Christmastime on the Danube with 2 Nights in Prague (Westbound) 2020 - 9 Day River Cruise Vienna to Prague
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Christmastime on the Danube with 2 Nights in Prague (Westbound) 2020

9 Day River Cruise Vienna to Prague

Starting at $3,179


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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This Christmastime river cruise begins in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart, Strauss, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir. 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 views of the 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 svařené 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): onboard welcome reception
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
Day 4 Passau: guided tour; Christmas market
Day 5 Regensburg: guided tour; Christmas market
Day 6 Nuremberg: choice of guided tour 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
Notes:
  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Christmas markets generally operate from late November until the third week of December, depending on the location.

ITINERARY

Day 1
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Vienna to see the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial family, OR:

Day 2
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings

Day 3
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”

Day 4
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—entrance to the Castra Regina fortress built in 179 AD

Day 5
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

Day 6
CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock

Day 7
DISCOVERY Join a Guided Culinary Tour of Vienna’s magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel

Day 8
Welcome to Austria. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Vienna must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before boarding

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Bid your crew farewell and head for the Golden City of Prague Stroll through the exquisite streets of the city and spend a free evening in one of Prague’s cafés for dinner and Czech Beer

Day 15
Spend the afternoon on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Prague. Stroll through the brightly colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts

Day 16
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning

Day 17
VIENNA, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION)

Day 18
VIENNA

Day 19
MELK

Day 20
PASSAU

Day 21
REGENSBURG

Day 22
NUREMBERG

Day 23
NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)—PRAGUE

Day 24
PRAGUE

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OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

Day 27
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

Day 28
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

Day 29
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

Day 30
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

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Day 40 VIENNA, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Austria. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Vienna must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before boarding
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Day 41 VIENNA
Royal Collections, and Culinary Confections CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Vienna to see the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial family, OR: DISCOVERY Join a Guided Culinary Tour of Vienna’s magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel. You may join a Guided Optional Tour of Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg dynasty for 300 years. Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK
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Day 42 MELK
Striking Frescoes and the Breathtaking Wachau Valley CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings. This afternoon cruise to Grein and enjoy free time. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
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Day 43 PASSAU
Saint Stephens, Salzburg, and the Story of Silent Night CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”. You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, Austria. See the setting of The Sound of Music, and learn the story behind the beloved Christmas hymn, Silent Night. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
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Day 44 REGENSBURG
Christmas Magic in Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—entrance to the Castra Regina fortress built in 179 AD. Take time to browse Regensburg’s sparkling Christmas markets. Enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread, or bratwurst. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
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Day 45 NUREMBERG
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 on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare—from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG
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Day 46 NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)—PRAGUE
Bid your crew farewell and head for the Golden City of Prague Stroll through the exquisite streets of the city and spend a free evening in one of Prague’s cafés for dinner and Czech Beer
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Day 47 PRAGUE
Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Czech Christmas Spirits CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradčany 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 colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts
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Day 48 PRAGUE
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

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Hilton Vienna Am Stadtpark


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Am Stadtpark 1,A Wien Austria

A modern 579 room property offering comfortable luxury. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and access in guestrooms is subject to a fee (payable locally). Leisure facilities include a well-equipped gym with sauna and steambath, a contemporary style restaurant with a terrace for al fresco dining during the summer months and a lobby bar & lounge.
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