Christmastime on the Danube – Westbound 2019
9 days Vienna to Prague
Starting at $2,129
Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
This Christmastime river cruise begins in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this time of year. Cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. Here, you’ll tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries—where monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls.Arrive in Passau, Germany, and visit the city’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. In Regensburg, after a guided tour of the city, savor traditional sausages at Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants and enjoy a tasting of German beers. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to Nuremberg, the thousand-year-old city with its medieval fortifications and gothic churches. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread) and unique decorations and ornaments. Then, make your way to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic—one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.In Prague’s Old Town, see the magical Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, and once the envy of all Europe. The Christmas markets offer an array of Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Explore to your heart’s content with a warm cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) among the rows of brightly decorated wooden huts, and be sure to see the beautifully decorated tree in Old Town to end this perfect, seasonal river cruise.
Destination & Sightseeing
|Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation):||welcome reception on board|
|Day 2 Vienna:||choice of guided sightseeing, or culinary tour at Christmas market|
|Day 3 Wachau Valley–Melk–Grein:||scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; Austrian cookie tasting on board|
|Day 4 Passau:||guided walk; Christmas market|
|Day 5 Regensburg:||guided walk; Christmas market; Christmas Traditions lecture; beer tasting on board|
|Day 6 Nuremberg:||choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market|
|Day 7 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)–Prague:||transfer to Prague|
|Day 8 Prague:||guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle; Christmas market|
|Day 9 Prague:||your vacation ends this morning|
- 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.
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Johannesgasse 28 Wien Austria
A luxurious 458 room hotel with timeless elegance. Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and guestrooms subject to a fee (payable locally) and there is also a fitness centre with sauna, steam bath, solarium and 24 hour gym. Traditional Viennese cuisine and Mediterranean favourites can be sampled in the stylish restaurant. Viennese coffee and pastries can be enjoyed in the Café and the opulent American bar has a large selection of cocktails with live piano music.
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Pobrezni 1 Prague Czech Republic
Striking Atrium-style, 11-story hotel located in city center on the right bank of Vltava River, near Nove Mesto & Josefov.