Christmastime From Budapest To Basel 202018 DAYS FROM ONLY $7,197
Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland
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, and panoramic views, you’ll keep the visions of your scenic European river cruise in your memory for many Christmases to come.
Tour HighlightsDay 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception Day 2 Budapest—Vienna: scenic sailing, pass through Bratislava; Austrian cookies tasting on boardDay 3 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing, or culinary tour at Christmas marketDay 4 Krems—Wachau Valley—Melk: guided city walk in Krems; scenic sailing through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in MelkDay 5 Passau: guided walkDay 6 Regensburg: guided city walk; free time for Christmas markets; onboard Christmas lecture; beer tasting on boardDay 7 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour, or Roth sightseeing; Christmas marketDay 8 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: full-day guided tour in MunichDay 9 Nuremberg: day at leisure to visit Christmas marketsDay 10 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; onboard Christmas Traditions lectureDay 11 Würzburg: guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas marketDay 12 Main river village: cookie-baking demonstration on board, guided tourDay 13 Mainz. Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treatDay 14 Heidelberg—Speyer: guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; Christmas markets in SpeyerDay 15 Strasbourg: guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas marketDay 16 Breisach: choice of visit to Badische Winzerkeller, or excursion the Black Forest; Christmas marketDay 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.