This timeless European river cruise holiday begins with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, before sailing along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany. Your Danube River cruise concludes in the golden city of Prague—the capital of the Czech Republic. At this time of year, the towns and cities are festively lit and decorated, each in its own particular style and tradition. Christmas markets abound, and the strains of carols and aroma of gingerbread fill the air. In Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital, marvel at the eight bridges spanning the river and enjoy an introduction to the city by a local expert who shows you the must-see sights, and take this first chance to explore a Christmas market.
Embark your Avalon Suite Ship from Budapest and enjoy an amazing view of the landscapes of Bratislava while sailing. Vienna, Austria. Here, Christmas markets are scattered throughout the city, with the largest located in front of the city hall. Join a traditional city sightseeing ending with a walk through the Christmas market to taste some of the local traditional specialties. Glide through the winter wonderland of the Wachau Valley, In Melk, visit majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, and enjoy a tasting of some of the Wachau Valley’s famous Austrian wines. You’ll love a guided walk through Passau, with its narrow streets and beautiful Patrician houses and the Christkindlmarkt set against the stunning backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Further up the Danube River, you’ll arrive at the medieval walls of Regensburg—the only German city not bombed during WWII. Your last stop is the 1000-year-old city of Nuremberg, famous for one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. where you’ll marvel at the medieval fortifications, extraordinary Gothic churches, and the Imperial Castle.
Disembark and travel to beautiful Prague. See the sights with a Local Guide and enjoy exploring on your own. Browse for last-minute gifts at the Christmas market, and don’t miss the beautifully decorated tree in Old Town! The perfect ending to a winter cruise on the Danube!
Christmas markets generally operate from late November until the third week of December.