2019 : Christmastime Wiesbaden to Budapest (WFB) - Artistry II

13 Day River Cruise Wiesbaden to Budapest

Begin your European river cruise with incomparable festive cheer in the heart of Germany's Christmas markets. Warm your heart and memories by embarking on your Avalon Suite Ship® in Wiesbaden, then on to a Bavarian Main river village for Christmas scenes and specialty sweets. Your Christmas cruise continues to Wurzburg with classic sightseeing of the "Pearl of the Romantic Road" amid the glow of local Christmas markets and the city's dazzling architecture.

Sail for a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bamberg-complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size. Your cruise through the Christmas markets of Germany continues into Nuremberg with its festive atmosphere with Bavarian favorites such as bratwurst, gingerbread, and mulled wine will warm your spirit with traditional cheer.

Sail from Nuremberg to Regensburg, and next to Passau, with its narrow streets and baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral. In Melk, you will visit Austria's majestic Benedictine Abbey and then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. Your European river cruise vacation ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. With Christmas memories of Germany, and the Danube's legendary beauty, this Christmas river cruise will be cherished for years to come.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Wiesbaden (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Main river village: Guided walk, onboard baking demonstration
Day 3 Wurzburg: Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz; Christmas market
Day 4 Bamberg: Onboard Christmas Traditions lecture; guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas market
Day 5 Nuremberg: Choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market
Day 6 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: Guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz
Day 7 Nuremberg: Day at leisure to visit Christmas market
Day 8 Regensburg: Onboard lecture; guided walk;Christmas Market; beer tasting on board
Day 9 Passau: Guided walk
Day 10 Melk-Wachau Valley-Vienna: Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; Austrian cookie tasting
Day 11 Vienna: Choice of guided sightseeing or culinary tour at Christmas Market
Day 12 Budapest: Guided sightseeing, see Heroes' Square
Day 13 Budapest (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

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:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    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: Classic 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. Discovery 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. Active 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.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

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

    Day 1

    (D)

    WIESBADEN, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)

    Welcome to Germany! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3 pm.Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

    Day 2

    (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 WÜRZBURG

    Day 3

    (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 BAMBERG

    Day 4

    (B, L, D)

    BAMBERG

    Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes Discovery Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing. 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.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

    Day 5

    (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 6

    (B, D)

    NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH

    Classic Enjoy a Guided City Tour which will show you the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace-a former residence ofBavarian monarchs, along with the Old and New Town Halls of Marienplatz.

    Day 7

    (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 REGENSBURG

    Day 8

    (B, L, D)

    REGENSBURG

    Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle Classic 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. Discovery Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

    This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

    Day 9

    (B, L, D)

    PASSAU

    Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet Classic Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers," OR:

    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.

    Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion. LINZ, AUSTRIA

    The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music

    Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz's many nature trails for a bird's-eye view of the city and river below.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

    Day 10

    (B, L, D)

    MELK-WACHAU VALLEY

    Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley Classic Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. Discovery Enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting while sailing to Vienna.

    During lunchtime sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. VIENNA

    Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

    This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

    Day 11

    (B, L, D)

    VIENNA

    Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections Classic Venture into the Habsburg empire 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, OR: Discovery Join a Guided Culinary Tour of Vienna's magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel.

    Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace-a Habsburg Empire summer home 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.

    Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

    Day 12

    (B, L, D)

    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

    The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe Classic 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, and Don't miss the unique Christmas markets that Budapest hosts every year during the Festive season.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

    Day 13

    (B)

    BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    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.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler
  • Call (410) 239-2400 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13849751

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2018
    Duration
    13 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Artistry II

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Wiesbaden  
    Day 2Main River Village  
    Day 3Wurzburg  
    Day 4Bamberg  
    Day 5Nuremberg  
    Day 6Nuremberg  
    Day 7Nuremberg  
    Day 8Regensburg  
    Day 9Passau  
    Day 10Vienna  
    Day 11Vienna  
    Day 12Budapest  
    Day 13Budapest  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    12/06/2019Quote
    Disclaimer

    Port charges:
    $312

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Frankfurt:
    in single room from $234 to $309, in twin room from $147 to $181

    Extra nights per person in Budapest:
    in single room $178, in twin room $111

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo / Deck / $342
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1970
    A / Sapphire Deck / $2056
    P / Royal Deck / $2227
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $3770

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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