15 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Wiesbaden 2019

15 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Remich

Christmastime Budapest to Wiesbaden River Cruise (WBF)

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Avalon Waterways

River Cruise Description

Enjoy exploring some incredible cities of Europe in quite a unique way on this 2019 15 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Wiesbaden. Climb on board your Avalon Suite Ship® in the busy city of Budapest after a two-night stay in the “Pearl of the Danube.” Prior to setting sail, you will go on a sightseeing tour with an expert guide of this capital city of Hungary to visit some of the most iconic sights of Budapest, including the famous Heroes’ Square. Experience the vivid scenes in Vienna and the beautiful landscapes of Krems, and cruise the lush wine-making region of the Wachau Valley of Austria.

Your Danube River cruise will take you to your next destination of Melk, home of the marvelous Benedictine Abbey—adorned with its incredible frescoes, library, statues, and historic pipe organ. As you continue on with your cruise, enjoy an onboard lecture to learn about the classic traditions of Europe during Christmastime. Take your pick between two guided excursions in Nuremberg—a classic sightseeing excursion, or an exploration of the historic Rally Grounds of Nuremberg of WWII notoriety.

Enjoy Christmas festivities in Germany as you continue on with your European river cruise vacation. In Bamberg, see dozens of nativity scenes ranging in size from small to life-size. Soak in the sights, sounds, and holiday treats of the warm Christmas market in your next stop on your European Christmas cruise in the town of Würzburg. Following, cruise on to the stunning Main River Village.

Your Danube and Main River cruise exploration and adventure will come to a close in Wiesbaden and leave you with memories of the classic Christmas markets and scenic discoveries that will last for years to come. This 2019 15 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Wiesbaden is an amazing way to celebrate the holidays.

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River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

Use this day to rest or explore at your leisure to delight in this gleaming Eastern European city on the Danube.

Day 2 Budapest

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

Today, enjoy guided sightseeing, visit Heroes’ Square, and explore the Christmas market.

CLASSIC Participate in a City Sightseeing Guided Tour with an expert guide which includes a visit to the grand Heroes’ Square. Absorb the undeniable beauty of your surroundings in Budapest as you relish an afternoon free to adventure to world-famous sights such as the Chain Bridge. Familiarize yourself with a few of this bustling city’s pubs and cafés, and be sure to wander through the one-of-a-kind Christmas markets that cover the grounds of Budapest every year during this festive Holiday season.

(Breakfast)

Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation)

Time for Coffee, and Confections

Use your free day before embarking on your Avalon Waterways river cruise to further explore Budapest and catch the sights you haven’t seen yet; wander to the Royal Palace grounds and capture photographic memories with this treasure beaming with intricate historical architecture. Relax and soak in the warm glow of the holiday atmosphere and local Christmas traditions before boarding your Suite Ship®. There will be an onboard reception dinner for all river cruise guests as you continue your 15 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Wiesbaden adventure.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4 Vienna, Austria

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

Enjoy cruising and an Austrian cookie tasting on board. Delight in the breathtaking views that surround you as you cruise the Danube, which shares its stretch of miles with Slovakia and Hungary. See the spanning landscapes and sunlit red-rooftops of Bratislava—the capital of Slovakia—come into view as you sail along.

DISCOVERY Indulge your taste buds while enjoying a delicious authentic Austrian cookie during an Austrian Cookie Tasting as you cruise to Vienna.

During your evening in Vienna, you might enjoy partaking in an Optional Excursions to be a guest at a Royal Waltz Concert for a memorable night of elegant music in a vibrant and luxurious hall.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Vienna

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections

Today, enjoy your pick of 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 winter seasons, OR:

DISCOVERY Participate in a Guided Culinary Tour of the enchanting Christmas Advent Market of Vienne to get a taste of some Apfelstrudel or Sachertorte.

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

Enjoy your free time on your own to explore the treasures of the Christmas market, or unwind from your day next to the warm glow of the fire in a Viennese café in the evening.

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

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KREMS
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Krems

Christmas Markets in the Austria’s Wine Country

Today, enjoy a guided walk in Krems, delight in scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley, and a guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk. Spend your afternoon wine tasting on board.

CLASSIC Partake 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 spare time to sample some of the local roasted chestnuts, one of the most iconic treats offered at the Christmas market. Spend your lunch with scenic landscape views as you cruise through the Wachau Valley to Melk.

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Passau, Germany

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

CLASSIC Participate in a Guided City Walk for a further education on this magnificent and thrilling “City of Three Rivers,” OR:

Enjoy a full day of experiencing the city of Mozart and learning how the Austrians spend their holidays as they celebrate Christmas on a Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg. After your chosen activities are complete for the day, re-convene with your cruise ship back in Passau for continued sailing.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

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

CLASSIC Participate in a Guided City Walk to visit the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—constructed in 179 AD to form the entrance to the fortress of the Castra Regina.

DISCOVERY Delight in learning about the local Christmas Traditions during an onboard lecture as you continue to cruise this afternoon.

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

During the evening, relax under the joy of live entertainment provided onboard your ship as you sail to your next destination of Nuremberg.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons

Have your choice of either guided sightseeing or a Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; or Roth sightseeing; enjoy the scents and treasures of the Christmas market.

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

CLASSIC Participate in a Guided Tour of the iconic area used by the Third Reich, the Nuremberg Rally Grounds, OR:

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

Use your down time to wander through the shops of the Nuremberg Christmas Markets (7 Dec departure only). Taste some of the Bavarian treats—from countless varieties of bratwurst, delicious mulled blueberry wine, and endless other culinary specialties that the Christkindlmarkt has to offer.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich.

Full-day guided tour in Munich

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Tour to experience the fascinating highlights of the beautiful Munich. Get a close up look of the former Bavarian monarch residence, Nymphenburg Palace, in addition to the Old and New Town Halls of Marienplatz.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11 Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the local Christmas markets. Take this full day to spend as you wish and experience everything Nuremberg has to offer at your own pace. Go for a walk through the vibrant festive streets, purchase a few last-minute gifts for loved ones for Christmas, or ask your Cruise Director to advise you in a few activities to do that this lively city has to offer.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Bamberg

Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes

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

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

Take advantage of your spare time to stroll through the charming Christmas markets, taste the delicious local dumplings and sausage of Germany, and wash it all down with a tall glass of Bavarian ale.

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

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 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 enjoy participating in a Guided Optional Excursion to the enchanting Bavarian village of Rothenburg. Stop and tour the German Christmas Museum—Käthe Wohlfahrt—the most detailed and iconic collection of German Christmas decorations as used throughout the centuries.

Use your spare time to relax under the warm, holiday glow of the Christmas markets in Wurzburg.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Main River Village

Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights in Beautiful Bavaria

Enjoy an onboard baking demonstration; for go guided walk.

CLASSIC Join a tour accompanied by an expert guide to see a captivating and memorable village that resides along the Main River.

DISCOVERY Put your baking skills to the test as you join a Cookie-Baking demonstration as you continue cruising on board your ship.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WIESBADEN

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Wiesbaden (Disembarkation)

Your 15 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Wiesbaden comes to a close after one last breakfast in the morning. Thank you for allowing us to take you on an unforgettable river cruise adventure.

(Breakfast)

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