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16 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to Budapest 2020

Enchanted Europe (Eastbound) River Cruise (WZB)

Starting from $6,675
Ship(s): Avalon Visionary

River Cruise Description

Welcome to charming Basel, Switzerland where your heart-stopping 16 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Budapest 2020 vacation begins. Set out on the beautiful Rhine River where you will soak in the amazing sites along the riverside.

You’ll set sail to the quaint city of Breisach, as you begin your adventure on an amazing Black Forest excursion, and to tour the beautiful city of Strasbourg, France, along the way. You’ll cruise peacefully to bustling Rüdesheim and marvel at the natural beauty as you pass through the breathtaking Rhine Gorge. The modern and alluring city of Frankfurt is also on your route along the Rhine, and you’ll also cruise on the wonderful Main River to visit a classic village. You’ll enjoy charming Würzburg, and take a fabulous guided tour of awe-inspiring Bamberg, before reaching historic Nuremberg, the jumping off point for your full day excursion to phenomenal Munich.

Your luxurious Avalon Waterways river cruise ship will take you from Nuremberg to spectacular Regensburg, the only German city not bombed by the American troops during the horrendous days of WWII. You’ll cruise next to charming Passau, with its ancient narrow streets and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In the village of Melk, you will visit Austria’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. You’ll experience the sensational and breathtaking scenic views before continuing through the sensational Wachau Valley to the romantic sights of charming Vienna, known as the “City of Music.”

Your fabulous 16 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Budapest 2020 ends in the grandiose capital city of Hungary, with expert guided sightseeing tours and adequate free time to discover some of the astonishing treasures of this dynamic city on your own.

River Cruise Promos

FREE AIR + $500 Off per couple

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.

Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and the $250pp land promo. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFYFY
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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Jun 25, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Visionary$7,475$7,225Call Us!
Aug 24, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Visionary$7,498$7,248Call Us!
Oct 23, 2020 FREE AIR + $500 Off per coupleAvalon Visionary$6,925$6,675Call Us!
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:

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.
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.
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

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Day 1 Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)

Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

All incoming flights into Zürich must arrive prior to 3pm in the afternoon. All guests must be on board the ship prior to 5pm in the afternoon. There will be an onboard welcome reception for all river cruise guests. Following a delightful first dinner with us, explore the corners of your river cruise vessel during your first night on board as you break through the river waters while sailing to your first destination of Breisach. Whether you want to sit back and relax or dance the night away, you’ll be sure to enjoy the first of many nights on your 16 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Budapest.


Day 2 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:
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.

Spend your free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike and cycle there from the ship, or get there by taking a stroll along the lovely pastel-pained houses that sit lined above the Rhine river.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Strasbourg, France

A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early Morning Walk
Join a City Tour of Strasbourg’s sights, including gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District

Further explore on your own through the lush tree-lined avenues that boast homes with resemblances to gingerbread-style houses, that will give you a true Brother Grimm experience within the progressive and modern city of the European Parliament.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Rhudesheim, Germany-Rhine Gorge

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Take a Morning Hike up the vine-clad hillside with your Avalon Adventure Host, then ride the cable car down for breathtaking views, OR:
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:
Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards.
Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

During your afternoon, unwind atop the Sky Deck of your ship for spectacular views as you cruise through the glorious beauty of the Rhine Gorge as you make your way to your next destination of Boppard.

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

Utilize your afternoon with free time to unwind, or adventure into the Rheinallee Promenade to get a taste of the local delicatessen specialties with a cup of delicious German Coffee or a nice refreshing glass of Riesling wine.

Later in the day, relax under the muse of live entertainment provide on board your ship before you depart and sail towards your next stop of Frankfurt.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Frankfurt. Excursion to Seligenstadt

Culture, Commerce, and Charm in Frankfurt
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, OR:
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.

Take advantage of your free time during the afternoon to further wander through Frankfurt at your leisure. Later in the evening, unwind and enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Main River Village

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Würzburg

A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon
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.

You might enjoy taking part in an Optional Excursion accompanied by an expert guide to see the incredibly gorgeous Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Experience the local must-see sights and delight in the enchanting fairy-tale like surrounding that have been the inspiration for many artists. Delight in live entertainment on board your ship in the evening as you sail towards your next destination of Bamberg

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Bamberg

One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills
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.

Following your tour, spend your free time in the afternoon with a tall glass of famous German-style Rauchbier, otherwise known as smoked beer—a locally praised specialty.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich

Modern Munich with Storybook Villages and Fairytale Castles
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.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10 Roth. Nuremberg Excursion

Living Heritage and History Lessons
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:
Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
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 might enjoy participating in an Optional Excursion with an expert guide to see the iconic Benedictine Monastery in the beautiful Weltenburg. Use your free time in the afternoon to further explore the area of Regensburg by way of bike or on foot to wander through its enchanting streets.

Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Passau

Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers,” OR:

Take part in a Guided Optional Excursion that will cover the span of a full day to visit the famous city of Salzburg, known for giving birth to the musical genius of the composer Mozart, or rather, join a full day Optional Excursion with an expert guide who will show you the hidden treasures of the remarkable Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Cruise to the city of Linz during the afternoon, or choose to reunite with your cruise ship later after you’ve completed your chosen full-day excursion.

The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music

Delight in free time during your afternoon to wander about the city of Linz. You might enjoy taking a bike ride from your cruise ship to cycle along the shores of the Danube river, or take a stroll along one of the many nature trails that Linz has to offer, for scenic panoramic views of the rushing river and astounding city in the valley below.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Melk-Wachau Valley

Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.

Relax with a delicious cup of coffee or the zing of a cocktail on the Sky Deck of your cruise ship as you continue to sail through the unmatched beauty of the Wachau Valley on your way to your next destination of Vienna.

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

During your evening, you might love the opportunity to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an incredible evening of phenomenal music in a luxurious hall.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Vienna

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:

Participate in an Optional Excursion led by an expert guide to visit the astounding Schönbrunn Palace—the summer residence of the Habsburg Empire for more than three centuries. During your afternoon, enjoy spare time to use at your leisure to take a tram to stop at one of Austria’s many museums, or perhaps, the Prater amusement park. You might choose to take a bike from the ship to adventure through the avenues and squares of Vienna by way of bicycle, and ride along the shores of the Danube river at your heart’s desire. Later in the evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship as you cruise to your final destination of Budapest.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Budapest, Hungary

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
TaEnjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Utilize your spare time to delight in one of Budapest’s famous thermal baths. You might also enjoy going for a hike through the rolling hills above the Danube for breathtaking panoramic views. Take additional time to further adventure through everything this energetic city has to offer, including its lively café’s, pubs, and nightlife as your wish.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Budapest (Disembarkation)

Your 16 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Budapest will conclude after one last breakfast this morning.


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