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Grand Christmastime Cruise From Vienna to Basel (16 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Vienna, Austria to Basel, Switzerland
Dates: 03 Dec 2019 - 18 Dec 2019

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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
03 Dec 2019
Vienna, Austria

Welcome to Vienna! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before boarding your Avalon Suite Ship®. (Dinner)

DAY 2
04 Dec 2019
Vienna, Austria

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. You may join a Guided Optional Tour of Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg dynasty for 300 years. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3
05 Dec 2019
Melk, Austria
Grein, Austria

Striking Frescoes and the Breathtaking Wachau Valley. This afternoon cruise to Grein, where this evening you will enjoy live entertainment onboard. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4
06 Dec 2019
Passau, Germany

Saint Stephens, Salzburg, and the Story of Silent Night. You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, Austria. See the setting of The Sound of Music, and learn the story behind the beloved Christmas hymn, Silent Night (included for departure 25 November only). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
07 Dec 2019
Regensburg, Germany

Christmas Magic in Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. Take time to browse Regensburg's sparkling Christmas markets. Enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread, or bratwurst. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
08 Dec 2019
Nürnberg, Germany

Living Heritage and History Lessons. Spend free time browsing the spruce stalls of the Christmas markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare—bratwurst, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other Christkindlmarkt culinary delights. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7
09 Dec 2019
Nürnberg, Germany
Munich, Germany
Nürnberg, Germany

This morning disembark the vessel which has brought you to Nuremberg and drive to Munich. Take some free time today to stroll this pedestrian and bike-friendly city to see the famous Glockenspiel, outdoor cafés, or a Bavarian Biergärten for authentic brews. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8
10 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 9
11 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 10
12 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 11
13 Dec 2019
Day-at-Sea

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

DAY 12
14 Dec 2019
Wiesbaden, Germany
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
Wiesbaden, Germany

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

DAY 13
15 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14
16 Dec 2019
Strasbourg, France

A 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 15
17 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 16
18 Dec 2019
Basel, Switzerland

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

Grand Christmastime Cruise From Vienna to Basel map

What's Included

Included

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows

    Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs

    Sky Deck with shade awnings

    Expanded Fitness Center

    Non-smoking interior

    Elevator

    Elegant, contemporary design

    Outside viewing deck

    Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe

    Friendly, English-speaking crew

    Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides

    Cruise Director

    Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment

    Revolutionary engineering

    Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)

    Sky Deck whirlpool

    Internet Corner

    Hair salon (manicures available)

    Complimentary Wi-Fi access

    Onboard movie nights

    Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Durnstein

    Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro

    Behind-the-scenes ship tour

    Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing options

    Use of Nordic walking sticks

    Local Favorites onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans & experts

    English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options

    Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise

    Panorama Bistro

    Sky Deck game area

    Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees

    Well-stocked library

    Complimentary maps

    Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    Selection of Local Favorites to bring the customs, cultures, and tastes of your destination to life

Not Included

  • Airfare

    gratuities

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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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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