About this Tour

Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaning with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Rothenburg Christmas market with the largest selection of German Christmas decorations in the world; Munich where over 30 different Christmas markets reside; Regensburg’s Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic; and Vienna with its impressive Christmas markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner, to name a few. Sparkling lights, festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols, enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages, and sweet treats of every kind, and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.

Activity Level

Tours require a greater level of physical activity. Walking tours of cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours and walk longer distances which may be over uneven ground and steps, climb in and out of zodiacs or small boats without assistance. This tour may include some activities not suitable for people with mobility restrictions.

What's Included

  • Multi-night Stays in Frankfurt, Wurzburg & Munich
  • City Tours of Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Augsburg & Munich
  • Christmas Markets of Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Augsburg & Munich
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Wurzburg Palace
  • Tasting of a Rothenburg Fried Snowball & Hot Mulled Wine
  • Romantic Road of Bavaria
  • Medieval towns of Nordlingen, Augsburg & Oberammergau
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Palace
  • All breakfasts & 3 dinners

River Cruise Highlights

  • 6 nights onboard the Avalon's 'Avalon View'
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi, Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, elevator, game area & premium lounges
  • 24-hour self serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, teas, hot chocolate & premium coffee
  • Fully appointed luxury staterooms and satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Daily a la carte breakfast with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy options and daily specials
  • Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy options and rotating chef's features
  • Daily afternoon tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches; fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner including selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options
  • Welcome & Farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Daily Excursions
  • Cruise Gratuities

Dates & Pricing

December 01, 2023 – December 15, 2023 Space Available

Weather Varies

We wish we could control the weather, but on the day this tour begins you can expect temperatures (°C) within this range:

Frankfurt

Highs5
Lows1

Passau

Highs1
Lows-4

Munich

Highs4
Lows-2

Vienna

Highs4
Lows0

Itinerary

Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaning with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Rothenburg Christmas market with the largest selection of German Christmas decorations in the world; Munich where over 30 different Christmas markets reside; Regensburg’s Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic; and Vienna with its impressive Christmas markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner, to name a few. Sparkling lights, festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols, enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages, and sweet treats of every kind, and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.

Day 1 – Home Cities to Frankfurt, Germany

Lost day in flight. 

Day 2 – Frankfurt

Welcome to Frankfurt! After being transferred to the hotel spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure stroll through the Christmas Markets, do some shopping and take in the sights. Later this evening, join the rest of the group for a Welcome Dinner.

Day 3 – Frankfurt

Today enjoy a City Tour of Frankfurt am Main. See the historic old city sites of Römerberg and Kaiserdom, as well as the finance and banking district. The skyscrapers here are among the highest in Europe, which is why the city has been given the nickname ‘Mainhattan’. The afternoon will be at your leisure, with more time to check out the Christmas Markets and do some last-minute shopping.

Day 4 – Frankfurt to Wurzburg

This morning, make your way to Würzburg, enjoy a City Tour and revel in the opulent baroque and rococo architecture of this beautiful city. Once the great seat of power for the Prince-Bishops of Germany. No visit to Würzburg is complete without a guided tour of one of Europe’s most renowned baroque castles – the UNESCO World Heritage Site Würzburg Residence. This colossal palace, with its over 300 rooms, illustrates the grand power of the ancient regional rulers. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to visit the Christmas Markets before our included dinner.

Day 5 – Rothenburg O.D.T

Today is spent in Rothenburg, a picturesque town famous for its ‘Rothenburg Reiterlesmarkt’. The name originates from a Germanic legend that refers to a lucky figure who brings joy to all people through his visit. Have a chance to taste the famous ‘fried snowball’! Afterwards, some free time to do some shopping at the Christmas Market where you will find the largest selection of German Christmas decorations in the world.

Day 6 – Wurzburg to Munich

This morning, take a journey along the famous Romantic Road, dotted with 29 medieval towns. Stop along the way at Nördlingen, with fully intact city walls and magnificent medieval, and renaissance house. Originating in the 15th century, Augsburg, known for its medieval square, fills up with one of the oldest Christmas Markets. Upon arrival in Munich, the remainder of the day is yours to explore.

Day 7 – Munich

During a walking City Tour, see Munich’s most intriguing sights like the Victual’s Market, Marienplatz, Sendlinger Gate, Palace of Justice and New Court. To warm up, enjoy a cup of hot mulled wine at the famous Marienplatz Christmas Market. After, go Christmas Market hopping to check out some of the 30 plus different markets that Munich has to offers. Later this evening, enjoy an included dinner.

Day 8 – Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Palace

Today is spent discovering both the Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the most photographed in the world, and Linderhof Palace, the only building, out of three, King Ludwig II saw to completion. On route, stop at the picturesque village of Oberammergau where you can wander through the lanes of this quant village.

Day 9 – Munich to Nuremberg

This morning depart Munich for Nuremberg and board Avalon’s ‘Avalon View’, your home for the next six nights. Built in 2020, passengers an choose from two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform the living space into a unique open-air balcony. Enjoy exceptional onboard cuisine, sit back in the Observation Lounge, relax at the library over a book or board games and view Europe from the Sky Deck.

Day 10 – Nuremberg

Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle OR join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds used by the Third Reich. Later, spend free time on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favourite Bavarian fare – from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt.

Day 11 – Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria – entrance to the Castra Regina fortress built in 179 AD. Later we take time to browse Regensburg’s sparkling Christmas Markets. Enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread, or bratwurst. On board, participate on a Christmas Traditions Lecture. 

Day 12 – Passau

Join a Walking Tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, OR you may like to join a guided optional excursion($) to Salzburg, Austria. See the setting of The Sound of Music, and learn the story behind the beloved Christmas hymn, Silent Night. Spend free time in Passau’s charming Christmas Market. Take a brief evening cruise to Linz and go out for music and dancing or late-night dessert before sailing to Melk.

Day 13 – Melk, Austria - Vienna

High on a rocky outcrop lies the Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s most revered Baroque monasteries. Visit this magnificent Benedictine Abbey, which now houses a museum chronicling its history and a famous library with countless medieval manuscripts. Afterward, enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting while sailing through the splendid Wachau Valley to Vienna. This evening you may choose to attend an optional excursion($) to a Royal Waltz Concert.

Day 14 – Vienna

Explore the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace Complex – the winder residence of the Imperial Family, the iconic Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Vienna Christmas Market or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening. You may also join a guided optional tour($) of Schönbrunn Palace – summer home of the Habsburg dynasty 300 years.

Day 15 – Vienna to Home City

Disembark the ship in Vienna and bid farewell to all your newfound friends.

What you will experience on this tour

Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaning with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Rothenburg Christmas market with the largest selection of German Christmas decorations in the world; Munich where over 30 different Christmas markets reside; Regensburg’s Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic; and Vienna with its impressive Christmas markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner, to name a few. Sparkling lights, festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols, enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages, and sweet treats of every kind, and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.

Multi-night Stays in Frankfurt, Wurzburg & Munich

Sometimes a day just isn't enough to take in all a place has to offer.

City tours of Frankfurt, Wurzburg & Munich

Enjoy a guided city tour of Frankfurt, Wurzburg & Munich.

Christmas Markets of Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Augsburg & Munich

Christmas time is here! Explore the many Christmas Markets in Germany, drink hot mulled wine as you browse the many different Germanic ornanments, view the towering Christmas trees and shop around for some of the many original Christmas gifts. Enjoy full access to the Christmas Markets of Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Augsburg and Munich. 

UNESCO World Heritage Site Wurzburg Residence

Unlike many Palaces, the Wurzburg Residence was built in its entirety, with short interruptions, almost within a single generation. The architects drew their insirpation from an area extending from Vienna to Paris and from Genoa and Venice to Amsterdam. The building emobides the attainments of Western architecture of its day, French chateau architecture, Viennese baroque and the religious and secular architecture of northern Italy and is a synthesis of the arts of astonishing universality. 

Tasting of a Rothenburg Fried Snowball and Hot Mulled Wine

You will have the opportunity to taste a Fried Snowball in Rothenburg, otherwise known as a Schneeball. It is a pastry made from shortcrust pastry traditionally decorated with white confectioner's sugar. 

While in Munich before you explore the Christmas Markets, you will be given the chance to taste some Hot Mulled Wine, a spiced wine made up of red wine along with various different spices and is served warm.

Romantic Road of Bavaria

The name Romantic Road gives expression to the feelings experienced by many people when they see the medieval towns or the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein. The Romantic Road reveals the wealth of European history, art and culture awaiting travellers. 

Medieval towns of Nordlingen, Augsburg & Oberammergau

Nordlingen with its wholly intact city walls with their turrets and gatehouses, and magnificent Medieval and Renaissance houses. Augsburg with its grandeur buildings from the Gothic, Renaissance and Rococo eras. Oberammergau, well known for its long tradition of woodcarving craftsmen and the Bavarian themes, fairy tales and religious scenes carved into the many homes and buildings. There are many attractions throughout these German towns that will catch your eye.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace

Neuschwanstein Castle is considered to be the most popular castle in Europe, in part because of the faiy tale architecture that make this castle. The castle illustrates the ideals and longings of King Ludwig II more vividly than any of his other buildings. The castle was not designed for royal representation, but as a place of retreat. Here, King Ludwig II escaped into a dream world - the poetic world of the Middle Ages. 

Linderhof Palace was the first of three buildings King Ludwig II was making plans to build. However neither of the plans King Ludwig II envisaged were ever built. Instead, the new building developed around the forester's house belonging to his father Maximilian II, which was located in the open space in front of the present palace and was used by the king when crown prince on hunting expeditions wit his father. Linderhof Palace was the only large palace King Ludwig II lived to see completed. 

7-nights onboard the Avalon View

The newest addition to Avalon's fleet, the Avalon View certainly lives up to its name! Passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. the 200sqft Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, with Avalon's signature window-facing 'Beds with a View'. Onboard amenities include:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • A state-of-the-art Fitness Center
  • An adventure center for bikes and active gear
  • An Avalon Host to assis with excursions and activities
  • Exceptional onboard cuisine, including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile FlexDining venues
  • Library books, cards and board games in the Club Lounge
  • Observation Lounge offering the perfect vantage point
  • An expansive Sky Deck with a whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, shade system and deck games

Meals

All breakfasts, 2 tastings and 3 dinners are included during the land portion of the tour. All meals onboard the AmaLea during the river cruise are included. 

Dates & Pricing

Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaning with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Rothenburg Christmas market with the largest selection of German Christmas decorations in the world; Munich where over 30 different Christmas markets reside; Regensburg’s Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic; and Vienna with its impressive Christmas markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner, to name a few. Sparkling lights, festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols, enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages, and sweet treats of every kind, and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.

December 01, 2023 – December 15, 2023 Space Available


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Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaning with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Rothenburg Christmas market with the largest selection of German Christmas decorations in the world; Munich where over 30 different Christmas markets reside; Regensburg’s Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic; and Vienna with its impressive Christmas markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner, to name a few. Sparkling lights, festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols, enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages, and sweet treats of every kind, and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.

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