Enchanted Europe (Eastbound) 2022 - 16 Day River Cruise Basel to Budapest
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Enchanted Europe (Eastbound) 2022

16 Day River Cruise Basel to Budapest

Starting at $5,998


Destinations & Sightseeing
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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 Roth guided tour, or Nuremberg guided tour, 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: guided sightseeing
Day 15 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square
Day 16 Budapest (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning
Notes:
  • 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.

ITINERARY

Day 1
ACTIVE Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat

Day 2
ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside

Day 3
CLASSIC Join a City Tour of Strasbourg’s sights, including Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District

Day 4
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:

Day 5
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village

Day 6
CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco

Day 7
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

Day 8
CLASSIC 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

Day 9
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich

Day 10
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

Day 11
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

Day 12
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:

Day 13
CLASSIC Explore 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 iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Day 14
CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square

Day 15
DISCOVERY Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden, and enjoy a wine tasting

Day 16
DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:

Day 17
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

Day 18
DISCOVERY 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

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Day 35
BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)

Day 36
BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

Day 37
STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Day 38
BOPPARD

Day 39
FRANKFURT. EXCURSION TO SELIGENSTADT

Day 40
MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

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WÜRZBURG

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BAMBERG

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NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH

Day 44
ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG

Day 45
REGENSBURG

Day 46
LINZ, AUSTRIA

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VIENNA

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

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BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)

Day 51
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

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AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

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OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT

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AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

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OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

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AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

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OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

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OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

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Day 82 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board as you sail to Breisach. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
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Day 83 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest DISCOVERY 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 Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden, and enjoy a wine tasting. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
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Day 84 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. CLASSIC Join a City Tour of Strasbourg’s sights, including Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District. You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
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Day 85 RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY–RHINE GORGE
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR: DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR: ACTIVE Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat. This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard. BOPPARD A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge Enjoy some free time to relax, or explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicatessen fare with a cup of German coffee or glass of Riesling wine. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment while sailing to Frankfurt. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT
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Day 86 FRANKFURT. EXCURSION TO SELIGENSTADT
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. Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
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Day 87 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Beauty on the Main River Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
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Day 88 WÜRZBURG
A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg 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 as you set sail for Bamberg AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
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Day 89 BAMBERG
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. After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer). EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
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Day 90 NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH
A King’s Palace and Town Halls CLASSIC 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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG
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Day 91 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
Legends and History Lessons Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. 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 Tour of Nuremberg’s 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 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. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
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Day 92 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. 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
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Day 93 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. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion. LINZ, AUSTRIA Legendary, Lovely Linz 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. Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK
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Day 94 MELK–WACHAU VALLEY
Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR: ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside. Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. VIENNA Viennese Waltzes on the Blue DanubeThis 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
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Day 95 VIENNA
Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities. CLASSIC Explore 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 iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace— summer home of the Habsburg Empire. Enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Vienna’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also borrow a bike from ship to explore Vienna’s square or the banks of the Danube. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
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Day 96 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
War Heroes and Hot Water CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. This afternoon, select from a variety of Guided Optional or spend free time soaking in one of Budapest’s famous thermal baths. Consider a scenic hike above the Danube, or enjoy Budapest’s cafés, pubs or nightlife, OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
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Day 97 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

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