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Christmas Markets River Cruise

December 7-15, 2023

River Cruise

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
  • Shipboard gratuity if group minumum is met.
  • Women's Travel Club Tour Host


Day 1
Women's Travel Club Christmas Markets River Cruise - Prague
Welcome to 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. Arrive anytime today and settle in a the hotel. We will meet tonight for a quick welcome meeting and to get acquainted.
Accommodations: Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague (or similar)

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Christmas Markets River Cruise - 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. Stroll through the brightly colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts.
Accommodations: Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague (or similar)

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Christmas Markets River Cruise - Nuremburg
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
Women's Travel Club Christmas Markets River Cruise - 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
Women's Travel Club Christmas Markets River Cruise - 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
Women's Travel Club Christmas Markets River Cruise - 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
Women's Travel Club Christmas Markets River Cruise - Mozart

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
Women's Travel Club Christmas Markets River Cruise - 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
Women's Travel Club Christmas Markets River Cruise - Vienna

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

**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

Category E – Fixed Window

Double - $3442 CAD per person(sharing a cabin) - approx. $2700 USD
Single - $5912 CAD per person(your own cabin) - approx. $4600 USD

Category D – Fixed Window

Double - $3656 CAD per person(sharing a cabin) - approx. $2850 USD
Single - $6243 CAD per person(your own cabin) - approx. $4850 USD

Category B – Panorama Suite - Open Air Balcony

Double - $4642 CAD per person(sharing a cabin) - approx. $3600 USD
Single - $7772 CAD per person(your own cabin) - approx. $6050 USD

Category A – Panorama Suite - Open Air Balcony

Double - $4684 CAD per person(sharing a cabin) - approx. $3650 USD
Single - $7837 CAD per person(your own cabin) - approx. $6100 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.

Final Payment due - September 1, 2023

*Any payments are non-refundable if you cancel after their date due, we strongly recommend travel insurance. 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


  • International Airfare
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages (Other than beer and wine with meals as noted)
  • Gratuity (if group minimum not met)
  • 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.


Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to
Please do not book flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive to Prague anytime.
Depart from Vienna after 6 AM

Please complete the form to request flight options for your tour. The Women's Travel Club Flight Department will work with you to arrange the best options. Our Flight management fee is CAD 100.00 + HST, per tour.

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.

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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.

Member Reviews

See what our clients who have traveled with us have to say about this tour.


4 Star Rating

"I found the walking on several of the days too much for me. Love the food and accommodations on the boat and many of the guides." Chris

WTC Reply - Thanks for the feedback Chris. Avalon now offers a more relaxed tour option for anyone who has trouble with walking the longer distances.


5 Star Rating

"Loved the River Boat which was very well appointed, the food was first rate and the service was very good. The inclusions and the optional tours were very informative and the tour guides were exceptional especially Alex in Passau and Susanne in Vienna. Loved the concert in Vienna as well. All the gals on the trip were lovely and fun to be with." Sharon


4 Star Rating

"Loved Avalon and look forward to the Tulip Cruise in April." Jan


5 Star Rating

"A great time even though I had a bad cold., loved the Christmas markets and enjoyed the group and liked river cruising." Anne


5 Star Rating

"There isn't anything about this tour I would change. The pace, the places, and the group were just what I needed to celebrate my 50th birthday. Well done, Debbie!!" Angela


5 Star Rating

"Debbie was a considerate and fun tour leader .. I look forward to travelling with her again. The quality of service we received was amazing." Susan


5 Star Rating

"Very well organized, enjoyed the whole experience & would definitely recommend this to my friends & others. To experience the people, history & the tour down the Danube was amazing." Annette