Christmastime Budapest to Wiesbaden – Cruise Only (13 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Budapest, Hungary to Wiesbaden, Germany
Dates: 04 Dec 2019 - 16 Dec 2019

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DAY
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
04 Dec 2019
Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary's Captivating Capital. Enjoy the Christmas warmth and glow of Christmas tradition before boarding your Suite Ship®. (Dinner)

DAY 2
05 Dec 2019
Vienna, Austria

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube. Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3
06 Dec 2019
Vienna, Austria

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4
07 Dec 2019
Krems, Austria

Christmas Markets in Austria's Wine Country. In your free time perhaps try some roasted chestnuts, one of the most popular treats at the Christmas market. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
08 Dec 2019
Passau, Germany

Go for Baroque in Passau—Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. Join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—and learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
09 Dec 2019
Regensburg, Germany

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Nuremberg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7
10 Dec 2019
Nürnberg, Germany

Living Heritage and History Lessons. Spend free time on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg (7 Dec departure only). Sample favorite Bavarian fare—from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8
11 Dec 2019
Nürnberg, Germany
Munich, Germany
Nürnberg, Germany

Excursion to Munich. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 9
12 Dec 2019
Nürnberg, Germany

Living Heritage and History Lessons. A day to relax and enjoy Nuremberg at your own pace. Stroll through the festively lit streets, buy those last-minute Christmas gifts, or ask your cruise director for suggestions of things to do. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10
13 Dec 2019
Bamberg, Germany

Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11
14 Dec 2019
Würzburg, Germany

Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt's German Christmas Museum—the world's most extensive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12
15 Dec 2019
Day-at-Sea

Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights in Beautiful Bavaria. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13
16 Dec 2019
Wiesbaden, Germany

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Christmastime Budapest to Wiesbaden – Cruise Only map

What's Included

Included

  •  Services of a professional Cruise Director | Onboard lectures | Complimentary Wi-Fi access | Activities & Nightly piano music | Sightseeing with Local Guides | Headsets for all guided shore excursions | Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner | Quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner | One sitting with open seating arrangements

Not Included

  •  Airfare | Gratuities | Any items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically noted as included

About Us

When designing its new ships, Avalon Waterways started with the traveler instead of the ship. This is a river cruise company that invites innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space be its guide. The result? More space. Bigger views. More comfort … All thanks to one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM on the industry’s only Suite Ships®. The Suite Ships of Avalon are revolutionizing the river cruise industry. For instance, on these signature vessels, Avalon brings an unprecedented level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail to every aspect of the Panorama Suites, providing travelers an oasis to escape to, not escape from. Even better? Avalon doesn’t offer travelers just a few Panorama Suites on each ship. Instead, 80 percent of the guest rooms on Suite Ships are Panorama Suite (they’re 30 percent larger than the average river cruise room). In designing its ships, Avalon has refused to see space as a barrier. That fact couldn’t be truer when looking at the company’s inspired indoor/outdoor space. For instance, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies®, a completely new concept, make full use of the intended balcony experience – in any weather condition, in any season – without compromising room space. How? Giant wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with a 7-foot opening. Avalon has considered every detail of the cruise experience. But perhaps it’s what the company hasn’t done that makes it so unique. It hasn’t filled ships to capacity with people. In fact, because the river cruise line made its rooms so spacious, there’s more room for less people. Simply put, Avalon Waterways is built differently

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Terms & Conditions

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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

Budapest, Hungary - 04 Dec 2019

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 4 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Budapest Walking Tour

Private 4 hour walking tour of Budapest with a local guide.


Ancient Buda on a hill to the west and modern Pest to the east, spanning the mighty Danube, form one of the great metropolitan cities of Central Europe. Buda's Castle Hill is the usual starting point for exploring this vibrant city. The buildings, destroyed in World War II have been painstakingly restored. The great Gothic Matthias Church, and the Fishermen's Bastion, offer wonderful views over the Danube. Beyond the huge Royal Palace with its museums and galleries are the dramatic cliffs of Gellért Hill, topped by the giant Freedom Monument in commemoration of soldiers who died fighting the Nazis. The broad boulevards of Pest are lined with imposing edifices like the National Museum and the extraordinary Museum of Applied Arts, one of the city's many fine art nouveau buildings. Pedestrians throng the fashionable shopping street of Váci utca or stroll along the Danube Embankment, where the neo-Gothic parliament building has pride of place.

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 4 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Half-Day City Orientation Tour

An introductory tour to the highlights of Budapest...

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 4 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Half-Day Szentendre Excursion

Visit a picturesque Baroque town outside the bustle of the city...

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 4 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Half-Day Godollo Excursion

Visit Godollo for a tour of the incredible Royal Palace...

Offered by: Superior - MBZ Travel - Hungary
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 12 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Jewish Heritage tour

Our guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and take you to the World’s second largest and Europe’s largest Synagogue, the Dohany street Synagogue, with seating for 3000. It was built in the middle of the 19th century in Romantic style for the around 30,000 Jewish community of Pest mainly living in this part of the town. The onion domes are strikingly Oriental-Byzantine, as is the facade: the patterns in the brickwork were inspired by ancient ruins in the Middle East. But for all its exoticism, the design also expresses 19th century Hungarian Jews' aspirations toward assimilation. The twin towers evoke church steeples, and the organ inside the synagogue is a clear concession to Christian tradition. It’s gigantic hall rests on cast iron columns and arches - a real architectural novelty at that time. A visit the Jewish Museum in the adjacent building is also included. The museum displays items from the 18th and 19th centuries, from both Hungary and abroad, grouped according to the holiday or occasion on which they were used.

Next to the main building lie the arcades of the Jewish Heroes’ Mausoleum and Temple in memory of the thousands of Jewish martyrs who died during the Second World War and the ghetto, created here by German troops during the war.

We also show our guests the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Garden with our beautiful Holocaust Memorial – the Tree of Life. The monument was created by Imre Varga – a well-known Hungarian contemporary sculptor. Tony Curtis has donated a million Dollars for the construction of the Monument. Our knowledgeable guides explain about the horror of the nazi occupation, the deportations and the liberation of the ghetto.

Your tour will also include a visit to the Rumbach and Kazinczy street orthodox Synagogues.

Offered by: Superior - MBZ Travel - Hungary
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 5 and Above
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Danube Bend Tour

Besides history one can enjoy the natural beauty of the Danube Valley where forested hills loom over the river.

On the way out from Budapest you’ll drive through the former capital city of the Roman province – Pannonia. This part of Budapest (Old Buda) has several original Roman ruins incl. two amphitheaters, ruins of the aqueduct (water pipe) system, Roman baths and the largest Roman open-air museum in Hungary.

Esztergom (40 miles from Budapest) with 30,000 inhabitants is situated on the right bank of the Danube. The town is the centre of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary.

People lived on Var-hegy (Castle Hill) in Esztergom even in the stone age. The Romans built a military camp on top of the hill in the 1st century. The Hungarians settled there soon after the conquest and Prince Geza shifted his headquarters to Esztergom. According to tradition Saint Stephen, the first Hungarian king was born and crowned there.

The Basilica dominates the whole town. This is the largest church in Hungary located on the site of an old church founded by St Stephen. Construction work went on for decades and the cathedral was finally completed in the late 1860s.

Other interesting places of the town are little houses and museums of Water Town, and Opposite the Castle Hill the St Thomas Hill, named after Thomas Becket, and Baroque houses, churches and statues in the centre, and the river-bank of the Danube.

The bend of the Danube near Visegrád is one of Hungary`s most picturesque sights. Below Esztergom the stream flows through forest-covered hills, curving sharply as the river makes it’s way towards the lowlands.

It is here, 26 miles above Budapest, that Visegrád lies, a town with a rich historic background.

On this spot, 2000 years ago, a Roman fort was built on the borders of the Empire. In the 8th century, Slavs settled down within the walls of the deserted fort, but by the 11th century it was already inhabited by the Magyars. In 1242, the Mongolians invaded the country, leaving the town in ruins. A few years later, by 1258, Visegrád Castle was built, and even today the ruins of the ancient castle dominate the landscape.

Only 19 kilometers away from Budapest, the village of Szentendre is the most obvious day trip out of Budapest. Szentendre was originally settled by Serbian refugees and still retains a South Slav air, not only in the Orthodox churches and Cyrillic-inscribed monuments but also in its Mediterranean townscape. Much of the Serbian population abandoned the city in the 19th century, when it was hit by floods and crop disease.

Szentendre is a town of arts and museums. It gives home to the Hungarian open Air Museum exhibiting the folklore architecture and culture of the Carpathian basin. One of the most visited museums of the whole country, the Kovács Margit Museum, is also located here.

There are further 14 museums and art galleries acquainting visitors with the rich historical past and teeming life of arts. It is not by chance that the quietness of the little town and the closeness of the bustling metropolis of Budapest has drawn over one hundred artists here.

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 8 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Full-Day Danube Bend Excursion

Travel along the Danube Bend and explore the cities in the valley...

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 8 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Full-Day City Orientation Tour

Immerse yourself in Budapest with this full day tour of the city highlights...

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