Christmastime Frankfurt To Budapest

Day 1 - Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany. (Embarkation). Welcome to Germany! This afternoon, board your ship and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception before sailing out of Frankfurt. (D)

NOTE:
Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3.30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2 - 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. Later continue your cruise on the Main river to Wurzburg. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Wurzburg. Known 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 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 the beautifully decorated streets on your own, visit the Christmas markets, or perhaps join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg. Here, try a Schneeball (snowball), a local specialty not at all suitable for a diet! (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Bamberg. Medieval Bamberg is the former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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, the town is decked out for Christmas and especially interesting are the many nativity scenes built by local citizens and exhibited throughout the town. Enjoy the Christmas market, where, in addition to candles and decorations, you'll find many regional delicacies such as gingerbread and nut bread. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Nuremberg. Although 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 either 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. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Nuremberg - Excursion to Munich. After breakfast, drive to Munich, where a local expert will proudly show you the sights of the Bavarian capital. An inspiring mix of historic buildings and impressive architecture, you'll see the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, Nymphenburg Palace, MARIENPLATZ in the historic heart of the city with the Old and New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. Later, there's free time to explore on your own. The traditional Christmas market is located on the Marienplatz, with aromas of toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread filling the air and the strains of alpine Christmas music coming from the town hall. At the nearby Rindermarkt, you'll find the Kripperlmarkt, one of the largest markets in Germany to specialize in mangers and other nativity accessories. And don't leave Munich without paying a visit to the famous Hofbrauhaus for a stein of beer! Return to your ship in the late afternoon. (B,D)
Day 7 - Nuremberg. Today you have a full day to explore Nuremberg at your leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Regensburg. Arrive in Regensburg today. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of "historic interest." Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city's lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brucke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Stroll through the Christmas market and take in the tempting aromas of mulled wine, sausage, and roasted almonds everything to create a memorable and vibrant pre-Christmas atmosphere. Before dinner we'll introduce you to some of Germany's FAMOUS BEERS! (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Passau. This morning, dock in Passau. Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world's largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK. Alternatively, you might like to join an optional full day excursion to Salzburg to see some of the famous Sound of Music sites, find out how mice caused the composition of the famous Silent Night carol, and learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas. Rejoin your vessel in the late afternoon. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Melk, Austria - Vienna. This morning, enjoy an included GUIDED VISIT of Melk's magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You'll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace of the abbey over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! Then, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue facade, the landmark of Durnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. Known as the "City of Music," it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Vienna. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, this is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys' Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral"plus, countless other sights you'll see on your GUIDED TOUR. Visit the delightful Christmas market and savor the sounds and smells of holiday cheer. Be sure to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! Depart for Budapest in the late afternoon. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Budapest, Hungary. Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's liveliest cities. Whether you're seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Cafe, Budapest's unique energy is positively palatable. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, see Heroes' Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen's Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city's eight bridges"many famous sights in and of themselves"which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. Of course you mustn't miss out on the Christmas market at Vorosmarty Square where you are sure to find some unique and original last-minute gifts. Just follow the rich fragrant smell of fir, mulled wine and cinnamon - the atmosphere is enchanting once all the lights are turned on at dusk! (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Budapest (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Christmastime Frankfurt To Budapest
  Tour Code  
WFB
  Tour Duration    13 Days
  Start City:   Frankfurt
  End City:   Budapest
  Price From   USD $3,749.00   See in Cart
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2016-12-07 $3749 See in Cart
    Port charges:
    $252

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

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    Extra nights per person in Frankfurt:
    in single room $375, in twin room $210

    Extra nights per person in Budapest:
    in single room from $190 to $500, in twin room from $110 to $255

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

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    Category / Decks / Price
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    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $3,255
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • Cruise: deluxe 12 night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
    Day 1: Frankfurt: (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
    Day 2: Miltenberg: guided walk; Christmas market
    Day 3: Wurzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz; Christmas market
    Day 4: Bamberg: guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas market
    Day 5: Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market
    Day 6: Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz; Christmas market
    Day 7: Nuremberg: day at leisure
    Day 8: Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstkuche; beer tasting; Christmas market
    Day 9: Passau: guided walk
    Day 10: Melk - Vienna: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk.
    Day 11: Vienna: guided sightseeing
    Day 12: Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermens Bastion and Heroes' Square
    Day 13: Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends today
  • Key Differences
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  • Launch Date
  • 04/07/15 8:00pm
  • Meals
    • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes
    • Welcome dinner
    • Daily Afternoon Tea
    • Daily Night Fare
    • Farewell dinner
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • Notes
  • NOTES:
    • Christmas markets operate from late November until the third week of December, depending on the location.
    • 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.
    • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Scenic Highlights
  • Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
  • Title
  • Christmastime Frankfurt to Budapest
 
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