16 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Basel 2019

Enchanted Europe - Cruise Only Westbound River Cruise (WBZ0)

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Avalon Waterways

River Cruise Description

Climb on board your Avalon Suite Ship® in the energetic city of Budapest and then enjoy the serene crashing of the waves around you as you spend your first overnight stay sailing to your first stop of Vienna. From Vienna, you will continue on to Austria and Germany as you cruise to Passau, and then on to the beautiful Bavarian town of Regensburg to get a look at its impressive Old Town Hall that dates back to the 12th century.

Continue your 2019 16 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Basel, European vacation as you sail towards Nuremberg, where you can have your pick of either two guided excursions—city sightseeing (classic), or a guided tour of the iconic Rally Grounds of Nuremberg that played a role in WWII notoriety.

Your cruise vessel will take you from Nuremberg on to a full day of exploration and discovery in the iconic city of Munich. Then, sail to the bustling city of Frankfurt for you pick of either two guided tours (included), and from there, continue on to Rüdesheim and the magnificent Rhine Gorge.

Next, your European river cruise exploration will journey you to the marvelous city of Strasbourg in the country of France, which boasts its towering gothic cathedral with colorful stained glass and envied ancient murals, prior to sailing towards the stunning area that is Breisach, Germany—otherwise known as the mouth of the enchanting fairy-tale inspiration of the Black Forest. There, delight in a magical atmosphere of surroundings straight out of a Brothers Grimm story, delicious baked goods such as Black Forest Cake, and a look into true Bavarian lifestyle throughout the centuries.

Your 2019 16 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Basel adventure through the majesty of the Danube, Main, and Rhine rivers and all the thrilling stops along the way will come to a close in the stunning Basel, Switzerland, but vivid and unforgettable memories of this incredible journey through some of the most magnificent and picturesque destinations that Europe has to offer are sure to live with you for years to come.

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River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation)

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

All incoming flights into Budapest should arrive by 2pm in the afternoon and all river cruise guests must be on board the ship by 5pm in the afternoon. There will be an onboard welcome reception for all Avalon Waterways river cruise guests.

Use free time at your leisure prior to boarding your cruise ship to walk through the charming cobblestone avenues of Budapest, dabble through the vibrant art galleries, relax with a cup of coffee, or taste some of the local specialties. Sit back, relax, and enjoy, your 16 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Basel has just begun.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(Dinner)

Day 2 Vienna, Austria

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

Begin your day with your Avalon Adventure Host as they lead you through a Morning Stretch.

Cruise through the magnificently blue waters of the Danube river which shares its vast stretch of mileage with the countries of Slovakia and Hungary. Unwind on the Sky Deck of your ship to get a unique view of the picturesque landscapes, rolling hills, and sun-kissed red-rooftops of Bratislava as this stunning capital of Slovakia comes into view.

During your evening in the romantic city of Vienna, you might like to take the opportunity to attend a Royal Waltz Concert on an Optional Excursions to experience a remarkable evening filled with elegant music in a luxurious hall.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Vienna

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections

CLASSIC Explore into the empire of Habsburg during your morning as you take part in a City Tour of Vienna accompanied by an expert guide to get an up-close look at the city’s gilded landmarks. Visit the complex of the great Imperial Palace, known for being the winter home of the Imperial Family, as well as the stunning Vienna Opera House and the historic St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Participate in an Optional Excursions with the aid of an expert guide to the impressive Schönbrunn Palace—a summer home for the Habsburg Empire for more than three centuries.

During your afternoon, spend your free time by traveling by way of tram to adventure in Austria’s Prater amusement park for an afternoon of thrills or visit one of the many envied museums in the area. You might also like taking a bike from your cruise ship to ride through the squares and streets of Vienna for an alternative experience of city life, or take a tranquil ride along the shores of the peaceful Danube River as you wish.

Later in the evening, unwind with the muse of live entertainment on board your river cruise vessel as you embark towards your next destination of Dürnstein.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Dürnstein

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein

CLASSIC Take part in a Guided Walk and get the chance to learn about the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart who is known for being held prisoner in the castle that sits atop the village during the historic Crusades, OR:

ACTIVE Participate in a Hike led by an expert guide to go up to the castle ruins and get an unforgettable and breathtaking view of the Danube River, quaint village, and the stunning Wachau Valley below.

Sip on a tangy cocktail or a vibrant cup of coffee atop the Sky Deck of your river cruise ship as you cruise the waters through the vibrant Wachau Valley on your way to your next destination of Melk.

MELK
Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors

CLASSIC Participate in a Guided Tour of the phenomenal Benedictine Abbey in Melk for the chance to stand in amazement at the intricate and detailed beauty of its frescoes ceilings, massive library, beaming statues, and glorious pipe organ.

DISCOVERY Savor the sultry flavors of the Wachau Valley during a decadent Wine Tasting on board your river cruise vessel.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUaISE TO PASSAU
(Breakfast, Luch, Dinner)

Day 5 Passau, Germany

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

CLASSIC Partake in a City Walk led by an expert local guide to become more educated about the wonders and treasures of this stunning “City of Three Rivers,” OR:

You might enjoy going on a Optional Excursion accompanied by an expert guide that will take you through a full-day experience of the city of Salzburg—the hometown of the genius composer, Mozart—or rather, an Optional Excursion with an expert guide that will show you the beauty of the gorgeous Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov—and reunite with your cruise vessel in Passau for an evening cruise to your next destination of Regensburg.

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

Day 6 Regensberg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

CLASSIC Participate in a City Walk led by an expert tour guide who will take you to experience the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) along with the impressive Porta Pretoria—constructed in the ancient year of 179 AD—designed to reside as the entrance to the fortress of Castra Regina.

You may enjoy joining an Optional Excursion led by an expert guide that will take you on a visit of the striking Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

Use your free time in the afternoon to go on an excursion to discover the treasure of Regensburg by way of bicycle for an alternative experience of the city or on foot.

DISCOVERY Later in the afternoon, pamper your taste buds with a refreshing Beer Tasting of some of the local authentic brews on board your cruise ship.

During the evening, relax and unwind from your long day of activities as you enjoy live entertainments following dinner on board your river cruise vessel.

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

Day 7 Roth. Nuremberg Excursion

Living Heritage and History Lessons

DISCOVERY During an on-board Lecture, educate yourself further about the Main-Danube—a connection of the two rivers that makes navigating between the North and Black seas possible.

CLASSIC Participate in a sightseeing tour of Nuremberg accompanied by an expert guide who will take you through an experience of the area’s medieval buildings and architecture, beaming gilded fountain, historic gothic cathedral, and impressive Kaiserburg Castle, OR:

CLASSIC Take part in a Guided Tour of the iconic Rally Grounds of Nuremberg that were utilized by the great Third Reich

EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Nuremberg-Munich Excursion

Modern Munich, Storybook Villages and Fairytale Castles

CLASSIC Join a tour led by an expert guide of the important sights and landmarks of Munich. Visit the gorgeous Nymphenburg Palace which was the former home to the monarchs of Germany, as well as the new and old Town Halls of beautiful Marienplatz.

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

Day 9 Bamberg

One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills

CLASSIC Take part in a Walking Tour accompanied by an expert guide who will show you the historic and iconic residence of imperial dynasties, and see its medieval and Romanesque cathedral, historic Old Town Hall, and the marvelous seven hills adorned with beautifully constructed churches.

Follow your tour, take advantage of free time to enjoy a tall glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer) at your leisure and unwind from the days activities. Later in the evening, delight in live entertainments provided for you on board your river cruise ship.

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

Day 10 Würzburg

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

CLASSIC Participate in a sightseeing tour led by a local expert guide who will make sure you see every important treasure that the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” has to offer with its astounding Old Main Bridge, impressive fortress, and renaissance style Bishop’s Residenz—boasting the largest ceiling fresco known to man to date.

You might enjoy taking part in an Optional Excursion with the aid of an expert guide to see the stunning Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Experience the iconic local sights and delight in the charming fairy-tale like surroundings that have been the artistic inspiration to countless artists over the years.

Relax under the limelight of live entertainment on board your river cruise ship as you sail to your next destination tonight.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Main River Village

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

CLASSIC Participate in a Walking Tour led by an expert guide who you show you the beautiful sights of a unforgettable Main River Bavarian village.

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

Day 12 Frankfurt

Culture, Commerce, and Charm in Frankfurt

CLASSIC Participate in a Sightseeing Tour accompanied by an expert local guide who will take you on a journey through the glorious city of Frankfurt to see this city’s import cultural landmarks as well as the beaming financial headquarters which makes a great sight in combination with the tranquil atmosphere of the small and quiet neighborhoods that surround the town, OR:

DISCOVERY Participate in a Guided Tour of Seligenstadt—one of the oldest and most historic towns in Germany and former residence of the great Einhard Basilika—appointed “minor basilica” by the Pope Pius XI in the year 1925.

Utilize your free time in the afternoon to further adventure through the heart of Frankfurt at your leisure. Delight in live entertainment later on board your ship as you sail to your next destination.

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

Day 13 Boppard

Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

Use your free time today to unwind, or adventure into the Rheinallee Promenade for to try some of the special delicatessen fare and sip on a cup of coffee or a refreshing glass of Riesling wine.

During your afternoon, relax and stretch out atop the Sky Deck of your ship to see breathtaking views of the unmatched beauty of the Rhine Gorge as you sail towards your next stop of Rüdesheim.

RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY Take a tour of the impressive genius of the Mechanical Music Museum for a unique musical experience.

DISCOVERY Depending on your cruise dates, you will be taken for a treat of either a Wine tasting or a Coffee Tasting on us.

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

Day 14 Strasbourg, France

A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine

CLASSIC Join us for a City Sightseeing tour that will show you the city’s iconic gothic cathedral which boasts vibrant, colorful stained-glass historic murals, and impressive astronomical clock, along with the enchanting La Petite France District.

Further adventure as your wish through the tree-lined avenues of Strasbourg as you soak in the charming atmosphere of its gingerbread-like homes that will give you a true Brothers Grimm fairytale experience in the midst of this modern city of the Parliament of Europe.

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

Day 15 Breisach, Germany (Black Forest)

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

CLASSIC Stop to experience the enchanting village of Colmar during a Guided Tour that will show you the charming half-timbered house and the early medieval buildings and renaissance architecture, OR:

DISCOVERY Take part in a Guided Tour of the magical spanning Black Forest and visit the open-air-museum of Vogtsbauernohf, along with a visit to a local authentic water mill, and experience a demonstration that will educate you in the traditional art of Bavarian butter-making.

Following your adventures through the village of Colmar, spend free time at your leisure during an afternoon in Breisach. Borrow a bicycle from your river cruise ship to ride along the streets lined with pastel colored houses that sit above the Rhine, or experience Breisach on foot.

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

Day 16 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

Your 16 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Basel will come to an end following one last breakfast with us this morning.

Any departing flights should not depart from the Zürich airport prior to 10 am due to disembarkation times.

(Breakfast)

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