13 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Wiesbaden 2019

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Are you looking for an exciting and unique way to travel Europe during the holidays? This 2019 13 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Wiesbaden is the perfect way! Embark on your European river cruise in Budapest—known as the “Pearl of the Danube”—aboard your Avalon Suite Ship®. Cruise to your first destination of Vienna, then on to the scenic Krems, and then to Austria’s luxurious wine-growing region of the Wachau Valley. Continue on your cruise vessel to Melk, where you will get the chance to visit its marvelous Benedictine Abbey, boasting its vivid statues, frescoes, classic pipe organ, and library.

Continue on your Germany river cruise to Nurembery. During your cruise, be educated in an onboard lecture about the classic traditions that emerge in Europe during the holiday season. Have your choice between two guided explorations—a sightseeing tour of Nuremberg (classic), or a journey through the historic Rally Grounds of Nuremberg from WWII notoriety.

Revel in Christmas festivities in Germany as you continue on with your European river cruise vacation. In Bamberg, stroll through the vibrant Christkindlesmarkt and see the dozens of nativity scenes ranging in a variety of sizes. Take in the sights, sounds, and holiday specialties of the glowing Christmas market in your next stop on your European Christmas cruise in the town of Würzburg. Following, sail on to the beautiful Main River Village to enjoy the end of your 2019 13 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Wiesbaden.

Your Danube and Main River cruise adventure will end in Wiesbaden. This European journey through history, culture, and unforgettable scenery will leave you with memories of inspiring discoveries and picturesque images for years to come.

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River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

Relax under the warm glow of the festive holiday traditions of Budapest before your board your Avalon Waterways Suite Ship®.


Day 2 Vienna, Austria

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

Enjoy sailing; join an Austrian cookie tasting on board your ship.

Relax in the surroundings of breathtaking scenic views on the Sky Deck of your ship as you cruise the Danube, which shares its spanning mileage with Slovakia and Hungary. See the exquisite landscapes and warm red-rooftops of Bratislava—the capital of Slovakia—as they come into sight as you cruise along.

DISCOVERY Pamper your taste buds while relishing a delectable authentic Austrian cookie during an Austrian Cookie Tasting as you journey to Vienna.

During your night in Vienna, you might enjoy joining in on an Optional Excursions to be spectate a at a Royal Waltz Concert for an impressive night of graceful music in a vivacious and lavish hall.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Vienna

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections

Today, enjoy your choice of either guided sightseeing or culinary tour at the Christmas market.

CLASSIC Go for a Guided Tour of Vienna to visit the Imperial Palace complex—the residence of the Imperial Family during the cold winter seasons, OR:

DISCOVERY Join in a Guided Culinary Tour of the captivating Christmas Advent Market of Vienne to sample some local Apfelstrudel or Sachertorte.

Go on an option Guided Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the Habsburg Empire summer residence for over three centuries

Enjoy your spare time to explore the “pearls” of the Christkindlesmarkt, or relax after your full day next to the warm glow of the fire in a Viennese café during your evening.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your river cruise ship later in the evening.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Krems

Christmas Markets in the Austria’s Wine Country

Today, enjoy a guided walk in Krems, enjoy scenic landscape cruising through the Wachau Valley, and a join a visit with an expert guide to the Benedictine Abbey in Melk. Spend your afternoon with a glass of wine in a tasting on board your Avalon Waterways cruise ship

CLASSIC Participate in a Guided Walk to unearth the treasures of this quaint valley town, seemingly unaffected by the habits of the new modern world.

Use your free time to try some of the savory local roasted chestnuts, one of the most praised treats offered at the Christmas market. Spend your lunchtime surrounded by scenic landscape views as you sail through the Wachau Valley to your next destination of Melk.

Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors

CLASSIC Go for a Guided Tour through the marvelous Benedictine Abbey of Melk to gaze at its detailed statues, frescoed ceilings, fascinating library, and baroque pipe organ.

DISCOVERY Revel in the array of flavors the Wachau Valley has to offer with a Wine Tasting on board your ship.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Passau, Germany

Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet

CLASSIC Take part in a Guided City Walk for a further learning experience on this brilliant and lively “City of Three Rivers,” OR:

Enjoy a thrilling day of experiencing the home city of Mozart and learning about the Austrian holiday traditions as they celebrate Christmas on a Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg.

After your chosen activities are complete for the day, re-unite with your cruise ship back in Passau to continue your cruise through Europe.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

Join a guided walk, enjoy the Christmas markets, absorb the education of an onboard lecture, and delight in a beer tasting.

CLASSIC Take part in a Guided City Walk to see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—constructed in 179 AD to form the entry to the fortress that is the Castra Regina.

DISCOVERY Enjoy learning about the local Christmas Traditions during an onboard educational lecture as you continue to sail the river waters this afternoon.

DISCOVERY Later in the day, indulge your taste buds on board your ship with some of the local craft brews in a Beer Tasting.

During the evening, unwind with the energetic live entertainment on board your ship as you cruise to your next destination of Nuremberg.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons

Take your pick of either guided sightseeing or a Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; or Roth sightseeing; bask in the scents and sights of the Christmas market.

CLASSIC Go for a Guided Sightseeing tour of Nuremberg to get a more detailed look at its historic medieval architecture, gothic cathedral, gilded fountain, and monumental Kasierburg Castle, OR:

CLASSIC Take part in a Guided Tour of the famous area used by the Third Reich, the Nuremberg Rally Grounds, OR:

CLASSIC Enjoy the Bavarian town of Roth on a Guided Sightseeing Tour to see the delightful half-timbered houses, its hunting lodge dating back to 1535, its larege market square, and Schloss Ratibor.

Use your spare time to take a walk through the shops of the Nuremberg Christmas Markets (7 Dec departure only). Try some of the Bavarian treats—from numerous varieties of bratwurst, sweet mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delicacies that the Christkindlmarkt has to offer.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich.

Full-day guided tour in Munich
CLASSIC Participate in a Guided City Tour to visit some of the thrilliing highlights of the marvelous Munich. Get a better look at the former Bavarian monarch residence, Nymphenburg Palace, in addition to seeing the Old and New Town Halls of Marienplatz.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons

Enjoy your day as you wish to wander through the local Christmas markets.

Use this full day at your leisure and experience the delights that Nuremberg has to offer at your own pace. Take a stroll through the bright and festively decorated streets, grab a few last-minute Christmas gifts for loved ones, or ask your Cruise Director to suggest to you a few ideas for how to make the most of your day in this lively city.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Bamberg

Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes

Join a guided tour and visit the Old Town Hall; delight in an onboard Christmas Traditions lecture.

CLASSIC Take part in a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the city of Bamberg—the medieval residence of the Roman Empire dynasties of Germany. Stroll throughout the countless nativity scenes set up in Bamberg—ranging from miniature to life-size.

You might use some of your spare time to walk through the enchanting Christmas markets, try some of the tasty local dumplings and sausage of Germany, and finish it off with a tall glass of Bavarian ale.

DISCOVERY Learn about the Christmas Traditions of the local culture during an onboard lecture while cruising to your next stop.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Wurzburg

Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet

Enjoy guided sightseeing and see the Bishop’s Residenz; dabble through the local Christmas market.

CLASSIC Go for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the glorious “Pearl of the Romantic Road” boasting its soaring and prominent fortress, Old Main Bridge, and medieval Bishop’s Residence.

You might like to participate in a Guided Optional Excursion to the delightful Bavarian village of Rothenburg. Visit the German Christmas Museum—Käthe Wohlfahrt—the most meticulous and well-rounded collection of German Christmas decorations as used throughout the centuries.

Use your down time to unwind under the holiday atmosphere of the Christmas markets in Wurzburg.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Main River Village

Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights in Beautiful Bavaria

Delight in an onboard baking demonstration; for go guided walk.

CLASSIC Go on a tour with an expert guide to see a fascinating and quaint village that sits along the Main River.

DISCOVERY Brush up your baking skills as you participate in a Cookie-Baking demonstration as you continue sailing on board your ship.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Wiesbaden (Disembarkation)

Enjoy the last day of this 13 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Wiesbaden. Your vacation adventure concludes following one last breakfast in the morning. Thank you for letting us to take you on a memorable river cruise adventure.


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