Christmastime From Budapest to Basel (19 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Budapest, Hungary to Basel, Switzerland
Dates: 02 Dec 2019 - 20 Dec 2019

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02 Dec 2019
Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary's Captivating Capital. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.

03 Dec 2019
Budapest, Hungary

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city's cafés and pubs, and don't miss the unique Christmas markets that Budapest hosts every year during the Festive season. (Breakfast)

04 Dec 2019
Budapest, Hungary

Time for Coffee and Confections. With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Enjoy the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition before boarding your Suite Ship®. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 10
11 Dec 2019
Nürnberg, Germany
Munich, Germany
Nürnberg, Germany

Excursion to Munich. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 11
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 12
13 Dec 2019
Bamberg, Germany

Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes. Take free time to enjoy the quaint Christmas markets, and warm up with traditional German dumplings, sausage, and a glass of hearty Bavarian ale. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13
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 14
15 Dec 2019

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

DAY 15
16 Dec 2019
Wiesbaden, Germany
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
Wiesbaden, Germany

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 16
17 Dec 2019
Speyer, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Speyer, Germany

Winter Wonders and a Wine Barrel Fit for a King. This afternoon, visit the local German Christmas markets in Heidelberg, or Speyer. Explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sounds, tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of these sparkling winter wonderlands. This evening, enjoy live entertainment onboard. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 17
18 Dec 2019
Strasbourg, France

Gothic Cathedral, Heaven's Time, and Joyeux Noël. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace for an afternoon in a French wine-country village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 18
19 Dec 2019
Breisach, Germany

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early Renaissance buildings. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 19
20 Dec 2019
Basel, Switzerland

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flights shouldn't leave Zürich airport before 10 am. (Breakfast)

Christmastime From Budapest to Basel map

What's 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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Cruise-only fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, unless otherwise noted. Pricing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

Cruise-only fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, unless otherwise noted. Pricing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

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