Christmas in the Heart of Germany – Frankfurt – Prague

Resort: Christmas in the Heart of Germany - Frankfurt - Prague
Operator: Avalon Waterways
Destination: Czech Republic
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 Frankfurt, Germany ( Embarkation )

Welcome to Germany! This afternoon board your ship and meet your crew at a welcome reception before dinner, as you sail out of Frankfurt. (D)

(NOTE: Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3.30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.)

Day 2 Miltenberg

Included today: Guided sightseeing.
Tucked away behind medieval defensive walls and towered gates, the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg is a cultural gem on the banks of the Main River. This afternoons GUIDED WALK will acquaint you with the towns delightful Marktplatz (market square), which centres around a Renaissance-era fountain and features striking half-timbered buildings, cobblestone lanes, and one of the oldest inns in Germany, Haus zum Riesen (the giants house) and the gothic splendour of the Merchant Hall. Later, continue your cruise on the Main River to Wrzburg and enjoy a CULINARYcookie BAKING DEMONSTRATION on board.. Tonight let your Cruise Director introduce you to the ST. NICHOLAS LEGEND (B, L, D)

Day 3 Wurzburg

Known as the Pearl of the Romantic Road, Wrzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The city makes an immediate impression with imposing Marienberg Fortress perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrcke (Old Main Bridge). On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOPS RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you are free to explore the beautifully decorated streets on your own, visit the Christmas markets, or perhaps join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg where you will have the opportunity to visit the Christmas Museum.. Here, try a Schneeball (snowball), a local specialty not at all suitable for a diet! (B, L, D)

Day 4 Bamberg

Included today: Guided sightseeing.
Learn everything about Christmas Traditions during an ON-BOARD MORNING LECTURE this morning. In the early afternoon arrive in medieval Bamberg, is the former residence of one of Germanys most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic centre, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! This time of year, the town is decked out for Christmas. Especially interesting are the many nativity scenes built by local citizens and exhibited throughout the town. Enjoy the Christmas market, where, in addition to candles and decorations, youll find regional delicacies such as gingerbread and nut bread. Be sure not to miss the special gift we have reserved for you in a local brewery. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Nuremberg

Included today: Guided sightseeing.
Although 90% of Nurembergs Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Choose either a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old citys medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market is one of the most famous in the world. Youll find dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, including Nuremberg Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), baked goods and sweets, Christmas decorations, ornaments, and more. A shuttle service to the ship will be at your disposal (B, L, D)

Day 6 Nuremberg ( Disembarkation ) – Prague, Czech Republic

Included today: Guided sightseeing.
After breakfast today, bid your crew farewell and travel by coach to Prague the “Golden City”. You will be transferred to the Intercontinental Prague ( or similar ) for two nights. (B)

Day 7 Prague

Included today: Guided sightseeing.
Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures, such as the Old Towns Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the Christmas markets, where rows of brightly decorated wooden huts sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Get a little inner warmth with a cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) and a traditional hot sausage. The beautifully decorated tree in the Old Town is an impressive sight. (B)

Day 8 Prague

Your holiday ends after breakfast today (B)

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