Christmastime From Vienna To Basel

10/17/2019 through 11/30/2020
10/17/2019 through 12/18/2020
Avalon Waterways

Open a gift wrapped in glowing lights and sights of the inviting beauty of Christmas markets on the Danube River. Embark on special departures for the festive season in Europe’s most beautiful Christmas markets and festivities. Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on our decorated Suite Ships® as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local Christmas traditions along your Danube River cruise. Enjoy stunning winter views on the Danube with the warm glow of Christmas markets, beautifully adorned with ageless traditions.

Savor the special views of the season by embarking in Vienna with a culinary tour in the Christmas markets of the City of Music. Sail through the wonderful Wachau Valley with visits to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey perched above the Danube. In Passau, browse through the shining Christmas markets in the “City of Three Rivers.” On to Regensburg for Christkindlesmarkt shopping and beer tasting on board, and a visit to Nuremberg with your choice of a city tour or the WWII Rally Grounds. Spend a day exploring the Christmas markets here for traditional keepsakes and delicious specialties. Take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich for to see the historic home of monarchs at Nymphenburg Palace.

In Bamberg, tour the city of seven hills of the Imperial Dynasties, and enjoy onboard Christmas Traditions lecture as you sail to Würzburg-the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”-with Christmas markets brimming with holiday cheer. Visit a quaint Bavarian Main River village and enjoy a cookie-baking demonstration on board your ship. Take an excursion to Rüdesheim in the Rhine Valley wine region to experience the joyful Mechanical Music Museum. Enjoy Christmas market lights and delights through Heidelberg and Speyer before sailing to Strasbourg for the La Petite France district and shimmering Christmas markets. Continue on to the Black Forest for a traditional Bavarian Christmas atmosphere or visit the largest wine producer in Europe at Badischer Winzerkeller winemakers. Your European Christmas cruise concludes in Basel, Switzerland.

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Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vienna: choice of 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; onboard cookie tasting

Day 4 Passau: guided tour; Christmas market

Day 5 Regensburg: guided tour; Christmas market; beer tasting on board

Day 6 Nuremberg: Christmas Traditions lecture; choice of guided tour 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 Würzburg: guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas market

Day 11 Main river village: cookie-baking demonstration on board; guided tour

Day 12 Mainz. Excursion to Rüdesheim: 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; Christmas markets in Speyer

Day 14 Strasbourg: guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 15 Breisach: choice of visit to Badische Winzerkeller, or excursion the Black Forest; Christmas market

Day 16 Basel (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

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Day 1 Vienna, Austria (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Vienna
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Day 3 Melk
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Day 4 Passau
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Day 5 Regensburg
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Day 6 Nuremberg
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Day 7 Nuremberg. Excursion To Munich
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Day 8 Nuremberg
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Day 9 Bamberg
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Day 10 Würzburg
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Day 11 Main River Village
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Day 12 Mainz. Excursion To Rudesheim
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Day 13 Heidelberg Excursion. Speyer
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Day 14 Strasbourg, France
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Day 15 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 16 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)
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