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.
Join a culinary tour of Vienna’s magical Christmas Advent Markets
Visit the Altes Rathaus and Porta Pretoria in Regensburg
Browse spruce stalls of the Christmas markets of Nuremberg
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Initial deposit is $450, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, and American Express. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge
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!