Enchanted Europe (Eastbound) 2022
16 Day River Cruise Basel to Budapest
Starting at $6,248
Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Your breathtaking river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. You’ll sail to Breisach, your starting point for a Black Forest excursion, and to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way. Sail to Rüdesheim and through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. The modern and charming city of Frankfurt is also on your route along the Rhine, and you’ll sail on the Main River to visit an authentic village. Visit Würzburg, and take a guided tour of Bamberg, before reaching Nuremberg, from where you will take a full-day excursion to Munich. Sail from Nuremberg to Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Cruise next to Passau, with its narrow streets and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey. Take in the breathtaking views before continuing through the picturesque Wachau Valley to the romantic sights of Vienna, the “City of Music.” Your European river cruise ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore this vibrant city on your own.
Destination & Sightseeing
|Day 1 Basel (Embarkation):||Onboard welcome reception|
|Day 2 Breisach:||Choice of excursion to Black Forest or guided visit to Badischer Winzerkeller|
|Day 3 Strasbourg:||Guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral|
|Day 4 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Boppard:||Choice of visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, cable-car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim, or a hike in the vineyards with your Adventure Host; scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; time at leisure in Boppard|
|Day 5 Frankfurt:||Choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in Seligenstadt|
|Day 6 Main River Village:||Guided tour|
|Day 7 Würzburg:||Guided tour, visit to the Bishop's Residence|
|Day 8 Bamberg:||Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall|
|Day 9 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich:||Full day guided tour in Munich|
|Day 10 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg:||Choice of guided sightseeing in Roth or hike with your Adventure Host or guided tour in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; onboard lecture|
|Day 11 Regensburg:||Guided walk, see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria|
|Day 12 Passau–Linz:||Guided walk in Passau; free time in Linz|
|Day 13 Melk–Wachau Valley–Vienna:||Guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or hike with your Adventure Host; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; free time in Vienna|
|Day 14 Vienna:||Choice of guided sightseeing or bike with your Adventure Host|
|Day 15 Budapest:||Choice of guided tour, see Heroes' Square or hike with your Adventure Host|
|Day 16 Budapest (Disembarkation):||Your cruise ends this morning|
- In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
- Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
Hotel as shown or similar
Zuerich Flughafen Zurich Switzerland
This modern, stylish hotel 330-room property conveniently offers direct access to the airport terminal, the perfect location for arrivals & departures. Dining options include an Italian restaurant specializing in fresh Italian dishes crafted with a modern twist and a Grill restaurant offering seafood and steaks dishes prepared in an open kitchen. The atrium bar has a 16m-high glass wine tower with over 4,000 bottles of wine and champagne and the outdoor terrace is the place for cocktails and light bites. Other amenities include two fitness centers (one on site and one at the airport), a hammam, as well as a sauna set in a plane's cockpit. Free internet access is available throughout the entire hotel.
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Apaczai Csere Janos utca 12-14 Budapest Hungary
Few would argue the InterContinental Budapest is in the city's best location: right on the Danube across from Castle Hill and the Royal Palace. With the Chain Bridge and the Parliament just steps away, there's no shortage of superb sightseeing opportunities. The Váci Utca shopping street, Central Market Hall and the Gellért Baths are also nearby.