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Christmas Markets River Cruise

December 11-19, 2021

River Cruise

Available

70

 

Enjoy the festive atmosphere from Prague to Vienna and all along the legendary Danube on this enchanting river cruise vacation with the Women's Travel Club. Enjoy guided sightseeing in each city and delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of centuries-old Christmas markets in Vienna, Regensburg, Nuremberg, and Prague. Be sure to sample the Glühwein, Lebkuchen, and other traditional holiday specialties! Other highlights include a guided visit of the amazing Benedictine Abbey in Melk, a wine tasting, fun beer tasting, and a visit of the magnificent Hradcany Castle grounds in Prague. What a fantastic way to start your holiday season!

 

Signature Moments

  • Experience the holiday season the Central European way
  • Delight in the sights, smells and tastes of local Christmas Markets
  • Savor a very Merry Christmas holiday lunch and dinner
  • Listen to Christmas Carols sung by local area chorus
  • Relax each evening in your beautifully appointed stateroom as Europe floats by

 

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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 6 Nights Elegant River Cruise Accommodations
  • 2 Nights superior hotel Accommodations
  • Included excursions with Certified Local Guides.
  • Guided Prague tour
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Beer tasting
  • Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey
  • Cookie tasting
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station.
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos & lattes.
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • All meals
  • Complimentary bottled water daily.
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Women's Travel Club Tour Host
Itinerary
Christmas Markets River Cruise
Day 1 - Arrive Prague

Welcome to the Golden City of Prague! Explore the City of 100 Spires Enjoy free time to explore the Prague and its surrounding countryside. Sample delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.

 

Day 2 - Prague

Take a Guided City Walk to see the grounds of Hradčany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. Spend the afternoon on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Prague (departure 7 December only). Stroll through the brightly colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts.

 

Day 3 - Nuremburg - Embarkation

The Perfect Christmas Wish Come True Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before your transfer to Nuremberg and board your Avalon ship
Accommodations - Avalon Passion

 

Day 4 - Nuremburg

Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to its former glory as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Choose a guided sightseeing tour and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a Nuremburg Ralley Fairgrounds tour.
Spend your free time at Christmas Markets of Nuremburg. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market is one of the most famous in the world. The market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, including Lebkuchen (spiced gingerbread), baked goods, and typical Christmas decorations and ornaments. After your free time at the Christmas market, a shuttle bus service will be at your disposal to take you back to the ship.
Accommodations - Avalon Passion

 

Day 5 - Regensburg

This morning, during a relaxing morning sailing, enjoy an on board lecture about Christmas traditions. After lunch, arrive in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of “historic interest.” Highlights included on your guided sightseeing tour are the 13th-century Old Town Hall, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city’s alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers, built by wealthy families in the Middle Ages to emphasize their status.
Take time to browse Regensburg’s sparkling Christmas markets. Enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread, or bratwurst.
Later, indulge in an onboard Beer Tasting to sample regional German brews.
Accommodations - Avalon Passion

 

Day 6 - Passau

Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. The Christkindlmarkt, Passau’s charming Christmas market, is set against the stunning backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Take in the highlights of the “City of Three Rivers” on an included guided walk. Alternatively, you might like to join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg to see some of the sites from The Sound of Music, find out how mice caused the composition of the famous Silent Night Christmas carol, and learn how the Austrians celebrate Christmas.
Take a brief evening cruise to Linz, and go out for music and dancing or late-night dessert before sailing to Melk.
Accommodations - Avalon Passion

 

Day 7 - Melk

This morning, enjoy a guided of Melk’s 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendor of the frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. During lunchtime, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein.
Before arriving in Vienna this evening, enjoy a special onboard Austrian cookie tasting.
Vienna, the “City of Music,” inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight.
Accommodations - Avalon Passion

 

Day 8 - Vienna

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boy’s Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—and countless other sights you’ll see on your guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, we will offer you a special culinary tour at the Viennese Christmas markets, where you can taste all the best flavors that Austria offers during this time of year. Visit the Christmas market in the town center, and be sure to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture!
Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening.
Accommodations - Avalon Passion

 

Day 9 - Vienna - Depart

Time to say good-bye to this beautiful destination and wonderful new friends. You will be transferred to the airport after breakfast.

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Category E – Fixed Window

Double - $4828 CAD per person - Sold Out!
Single - $6301 CAD per person - Sold Out!

Category D – Fixed Window

Double - $4346 CAD per person - Sold Out!
Single - $6633 CAD per person - Sold Out!

Category B – Panorama Suite - Open Air Balcony

Double - $4364 CAD per person(sharing a cabin) - approx. $3280 USD
Single - $7400 CAD per person(your own cabin) - approx. $5560 USD

Category A – Panorama Suite - Open Air Balcony

Double - $4407 CAD per person(sharing a cabin) - approx. $3300 USD
Single - $7465 CAD per person(your own cabin) - approx. $5590 USD

 

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

Deposit of $250 per person due at time of booking.
Second deposit of $750 per person due Feb 1, 2021.

Final Payment due - Aug 25, 2021

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.

 

Activity Level

Low Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours. Avalon offers specialized tours for those with mobility issues.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 10 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages (Other than beer and wine with meals as noted)
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of pre/post night hotel
  • Airport Transfers (see below)

 

Hosted by:

Debbie Groulx
Besides being an excellent tour leader, Debbie is our office manager. She will often be the person helping you with the all the details of your tour. Debbie is equally as organized on tour as she is in the office and will make sure everything is well taken care of. She loves photography and you will often find her off taking pictures of all the amazing sights you will see.

 

Airport Transfers

Arrival airport transfers may be purchased for December 11th arrivals for $45 per person. Flights must arrive in Prague between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
Departure airport transfers may be purchased for December 19th departures for $45 per person. Flights must depart in Viennna between 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM

 

Pre-Night Hotel

The supplier uses 4 hotels in Prague. We will not know which hotel we will be in until approximately 30 days before the date of departure. All hotels are superior, first class well located hotels.

Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague
A stunning 106-room boutique hotel set in an historic townhouse that dates back to 1889, perfectly located on a quiet street in the heart of Prague's Old Town. Modern Czech cuisine is served in a trendy bistro style setting with an open plan kitchen. For relaxation and connectivity, there is a 24-hour fitness studio, sauna, and free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property. The hotel is ideally located on a quiet street of the Prague Old Town, only a few steps from all important shopping and sightseeing attractions.

Prague Marriott
Located in the heart of Prague, just a short stroll away from the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge, this sophisticated 239-room hotel combines a great location with top notch service. A smart grill restaurant serves both Czech and international cuisine, the relaxed hipster-styled Bourbon bar offers a great range of wines, cocktails and BBQ dishes. There is also an on-site Italian style café, fitness center, and free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property.

Hilton Prague Old Town
A contemporary 303 room hotel offering classic art deco inspired luxury. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in the lobby, access in the rooms is subject to a fee (payable locally). There is also an indoor swimming pool and fitness center and the stylish restaurant offers an innovative mix of European cuisine with Asian flavors. Snacks, drinks and cocktails are served throughout the day in the lounge bar.

Art Deco Imperial Hotel
An historic 126-room ornate property oozing old world glamour with architecture dating back to 1913. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property. This hotel is home to the famous Cafe Imperial which specializes in traditional Czech cuisine with a modern twist and there is also a fashionable bar for drinks and snacks. The Spa offers a sauna, steam room as well as a fitness center.

Rate:
Double Occupancy - $175
Single Occupancy - $297
(Prices and hotel are subject to change. Arrival transfer not available for pre-night.)

 

Post-Night Hotel

Hotel Vienna AM Stadtpark
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.

Rate:
Double Occupancy - $168
Single Occupancy - $281
(Prices and hotel are subject to change. Arrival transfer not available for pre-night.)

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
Please do not book any flights until tour is guaranteed.
Once flight booking for this tour opens we are please to offer a flight booking service. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. A service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Prague
Depart from Vienna

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
Insurance Quote

Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Christmas Markets River Cruise
Avalon Passion

Yet another beautiful Suite Ship graces the rivers of Europe in 2016. The Avalon Passion welcomes passengers to their home-away-from-home with two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than industry standard and ideal for stretching out and relaxing-or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access, complimentary computer use in public areas, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, a hair salon, elevator, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.

The supplier uses 4 hotels in Prague. We will not know which hotel we will be in until approximately 30 days before the date of departure. All hotels are superior, first class well located hotels.

Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague
A stunning 106-room boutique hotel set in an historic townhouse that dates back to 1889, perfectly located on a quiet street in the heart of Prague's Old Town. Modern Czech cuisine is served in a trendy bistro style setting with an open plan kitchen. For relaxation and connectivity, there is a 24-hour fitness studio, sauna, and free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property. The hotel is ideally located on a quiet street of the Prague Old Town, only a few steps from all important shopping and sightseeing attractions.

Prague Marriott
Located in the heart of Prague, just a short stroll away from the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge, this sophisticated 239-room hotel combines a great location with top notch service. A smart grill restaurant serves both Czech and international cuisine, the relaxed hipster-styled Bourbon bar offers a great range of wines, cocktails and BBQ dishes. There is also an on-site Italian style café, fitness center, and free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property.

Hilton Prague Old Town
A contemporary 303 room hotel offering classic art deco inspired luxury. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in the lobby, access in the rooms is subject to a fee (payable locally). There is also an indoor swimming pool and fitness center and the stylish restaurant offers an innovative mix of European cuisine with Asian flavors. Snacks, drinks and cocktails are served throughout the day in the lounge bar.

Art Deco Imperial Hotel
An historic 126-room ornate property oozing old world glamour with architecture dating back to 1913. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property. This hotel is home to the famous Cafe Imperial which specializes in traditional Czech cuisine with a modern twist and there is also a fashionable bar for drinks and snacks. The Spa offers a sauna, steam room as well as a fitness center.

Rate:
Double Occupancy - $175
Single Occupancy - $297
(Prices and hotel are subject to change. Arrival transfer not available for pre-night.)

 

Post-Night Hotel

Hotel Vienna AM Stadtpark
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.

Rate:
Double Occupancy - $168
Single Occupancy - $281
(Prices and hotel are subject to change. Arrival transfer not available for pre-night.)

Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request