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6-Night Trip on Avalon Artistry II

Christmastime On The Danube (Eastbound)

Enter a stunning world of cherished Christmas traditions along the Danube River. Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Nuremberg, Germany, with its medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and palaces. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations and the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world, has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spiced gingerbread), Glühwein (hot mulled wine), and unique decorations and ornaments. Learn about local Christmas traditions, and cruise to historical Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Experience Passau’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral-a masterpiece of baroque architecture.

Arrive in lovely Melk, Austria, and tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey-one of Europe’s largest monasteries. As you cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley, enjoy the view with a tasting of traditional Austrian cookies. This Christmas river cruise ends 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 and enjoy a tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this sparkling time of year on the Danube River.

Included Features:

Day 1 Nuremberg (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Nuremberg: Choice of guided tour or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market

Day 3 Regensburg: Guided tour; Christmas markets; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture

Day 4 Passau: Guided tour; Christmas market

Day 5 Melk: Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey; onboard Austrian cookies tasting

Day 6 Vienna: City sightseeing; Christmas market

Day 7 Vienna (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning

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Vienna (Disembarkation)
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About Avalon Artistry II

Ship Overview
Avalon Artistry II
Part of Avalon's award-winning fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Artistry II features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform the living space into river cruising's only Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning to splendid passing scenery from your window-facing bed. Stretch out on your Comfort Collection bed and cruise with the world at your feet. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck. A true work of art in relaxed luxury on board and amazing adventures on shore!
Ship Details
Year Entered Service
2013
Ship Length
361
Crew Size
37
Suites
52
Laundromats
Number of Decks
4
Deck Plan Details
Symbol Legend
Sky Lounge
Navigation Bridge
Sky Grill
Whirlpool
Premium Lounge Chairs and Shade Awnings
Deck Game Area
Observation Lounge
Panorama Bistro
Panorama Lounge
Bar
Reception
Elevator
Lobby
Club Lounge
Gallery
Dining Room
Fitness Center
Deck plans are not yet available
Additional Tour Details
Christmastime On The Danube (Eastbound)

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.




Ship Overview
Ship Overview
Avalon Artistry II
Part of Avalon's award-winning fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Artistry II features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform the living space into river cruising's only Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning to splendid passing scenery from your window-facing bed. Stretch out on your Comfort Collection bed and cruise with the world at your feet. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck. A true work of art in relaxed luxury on board and amazing adventures on shore!
Ship Details
Year Entered Service
2013
Ship Length
361
Crew Size
37
Suites
52
Laundromats
Number of Decks
4
Deck Plan Details
Symbol Legend
Sky Lounge
Navigation Bridge
Sky Grill
Whirlpool
Premium Lounge Chairs and Shade Awnings
Deck Game Area
Observation Lounge
Panorama Bistro
Panorama Lounge
Bar
Reception
Elevator
Lobby
Club Lounge
Gallery
Dining Room
Fitness Center
Deck plans are not yet available
Christmastime On The Danube (Eastbound)

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.




About Avalon Waterways
Discover the world along its great rivers and legendary waterways. Avalon’s state-of-the-art Europe and Asia fleets feature our award-winning Suite Ships®, with the largest staterooms, widest views, the most modern amenities, included shore excursions, and more. Cruise through South America, India, and Egypt in relaxed luxury with Avalon. It’s the only time we approve of letting the world pass you by!

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About Avalon Waterways
Discover the world along its great rivers and legendary waterways. Avalon’s state-of-the-art Europe and Asia fleets feature our award-winning Suite Ships®, with the largest staterooms, widest views, the most modern amenities, included shore excursions, and more. Cruise through South America, India, and Egypt in relaxed luxury with Avalon. It’s the only time we approve of letting the world pass you by!

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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.