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Festive Season on The Legendary Danube

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Avalon Imagery II
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Board your ship in Nuremberg and visit this thousand-year-old city with a local guide. The Christmas market is one of Europe’s oldest—be sure to try the traditional gingerbread for which the city is famous. Next, reach Regensburg. Taste some of Germany’s famous beers and sausages. In Passau, see the  narrow winding streets lined with patrician houses, and the magnificent Italian baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which forms a perfect back-drop for the delightful Christkindlmarkt. In Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey then as you cruise through the wintry Wachau Valley to romantic Vienna. Christmas markets in Vienna are scattered around the city, you may opt for a culinary walk through the markets before your cruise concludes in Budapest. 
 
Enjoy cruising through the German countryside
Highlights
  • Join a culinary tour of Vienna‚Äôs magical Christmas Advent Markets
  • Visit the Altes Rathaus and Porta Pretoria in Regensburg
  • Browse spruce stalls of the Christmas markets of Nuremberg
  • Marvel at the Benedictine Abbey on a tour in Melk
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Nuremberg, Germany | Embark

Welcome to Germany. The Suite Ship is ready for boarding. Flights into Nuremberg must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board the ship by 5 pm. Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm the heart and soul. 

Day 2: Nuremberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Classic: Choose a guided tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral and Kaiserburg Castle. 

Classic: Take a guided tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds used by the Third Reich.

Spend free time at leisure to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner while sailing to Regensburg.

Day 3: Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Discovery: Enjoy a Christmas traditions lecture on board while sailing this morning.

Classic: Join a guided city walk and see Altes Rathaus and Porta Pretoria built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

Discovery: Later, indulge in a beer tasting on board.

Day 4: Passau | Linz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Classic: Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”

Also, join a full day guided optional excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart and learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas. Sail to Linz this afternoon or join the ship after a selected full-day excursion. 

LINZ, AUSTRIA
Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a chance to relax and warm up in one of the many pastry shops and cafés.

Day 5: Melk | Wachau Valley | Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Classic: Take a guided tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library and ornate pipe organ.

Discovery: Enjoy an Austrian cookies tasting while sailing to Vienna.

During lunch, sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.

VIENNA
This evening, choose to attend an optional excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

Day 6: Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Classic: Venture into the Habsburg empire on a guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Discovery: Join a guided culinary tour of Vienna’s magical Christmas advent markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel.

Join a guided optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. Spend free time at leisure to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening.

Later, relax on board with live entertainment as the ship cruises to Budapest. 

Day 7: Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Classic: Enjoy a guided city sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs and don’t miss the unique Christmas markets that Budapest hosts every year during the Festive season.

Day 8: Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
 

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A tranquil moment in Nuremberg Enjoy cruising through the German countryside Admire the artistry of Linz Evening in Vienna, Austria Hungary's Parliament building in Budapest

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Avalon Imagery II

Dates & Prices

Per person starting at
$3,348
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Cat. E
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
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Cat. D
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
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Cat. B
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
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Cat. A
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
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Cat. P
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets
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Royal Suite
Royal Suite: 300 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress toppers, European-style duvets.

Notes

Throughout the Ship:
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area, and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

Suites & Staterooms:
  • Comfort Collection Beds with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring a shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • USB Ports
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

Health & Fitness:
  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking, and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure Host

Dining:
  • FlexDining for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
  • Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch at Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes, and vegetarian options.
  • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro - a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
Notes:
  • 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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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