The delightful Danube sets the stage for this incredible journey as you sail through beautiful scenery and quaint towns. Begin in Budapest, Hungary, where you board your river cruise vessel and sail westward, with guided sightseeing in magical Vienna, Passau, and medieval Regensburg. Also take a guided walk in the charming town of Krems and visit the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk. Enjoy wine tasting in Melk and beer tasting in fascinating Regensburg. Finally disembark your ship in Nuremberg, Germany. All this and more await you on this marvelous vacation! Your ship will be decorated and dressed up in Christmas colors. You will have free time to explore some of the famous Christmas Markets in Europe where you will find all sorts of gifts to bring home.

City Highlights

Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Budapest–Vienna: cruising, onboard Austrian Cookie baking demonstrationDay 3 Vienna: guided sightseeing, culinary tour at Christmas MarketDay 4 Krems–Melk: guided walk in Krems; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey and wine tastingDay 5 Passau: guided walkDay 6 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; Christmas Market, beer tastingDay 7 Nuremberg: onboard lecture; choice of guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, Christmas Market Day 8 Nuremberg (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning


Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel


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.