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CHRISTMASTIME BUDAPEST TO BASEL - CATEGORY E - 2019

Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest—the “Pearl of the Danube”—after enjoying two nights in the “Pearl of the Danube.” Your Danube River trip embarks with an overnight cruise to Vienna to see the historic Vienna Opera House and stunningly beautiful St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Sail through the Wachau Valley, and stop in the beautiful villages along the way.

Continue your Christmas cruise sailing to Nuremberg. Enjoy a guided city sightseeing of Munich and go on with a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bamberg—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size.

Savor the sights, sounds, and confections of Würzburg’s warm Christmas markets before sailing to visit a picturesque Main River Village. Enjoy Heidelberg’s sparkling Christmas markets during your stay, before sailing for the splendid French city of Strasbourg. Your European Christmas market cruise continues to Breisach and the Black Forest of Bavaria, where you’ll 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 this idyllic setting in the heart of Germany.

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

Inclusions

18 breakfasts
18 lunches
18 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
19
Price From
AUD $9,137
Start Location
Budapest, Hungary
End Location
Basel, Hungary
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
02 Dec 201920 Dec 2019On RequestAUD $9,137
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.
Day 2: BUDAPEST.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Hers' Square. Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city's cafes and pubs, and Don't miss the unique Christmas markets that Budapest hosts every year during the Festive season. (B)
Day 3: BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION).
Time for Coffee, and Confections. With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Enjoy the Christmas the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition before boarding your Suite Ship. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,D)
Day 4: 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 (B,L,D)
Day 5: 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 Schonbrunn 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 (B,L,D)
Day 6: 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 Splendours. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescd ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. DISCOVERY - Enjoy the flavours of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
Day 7: 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. (B,L,D)
Day 8: 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 (B,L,D)
Day 9: 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 favourite Bavarian fare-from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 17: STRASBOURG, FRANCE.
A Gothic Cathedral, Heaven's Time, and Joyeux Nl. 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. Savour 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 (B,L,D)
Day 16: SPEYER, GERMANY. HEIDELBERG EXCURSION.
Winter Wonders and a Wine Barrel Fit for a King. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat-the world's largest wine barrel. After the tour, visit the local German Christmas Markets in Heidelberg, or Speyer. Explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sounds, tantalising treats, and seasonal handiwork of these sparkling winter wonderlands. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D
Day 15: MAINZ. 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 (B,D)
Day 14: 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 MAINZ (B,L,D)
Day 10: 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. (B,D)
Day 12: 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 WURZBURG (B,L,D)
Day 11: 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 (B,L,D)
Day 18: BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST.
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest. DISCOVERY - Join a 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, and enjoy the warmth and glow of the Christmas season. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL (B,L,D)
Day 13: WURZBURG.
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 Kathe 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 (B,L,D)
Day 19: BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Flights shouldn't leave Zurich airport before 10 am. (B)