Experience the holiday season on this festive river cruise vacation from Zurich to Budapest. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Munich, Vienna and Budapest. Other highlights: excursions to Germany’s Black Forest; to Heidelberg for a visit to the red sandstone castle, and to Rüdesheim in the heart of Rhine wine country, a visit to the maginificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and a chance to sample some of Germany’s famous beers. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the many Christmas markets, where you can sample some tasty holiday treats, smell the festive aromas, shop for locally crafted Christmas ornaments, and delight in the holiday cheer. This year, celebrate the holiday season in style on this memorable and joyous cruise.

City Highlights

Cruise: deluxe 16-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Zurich. Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Breisach: excursion to the Black Forest; Christmas marketDay 3 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas marketDay 4 Excursion to Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat; Christmas marketsDay 5 Frankfurt. Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treatDay 6 Miltenberg: guided walk; Christmas marketDay 7 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas marketDay 8 Bamberg: guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas marketDay 9 Nuremberg: guided sightseeing or Rally GroundDay 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz; Christmas marketDay 11 Nuremberg: day at leisureDay 12 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting; Christmas marketDay 13 Passau: guided walkDay 14 Melk – Vienna: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in MelkDay 15 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 16 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermens Bastion and Heroes’ SquareDay 17 Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends today


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 becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.