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Christmastime from Basel to Budapest

Summary:

Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Basel, Switzerland.

This Christmas river cruise begins in Switzerland and takes you down the Rhine River to France, Germany, Austria and Hungary, with beautiful passing views and quaint villages festively lit and d...

Duration
17 Days
Countries
5
Next Departure
29-Nov-2025
Starting at
USD 8,647.00
USD 8,397.00
Price per day
USD 494.00

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  • Map, Destinations
  • Avalon
Operator
Avalon Waterways
Ship
Envision, Imagery II, Panorama
Tour
Christmastime from Basel to Budapest

Summary

Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Basel, Switzerland.

This Christmas river cruise begins in Switzerland and takes you down the Rhine River to France, Germany, Austria and Hungary, with beautiful passing views and quaint villages festively lit and decorated—a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate the season! Board your ship in Basel, Switzerland, then stop in Breisach, considered the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest. Strasbourg, France, is home to one of the oldest and finest Christmas markets in Europe—dating back to the 16th century. Take in the aromas of mulled wine, spice cakes, and biscuits. You’ll go on an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany, to visit the fascinating ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city. This time of year, an ice rink can be found at the foot of the castle and the Christmas market is spread over five town squares.

Stop in Frankfurt and then sail to visit a picturesque Main River Village before stopping in Würzburg to savor the sights, sounds, and confections of its warm Christmas markets. Continue your festive European vacation to enjoy Christmas in the heart of Europe with a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bam-berg—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size. While sailing, you’ll hear an onboard lecture about Christmas traditions in Europe and choose from two guided excursions—a classic sightseeing tour of Nuremberg, or a tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds of WWII notoriety. Board your second Avalon Suite Ship in Nuremberg. Your Danube River cruise continues to Melk, where you’ll see its magnificent Benedic-tine Abbey, with fantastic frescoes, statures, library, and ornate pipe organ. Sail on your European river cruise to visit Vienna and through beautiful views of the rich wine-growing region of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Your Main and danube River cruise vacation concludes Budapest, called the “Pearl of the Danube,” with wonderful experiences and memories of Christmas markets, scenic splendors, and inspiring discoveries to treasure always.

Map: Christmastime from Basel to Budapest (Avalon)

Short Itinerary / Route

Day 1.
Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)
Day 2.
Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
Day 3.
Strasbourg, France
Day 4.
Speyer, Germany. Heidelberg Excursion
Day 5.
Frankfurt. Excursion To Rudesheim
Day 6.
Main River Village
Day 7.
Würzburg
Day 8.
Bamberg
Day 9.
Nuremberg
Day 10.
Nuremberg (Disembarkation). Excursion To Munich. N...
Day 11.
Nuremberg
Day 12.
Regensburg
Day 13.
Passau
Day 14.
Melk–Wachau Valley
Day 15.
Vienna
Day 16.
Budapest, Hungary
Day 17.
Budapest (Disembarkation)

Travel Countries (5): Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland

Ports of call (18): Bamberg, Basel, Breisach, Budapest, Colmar, Frankfurt am Main, Heidelberg, Linz, Munich, Nuremberg, Passau, Regensburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Rüdesheim, Strasbourg, Vienna, Würzburg, Zurich

Ship Information

Ship Name
Envision
Ship Type
River Cruise Ship

Travel Package

 

Coming from

 

Going to

Cruise...

Basel

Arrow Going To

Budapest

River CruisesThis is an Organised River Cruise: you will eat and sleep on-board of the ship. The cruise operator set the itinerary, the destinations, duration and departure dates as well as the price per cabin type/deck. Excursions and activities can be included or optional. You can join, enjoy and meet other people.

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