2019 : Christmastime from Budapest to Basel - Cruise Only (WBM0) - Imagery II

17 Day River Cruise Budapest to Basel

Your Danube River cruise embarks from Budapest-Hungary's "Pearl of the Danube"-with an overnight cruise to Vienna. You'll also see the historic Vienna Opera House and stunningly beautiful St. Stephen's Cathedral. Continue to Nuremberg, and Bamberg with its glowing Christkindlesmarkt-complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size.

Wurzburg is the next stop on your Christmas river cruise through Germany. Savor the sights, sounds, and confections of Wurzburg's warm Christmas markets before sailing to visit a picturesque Main River village. You'll continue your scenic river cruise on the Rhine River to see the shining Christmas markets of Germany, France, and Switzerland. Enjoy Heidelberg's sparkling Christmas markets during your stay, before sailing for Strasbourg, France.

City sightseeing includes Strasbourg's stained-glass, gothic cathedral, astronomical clock, and La Petite France district. Take time to browse the French winter markets with festive lights. On to Breisach and the Black Forest of Bavaria to experience generations of warm and festive Christmas traditions. From Bavarian bretzels to Black Forest Cake and mulled wine, you'll feel the Christmas spirit in the idyllic setting of the Black Forest.

Your Christmastime river cruise will conclude in Basel, Switzerland. With Christmas celebration and special traditions large and small, you'll keep the visions of your scenic European river cruise in your memory for many Christmases to come.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): Welcome to Budapest; onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Budapest-Vienna: Cruising; Austrian cookie tasting on board
Day 3 Vienna: Choice of guided sightseeing, or culinary tour at Christmas market
Day 4 Krems-Wachau Valley-Melk: Guided walk in Krems; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board
Day 5 Passau: Guided walk
Day 6 Regensburg: Guided walk; Christmas markets; onboard lecture, beer tasting
Day 7 Nuremberg: Choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market
Day 8 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: Full-day guided tour in Munich
Day 9 Nuremberg: Day at leisure to visit Christmas markets
Day 10 Bamberg: Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture
Day 11 Wurzburg: Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz; Christmas market
Day 12 Main river village: Baking demonstration on board, guided walk
Day 13 Wiesbaden. Excursion to Rudesheim: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat
Day 14 Heidelberg-Speyer: Guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; time at leisure for Christmas markets in Speyer
Day 15 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market
Day 16 Breisach: Excursion the Black Forest; Christmas market
Day 17 Basel (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    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:
    Classic
    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.
    Discovery
    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.
    Active
    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 our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1
    (D)
    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)
    Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital
    Enjoy the Christmas the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition before boarding your Suite Ship®.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

    Day 2
    (B, L, D)
    VIENNA, AUSTRIA
    Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube
    Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.
    Discovery
    Enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting while sailing to Vienna.
    This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

    Day 3
    (B, L, D)
    VIENNA
    Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections
    Classic
    Take a Guided Tour of Vienna to see the Imperial Palace complex-the winter residence of the Imperial family, OR:
    Discovery
    Join a Guided Culinary Tour of Vienna's magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel.
    Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace-a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.
    Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire's glow in a Viennese cafe this evening.
    Later, relax on board with live entertainment.
    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KREMS

    Day 4
    (B, L, D)
    KREMS
    Christmas Markets in the Austria's Wine Country
    Classic
    Join a Guided Walk to explore this small valley town, seemingly untouched by the new world.
    In your free time perhaps try some roasted chestnuts, one of the most popular treats at the Christmas market.
    During lunchtime sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.
    MELK
    Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors
    Classic
    Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
    Discovery
    Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

    Day 5
    (B, L, D)
    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 this beautiful "City of Three Rivers," OR:
    Join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart and learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas.
    Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG.

    Day 6
    (B, L, D)
    REGENSBURG
    Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle
    Classic
    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.
    Discovery
    Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this afternoon.
    Discovery
    Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
    This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Nuremberg.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

    Day 7
    (B, L, D)
    NUREMBERG
    Living Heritage and History Lessons
    Classic
    Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg-with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR;
    Classic
    Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich.
    Spend free time on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg (7 Dec departure only). Sample favorite Bavarian fare-from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

    Day 8
    (B, D)
    NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH
    Classic
    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.

    Day 9
    (B, L, D)
    NUREMBERG
    Living Heritage and History Lessons A day to relax and enjoy Nuremberg at your own pace. Stroll through the festively lit streets, buy those last-minute Christmas gifts, or ask your Cruise Director for suggestions of things to do.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

    Day 10
    (B, L, D)
    BAMBERG
    Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes
    Classic
    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.
    Take free time to enjoy the quaint Christmas markets, and warm up with traditional German dumplings, sausage, and a glass of hearty Bavarian ale.
    Discovery
    Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing.
    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

    Day 11
    (B, L, D)
    WÜRZBURG
    Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet
    Classic
    Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the "Pearl of the Romantic Road" with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residence.
    You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt German Christmas museum-the world's most extensive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations.
    Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Wurzburg's Christmas markets.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

    Day 12
    (B, L, D)
    MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
    Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights in Beautiful Bavaria
    Classic
    Take a Guided Tour of a picturesque village along the Main River.
    Discovery
    Join a Cookie-Baking Demonstration on board your ship while sailing.
    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WIESBADEN

    Day 13
    (B, D)
    WIESBADEN. EXCURSION TO RUDESHEIM
    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
    Discovery
    Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience in Rudesheim.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO SPEYER

    Day 14
    (B, L, D)
    SPEYER, GERMANY. HEIDELBERG EXCURSION
    Winter Wonders and a Wine Barrel Fit for a King
    Classic
    Take a half-day Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat-the world's largest wine barrel.
    This afternoon, visit the local German Christmas Markets in Heidelberg, or Speyer. Explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sounds, tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of these sparkling winter wonderlands.
    This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT TO STRASBOURG

    Day 15
    (B, L, D)
    STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    A Gothic Cathedral, Heaven's Time, and Joyeux Noël
    Classic
    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.
    You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace, for an afternoon in a French wine-country village.
    Savor the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by spending your free time this afternoon wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg. Take in the lights, music, and the pleasures of the season.
    EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

    Day 16
    (B, L, D)
    BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
    History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
    Discovery
    Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood.
    You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.
    Alternatively, spend your afternoon leisurely browsing Breisach's lovely Christmas market to sample bretzels, mulled wine, and Black Forest cake.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL

    Day 17
    (B)
    BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
    Flights shouldn't leave Zurich airport before 10 am.

    Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Call (423) 855-0515 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13849716

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2018
    Duration
    17 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Imagery II

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Budapest  
    Day 2Vienna  
    Day 3Vienna  
    Day 4Melk  
    Day 5Passau  
    Day 6Regensburg  
    Day 7Nuremberg  
    Day 8Nuremberg  
    Day 9Nuremberg  
    Day 10Bamberg  
    Day 11Wurzburg  
    Day 12Main River Village  
    Day 13Wiesbaden  
    Day 14Speyer  
    Day 15Strasbourg  
    Day 16Breisach  
    Day 17Basel  
    Dates/Pricing

    Click Quote or call us to get additional information on your chosen travel date. Special offers or competitive pricing may be available!

    DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
    December 04, 2019Cat D,E$5,552.00* (USD)Quote
    December 04, 2019Cat A, B, P$7,724.00* (USD)Quote
    December 04, 2019Royal Suite$10,124.00* (USD)Quote
    Disclaimer

    Port charges:
    $416

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Zurich:

    in single room $215, in twin room $146

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $455
    B / Sapphire Deck / $2627
    A / Sapphire Deck / $2741
    P / Royal Deck / $2970
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $5027

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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