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17 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Basel 2020

17 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Basel

Christmastime from Budapest to Basel River Cruise (WBM)

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River Cruise Description

Welcome to bustling Budapest, where you’ll board your luxurious Avalon river cruise ship on the legendary Danube River. Known as Hungary’s “Pearl of the Danube,” you’ll have a peaceful overnight cruise to charming Vienna, where you’ll tour the remarkable Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Your fabulous 17 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Basel 2020 adventure will take you to magnificent cities, towns and villages such as historic Nuremberg, and Bamberg with its brilliant Christkindlesmarkt. This Christmastime river cruise is complete with numerous beautiful nativity scenes of every size imaginable. Your next stop on your fabulous 17 day Christmas river cruise through Germany is the quaint town of Würzburg. You’ll marvel at the amazing sights, sounds, and confections of Würzburg’s friendly Christmas markets before cruising on to visit the impressive Main River village. You’ll continue your picturesque Avalon Waterways river cruise on the fascinating Rhine River to enjoy the season and touring the glistening Christmas markets of Germany, France, and Switzerland.

You’ll enjoy charming Heidelberg’s brilliant Christmas markets during your stop, before cruising on to historic Strasbourg, France. The city sightseeing opportunities include Strasbourg’s sensational stained-glass, elegant gothic cathedral, renowned astronomical clock, and the popular La Petite France district. You’ll have plenty of time to browse the bustling French winter markets with lit up with the season’s festive lights. On to beautiful Breisach and the iconic Black Forest of Bavaria where you’ll experience literally generations of warm and festive Christmas traditions. You’ll marvel at the delicious Bavarian bretzels to Black Forest Cake and popular mulled wine. Be ready to feel the Christmas spirit in this idyllic setting of the fantastic Black Forest. Your fabulous Christmastime river cruise will come to an end in the charming village of Basel, Switzerland. We hope your magnificent Christmas celebration, historic traditions, and the sensational panoramas you experienced, will be wonderful memories and photographs of your picturesque 17 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Basel 2020 to take home with you for many Christmases to come.

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*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. 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. PRMYFX
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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 Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)

Time for Coffee, and Confections

Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. You’ll have plenty of time to explore Budapest before leaving on your cruise. Take some time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Begin to enjoy the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition before boarding your Suite Ship®.


Day 2 Vienna, Austria

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

Relax as you sail up the Danube, with river bank views of Hungary and Slovakia. Sit on the Sky Deck, have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and observe the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava as they come into view.

Enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting while sailing to Vienna.

In Vienna this evening, you may opt to join an Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Vienna

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections
Take a Guided Tour of Vienna to see the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial family, OR:
Join a Guided Culinary Tour of Vienna’s magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel.

You might enjoy a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. Shop at your leisure at the Christkindlesmarkt, or just relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Krems

Christmas Markets in the Austria’s Wine Country
Join a Guided Walk to explore this small valley town, seemingly untouched by the new world.

We recommend you try the roasted chestnuts, a popular treats at the bustling Christmas market. You’ll sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk during lunch.

Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Passau, Germany

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”.

As an alternative, you may enjoy a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart and learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas.  You will meet your ship back in Passau before dinner.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 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.
Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this afternoon.
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons
Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg—with its 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.

You’ll have free time to shop the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Enjoy some samples of your favorite Bavarian fare—from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich

Enjoy a Guided City Tour which will show you the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of Bavarian monarchs, along with the Old and New Town Halls of Marienplatz.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons

This is a day to enjoy Nuremberg at your own pace. Relax and stroll at your leisure through the festively lit streets, buy those last-minute Christmas gifts, or ask your Cruise Director for suggestions of things to do. This evening you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Bamberg

Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bamberg—medieval home of Germany’s Roman Empire dynasties. Stroll through dozens of Bamberg’s nativity scenes—from miniature to life-size.

You’ll have free time to explore and shop at the quaint Christmas markets, and warm up with traditional German dumplings, sausage, and a glass of hearty Bavarian ale.

Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Würzburg

Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residence.

Perhaps you’d like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. You’ll visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt German Christmas museum—the world’s most extensive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations. Relax on your own and shop the festive Wurzburg’s Christmas markets. Later you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board after dinner.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Main River Village

Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights
Take a Guided Tour of a picturesque village along the Main River.
Join a Cookie-Baking Demonstration on board your ship while sailing.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Mainz. Excursion to Rüdesheim

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience in Rüdesheim.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Excursion to Heifelberg. Speyer

Winter Wonders and a Wine Barrel Fit for a King
Take a Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel.

Afterwards, you’ll visit the local German Christmas Markets in Heidelberg, or Speyer. You’ll have opportunity to explore on your own and soak up the sights and sounds, tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of these sparkling winter wonderlands. Enjoy live entertainment this evening.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Strasbourg, France

A Gothic Cathedral, Heaven’s Time, and Joyeux Noël
Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

In the afternoon, opt to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace, for time in a French wine-country village. Spend some time savoring the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to 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 Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood.

You might like to participate in a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17 Basel, Switxerland (Disembarkation)

While your Christmastime from Budapest to Basel vacation ends with breakfast this morning, take note of the many wonderful memories you will carry with you for the rest of your life. And the colorful photos you took during your cruise will be important reminders of your fabulous trip.


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