Christmastime Zurich To Prague - Cruise Only

Day 1 - Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland - Transfer to Basel (Embarkation). Welcome to Switzerland. (D)

Flights into Zurich must arrive before 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2 - Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest. Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany's BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents once described them as black. There's no better setting for this time of year than when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses with their long sloping roofs, connoting images of warm and festively decorated interiors. Surely, the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. This afternoon there's free time in Breisach to visit the Christmas market"or you may join an optional excursion to Colmar in France's Alsace region. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Strasbourg, France. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is, without a doubt, an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. In fact, on your GUIDED WALKING TOUR you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kleber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. Dating back to 1570, the traditional Christmas market is one of the oldest and finest in Europe. Located around Place de la Cathedrale and Place Broglie, its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. As you stroll through the festively decorated and illuminated streets you'll notice the pleasing aromas of mulled wine, sweets, spice cakes, and biscuits"a truly magical atmosphere! This afternoon, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine region is available. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany. Today an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, which was founded in 1386. Visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You'll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel." At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! At this time of year, an ice rink is set up at the foot of the castle, and stalls offer Gluhwein, Bratwurst, and other tasty treats. The Christmas market itself is scattered over five town squares, and you'll find a wide array of crafts and regional delicacies. There is plenty of free time to shop for Christmas decorations or gifts. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Frankfurt. Excursion to Rudesheim. After breakfast this morning, a comfortable motorcoach ride takes you to the pretty little town of Rudesheim, a perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town. A visit to SIEGFRIED'S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM is a real surprise! Afterward, we'll offer you a SPECIAL TREAT and then there's free time to explore. The entire town transforms itself into one large Christmas market, offering products and specialties from a number of nations, all presented in a distinctive manner. You'll be spoiled by the selection of shops offering a vast variety of Christmas presents and decorations. In the Market Square you'll find Europe's largest nativity scene, with life-size figures. In the afternoon, return to Frankfurt. (B,D)
Day 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - Nuremberg (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


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  Tour Name   Christmastime Zurich To Prague - Cruise Only
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  Tour Duration    10 Days
  Start City:   Zurich
  End City:   Nuremberg
  Price From   USD $2,899.00   See in Cart
(not including airfare)
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Pricing (Per Person)

Land Start Date Price From:
2016-12-03 USD $2,899.00 See in Cart
2017-11-30 USD $2,899.00 See in Cart
    Port charges:

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Prague:
    in single room from $190 to $315, in twin room from $110 to $175

    Prices shown above 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 / $256
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1,349
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1,413
    P / Royal Deck / $1,542
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,442


  • City Highlights
  • Cruise: deluxe 9-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
    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 Frankfurt. Excursion to Rudesheim: visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat
    Day 6 Miltenberg: guided walk; Christmas market
    Day 7 Wurzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz; Christmas market
    Day 8 Bamberg: 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): your vacation ends today
  • Key Differences
  • AW_Always_Included_Europe_2016
  • 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:
    • 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.
  • Scenic Highlights
  • Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
  • Title
  • Christmastime Zurich to Prague - Cruise Only
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