Vienna on the Danube to Basel on the Rhine 2018

13 Day River Cruise from Vienna to Basel

2018 Information

This Europe river cruise vacation will touch four countries on three rivers and the Main Danube Canal, with a chance to immerse yourself in the cultures, and explore the most famous sites at each stop. The magic of this river cruise can also be experienced right from your ship as you enjoy a glass of wine and watch the beauty of the European countryside and charming villages pass by.

Vienna, the “City of Music,” appropriately named for inspiring the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss, is the capital of Austria and one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. A local expert will show you the must-see sights. In your free time, stroll along the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse with its many shops and enjoy a piece of Apfelstrudel in a classic Viennese café. Stop for a guided walk in the charming town of Dürnstein, then cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley. First stop in Germany is Passau, where the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz meet. Delight in the town’s winding narrow streets and the magnificent baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. A Local Guide will show you historical Nuremberg, which suffered much damage during WWII, but has been mostly restored to its former glory. Regensburg, Germany, dates back to the Holy Roman Empire, and this inspirational city offers countless historical buildings and architectural wonders, including the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall). Along the Main River, stop in the charming town of Kitzingen, Bavaria’s biggest wine producer. Strasbourg sits on the border of France and Germany and perfectly blends the cultures of both countries. Visit the historic quarter known as La Petite France. Stroll down the lovely waterfront promenade and see the half-timbered houses reflected in the water, then stop inside the quaint shops for souvenirs and try a local delicacy in one of the inviting bistros.

Your picturesque river cruise vacation ends in Basel, Switzerland.


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Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 3 Dürnstein: guided walk, see the Stiftskirche; cruise through the Wachau Valley

Day 4 Passau: guided walk

Day 5 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting

Day 6 Roth–Nuremberg: choice of guided city sightseeing in Roth or in Nuremberg or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour

Day 7 Kitzingen: guided sightseeing

Day 8 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 9 Karlstadt: guided sightseeing

Day 10 Frankfurt: choice of guided sightseeing of Frankfurt or excursion to Seligenstadt

Day 11 Excursion to Heidelberg:
guided visit of the castle; see the Great Vat

Day 12 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 13 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

Notes

  • 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 becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Vienna Austria (Embarkation)

Welcome to Vienna, known as the “City of Music” and a place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This afternoon board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Dinner)

NOTE:
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm

Day 2Vienna

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—to name just a few of the sights your Local Guide will show you during your INCLUDED TOUR. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a classic Viennese café. An optional concert is available during your stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3Dürnstein

This morning stop in Dürnstein, whose baroque blue and white Stiftskirche stands right on the river bank and join a Local Expert for a GUIDED WALK. Afterward there is free time to explore this small town on your own, before you head into the beautiful and romantic Wachau Valley, where so much of the excellent Austrian wine is grown and produced. Relax on board and enjoy a leisurely afternoon of cruising. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Passau, Germany

Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and dominated by. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK, or maybe join the full-day optional excursion to Salzburg to see some of The Sound of Music sights or to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Regensburg

This morning, arrive in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of “historic interest.” Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city’s lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Here—where the locals congregate—feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. This evening, enjoy a tasting of some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Nuremberg

This morning the choice is yours: Join a Local Guide for GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of Roth. This delightful Bavarian town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial center for textile manufacturing. Take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard. Alternatively you might prefer to visit nearby Nuremberg . Although 90% of the city’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Choose either a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour. During free time, be sure to make a wish at the beautiful fountain on the Hauptmarkt (main square). Legend says your wish will come true if you turn its gold ring three times. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Kitzingen

Situated on the Main east of Würzburg, Kitzingen is Bavaria’s biggest wine producer. GUIDED SIGHTSEEING shows you the city’s best-known sights such as the Fallerturm (Crooked Tower) and your Local Guide will recount some of the more delightful myths surrounding the founding of the city. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8Würzburg

Early this morning arrive in Würzburg. Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Würzburg, also known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” makes an immediate impression with imposing Marienberg Fortress perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOP’S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you are free to explore on your own, or maybe join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9Karlstadt

This morning enjoy GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of this interesting town which was once an important player in the wine growing industry. Then after lunch relax on board as you sail on the Main River towards Frankfurt. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10Frankfurt

Today you have the choice between GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of Frankfurt, or joining an excursion to Seligenstadt. Frankfurt on the Main is a city of superlatives: it is the largest financial center in continental Europe, home to the European Central Bank, and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, one of the world’s largest. The city is a center for culture, commerce and education, and hosts the world’s largest motor show as well as the world’s largest book fair. It has two major botanical gardens, one of which is Germany’s largest. Seligenstadt is one of the oldest towns in Germany. The city’s most important building is the Einhard Basilika, on which Pope Pius XI bestowed the honorary title of “minor basilica” in 1925. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11Excursion to Heidelberg

This morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, founded in 1386. With a Local Guide, visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. See the GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! Enjoy the afternoon relaxing on board as you head for Strasbourg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. In fact, on your included SIGHTSEEING TOUR you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the middle of medieval Strasbourg, featuring a statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion into the Alsace wine country is available. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Ship Details

Artistry II

Artistry II

The Avalon Artistry II delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.

Included Amenities

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Fitness Center
  • Elevator
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Hair salon
  • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Breisach
  • Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
  • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
  • Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
  • Local FavoritesSM onboard experiences to bring the customs, cultures and tastes of your destinations to life, including local entertainers, artisans & experts
  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Well-stocked library
  • Full-size closet mirror

Staterooms & Suites

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. D, E) - 172 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
Panorama Suite (Cat. A, B, P) - 200 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Make-up mirror
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Coffee table
Royal Suite - 300 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Coffee table
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Make-up mirror
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa
  • Double sinks
DECK PLANS

Hotels

Vienna
Zurich

Vienna

Intercontinental - Vienna

Intercontinental - Vienna Johannesgasse 28, Wien,  Austria Johannesgasse 28
Wien, Austria

Hotel as shown or similar

A luxurious 458 room hotel with timeless elegance. Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and guestrooms subject to a fee (payable locally) and there is also a fitness centre with sauna, steam bath, solarium and 24 hour gym. Traditional Viennese cuisine and Mediterranean favourites can be sampled in the stylish restaurant. Viennese coffee and pastries can be enjoyed in the Café and the opulent American bar has a large selection of cocktails with live piano music.

Hotel Amenities

Business Center
Dry Cleaning
Elevator
Restaurant On-Site
Gift Shop
Currency Exchange
Spa Services
Concierge desk
Beauty Salon
Fitness Room
Bar/Lounge
Luggage Storage
Room Amenities

Air Conditioning
Wake-Up Calls
Desk
Phone
Mini-bar
Complimentary Toiletries
In-Room Safe
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Cable/Satellite
Internet Access
Television
Room Service
Iron/Ironing Board
Voicemail
Climate Control
Pay Movies
Smoking Rooms
Window Opens

Zurich

Renaissance Zurich Tower

Renaissance Zurich Tower Turbinenstrasse 20, Zurich,  Switzerland Turbinenstrasse 20
Zurich, Switzerland

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class

This 300 room luxury hotel is housed in a modern tower building located in the vibrant Zurich West quarter. The exclusive Grill restaurant serves urban cuisine and the lounge bar offers drinks, snacks and cocktails. Other amenities include a fitness area on the 15th floor with city views, sauna and steam bath.

Hotel Amenities

Bar/Lounge
Concierge desk
Business Center
Ice Machine
Free WiFi
Fitness Room
Elevator
Currency Exchange
Restaurant On-Site
Luggage Storage
Spa Services
Parking/Valet
Dry Cleaning
Room Amenities

Disabled Access / Rooms
Mini-bar
Wake-Up Calls
In-Room Safe
Climate Control
Complimentary Newspaper
Air Conditioning
Window Opens
Alarm Clock
Room Service
Desk
Hair Dryer
Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
Television
Complimentary Toiletries
Phone
Non-smoking Rooms
Iron/Ironing Board
Cable/Satellite
Coffee Maker
Internet Access

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Vienna
Packages
Passau
Regensburg
Wurzburg
Strasbourg

Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Visit magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Price Range: $$

Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy an unforgettable concert in one of the city's elegant concert halls.

Price Range: $$

Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebrating a birthday or anniversary while you're cruising? Add an Avalon Celebration Package to your vacation. You can make your special day even more memorable with special touches ranging from flowers to a private cocktail reception.

Price Range: $$

Passau

The Sound of Music Tour

The Sound of Music Tour

This tour takes you along the footsteps of Maria von Trapp and her famous family, while taking in local historical sights both from the city of Salzburg and also the picturesque Lakes and Mountains region along the way.

Price Range: $$

Southern Bohemia

Southern Bohemia

Travel to Southern Bohemia, which calls itself the "pearl of the Czech Republic" and enjoy this unique region visiting their impressive age-old towns full of life and culture and its beautiful countryside.

Price Range: $$

Regensburg

Weltenburg

Weltenburg

The Danube Gorge has both a gentle and a strange beauty. In a magnificent show of force, the Danube has carved its way through the Swabian Alb to create a stunning landscape - a wild, romantic stretch of river with sheer cliffs rising over 300 feet out of the water.

Price Range: $$

Wurzburg

Rothenburg

Rothenburg

If you had to pick only one place to visit in the whole of Germany, it should be Rothenburg. The best preserved medieval town in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber fits the word "romantic" perfectly.

Price Range: $$

Strasbourg

Black Forest

Black Forest

200 kilometers (124 miles) long and 60 kilometers (37 miles) wide, the Black Forest is not only one of the most varied, but also one of the biggest and best known holiday regions in Germany.

Price Range: $$

Colmar

Colmar

Known as the birthplace of the father of The Statue of Liberty, Colmar is indeed, one of the most beautiful, small towns in France.

Price Range: $$

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