17 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to Budapest 2019

17 Day Avalon River Cruise from Paris to Budapest

Christmastime from Basel to Budapest River Cruise (WMB)

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River Cruise Description

Enjoy Christmastime on this wonderful 2019 17 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Budapest. Your journey through the magnificent countries of France and Germany, beginning in Basel, Switzerland, will embark on your Avalon Suite Ship® and set sail for the Bavarian village of Breisach. From Breisach, join a full day tour of the famous Black Forest stretch to create the perfect Christmas atmosphere to begin your vacation, and get a whiff of local holiday traditions at the town’s enchanting markets.

You will be stunned at the sight of the gothic cathedral and the other historic landmarks of Strasbourg, France. Stroll through the warm cheery atmospheres of the Christmas markets which add a charming touch to the city. Your river cruise will journey you to Speyer, Germany, for an exploration of Heidelberg Castle, including down time to spend as you wish dabbling a bit more through the offerings and novelties of the Christmas markets of Heidelberg or Speyer.

Stop to gaze at the beauty of the Main river village before continuing on to your next stop in Würzburg, also famed as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” Breathe in the fragrant atmosphere and the thrilling sights and sounds of the warm Christmas markets of Würzburg before going forward with your European river cruise vacation. Prepare yourself to relish the joys of Christmas in the Heart of Germany and learn about the treasured traditions of Germany that surround this time of the year in a lecture on board your Avalon Waterways river cruise vessel. Enjoy a sightseeing tour with an expert guide through Bamberg’s vibrant Christkindlesmarkt, which stuns numerous nativity scenes varying in size from small to life-size.

Your Europe river cruise vacation includes a stop in Nuremberg, complete with a guided sightseeing tour, down time to spend as you please to stroll through the local Christmas markets, and continues on with a journey to Rüdesheim. From there, continue on your river cruise to Regensburg, which holds its title for being the only German city that was not bombed during the destructions of WWII. Soak in the picturesque landscape and city views before you continue on through the breathtaking Wachau Valley to the romantic atmosphere of the “City of Music,” Vienna.

Your European river cruise adventure will come to a close in the vibrant capital of Hungary; the famous city of Budapest. Here, delight in sightseeing accompanied by an expert guide and free time to wander through this lively city and its holiday markets. This 2019 17 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Budapest vacation is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. The Christmas traditions of Germany will leave you with unforgettable images of the beauty of the legendary Danube river, framed with memories of the culture of Germany.

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Day 1 Arrive in Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)

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

All flights arriving into Zürich must arrive by 3 pm. All river cruise guests must board ship by 5 pm. There will be an onboard welcome reception for all Avalon Waterways river cruise guests. Get ready to enjoy this 17 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Budapest.

Take a walk throughout the lively city center, relish the vibrant festive atmosphere of the holiday season, and taste some of the local Christmas specialties such as gingerbread, waffles, sweets and Swiss raclette.


Day 2 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to Black Forest

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

DISCOVERY Embark on a full-day tour with an expert guide to explore the depths of the enchanting Black Forest to discover the local traditions and culture of this beautiful area, and join in on the Christmas festivities.

You might enjoy joining a Guided Optional Excursion to tour the delightful village of Colmar, which boasts its half-timbered medieval houses and early renaissance era buildings.

Rather, you might enjoy spending your afternoon with a relaxing walk through the glowing Christmas market of Breisach to get a taste of the glorious bretzels, local mulled wine, and the ever-popular Black Forest cake.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Strasbourg, France

A Gothic Cathedral, Heaven’s Time, and Joyeux Noël

CLASSIC Join a guided sightseeing tour of the city that includes stops at the gothic cathedral, boasting it’s glimmering stained glass and its astronomical clock and ancient murals, along with the dream-like La Petite France District.

You might enjoy participating in a Guided Option Excursion to lovely Alsace to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in a charming French village in wine-country.

Soak in the atmosphere of the holiday festivities and Christmas traditions by using your free time during the afternoon to explore through Strasbourg’s French winter markets. Immerse yourself in the glowing lights, joyful music, and excitement of this season.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Speyer, Germany. Heidelberg Excusrion.

Winter Wonders and a Wine Barrel Fit for a King

CLASSIC Join in a Guided tour over the span of half your day that includes a visit to the astounding Heidelberg Castle and takes you to see the world’s largest wine barrel, the Great Vat.

During your afternoon, take some time to wander through Heidelberg or Speyer’s German Christmas markets. Stroll and explore at your leisure to take in your surroundings as you experience the tempting holiday treats, smells, sights, and sounds, and the festive crafts of these glittering winter playgrounds.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Weisbaden. Excusion to Rudesheim

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
DISCOVERY Experience the instrumental wonders and the incredible genius of the Mechanical Music Museum on a one-of-a-kind tour at this stop in Rüdesheim.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6 Main River Village

Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights in Beautiful Bavaria

CLASSIC Participate in a Guided Tour of the breathtaking village and its unforgettable views along the Main River.

DISCOVERY Put your baking skills to the test in an on-board Cookie-Baking Demonstration while you cruise to your next destination.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Wurzburg

Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet

CLASSIC Join a sightseeing tour with an expert guide of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” boasting its Old Main bridge, renaissance-era Bishop’s Residence, and beaming fortress.

You might enjoy joining an optional guided excursion to the picturesque Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Tour the German Christmas museum, the Käthe Wohlfahrt, which is envied for having the most massive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations in the world.

Use your free time to relax under the delightful atmosphere of the Christmas markets of Wurzburg.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Bamberg

Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes

DISCOVERY Relax and gain an insight on the Christmas traditions of this culture during a delightful lecture on board your cruise vessel while sailing.

CLASSIC Participate in a tour of Bamberg—the medieval home of Germany’s Roman Empire dynasties—accompanied by an expert guide to enlighten you about the local landmarks and must-see sights. Talk a vibrant walk through Bamberg’s massive variety of nativity scenes which range from miniature to life-size.

Use your spare time to stroll through the charming Christmas markets, and indulge your taste buds as you relax with Germany’s traditional dumplings, sausage, and a mug of refreshing Bavarian ale.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons

CLASSIC Go for a Guided Tour of too see the medieval architecture of Nuremberg, along with its lovely gilded fountain, Kaiserburg Castle, and towering Gothic cathedral, OR:

CLASSIC Participate in a tour of the iconic Nuremberg Rally Grounds with an expert guide that was used by the Third Reich.

Use your spare time at your leisure to stroll through the spruce lined shops of Nuremberg’s Christmas Markets. Try some of the most popular Bavarian specialties—gingerbread, bratwurst, mulled blueberry wine, along with a multitude of other tasty Christkindlmarkt delights.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich

(guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz)

CLASSIC Go for a Guided City Tour to experience the most popular landmarks and sights of the magnificent Munich. Visit the former residence of Bavarian monarchs—Nymphenburg Palace, as well as the New and Old Town Hall of Marienplatz.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11 Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons

Use this day at your leisure to unwind and explore the corners of Nuremberg at your choosing. Take a walk through the festive streets adorned with Christmas decorations, and seize the opportunity to purchase some last-minute Christmas gifts for your loved ones back home. Take advantage of the advisement of your Cruise Director for ideas of activities during this free day to explore.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

CLASSIC Participate in a Guided City Walk to see the Old Town Hall—Altes Rathaus—and Porta Pretoria, constructed as the entrance to the fortress of Castra Regina in 179 AD.

DISCOVERY Later in the afternoon, enjoy a Beer Tasting on board your Avalon river cruise ship.

Later in the evening, unwind with the delight of live entertainment as you sail towards Passau.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Passau

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

CLASSIC Participate in a Guided City Walk to educate yourself in the wonders of this magnificent “City of Three Rivers,” OR:

Participate in a full day optional excursion to the city of Mozart—Salzburg—accompanied by an expert guide, or a full day optional excursion to the scenic Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov, also with an expert guide.

Cruise the waters to Linz during the afternoon, or re-join your ship after your full-day excursion of choice.


The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music

Delight in an afternoon free to explore and wander around Linz. You might enjoy taking a bicycle from the ship to bike along the deep blue Danube, or take one of the many nature trails of Linz and enjoy the sights on a hike for a landscape view of the city and river below.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Melk, Austria–Wachau Valley

Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley

CLASSIC Participate in a tour of the astounding Benedictine Abbey of Melk accompanied by an expert guide for the chance to gaze in awe at its frescoes ceilings, incredible library, statues, and beaming pipe organ.

DISCOVERY Indulge your taste buds with an Austrian Cookie Tasting on board your river cruise vessel as you sail to Vienna.

Spend your lunch cruising through the unforgettable scenic views of the Wachau Valley on your way to Vienna.


Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

During your evening, have your choice of attending a Royal Waltz Concert on an Optional Excursion for a lively evening of phenomenal music in a luxurious hall.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Vienna

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections

CLASSIC Explore into the corners of the Habsburg empire during a City Tour of the many landmarks of Vienna with the aid of an expert guide. Visit the complex of the Imperial Palace, known for being the winter home of the Imperial family, the iconic Vienna Opera House, and the magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral, OR:

DISCOVERY Participate in a Guided Culinary Tour to taste some of the local Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel offered at the charming Christmas Advent Markets of Vienna.

Participate in a Guided Optional Excursion to the 300 year Habsburg Empire summer home of Schönbrunn Palace.

Use your free time at your leisure to stroll through the Christkindlmarkt, or unwind in the warmth of the fire in a Viennese café during your evening.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship as you relax while sailing to your next destination of Budapest.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Budapest, Hungary

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

CLASSIC Delight in a Guided City Sightseeing tour that includes a visit to the famous Heroes’ Square.

Soak in the elegance and vibrant beauty of the energetic city of Budapest as you enjoy an afternoon spent free to explore and visit iconic sights such as the Chain Bridge. Experience some of the city’s lively cafés and pubs, and take advantage of the opportunity to visit the unique Christmas markets that Budapest hosts annually during this vibrant Festive holiday season.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17 Budapest (Disembarkation)

You Christmastime 17 day Avalon river cruise vacation from Basel to Budapest will come to a close this morning after one final breakfast.


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