Christmastime From Budapest To Basel 2019
Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, Switzerland
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 befor sailing to visit a picturesque Main River Village.
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Tour Highlights

Day 1 Budapest: welcome to Budapest!

Day 2 Budapest:
guided sightseeing, see Heroes’ Square; Christmas market

Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation):
onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Budapest—Vienna:
cruising; Austrian cookie tasting on board

Day 5 Vienna:
choice of guided sightseeing, or culinary tour at Christmas market

Day 6 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 7 Passau:
guided walk

Day 8 Regensburg:
guided walk; Christmas markets; onboard lecture, beer tasting

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

Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich:
full-day guided tour in Munich

Day 11 Nuremberg:
day at leisure to visit Christmas markets

Day 12 Bamberg:
guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture

Day 13 Würzburg:
guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas market

Day 14 Main river village:
baking demonstration on board, guided walk

Day 15 Wiesbaden. Excursion to Rüdesheim:
visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat

Day 16 Heidelberg—Speyer:
guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; time at leisure for Christmas markets in Speyer

Day 17 Strasbourg:
guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 18 Breisach:
excursion the Black Forest; Christmas market

Day 19 Basel (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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