17 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Basel 2019

19 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Paris

Christmastime from Budapest to Basel - Cruise Only River Cruise (WBM0)

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River Cruise Description

Your Danube River cruise exploration will embark from Budapest, known as Hungary’s “Pearl of the Danube” beginning with an overnight cruise to the beautiful Vienna. Your 2019 17 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Basel adventure will take you to visit the iconic Vienna Opera House and the strikingly magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Continue on your journey to Nuremberg, and Bamberg which post their vibrant and charming Christkindlesmarkt—lined with a large variety of nativity scenes ranging in size from miniature to life-size.

The next stop on your Christmas river cruise adventure through Germany is the glorious Würzburg. Soak in the sounds, sights, and delicacies of the glowing Christmas markets of you next stop of Würzburg prior to sailing to see the landscape views of the scenic Main River Village. Continue on with your thrilling river cruise on the Rhine River to visit the enchanting Christmas markets of Germany, France, and Switzerland. Delight in the glittering Christmas markets of Heidelberg during your stay, prior to setting sail for Strasbourg, France.

Your sightseeing package of the city will include a visit to see the colorful stained glass of Strasbourg, it’s gothic Cathedral, it’s historic astronomical clock, and the charming La Petite France district. Spend your time leisurely strolling through the festive lights of the French winter markets, and browse all of the specialties and goods they offer. Then, continue on to the beautiful Breisach and the famous Black Forest of Bavaria to step into a time capsule of festive, warm Christmas celebrations and traditions. With savory Bavarian bretzels and luscious Black Forest Cake and mulled wine, you will immerse yourself in the fullness of Christmas spirit in the scenic winder setting of the Black Forest.

Your 2019 17 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Basel will come to a close in the beautiful city of Basel in Switzerland. With the experience of celebrating the holiday season in the setting of Christmas traditions as passed through hundreds of years, you will hold on to the memory of your European river cruise for all of your Christmases yet 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

Enjoy this full day to relax and explore this eastern European city on the Danube River and enjoy the glow and warmth of Christmas tradition prior to boarding your Suite Ship® and embarking on your Christmastime Europe river cruise adventure. Your 17 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Basel has just begun!


Day 2 Vienna, Austria

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

Soak in the spectacular views and the picturesque beauty as you sail the deep blue waters of the Danube river which shares its countless miles with the countries of Slovakia and Hungry. Relax on the sky deck of your ship as you get a closer look at the rolling hills and the red-roof tops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava as you advance towards your next destination.

DISCOVERY Pamper your taste buds during an Austrian Cookie Tasting while voyaging to your next stop of Vienna.

During your evening in the romantic Vienna, you may enjoy taking part in an optional excursion that takes you to join the audience of a royal waltz concert for an elegant evening filled with graceful music in a lavish hall.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Vienna

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections

CLASSIC Partake in a tour of Vienna with an expert guide who will journey you to visit the Imperial Palace complex which is envied as the winter home of the Imperial family, OR:

DISCOVERY Take part in a culinary tour with an expert guide to Vienna‘s mesmerizing Christmas Advent markets to get a sampling of some local delicacies such as Apfelstrudel and Sachertorte.

Join in a Guided Optional Excursion to the 300-year summer residence of the Habsburg Empire, Schönbrunn Palace.

Use your free time as you wish to leisurely stroll through the Christkindlmarkt, or relax next to the glow of the fireplace in a Viennese café during your evening free time.

Later in the evening, unwind from your day with live entertainment on board your ship as you relax and sail to your next stop of Krems.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Krems

Christmas Markets in the Austria’s Wine Country

CLASSIC Take part in a guided tour to adventure to every corner of this petite valley town which is interestingly unchanged by new world modernism and remains a time capsule of historic architecture.

Taste some of the popular roasted chestnuts in your spare time, perhaps one of the most famous indulgences offered at the Christmas market

Spend your lunchtime sailing through exquisite landscapes and scenic views of the Wachau valley as you cruise to Melk.

Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors

CLASSIC Join a tour of the astounding Benedictine Abbey of Melk with the aid of an expert guide for the opportunity to stare in awe at its frescoes ceilings, colossal library, statues, and ample pipe organ.

DISCOVERY Treat your taste buds with the tastes of the Wachau Valley with an on-board Wine Tasting as you cruise towards your next destination—Passau.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Passau, Germany

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

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about the wonders of this impressive “City of Three Rivers,” OR:

Take part in a full day optional excursion to the home of Mozart—Salzburg—with the aid of an expert guide, and immerse yourself in the culture of how Austrians celebrate their Christmas during the festive holiday season.

Reunite with your river cruise vessel back in Passau to set out for your next destination of Regensburg after finishing your chosen activities for the day.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

CLASSIC Take part in a Guided City Walk to get a close look at the Old Town Hall—Altes Rathaus—and Porta Pretoria, constructed as the entry to the castle of Castra Regina in the early year of 179 AD.

DISCOVERY Educate yourself more about how the local cultures celebrate their Holiday season in a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this afternoon.

DISCOVERY During the late afternoon, relax with a taste of refreshing locally brewed ale during a Beer Tasting on board your river cruise ship.

During your evening, unwind in a pleasant atmosphere with the muse of live entertainment as you cruise towards your next destination of Nuremberg.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons

CLASSIC Participate in a sightseeing tour of Nuremberg accompanied by an expert guide to get a look at its envied medieval architecture, looming gothic cathedral, impressive gilded fountain, and Kaiserburg castle, OR:

CLASSIC Stop to take a tour of the iconic Nuremberg Rally Grounds accompanied by an expert guide, known for being used by the third Reich, OR:

Spend your other spare time as you wish to leisurely stroll through the spruce covered shops of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg (7 Dec departure only). Try some of the popular Bavarian delicacies—from a mass abundance of bratwurst varieties to choose from, delectable gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, along with many other culinary specialties of the Christkindlmarkt.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich

CLASSIC Visit the features of the fascinating city of Munich on a Guided City Tour that will take you to see the must-see sites and iconic landmarks that it hosts. Stop at the former home of Bavarian monarchs—the Nymphenburg palace—along with the New and Old town halls of the gorgeous Marienplatz.

Your 17 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Basel is about halfway through, but there is still so much left to see and do!

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons

Take advantage of this free day to relax and survey Nuremberg at your pleasure. Take a stroll through the lively and cheerfully lit streets, and buy a few last-minute Christmas gifts for your family, or ask your cruise director for their advisement of activities and other things you might enjoy doing during your stay.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Bamberg

Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes

CLASSIC Take part in a guided sightseeing tour of the medieval residence of Germany’s Roman empire dynasties—the brilliant Bamberg. Take a stroll through an abundance of Bamberg’s nativity scenes which come in many sizes, ranging from miniature to life-size.

Take advantage of your free time to go for a walk through the delightful Christmas markets, and unwind with tasty traditional German sausage and dumplings, and wash it all down with a delicious pitcher of hearty Bavarian ale.

DISCOVERY Educate yourself about the local Christmas celebrations and historic traditions of the surrounding culture during this time of your trip during an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture as you cruise towards your next stop of Würzburg.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Würzburg

Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet

CLASSIC Participate in a sightseeing tour accompanied by an expert guide to tour the magnificent “Pearl of the Romantic Road” which is a source of envy for its Old Main bridge, renaissance-era Bishop’s Residence, and soaring fortress.

You might like to participate in an optional guided excursion to the charming Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Take a guided tour of the German Christmas museum, the Käthe Wohlfahrt—most known for containing the greatest collection of traditional German Christmas decorations on earth.

Use your free time to relax under the warm lights of the merry Christmas markets of Würzburg.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Main River Village

Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights in Beautiful Bavaria

CLASSIC Participate in a Guided Tour of the astonishing quaint village and its extraordinary views along the Main River.

DISCOVERY Try your hand at baking in an on-board Cookie-Baking Demonstration as you sail to your next stop of Wiesbaden.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Weisbaden. Excursion to Rudesheim

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY Experience the instrumental marvels and the incredible brilliance of the Mechanical Music Museum on a unique tour at this destination in Rüdesheim.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 14 Speyer, Germany. Heidelberg Excursion

Winter Wonders and a Wine Barrel Fit for a King

CLASSIC Participate in a Guided tour that will take up half of your day which will include a tour of the amazing Heidelberg Castle and will take you to witness the impressiveness of the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel.

Spend your afternoon taking advantage of some free time to leisurely stroll through Heidelberg or Speyer’s energetic German Christmas markets. Walk through and brows the stalls as you wish to soak in the holiday atmosphere and experience the alluring holiday treats, smells, sights, and sounds, and the festive activiteis of these glowing winter playgrounds.

Unwind as you enjoy live entertainment on board your river cruise vessel during the evening.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Strasbourg, France

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

CLASSIC Participate in a guided sightseeing tour of the city that will take you to see sights such as the gothic cathedral, boasting its colorful and vibrant stained glass, its iconic astronomical clock and ancient murals, as well as a visit to the fairy-tale like La Petite France District.

You might like to participate in a Guided Option Excursion to the gorgeous Alsace to enjoy a liesurely afternoon spent in a delightful French village in wine-country.

Breathe in your cheery surroundings of the festive holiday activities and Christmas celebrations by using your spare time during your afternoon to stroll through Strasbourg’s French Christmas markets. Indulge yourself in the beaming lights, joyful music, and excitement of this season.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to Black Forest

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

DISCOVERY Go on a full-day tour accompanied by an expert guide to discover the marvels of the mesmerizing Black Forest to experience the local traditions and culture of this picturesque area, and join in on the Christmas festivities.

You might like to participate in a Guided Optional Excursion to experience the delightful village of Colmar, which is known for its half-timbered medieval homes and early renaissance era buildings.

Or, you might like to spend your afternoon time with a relaxing walk through the radiant Christmas market of Breisach to savor the tastes of flavorful bretzels, delicious mulled wine, and the popular Black Forest cake.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)–Paris, France

You 17 day Christmastime Avalon river cruise journey from Budapest to Basel will conclude this morning following one last breakfast.

Flights should not leave from Zürich airport prior to 10 am.

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