Christmastime on the Danube | November 27th, 2023

Price $3565 $3065 7 Days/6 Nights
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Christmastime on the Danube | November 27th, 2023

$3565 $3065 per person
*Prices are CAD per person, based on 2 people sharing in a Category E Stateroom (Indigo Deck) and reflects $500 Early Payment Discount 
If you’re a single traveler and looking to be matched up with a roommate (of the same gender), please reach out to us for details


Avalon Envision: Built in 2019 | Passengers:166 | Crew: 47 | Length: 443 Feet  

CATEOGORY D Indigo Deck Aft | Deluxe Stateroom – 172 Sq Ft. – $3279 CAD (CATEGORY E Cabin is same as pictured below)

CATEGORY B Sapphire Deck Aft | Panorama Suites – 200 Sq Ft – $4265 CAD
CATEGORY A Sapphire Deck Forward | Panorama Suites – 200 Sq Ft –  $4307 CAD
CATEGORY P Royal Deck | Panorama Suites – 200 Sq Ft – $4436 CAD
Image shown below is same for Categories B, A and P – Difference is in location and deck


This Christmastime river cruise begins 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, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this time of year. Cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. Here, you’ll tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries—where monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls. Arrive in Passau, Germany, and visit the city’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. In Regensburg, after a guided tour of the city, savor traditional sausages at Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants and enjoy a tasting of German beers.
Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to Nuremberg, the thousand-year-old city with its medieval fortifications and gothic churches. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), Glühwein (mulled wine), and unique decorations and ornaments. A unique holiday river cruise vacation which offers the chance to savor the views, smells, and tastes of centuries-old Christmas markets and explore historical medieval sites…a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday season!
Highlights: Vienna | Melk | Passau | Regensburg | Nuremberg | Wachau Valley | Christmas Markets 
What’s Included:
  • Avalon FlexDining® for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Daily a la carte breakfast with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily specials
  • Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and rotating chef’s features including carving & pasta stations. Alternatively, you may dine al fresco at our Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather and itinerary permitting) or enjoy a light lunch in the Panorama Lounge.
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro – a less formal “sit-down” atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & décor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure Host
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L’Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • USB Ports
  • All taxes and Port Charges
  • All gratuities

Not Included: 

*International airfare *Trip Merchant is happy to assist you with booking the international airfare from your preferred Canadian air gateway

Out of Country Cancellation and Medical Insurance is mandatory (proof of insurance coverage will be required)

Terms and Conditions:

$250 CAD per person, non refundable deposit.

Final Balance Due: August 29th, 2023

Cancellation Fees: (% of total price)

  • 90 – 60 Days: 35%
  • 59-30 Days: 50%
  • 29-1 Day: 80%
  • <1: 100%

5 Day/4 Night Prague Pre-Extension – November 23rd to 27th, 2023

$1999 CAD per person, based on double occupancy | Single Supplement: $100 CAD | Needs 10 or more guests to operate

Includes: Sightseeing and inclusions as per itinerary, 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, all taxes and gratuities, all transfers (airport to hotel, Prague to Vienna to board river cruise), all taxes. Dinners are inclusive of unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks.

Terms and Conditions: 

$250 CAD per person deposit due at time of booking (non-refundable) | Final Balance Due: September 23rd, 2023 (100% non-refundable after final payment)

Day 1. Thursday, November 23rd:

ARRIVAL DAY IN PRAGUE – Transfers will pick up guests at the airport and take you to our hotel, the Century Old Town 

After arriving into Prague airport you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel in Prague, the Hotel Century Old Town. Only a few minutes walk to the Old Town Square and Prague’s other historic attractions.

Meals: No meals included 

Accommodations: Hotel Century Old Town, Prague (Deluxe)

Century Old Town Prague boasts its majestic Neo-Baroque architecture in the very heart of the city, near the Old Town Square and the famous astronomical clock. This 169-room hotel is a perfect starting point for unveiling the treasures of the Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter or the Wenceslas Square. Follow the footsteps of the great writer Franz Kafka and embark on a journey to discover all the charms of Prague.

Day 2. Friday, November 24th: Prague |


Kampa is a false island on the Vltava River in Malá Strana (the Lesser Town), from which it is separated by an artificial mill race named Čertovka (Devil’s Stream). It is separated from the Prague quarter of Smíchov by Říční Street. Originally, there was a small low sandy island with gardens, vineyards and a mill. Kampa got its current area and shape in 1541 when rubble from the fire of Malá Strana and Hradčany was taken there.

The most sought-after attraction on Kampa is the so-called Lennon Wall, where people from all over the world honour John Lennon. You will also find the shortest Prague street there – Jiřího Červeného Street which is only 27 metres long.

Charles Bridge with a river cruise

The Vltava river and its dominant – the gothic 13th century Charles Bridge are an integral part of the Prague heritage. Since medieval ages Prague became an important centre of trade and a seat of the Czech Kings. The large urban area stretched on both sides of the Vltava river and so a construction of a bridge over the river became one of the conditions of its further development.

Experience an original canal boat from the end of 19th century. Boat “Vodouch” has got unique wooden interior with brass details. Historical stove heating during winter months. Certified shipmasters provide live commentary on Prague monuments and development of the Prague embankment while Berth officers usher the passengers aboard and provide refreshing drinks.

Old Town and New Town

Discover the most significant square of historical Prague which originated in the 12th century. It is the very place where the 27 Czech gentlemen were executed on 21th June 1621 and where the history of Czech lands was written many times. Beside the Old Town Hall and the Church of Our Lady before Tyn the square has several other dominants, the baroque St. Nicholas church, the Stone Bell house – a gothic city palace from the 14th century, and the Memorial to Master Jan Hus. During this tour, your guests will have the chance to learn more of the incredible people who made contributions to building the social and cultural centre of Prague over the years (amongst others: W. Am. Mozart, Nicollo Paganini, Tycho Brahe (Danish Astronomer) or Franz Kafka (the most celebrated Prague writer of Jewish origin). The Prague meridian can be seen there.

After the Old Town, the group will continue to walk and reach the Wenceslas Square, the central square of Prague and introduces the historic city centre of Prague. The 750m long and 60m wide boulevard dominated by the monumental building of National Museum and statue of St. Wenceslas was laid out over 600 years ago during the reign of Charles IV and was originally used as the main Prague horse market. Over the years it has been a regular parade ground for all kinds of organisations and political parties. From anti-communist uprisings to winning the World Ice Hockey Championships, this is where Czech`s come to protest and to celebrate. Crossing the frontier of New Town, the tour continues towards the Old town Square.

Christmas Markets

Enjoy the beautiful markets at the most Famous Old Town Square or Wenceslas Square. Both of these markets have an amazing atmosphere. Get a hot wine or baked chestnuts to double the experience.


The best fine dining restaurant in Prague according to TripAdvisor users. Experience an electrifying atmosphere The river Vltava flowing under your feet.  As you approach the rear of the dining space and step onto the terrace, the view takes your breath anyway. Here you are seated alongside the majestic Charles Bridge and the Old Town Tower. At the night the statues on the bridge come alive as they play their parts beneath powerful spotlights. While all this drama takes place outside, it is culinary excellence that takes center stage inside. 3 course meal with Unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks included.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

Accommodations: Hotel Century Old Town, Prague

Day 3. Saturday, November 25th: Prague


Group would be picked up by original historical trams from beginning of 20th century. Guests enjoy short 30 min ride trough Old town ending next to Strahov Library.

After private visit of public not accessible parts of Library which is one of the most beautiful in the world, we can offer you welcome drink on the sunny terrace overlooking Prague. Once you are ready, we move to next important monument of Prague.

Prague Castle is the largest medieval castle complex in Europe. The Prague Castle complex, seat of Czech kings throughout the ages, comprises many buildings, including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral (Prague`s most recognisable landmark), several palaces, a monastery, museums & galleries, viewing towers and St. George`s Basilica. The crown jewels are kept in Prague Castle, as are the relics of Bohemian kings, or precious Christian reliquary.


This is a large brew pub and restaurant located just behind the Prague Castle is one of Prague’s best mini-breweries, Klasterni Pivovar, also called Strahov Monastic Brewery. Today, Klasterni Pivovar is known for brewing rich, classic Czech lagers, a great IPA, as well as special seasonal brews. Serving fine food, and with a lively, classic Czech pub atmosphere, Klasterni Pivovar is popular among both Czechs and tourists alike.

Brewery and Restaurant

Klasterni Pivovar’s large complex is divided into 3 main parts: the courtyard, which is great place to enjoy your beer in pleasant weather, St.Norbert restaurant which is non-smoking, and the brewery itself, which is more of a pub atmosphere. The menu consists of traditional Czech dishes, prepared well, and which use ingredients from local Czech producers.

Beer tour and tasting

There are 3 beers which are always on tap at Klasterni Pivovar: Sv.Norbert Amber, Sv.Norbert Dark, and our favorite, Sv.Norbert IPA. All beers are unfiltered, and served perfectly fresh and cold. Seasonal beers are also available throughout the year. For example, during the spring they brew a wheat ale and at Christmas they tap a very unique and potent Christmas ale. These aren’t the only special beers brewed at Klasterni Pivovar- having a creative brew master, they’ve come up with a few other varieties, which appear occasionally in the restaurant or even make it to some beer festivals. However- these beers are brewed in limited quantities, and run out quickly. Brewing just 1,400 hectoliters a year, Klasterni Pivovar is a small operation, which is content to offer great beer made from quality ingredients, and isn’t focused on expanding their operation. During beer tour the guests will have the possibility to try local beer and typic Czech beer snack home-made pickled sausage.

Meals: Breakfast and Snack

Accommodations: Hotel Century Old Town, Prague

Day 4. Sunday, November 26th: Prague



According to a czech word Mince (= Coin) this restaurant was built in a house where originally the Coins were punched. An amazing position, right at the heart of Old Town Square, typical Czech kitchen, great beer and a nice place makes this place a great spot for a memorable dinner!

Concert in a Prague Church

In the city of hundred spires majority of towers visible from picturesque viewpoints belong to churches and basilicas out of which more than 10 are located in the very heart of Prague 1- The Old Town, Prague Castle area and Lesser Town (Little Quarter). Get inspired by monumental sacral architecture of roman, gothic, renaissance, neorenaissance or baroque churches and their history which dates back to 9th century where 2nd oldest church in Bomehia, Church of the Virgin Mary at Prague Castle, was founded.

Stop for a while during your walk through the Old Town and enjoy tones of organ concert prepared within premises of one of churches.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

Accommodations: Hotel Century Old Town, Prague

Day 5: Monday, November 27th: Prague to Vienna | Embark your Avalon Waterways River Cruise

After breakfast we will depart for Vienna with the services of a Professional Guide to provide commentary along the way.

We stop for lunch at MARCEL IHNACAK RESTAURANT. Taste Mikulov with all your senses. Marcel Ihnačák`s restaurant in the Boutique Hotel Tanzberg will enchant you with imaginative dishes that combine tradition, a modern approach to gastronomy and the creativity of one of the most sought-after chefs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

This afternoon we will board our Avalon River Cruise.

Meals: Breakfast  and Lunch

Call for assistance: 1-800-481-9739 ext 3
Mention Group Booking Number: 969341
  • Destination
  • Arrival City
    Vienna, Austria
  • Departure City
    Nuremburg, Germany
  • Activity Level
    This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
  • Passenger Limit
    166 Guests
Monday November 27, 2023 - VIENNA, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Austria. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Vienna must arrive by 3:30 pm or if doing our Prague Pre-Extension you will be transferred directly to the ship by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before boarding.

Meals Provided: Dinner
Tuesday November 28, 2023 - VIENNA

Royal Collections and Amusing Attractions CLASSIC Explore the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter 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 Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café. You may join a Guided Optional Tour of Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg dynasty for 300 years.

This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
Accommodation: Avalon Envision River Cruise (Deluxe)

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wednesday November 29, 2023 - MELK–GREIN

Frescoes above the Wachau Valley CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings. DISCOVERY Enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting onboard while sailing to Grein. CLASSIC Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. Enjoy live entertainment onboard.
Accommodation: Avalon Envision River Cruise (Deluxe)

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Thursday November 30, 2023 - PASSAU

Saint Stephens, Salzburg, and the Story of Silent Night CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.” Later spend some free time in Passau’s charming Christkindlmarkt near magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral. 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.

Accommodation: Avalon Envision River Cruise (Deluxe)

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Friday December 1, 2023 - REGENSBURG

Christmas Magic in Bavaria CLASSIC 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.

Take time to browse Regensburg’s sparkling Christmas markets. Enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread, or bratwurst. Enjoy live entertainment on board.
Accommodation: Avalon Envision River Cruise (Deluxe)

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Saturday December 2, 2023 - NUREMBERG

Legends and History Lessons DISCOVERY Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this morning. CLASSIC Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR: CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.

Spend free time on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare—from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt.

Accommodation: Avalon Envision River Cruise (Deluxe)

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sunday December 3, 2023 - NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Call for assistance: 1-800-481-9739 ext. 3
Mention Group Booking Number: 969341

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