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2024 Season

Christmastime from Budapest to Basel


cruise: WBM
17 Days Budapest to Basel
Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest, called the “Pearl of the Danube.” Sail on your European river cruise to visit Vienna, picturesque Krems, and through beautiful views of the rich wine-growing region of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Your Danube River cruise continues to Melk, where you’ll see its magnificent Benedic-tine Abbey, with fantastic frescoes, statures, library, and ornate pipe organ. Your Germany river cruise continues with an excursion to Nuremberg. While sailing, you’ll hear an onboard lecture about Christmas traditions in Europe and choose from two guided excursions—a classic sightseeing tour of Nuremberg, or a tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds of WWII notoriety. Board your second Avalon Suite Ship in Nuremberg to continue your festive European vacation to enjoy Christmas in the Heart of Germany with a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bamberg—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size. Würzburg is the next stop on your Christmas 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 Rhine River to see the shining Christmas markets of Germany, France, and Switzerland. Enjoy Heidelberg’s sparkling Christmas markets during your stay, before sailing for Strasbourg, France. City sightseeing includes Strasbourg’s stained-glass, gothic cathedral, astronomical clock, and La Petite France district. On to Breisach and the Black Forest of Bavaria to experience generations of warm and festive Christmas traditions. 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.

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Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Budapest-Vienna: Scenic sailing, pass through Bratislava; Austrian cookies tasting on board; free time in Vienna in the evening

Day 3 Vienna: City sightseeing; Christmas market

Day 4 Krems–Wachau Valley–Melk: Guided city walk in Krems; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in MelkR

Day 5 Passau: Guided walk; Christmas market

Day 6 Regensburg: Guided walk, see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria; Christmas market

Day 7 Nuremberg: Onboard Christmas Tradition lecture; choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market

Day 8 Nuremberg (Disembarkation). Excursion to Munich. Nuremberg (Embarkation): 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 Residence; Christmas market

Day 12 Main River village: Guided tour

Day 13 Frankfurt. Excursion to Rüdesheim: Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat

Day 14 Speyer. Excursion to Heidelberg: Guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; free time for Christmas market

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

Day 16 Breisach: Choice of visit to a local winery in Breisach or excursion the Black Forest

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

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

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