Christmastime From Budapest To Basel

10/24/2018 through 11/29/2019
10/24/2018 through 12/20/2019
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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 before sailing to visit a picturesque Main River Village. Enjoy Heidelberg’s sparkling Christmas markets during your stay, before sailing for the splendid French city of Strasbourg. Your European Christmas market cruise continues to Breisach and the Black Forest of Bavaria, where you’ll 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 this idyllic setting in the heart of Germany.

Your winter river cruise will conclude in Basel, Switzerland. With Christmas celebration and special traditions large and small, you’ll keep the visions of your European scenic river cruise in your memory for many Christmases to come.

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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, or Roth sightseeing; 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 Mainz. 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

Itinerary

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary
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Day 2 Budapest
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Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation)
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Day 4 Vienna, Austria
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Day 5 Vienna
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Day 6 Krems
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Day 7 Passau, Germany
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Day 8 Regensburg
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Day 9 Nuremberg
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Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion To Munich
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Day 11 Nuremberg
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Day 12 Bamberg
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Day 13 Würzburg
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Day 14 Main River Village
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Day 15 Wiesbaden. Excursion To Rudesheim
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Day 16 Speyer, Germany. Heidelberg Excursion
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Day 17 Strasbourg, France
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Day 18 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 19 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)
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