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    European Christmas Markets 2021
    12 Days
    From $6,749* per person twin share
    BONUS | Arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer on day 12 included
    Celebrate this magical time of year with a Christmastime river cruise holiday starting in the Czech Republic, on through the beautiful views of the heart of Germany, and ending in Switzerland.

    Get into the holiday spirit as you immerse yourself in some of the worlds best Christmas markets. Sample local delicacies along your journey from some of the best sausages and baked goods through to Bavarian ales and Glühwein (hot mulled wine).

    This diverse itinerary mixes cultures with a common theme of festivity. Bonus inclusions and generous group savings mean you will need to be quick to secure your luxurious suite.

    A small allocation of cabins is also available on the 7 December 2021 sailing.
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    Your package includes

    Your package highlights

    Your package includes

    Your package includes

    • 2 nights accommodation in Prague at the Cosmopolitan Hotel or similar
    • 9 nights accommodation on board Avalon Envision in a Panorama Suite
    • Meals – Breakfast 11 (B), Lunch 8 (L), Dinner 9 (D)
    • Complimentary regional wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast
    • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
    • Ample free time to explore on your own
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
    • Professional cruise director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes
    • Friendly, English speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey
    • Onboard gratuities included

     

    Your package highlights

    Your package highlights

    CLASSIC experiences – A local expert will guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations and the “must see”sites

    • Guided city walk in Prague
    • Choice of  tours in Nuremberg
    • Guided sightseeing tour of Bamberg
    • Guided sightseeing tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”
    • Guided tour of a picturesque village along the Main River
    • Guided tour in Heidelberg
    • City sightseeing in Strasbourg

    DISCOVERY experiences – Spend your day immersing yourself in the destination’s unique culture with inspiring and interactive hands-on activities that are designed to speak to your interests

    • Onboard Christmas traditions lecture
    • Cookie baking demonstration onboard
    • Tour the Mechanical Music Museum in Rudesheim
    • Choice of  tours to the Black Forest

    Live entertainment on board in Nuremberg, Wurzburg, Heidelberg

    Additional optional excursions available at extra cost

    Valid for travel
    1 - 12 December 2021
    Offer expires
    31 May 2021 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Welcome to Prague, Czech Republic

    Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. This fascinating city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires, and pinnacles highlighting its skyline.

    Arrival transfer airport to hotel – BONUS INCLUSION

    Enjoy free time to explore the Prague and its surrounding countryside. Sample delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.

    HOTEL ACCOMMODATION – 2 Nights

    Day 2

    Prague

    Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Czech Christmas Spirits

    CLASSIC – Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradcany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.

    Spend the afternoon on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Prague. Stroll through the brightly coloured wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts. (B)

    Prague

    Day 3

    Prague - Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)

    The Perfect Christmas Wish Come True Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before your transfer to Nuremberg and board your Avalon Suite Ship

    Welcome cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,D)

    Prague - Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)

    Day 4

    Nuremberg, Germany

    Living Heritage and History Lessons

    CLASSIC – Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle.
    OR:
    CLASSIC – Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich.

    Spend free time browsing the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare-bratwurst, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other Christkindlmarkt culinary delights. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)

    Nuremberg, Germany

    Day 5

    Bamberg, Germany

    Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes

    CLASSIC – Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bamberg-medieval home of Germany’s Roman Empire dynasties. Stroll through dozens of Bamberg’s nativity scenes-from miniature to life-size. Take free time to enjoy the quaint Christmas markets, and warm up with traditional German dumplings, sausage, and a glass of hearty Bavarian ale.

    DISCOVERY – Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)

    Day 6

    Wurzburg, Germany

    Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet

    CLASSIC – Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residence.

    You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Visit the Kathe Wohlfahrt German Christmas museum-the world’s most extensive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations.

    Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Wurzburg’s Christmas markets. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)

    Day 7

    Main River Village, Germany

    Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights

    CLASSIC – Take a Guided Tour of a picturesque village along the Main River.

    DISCOVERY – Join a Cookie-Baking Demonstration on board your ship while sailing.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT (B,L,D)

    Day 8

    Frankfurt, Germany - excursion to Rudesheim

    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

    DISCOVERY – Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience in Rudesheim, enjoy a local special treat.

    Don’t miss the tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of sparkling winter wonderlands in the city.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO SPEYER (B,L,D)

    Frankfurt, Germany - excursion to Rudesheim

    Day 9

    Speyer, Germany - excursion to Heidelberg

    Winter Wonders and a Wine Barrel Fit for a King

    CLASSIC – Take a Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat-the world’s largest wine barrel.

    After the tour, visit the local German Christmas markets in Heidelberg. Explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sounds, tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of Speyer Christmas markets. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D)

    Day 10

    Strasbourg, France

    A Gothic Cathedral, Heaven’s Time, and Joyeux Noel

    CLASSIC – Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

    You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace, for an afternoon in a French wine-country village.

    Savor the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by spending your free time this afternoon wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg. Take in the lights, music, and the pleasures of the season.

    EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,L,D)

    Strasbourg, France

    Day 11

    Breisach, Germany - excursion to Black Forest

    History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

    DISCOVERY – Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden-ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting.
    OR:
    DISCOVERY – Join a Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood.

    You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, and enjoy the warmth and glow of the Christmas season.

    Farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL (B,L,D)

    Day 12

    Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
    Flights shouldn’t leave Zurich airport before 10 am. (B)

    Departure transfer to airport – BONUS INCLUSION

    Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

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    * Conditions

    TravelManagers Australia terms and conditions apply, please read here

    International flights are not included in the price.

    Deposit of $300 per person is due within 7 days of confirmation.  Deposit is non refundable and subject to TravelManagers Australia and supplier terms & conditions.  If by 31 May 2021 the cruise is not proceeding due to COVID-19 then a full refund of the deposit paid will be provided.

    This departure also qualifies for the Avalon 2021 Peace of mind travel plan.  Full details available here : 2021 Peace of Mind Travel Plan

    Final payment due to TravelManagers Australia by 15 August 2021.

    Bonus arrival and departure airport transfers are only available on day 1 and day 12.