2019 : Grand Christmastime Cruise from Vienna to Basel (WXVZ) - Passion & Visionary

16 Day River Cruise from Vienna to Basel

This European Christmastime river cruise will take you across Austria and Germany and along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers. Enjoy guided sightseeing in several cities along the way and delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of centuries-old Christmas markets.

Begin in musical Vienna, where a guided tour shows you the impressive sights. Perhaps opt for a guided culinary walk through the Christmas markets to taste some Austrian holiday favorites, or explore on your own. Cruise through the winter wonderland of the Wachau Valley and visit Melk with its magnificent abbey. Enjoy a guided sightseeing in Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. While sailing to Nuremberg, learn about Christmas traditions and sample some German beer. At Nuremberg's Christmas market, which is one of the oldest in the world, be sure to try Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread). A full-day excursion to Munich shows you the Bavarian capital. The traditional Christmas market on the Marienplatz delights with aromas of toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread!

Continue your holiday river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where many nativity scenes are exhibited throughout the town. In Wurzburg, on the River Main, visit the ornate Bishop's Residenz, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Gluhwein (hot mulled wine). See Europe's largest nativity scene with life-size figures In Rudesheim on the Rhine; and visit Heidelberg Castle towering magnificently over the city, before cruising to Strasbourg, France. This time of year, the historic charm of the city is mixed with festive aromas, sights, and sounds-creating a truly magical atmosphere! Visit the gothic cathedral with its ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Continue to Breisach, Germany-gateway to the famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, before ending this charming Christmastime river cruise adventure in Basel, Switzerland.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation): Welcome reception on board
Day 2 Vienna: Choice of guided sightseeing, or culinary tour at Christmas market
Day 3 Wachau Valley-Melk-Grein: Scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk
Day 4 Passau: Guided walk; Christmas market
Day 5 Regensburg: Guided walk; Christmas market; Christmas Traditions lecture; beer tasting on board
Day 6 Nuremberg: Choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market
Day 7 Nuremberg (Disembarkation). Excursion to Munich (Embarkation): Guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz
Day 8 Nuremberg: Day at leisure to visit Christmas market
Day 9 Bamberg: Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture
Day 10 Wurzburg: Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz; Christmas market
Day 11 Main River Village: Baking demonstration on board, guided walk
Day 12 Wiesbaden-Excursion to Rudesheim: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat
Day 13 Heidelberg-Speyer: Guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; time at leisure for Christmas markets in Speyer
Day 14 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market
Day 15 Breisach: Excursion the Black Forest; Christmas market
Day 16 Basel (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Day-By-Day Itinerary

(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

Day 1

(D)

VIENNA, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION)

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®

Day 2

(B, L, D)

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.

You may join a Guided Optional Tour of Schönbrunn Palace-summer home of the Habsburg dynasty for 300 years.

Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire's glow in a Viennese cafe this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MELK

Day 3

(B, L, D)

MELK, AUSTRIA

Striking Frescoes and the Breathtaking Wachau Valley

Classic Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings.

This afternoon cruise to Grein, where this evening you will enjoy live entertainment on board

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PASSAU

Day 4

(B, L, D)

PASSAU

Saint Stephens, Salzburg, and the Story of Silent Night

Classic Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers."

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).

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

Day 5

(B, L, D)

REGENSBURG

Christmas Magic in Bavaria's Medieval Miracle

Classic Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria-entrance to the Castra Regina fortress built in 179 AD.

Take time to browse Regensburg's sparkling Christmas markets. Enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread, or bratwurst.

Discovery Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this morning.

Discovery Later, indulge in an onboard Beer Tasting to sample regional German brews.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

Day 6

(B, L, D)

NUREMBERG

Living Heritage and History Lessons

Classic Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg's medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:

Classic Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich.

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

Day 7

(B, D)

NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION). EXCURSION TO MUNICH (EMBARKATION)

This morning disembark the vessel which has brought you to Nuremberg and drive 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.

Take some free time today to stroll this pedestrian and bike-friendly city to see the famous Glockenspiel, outdoor cafes, or a Bavarian Biergärten for authentic brews.

Return to Nuremberg in the late afternoon and embark on the ship which will take you to Vienna

Day 8

(B, L, D)

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

Day 9

(B, L, D)

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

Day 10

(B, L, D)

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Day 11

(B, L, D)

MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights in Beautiful Bavaria

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 WIESBADEN

Day 12

(B, D)

WIESBADEN. EXCURSION TO RUDESHEIM

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

Discovery Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience in Rudesheim.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO SPEYER

Day 13

(B, L, D)

SPEYER, GERMANY. HEIDELBERG EXCURSION

Winter Wonders and a Wine Barrel Fit for a King

Classic Take a half-day Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat-the world's largest wine barrel.

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 on board

EVENING/OVERNIGHT TO STRASBOURG

Day 14

(B, L, D)

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/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

Day 15

(B, L, D)

BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

Discovery Join a full-day 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.

Alternatively, spend your afternoon leisurely browsing Breisach's lovely Christmas market to sample bretzels, mulled wine, and Black Forest cake.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL

Day 16

(B)

BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights shouldn't leave Zurich airport before 10 am.

Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
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    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2018
    Duration
    16 Days
    Cruise Ship
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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Vienna  
    Day 2Vienna  
    Day 3Grein  
    Day 4Passau  
    Day 5Regensburg  
    Day 6Nuremberg  
    Day 7Nuremberg  
    Day 8Nuremberg  
    Day 9Bamberg  
    Day 10Wurzburg  
    Day 11Main River Village  
    Day 12Wiesbaden  
    Day 13Speyer  
    Day 14Strasbourg  
    Day 15Breisach  
    Day 16Basel  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    12/03/2019Quote
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    Gateway city for departure is Zurich, Switzerland.

    Port charges:
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    in single room $217, in twin room from $130 to $139

    Extra nights per person in Zurich:
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