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Day Description
Sat
December 1, 2018 — Frankfurt, Germany – Wiesbaden (Embarkation)

Welcome to Germany! This afternoon, transfer from Frankfurt to Wiesbaden to board your ship. Meet your ship and Olivia crew at a welcome reception before dinner, as you set sail along the Main River. (-/-/D)

Sun
December 2, 2018 — Miltenberg
Tucked away behind medieval defense walls and towered gates, the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg is a cultural gem on the banks of the Main River. This morning’s guided walk will acquaint you with the town’s delightful Marktplatz (Market Square), which centers 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 Giant’s House), as well as the gothic splendor of the Merchant Hall. Later, continue your cruise on the Main River to Würzburg and enjoy a cookie-baking demonstration on board. (B/L/D)
Mon
December 3, 2018 — Würzburg
Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The city makes an immediate impression with the imposing Marienberg Fortress perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrücke (Old Main Bridge) upon entering. On your guided sightseeing tour, visit the magnificent baroque Bishop’s 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)
Tue
December 4, 2018 — Bamberg
Learn everything about Christmas traditions during an onboard lecture this morning. In the afternoon, focus on medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walking tour takes in its historic center, 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. Enjoy the Christmas market, where, in addition to candles and decorations, you’ll find regional delicacies such as gingerbread and nut bread. (B/L/D)
Wed
December 5, 2018 — Nuremberg
Although 90% of Nuremberg’s 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 city’s 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. You’ll find dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, including Nuremberg Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), baked goods and sweets, Christmas decorations, ornaments, and more. Shuttle service to the ship will be at your disposal. (B/L/D)
Thu
December 6, 2018 — Nuremberg (Disembarkation) – Prague, Czech Republic
After breakfast, travel with your Olivia staff by motorcoach to Prague, the “Golden City.” We’ll stop for you to purchase a lunch snack and arrive in the afternoon for free time and dinner on your own. (B/-/-)
Fri
December 7, 2018 — Prague
Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; Hradčany 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. Afternoon will include some optional tours or enjoy more free-time on your own to explore the Old Town and Christmas Markets. (B/-/-)
Sat
December 8, 2018 — Prague

Your vacation ends after breakfast today. (B/-/-)

Note: Itinerary is subject to change based on river level, traffic, and locks.

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