Avalon Waterways
Avalon Passion

This European Christmastime river cruise will take you across Austria and Germany and along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers. Enjoy guided sightseeing in several cities along the way and delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of centuries-old Christmas markets.

Begin in musical Vienna, where a guided tour shows you the impressive sights. Perhaps opt for a guided culinary walk through the Christmas markets to taste some Austrian holiday favorites, or explore on your own. Cruise through the winter wonderland of the Wachau Valley and visit Melk with its magnificent abbey. Enjoy a guded sightseeing in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities.

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Grand Christmastime Cruise From Vienna To Basel 2019
Countries: Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland
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Tour Highlights

Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation): welcome reception on board

Day 2 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing, or culinary tour at Christmas market

Day 3 Wachau Valley–Melk–Grein: scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk

Day 4 Passau: guided walk; Christmas market

Day 5 Regensburg: guided walk; Christmas market; Christmas Traditions lecture; beer tasting on board

Day 6 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market

Day 7 Nuremberg (Disembarkation). Excursion to Munich (Embarkation): guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz

Day 8 Nuremberg: day at leisure to visit Christmas market

Day 9 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture

Day 10 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas market

Day 11 Main River Village: baking demonstration on board, guided walk

Day 12 Wiesbaden–Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat

Day 13 Heidelberg–Speyer: guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; time at leisure for Christmas markets in Speyer

Day 14 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 15 Breisach: excursion the Black Forest; Christmas market

Day 16 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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