18 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Budapest to Basel 2024

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Budapest to Basel

Enchanted Europe with 2 Nights in Budapest for Beer Enthusiasts (Westbound)

Starting from $7,047
Ship(s): Avalon Passion
Avalon Waterways
18 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Budapest to Basel 2024

River Cruise Description

Board your Avalon Suite Ship® after enjoying two nights in Budapest, the "Pearl of the Danube." Your Danube River cruise embarks with an overnight cruise to Vienna, followed by Dürnstein and Melk in Austria's beautiful Wachau Valley. Cruise from Austria to Germany as you sail to Passau, then the Bavarian city of Regensburg to see the 12th-century Old Town Hall. For beer enthusiasts, a knowledgeable Beer Expert joins the second portion of your cruise to host lectures, beer tasting, and food-and-beer-pairings for an authentic German and France River cruise experience. Cruise to Nuremberg to choose a guided tour of Roth, Nuremberg city sightseeing, or a tour of the notorious Nuremberg Rally Grounds of WWII. In the afternoon, enjoy a hop garden tour while tasting also a local beer. From Nuremberg, join a full-day excursion to Munich before sailing to Frankfurt for guided sightseeing. Later enjoy a local beer tour. Next, cruise to Rüdesheim and through the magnificent Rhine Gorge. Your European river cruise stops in splendid Strasbourg, France, with its Gothic cathedral towering above its stained glass and murals, before cruising to Breisach, Germany-gateway to the magical Black Forest. Enjoy a day of storybook surroundings, sumptuous bakery specialties (such as Black Forest Cake), and a glimpse into generations of authentic Bavarian life. Your river cruise on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers concludes in Basel, Switzerland.



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Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
Discovery
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests — from cooking classes, to painting workshops — to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Active
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go — from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

Day 2 BUDAPEST

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Classic
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
(B)

Day 3 BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)

Time for Coffee, and Confections
With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship®.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(B,D)

Day 4 VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Viennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.
This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
(B,L,D)

Day 5 VIENNA

Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions
Active
Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
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.
Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace— summer home of the Habsburg Empire.
Enjoy free time this afternoon to take a tram to visit Vienna’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also borrow a bike from the ship to explore Vienna’s square or the banks of the Danube.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
(B,L,D)

Day 6 DÜRNSTEIN–WACHAU VALLEY

A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins
Active
Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades.
Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.
MELK
Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below
Active
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
Discovery
Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
(B,L,D)

Day 7 PASSAU, GERMANY

Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
Classic
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”.
Alternatively join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
(B,L,D)

Day 8 REGENSBURG

Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active
Explore Walhalla by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.
Alternatively spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH
(B,L,D)

Day 9 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG

Legends and History Lessons
Discovery
Enjoy an onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black seas.
Active
Explore Roth's Lauter valley with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR:
Classic
Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
(B,L,D)

Day 10 NUREMBERG–EXCURSION TO MUNICH

A King’s Palace and Town Halls
Classic
Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
(B,D)

Day 11 BAMBERG

The City of Seven Hills
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Active
Your bike is ready! Hop on and bike along the canals in Bamberg with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches.
Discovery
Discover a very special family run hop garden where you will also taste a local beer.
After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer).
Later in the evening, enjoy onboard a beer lecture hosted by your Beer Expert while cruising.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
(B,L,D)

Day 12 WÜRZBURG

A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists.
Active
Explore Würzburg's charm by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.
Enjoy live entertainment on board while sailing tonight.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
(B,L,D)

Day 13 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Beauty on the Main River
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River Bavarian village.
Discovery
Enjoy an onboard beer tasting hosted by your Beer Expert.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT
(B,L,D)

Day 14 FRANKFURT. EXCURSION TO SELIGENSTADT

Charm in Frankfurt
Active
Enjoy an easy biking experience in Frankfurt with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Take a Guided Tour to Seligenstadt—one of Germany’s oldest towns and home to the Einhard Basilika—dubbed “minor basilica” in 1925 by Pope Pius XI, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Frankfurt to see the city’s cultural landmarks and gleaming financial headquarters combined with the cozy ambience of quaint neighborhoods.
Discovery
Venture beyond the traditional pilsner on this on this exciting guided brewery tour featuring an introduction to some of Frankfurt’s most delicious craft beers.
Spend free time this afternoon exploring Frankfurt on your own.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOPPARD
(B,L,D)

Day 15 BOPPARD

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge
Free time to explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicious food and drink.
This afternoon, relax on the Sky Deck with views of the spectacular Rhine Gorge en route to Rüdesheim.
RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Active
Enjoy a hike with your Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR:
Discovery
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.
This evening enjoy an onboard food and beer pairing dinner hosted by your Beer Expert.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
(B,L,D)

Day 16 STRASBOURG

A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Discovery
Onboard beer and cheese tasting hosted by your Beer Expert.
Classic
Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
(B,L,D)

Day 17 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest
Active
Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.
Discovery
Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL
(B,L,D)

Day 18 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

Your vacation ends this morning with breakfast.
Departure flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.
(B)
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