Christmastime From Basel To Budapest 2019
France, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, Switzerland
Begin your Christmas river cruise through France and Germany in Basel, Switzerland. Here, you’ll board your Avalon Suite Ship® to sail for the Bavarian town of Breisach. From here, take a day’s tour of the Black Forest area for the perfect beginning of the Christmas ambience, which you’ll see in town at the marvelous markets.

Next, you’ll see the gothic cathedral and iconic sights of Strasbourg, France, with the warm glow of its Christmas markets adding to the beauty of the city. Your cruise takes you to Speyer, Germany, for an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, with free time to peruse the shining Christmas markets in Heidelberg or Speyer.

Visit a picturesque Main river vilage, before your next stop in Würzburg, Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.
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Tour Highlights

Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Breisach: excursion to Black Forest; Christmas market

Day 3 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 4 Speyer. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; Christmas markets

Day 5 Wiesbaden. Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat

Day 6 Main River Village: guided walk, onboard baking demonstration

Day 7 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas market

Day 8 Bamberg: onboard Christmas Traditions lecture; guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas market

Day 9 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market

Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz

Day 11 Nuremberg: day at leisure to visit Christmas market

Day 12 Regensburg: onboard lecture; guided walk;Christmas Market; beer tasting on board

Day 13 Passau: guided walk

Day 14 Melk—Wachau Valley—Vienna: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; Austrian cookie tasting

Day 15 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing or culinary tour at Christmas Market

Day 16 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Heroes’ Square

Day 17 Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

  • 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.
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