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16 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from from Vienna to Basel 2022
Christmastime from Vienna to Basel
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River Cruise DescriptionOpen a gift wrapped in glowing lights and sights of the inviting beauty of Christmas markets on the Danube and Rhine 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 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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|Departure Date||Ship||Priced From|
|Nov 29, 2022||Avalon Tranquility II||Waitlist||Call Us!|
|Dec 4, 2022||Avalon Impression||Waitlist||Call Us!|
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:
- Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.
River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 VIENNA, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION)Welcome to Austria. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.Flights into Vienna must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before boarding.
Day 2 VIENNA
Day 3 MELK–GREIN
Day 4 PASSAU
Day 5 REGENSBURG
Day 6 NUREMBERG
Day 7 NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH
Day 8 NUREMBERG
Day 9 BAMBERG
Day 10 WÜRZBURG
Day 11 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Day 12 FRANKFURT. EXCURSION TO RUDESHEIM
Day 13 SPEYER. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
Day 14 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Day 15 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
Day 16 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.
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