2019 : Enchanted Europe - Westbound (WBZ) - Visionary
18 Day River Cruise Budapest to Basel
Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest after enjoying two nights in the "Pearl of the Danube." Your Danube River trip embarks with an overnight cruise to Vienna, and cruise from Austria to Germany as you sail to Passau, then the Bavarian city of Regensburg to see the 12th-century Old Town Hall.
Your Germany vacation continues as you cruise to Nuremberg, where you can choose from two guided excursions-classic city sightseeing, or a tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds of WWII notoriety.
Your picturesque European river cruise continue to Nuremberg from where you will join a full day excursion to Munich. Sail to Frankfurt for your choice of two included guided tours, and on to Rudesheim and through the magnificent Rhine Gorge.
Your European river cruise takes you to the splendid Strasbourg, France, with its gothic cathedral towering above its stained-glass and murals, before cruising to the beautiful Breisach, Germany-gateway to the magical Black Forest. Enjoy a day of storybook surroundings, sumptuous bakery specialties (such as Black Forest Cake), and a glimpse into authentic Bavarian life through the generations.
Your river cruise on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers comes to an end in Basel, Switzerland, but your memories of this tremendous adventure through many of Europe's most beautiful destinations will last a lifetime.
Day 1 Budapest: Welcome to Budapest!
Day 2 Budapest: Guided tour, see Heroes' Square
Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Budapest-Vienna: Cruising
Day 5 Vienna: Guided sightseeing
Day 6 Durnstein-Wachau Valley-Melk: Choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Durnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board
Day 7 Passau: Guided walk
Day 8 Regensburg: Guided walk beer tasting on board
Day 9 Nuremberg: Choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: Full day guided tour in Munich
Day 11 Bamberg: Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall
Day 12 Wurzburg: Guided tour, visit to the Bishop's Residenz
Day 13 Main River Village: Guided tour
Day 14 Frankfurt: Choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in Seligenstadt
Day 15 Boppard-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim: Time at leisure in Boppard; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat
Day 16 Strasbourg: Guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 17 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
Day 18 Basel (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:
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Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating CapitalThe day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
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 cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine-and-Dine Dinner this evening.
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. Try Budapest's famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(B, L, D)
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
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.
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
(B, L, D)
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections
Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna's gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex-the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral.
Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace-a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.
This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria's Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.
Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Durnstein.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
(B, L, D)
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Durnstein
Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:
Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.
Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors
Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
(B, L, D)
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers," OR:
You may join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov-and meet your ship back in Passau for an evening cruise to Regensburg.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
(B, L, D)
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle
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.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.
Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH
(B, L, D)
ROTH. NUREMBERG EXCURSION
Living Heritage and History Lessons
Enjoy an onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal-linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black seas
Join a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg-with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR;
Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich.
EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
(B, L, D)
Modern Munich, Storybook Villages and Fairytale Castles
Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace-a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
(B, L, D)
One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills
Take a Guided Walking Tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches.
After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer). Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
(B, L, D)
A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the "Pearl of the Romantic Road" with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residenz-with the largest known ceiling fresco.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Enjoy live entertainment on board while sailing tonight.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
(B, L, D)
MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River Bavarian village.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT
(B, L, D)
Culture, Commerce, and Charm in Frankfurt
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Frankfurt to see the city's cultural landmarks and gleaming financial headquarters combined with the cozy ambience of quaint neighborhoods, OR:
Take a Guided Tour to Seligenstadt-one of Germany's oldest towns and home to the Einhard Basilika-dubbed "minor basilica" in 1925 by Pope Pius XI.
Spend free time this afternoon exploring Frankfurt on your own. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOPPARD
(B, L, D)
A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge
Take some free time to relax, or explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicatessen fare with a cup of German coffee or glass of Riesling wine.
This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rudesheim.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.
Based on your cruise date, you'll be treated to either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
(B, L, D)
A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine
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.
Explore on your own along tree-lined streets with gingerbread-style houses reminiscent of Brothers Grimm within the very modern city of the European Parliament.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
(B, L, D)
BREISACH, GERMANY (BLACK FOREST)
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration.
Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL
BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends this morning with breakfast.
Departure flights should not leave Zurich airport before 10 am.
|Cruise Line||Avalon Waterways|
|Offer||Offer valid through 6/30/2018|