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Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest—the “Pearl of the Danube”—after enjoying two nights in the “Pearl of the Danube.” Your Danube River trip embarks with an overnight cruise to Vienna to see the historic Vienna Opera House and stunningly beautiful St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Sail through the amazing views of the Wachau Valley, and stop in the beautiful villages along the way. Continue your Christmas cruise sailing to Nuremberg. Enjoy a guided city sightseeing of Munich and go on with a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bamberg—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size. Savor the sights, sounds, and confections of Würzburg’s warm Christmas markets before sailing to visit a picturesque Main River Village. Enjoy Heidelberg’s sparkling Christmas markets during your stay, before sailing for the splendid French city of Strasbourg. Your European Christmas market cruise continues to Breisach and the Black Forest of Bavaria, where you’ll experience generations of warm and festive Christmas traditions—from Bavarian bretzels to Black Forest Cake and mulled wine, you’ll feel the Christmas spirit in this idyllic setting in the heart of Germany. Your win-ter river cruise will conclude in Basel, Switzerland. With Christmas celebration and special traditions large and small, you’ll keep the visions of your European scenic river cruise in your memory for many Christmases to come.
Day 1: 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.
Day 2: BUDAPEST
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
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.
Day 3: BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)
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®.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
Day 4: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube
Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.
DISCOVERY Enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting while sailing to Vienna.
This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
Day 5: VIENNA
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Vienna to see the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial family, OR:
DISCOVERY Join a Guided Culinary Tour of Vienna’s magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel.
Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.
Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening.
Later, relax on board with live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KREMS
Day 6: KREMS
Christmas Markets in the Austria’s Wine Country
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk to explore this small valley town, seemingly untouched by the new world.
In your free time perhaps try some roasted chestnuts, one of the most popular treats at the Christmas market.
During lunchtime sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.
Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
Day 7: PASSAU, GERMANY
Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”.
Alternatively, join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart and learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas.
Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
Day 8: REGENSBURG
Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
DISCOVERY Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this afternoon.
DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Nuremberg.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
Day 9: NUREMBERG
Living Heritage and History Lessons
CLASSIC Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR;
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
Spend free time on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare—from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG
Day 10: NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH
CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Tour which will show you the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of Bavarian monarchs, along with the Old and New Town Halls of Marienplatz.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG
Day 11: NUREMBERG
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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
Day 12: BAMBERG
Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes
CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bamberg—medieval home of Germany’s Roman Empire dynasties. Stroll through dozens of Bamberg’s nativity scenes—from miniature to life-size.
Take free time to enjoy the quaint Christmas markets, and warm up with traditional German dumplings, sausage, and a glass of hearty Bavarian ale.
DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
Day 13: WÜRZBURG
Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet
CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residence.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt German Christmas museum—the world’s most extensive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations.
Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Wurzburg’s Christmas markets.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Day 14: MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of a picturesque village along the Main River.
DISCOVERY Join a Cookie-Baking Demonstration on board your ship while sailing.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ
Day 15: MAINZ. EXCURSION TO RUDESHEIM
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
CLASSIC Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience in Rüdesheim.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO SPEYER
Day 16: EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG. SPEYER.
Winter Wonders and a Wine Barrel Fit for a King
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel. After the tour, visit the local German Christmas markets in Heidelberg.
Explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sounds, tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of Speyer Christmas markets.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board
EVENING/OVERNIGHT TO STRASBOURG
Day 17: STRASBOURG, FRANCE
A Gothic Cathedral, Heaven’s Time, and Joyeux Noël
CLASSIC Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace, for an afternoon in a French wine-country village.
Savor the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by spending your free time this afternoon wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg. Take in the lights, music, and the pleasures of the season.
EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH
Day 18: BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
DISCOVERY Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:
DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood.
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, and enjoy the warmth and glow of the Christmas season.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL
Day 19: BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Flights shouldn’t leave Zürich airport before 10 am.
Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $265 to $282, in twin room from $159 to $164
Extra nights per person in Zürich:
in single room $225, in twin room $152
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $455
B / Sapphire Deck / $2,627
A / Sapphire Deck / $2,741
P / Royal Deck / $2,970
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $5,027
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