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Christmastime from Basel to Nuremberg with 2 Nights in Prague 2021

From Basel, Switzerland to Prague, Czech Republic
Length: 12 Days - Departs: Sun, Dec 12, 2021

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Experience the holiday season like never before with a Christmastime cruise through Germany and France, with two nights in Prague. From the beauty of the Black Forest to the glistening lights of Strasbourg’s Christmas markets, you’ll discover traditions and tastes that warm the heart. With views like no other, the shining stalls with crafts, cuisine, and curios come alive with music and merriment. Visit glowing German Christkindlesmarkt stalls as you cruise on the Rhine and Main Rivers through Heidelberg, a Main river village, Wurzburg, Bamberg, and Nuremberg. Disembark your Suite Ship® in Nuremberg, and travel to the golden city of Prague to enjoy the spectacular Christmas markets in Czechoslovakia’s stunning capital. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, and courtesy ship-to-hotel transfer. See Hradčany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.

  1. Day 1
    BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)
    Sun, Dec 12, 2021
    Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Stroll through the city center, enjoy the festive illumination and savor Christmas delicacies like waffles, gingerbread, sweets and Swiss raclette.EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (D)
  2. Day 2
    BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
    Mon, Dec 13, 2021
    History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black ForestDISCOVERY Visit to Badishcer 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 vinters’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wind tasting, OR:DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas moodYou 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.Alternatively, spend your afternoon leisurely browsing Breisach’s lovely Christmas market to sample bretzels, mulled wine, and Black Forest cake.OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D)
  3. Day 3
    STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    Tue, Dec 14, 2021
    A Gothic Cathedral, Heaven’s Time, and Joyeux NoëlCLASSIC 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 DistrictYou 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/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO SPEYER(B,L,D)
  4. Day 4
    SPEYER, GERMANY. HEIDELBERG EXCURSION
    Wed, Dec 15, 2021
    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 barrelAfter 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 these sparkling winter wonderlands. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT(B,L,D)
  5. Day 5
    FRANKFURT. EXCURSION TO RUDESHEIM
    Thu, Dec 16, 2021
    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country CLASSIC Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience in Rüdesheim, enjoy a special treat. Don’t miss the tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of sparkling winter wonderlands in the cityEVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO SPEYER (B,D)
  6. Day 6
    MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
    Fri, Dec 17, 2021
    Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights in Beautiful BavariaCLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of a picturesque village along the Main River DISCOVERY Join a Cookie-Baking Demonstration on board your ship while sailingAFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG(B,L,D)
  7. Day 7
    WÜRZBURG
    Sat, Dec 18, 2021
    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 ResidenceYou may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Visit the Käthe 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG(B,L,D)
  8. Day 8
    BAMBERG
    Sun, Dec 19, 2021
    Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle ScenesDISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing 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-sizeTake free time to enjoy the quaint Christmas markets, and warm up with traditional German dumplings, sausage, and a glass of hearty Bavarian ale. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG(B,L,D)
  9. Day 9
    NUREMBERG
    Mon, Dec 20, 2021
    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 ReichSpend 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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
  10. Day 10
    NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)–PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
    Tue, Dec 21, 2021
    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. (B)
  11. Day 11
    PRAGUE
    Wed, Dec 22, 2021
    Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Czech Christmas SpiritsCLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical ClockSpend 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. (B)
  12. Day 12
    PRAGUE
    Thu, Dec 23, 2021
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.(B)

Countries Visited

Czech Republic, France, Germany, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Main, Rhine

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Inclusions

  • 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.


Accommodation Information

Gateway city for arrivals is Zürich.

Port charges:
$252

Health and Safety Protocols for Avalon Waterways

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Avalon Waterways' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Avalon Waterways has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Avalon Waterways' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Avalon Waterways' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

WELCOME ABOARD

New embarkation procedures to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including:

  • Social distancing throughout embarkation
  • Mandatory health screening, including touch-free temperature-check, for all guests and crew
  • Luggage disinfection prior to onboarding (with crew wearing gloves and masks)

FRESH AIR, INSIDE AND OUT:

In addition to Avalon Waterways' Open-Air staterooms, the air in the ships is not circulated between staterooms; only within an individual stateroom and mixed with fresh, outside air.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE:

New social distancing guidelines for guests throughout their Avalon cruise include:

  • Reducing ship capacity as required for more space on board per guest
  • Introducing more dining venues for more dining space per person
  • Crew wearing masks for the duration of the cruise during any guest interaction
  • Providing masks for guests to wear during any event where social proximity could become an issue, including disembarkation for excursions and safety drills
  • Adjusting ratio of guides and coaches for excursions, as required

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS:

  • Electrostatic disinfecting systems
  • UV disinfecting systems

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS:

Reducing risk with hands-free service, including:

  • More hand-sanitizing stations throughout the ship
  • Required use of hand-sanitizing stations when leaving the ship, returning to the ship and entering dining venues as well as entering each public/common space
  • Self-serve stations, including buffets, drinks, specialty coffees and snacks have been replaced with crew service
  • All buffets (breakfast and lunch) replaced by a full range of á la carte menu choices
  • Hourly (or more frequent) disinfection of all public areas

COMMITMENT TO THE CLEANEST SHIPS:

Enhanced cleaning procedures throughout each ship, including these additional steps that go above-and-beyond Avalon’s already strict procedures:

  • Deep disinfection of each stateroom between cruises, including:
    • Use of disinfectants and cleaning materials that meet the highest standards
    • Soft goods in each stateroom (mattress, sofa, window coverings, chairs, etc.) disinfected between cruises
  • Disinfection of all dining areas between meals
  • Disinfection of all shared items like umbrellas, bicycles and other Adventure Center items
  • Disinfection of all goods prior to loading on the ship
  • Ongoing crew training in protective equipment use and hygiene

FOCUS ON CREW HEALTH:

Ensuring a healthy crew, including:

  • Medical certificate required prior to start of contract
  • Daily temperature checks
  • Social distancing in crew living quarters
  • Regular health screenings

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.9
Accommodations
4.8
Itinerary
4.8
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
4.7

Ratings based off 13 reviews - currently showing 6 reviews with comments only

The ship was very smooth. Staff was outstanding and worked to fill your wishes. Food prepared let one experience the local cuisine. I put on weight, diet starts now. Weather cooperated for our trip and it didn't rain.

This was our first river cruise and the ship, the crew, the level of service and the food met or mostly exceeded our expectations. I would recommend Avalon Waterways to anyone.

We got exactly what we were looking for. The river cruise on Avalon was such a great experience and we will surely do another one in the future.

Our Cruise Director, Akos, did a wonderful job making the necessary changes to our itinerary due to the high water situation. He and the staff were always helpful when having questions about a variety of situations. A pleasure being on the Avalon Envision!

Wonderful crew and ship! We had a fantastic time and would recommend to others. Dan & Gail

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