AVALON 2018: Christmas in the Heart of Germany - Cruise Only Westbound (WNF0)

6 days from Nuremberg to Wiesbaden

This festive Christmastime river cruise begins in Nuremberg, the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Guided sightseeing shows you its historical treasures, as well as Old Town, illuminated with holiday lights and decorations. There's plenty of time to visit the Christmas market, one of the most famous in Germany, and be sure to savor some traditional lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), a specialty of Nuremberg. Next stop is delightful Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, throughout town, you'll see nativity scenes built by local citizens. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to charming Wurzburg, known as the 'Pearl of the Romantic Road,' and surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. 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 Gluhwein (hot mulled wine). Learn how to bake a traditional cookie before arriving at one of the charming small towns with half-timbered houses and narrow streets that are dotted along the Main River. Take a guided walk of one of these picturesque Bavarian villages-sure to be even more appealing lit up with festive lights and decorations.

As this unforgettable Europe river cruise ends in Wiesbaden, you will never forget the historical treasures of Germany perfectly paired with the sights, sounds, and tastes of the joyous holiday season.

Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13253377

Tour Operator
Globus
Duration
6 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1NurembergEmbark your cruise vessel in Nuremberg. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception. (D)
Day 2NurembergAlthough 90% of Nuremberg's Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Choose a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city's medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market is one of the most famous in the world. You'll find 200 stalls offering traditional wares, including Nuremberg Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), baked goods and sweets, Christmas decorations, ornaments, and more. After your free time at the Christmas Market, a shuttle bus service will be at your disposal to take you back to the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 3BambergIn the early morning hours, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic center, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)-built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! At this time of year, especially interesting are the nativity scenes built by local residents and exhibited throughout the town. Enjoy the Christmas market, where, in addition to candles and decorations, you'll find many regional delicacies, like gingerbread and nut bread. Rejoin your ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, cruise along the Main River to Wurzburg, and attend a fascinating ONBOARD LECTURE to learn more about European Christmas traditions. (B,L,D)
Day 4WurzburgKnown as the 'Pearl of the Romantic Road,' Wurzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The city makes an immediate impression with imposing Fortress Marienberg perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOP'S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own...maybe visit the Christmas markets or join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg, where you will have the opportunity to visit the Christmas Museum. Be sure to try a Schneeball (snowball), a local specialty not at all suitable for a diet! (B,L,D)
Day 5MiltenbergA CULINARY DEMONSTRATION will be delivered before lunch and before your arrival in Miltenberg. Tucked away behind medieval defensive walls and towered gates, the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg is a cultural gem on the banks of the Main River. This afternoon's GUIDED WALK will acquaint you with the town's delightful Marktplatz (market square), which centers around a Renaissance-era fountain and features striking half-timbered buildings, cobblestone lanes, and one of the oldest inns in Germany, Haus zum Riesen (the giant's house) and the gothic splendor of the Merchant Hall. There's free time to explore before you depart for Wiesbaden before dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 6WiesbadenYour vacation ends after breakfast today. (B)

NOTE:
Flights out of Frankfurt should not leave before 10 am. Gateway city for departure is Frankfurt, Germany.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
12/07/2018$1,849.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Imagery IIQuote
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Gateway city for departure is Frankfurt, Germany.

Port charges:
$120

Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Frankfurt:
in single room from $180 to $245, in twin room from $105 to $140

Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category Decks Price
D / Indigo Deck / $142
B / Sapphire Deck / $821
A / Sapphire Deck / $856
P / Royal Deck / $928
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,428

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