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Christmastime Zurich to Prague

 

Summary: On this Christmastime river cruise, you’ll start in Switzerland, and cruise through the heart of Germany, with stops in France and the Czech Republic. Explore many unique Christmas markets, where you can shop for locally crafted gifts, smell the aroma of ...

Duration 12 Days
Next Departure 28-Nov-2018
Starting at USD 4,287.00USD 3,787.00

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Operator
Avalon Waterways
Ship
Imagery II, Visionary
Tour
Christmastime Zurich to Prague
Tour Code
WZN

Highlights

City Highlights

Day 1 Zurich. Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Breisach: excursion to the Black Forest; Christmas market

Day 3 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 4 Excursion to Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat; Christmas markets

Day 5 Wiesbaden. Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat

Day 6 Miltenberg: guided walk; onboard cookie-baking demonstration

Day 7 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas market

Day 8 Bamberg: onboard lecture; guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas market

Day 9 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market

Day 10 Nuremberg (Disembarkation) – Prague: travel to Prague

Day 11 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle Grounds; Christmas market

Day 12 Prague: your vacation ends today

Notes

Christmas markets operate from late November until the third week of December, depending on the location (Prague markets are open from early December until the first days of January)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.

Itinerary

On this Christmastime river cruise, you’ll start in Switzerland, and cruise through the heart of Germany, with stops in France and the Czech Republic. Explore many unique Christmas markets, where you can shop for locally crafted gifts, smell the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread, and sample tasty holiday treats.

Embark your river cruise ship in Basel, Switzerland, and sail to Breisach, Germany. From here, enjoy a visit to Germany’s Black Forest, known for contributing Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks to the world. In Strasbourg, France, visit the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with its ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. This time of year, the historic charm of the city is mixed with festive aromas, sights, and sounds—creating a truly magical atmosphere! In Heidelberg, Germany, visit the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle. You’ll find an ice rink at the foot of the castle and the Christmas market covers five town squares with an array of seasonal crafts and delicacies. An excursion takes you to charming Rüdesheim on the Rhine River, where you’ll see Europe’s largest nativity scene with life-size figures. In Würzburg, walk through the halls of the ornate Bishop’s Residenz—then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Learn about holiday traditions as you sail to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll find nativity scenes built by local citizens throughout the town. On a guided tour of Nuremberg, marvel at the city’s medieval fortifications and gothic churches, and of course visit the Christmas market, one of the oldest in Germany.

Your Christmastime river cruise vacation ends in beautiful Prague, Czech Republic, which you visit with a Local Guide. The Christmas market offers rows of brightly decorated wooden huts selling ornaments and Czech handicrafts—be sure to try a traditional hot sausage from one of the stalls.

1.
Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland–Transfer to Basel (Embarkation).
2.
Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest.
3.
Strasbourg, France.
4.
Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany.
5.
Wiesbaden. Excursion to Rüdesheim.
6.
Miltenberg.
7.
Würzburg.
8.
Bamberg.
9.
Nuremberg.
10.
Nuremberg (Disembarkation) – Prague, Czech Republic.
11.
Prague.
12.
Prague.

Visited Countries: Switzerland, France, Germany, Czech Republic


Ship Information
Ship Name
Imagery II
Ship Type
River Cruiser
Summary

One of 2016's two new additions to the youngest fleet on Europe's waterways, the Imagery II continues all of Avalon's outstanding Suite Ship traditions. Passengers can choose from two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. At a spacious 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording the incomparable opportunity to awaken each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, hair salon, an elevator, alternative light dining options in the Panorama Bistro or al fresco grill lunch at the Sky Bistro, and an expansive Sky Deck with whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, a shade system, and deck games.

 
Travel Package
Description Coming from   Going to
Tour Basel Prague


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