Avalon Waterways
Avalon Imagery II

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. Würzburg is the next stop on your Christmas river cruise through Germany. Savor the sights, sounds, and confections of Würzburg’s warm Christmas markets before sailing to visit a picturesque Main River village. You’ll continue your scenic river cruise on the Rhne River to see the shining Christmas markets of Germany, France, and Switzerland.

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Christmastime From Budapest To Basel 2020
Rivers: Danube River Cruises, Main River Cruises
Countries: Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland
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Tour Highlights

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Budapest—Vienna: scenic sailing, pass through Bratislava; Austrian cookies tasting on board

Day 3 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing, or culinary tour at Christmas market

Day 4 Krems—Wachau Valley—Melk: guided city walk in Krems; scenic sailing through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk

Day 5 Passau: guided walk

Day 6 Regensburg: guided city walk; free time for Christmas markets; onboard Christmas lecture; beer tasting on board

Day 7 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour, or Roth sightseeing; 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 Würzburg: guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas market

Day 12 Main river village: cookie-baking demonstration on board, guided tour

Day 13 Mainz. Excursion to Rüdesheim: 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; Christmas markets in Speyer

Day 15 Strasbourg: guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 16 Breisach: choice of visit to Badische Winzerkeller, or excursion the Black Forest; Christmas market

Day 17 Basel (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning



  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • 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.
  • Christmas markets generally operate from late November until the third week of December.
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