)
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Day 4 Nuremberg
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Day 5 Bamberg
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Day 6 Würzburg
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Day 7 Main River Village
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Day 8 Wiesbaden. Excursion To Rudesheim
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Day 9 Speyer, Germany. Heidelberg Excursion
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Day 10 Strasbourg, France
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Day 11 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 12 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)
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