AVALON 2020: Enchanted Europe with 2 Nights in Budapest for Beer Enthusiasts (Westbound) (WBZQ-T1)
18 Day River Cruise Budapest to Basel
Board your Avalon Suite Ship in Budapest after enjoying two nights in the 'Pearl of the Danube.' Your Danube River trip embarks with an overnight cruise to Vienna, and cruise from Austria to Germany as you sail to Passau, then the Bavarian city of Regensburg to see the 12th-century Old Town Hall. Your Germany vacation continues as you cruise to Nuremberg, where you can choose from two three guided excursions-guided tour of Roth, or Nuremberg classic city sightseeing, or a tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds of WWII notoriety. Your picturesque European river cruise continues to Nuremberg from where you will join a full day excursion to Munich.A Beer Expert will join your cruise in Nuremberg to travel with you to Basel and will hold lectures and tastings to introduce you to food and beer pairing. Sail to Bamberg, the Franconian town where the myth of the good German beer is true, for a guided walking tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties. Continue to Frankfurt for your choice of two included guided tours, and a tour of local breweries and on to Rudesheim and through the magnificent Rhine Gorge. Your European river cruise takes you to the splendid Strasbourg, France, with its gothic cathedral towering above its stained-glass and murals, before cruising to the beautiful Breisach, Germany-gateway to the magical Black Forest. Enjoy a day of storybook surroundings, sumptuous bakery specialties (such as Black Forest Cake), and a glimpse into authentic Bavarian life through the generations. Your river cruise on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers comes to an end in Basel, Switzerland, but your memories of this tremendous adventure through many of Europe's most beautiful destinations views will last a lifetime.
|Day 1||Budapest||Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating CapitalThe day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.|
|Day 2||Budapest||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, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine-and-Dine Dinner this evening. (B)|
|Day 3||Budapest||Time for Coffee, and Confections With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest's famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA(B,D)|
|Day 4||Vienna||Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view. This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Vienna||Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions CLASSIC Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning 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.Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria's Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN(B,L,D)|
|Day 6||Wachau Valley||Fairytale Castles, Kings, Cobblestones of Delightful Durnstein CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:ACTIVE Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. MELKOrnate Architecture and Scenic SplendorsCLASSIC 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 the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU(B,L,D)|
|Day 7||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.' Alternatively, join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)|
|Day 8||Regensburg||Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval MiracleCLASSIC 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. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Alternatively spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH(B,L,D)|
|Day 9||Roth||Living Heritage and History LessonsDISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal-linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black seas. CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth-with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR:CLASSIC Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg-with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich. DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG(B,L,D)|
|Day 10||Nuremberg||A King's Palace and Town Halls in Modern MunichCLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace-a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,D)|
|Day 11||Bamberg||One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches.DISCOVERY Discover a very special family run hop garden where you will also taste a local beer. After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer). Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard beer lecture hosted by your Beer Expert while cruising.AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG(B,L,D)|
|Day 12||Wurzburg||A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Wurzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residenz-with the largest known ceiling fresco.You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Enjoy live entertainment on board while sailing tonight.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)|
|Day 13||Main River Village||Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard beer tasting hosted by your Beer Expert.CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River Bavarian village.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT (B,L,D)|
|Day 14||Frankfurt||Culture, Commerce, and Charm in Frankfurt CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Frankfurt to see the city's cultural landmarks and gleaming financial headquarters combined with the cozy ambience of quaint neighborhoods, OR: DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour to Seligenstadt-one of Germany's oldest towns and home to the Einhard Basilika-dubbed 'minor basilica' in 1925 by Pope Pius XI.DISCOVERY This afternoon, join your Local Guide for a tour that will take you to discover the local beer flavors.Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOPPARD(B,L,D)|
|Day 15||Boppard||A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine GorgeTake some free time to relax, or explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicatessen fare with a cup of German coffee or glass of Riesling wine. This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rudesheim.RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGEEat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine CountryDISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG(B,L,D)|
|Day 16||Strasbourg||A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine CLASSIC Join a City Tour of Strasbourg's sights, including its gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.Take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.Explore on your own along tree-lined streets with gingerbread-style houses reminiscent of Brothers Grimm within the very modern city of the European Parliament.DISCOVERY Onboard food and beer pairing dinner by your Beer Expert.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH(B,L,D)|
|Day 17||Breisach||History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black ForestDISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:DISCOVERY Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany's southernmost wine country in Baden-ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners' process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting.You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL (B,L,D)|
|Day 18||Basel||Your vacation ends this morning with breakfast.Departure flights should not leave Zurich airport before 10 am. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Gateway city for departures is Zurich.Port charges:$390Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.Extra nights per person in Budapest:in single room from $252 to $368, in twin room from $153 to $204Extra nights per person in Zurich:in single room $225,in twin room $152All 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 / PriceD / Indigo Deck / $427B / Sapphire Deck / $2,463A / Sapphire Deck / $2,570P / Royal Deck / $2,784Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4,713
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