2023 Season

Enchanted Europe 2 Nights in Budapest and 2 Nights in Lucerne (Westbound)


cruise: WBZ2
20 days from Budapest to Lucerne
Board your Avalon Suite Ship® after enjoying two nights in Budapest, the “Pearl of the Danube.” Your Danube River cruise embarks with an overnight cruise to Vienna, followed by Dürnstein and Melk in Austria’s beautiful Wachau Valley. Cruise from Austria to Germany as you sail to Passau, then the Bavarian city of Regensburg to see the 12th-century Old Town Hall. Cruise to Nuremberg to choose a guided tour of Roth, Nuremberg city sightseeing, or a tour of the notorious Nuremberg Rally Grounds of WWII. From Nuremberg, join a full-day excursion to Munich before sailing to Frankfurt for guided sightseeing. Cruise to Rüdesheim and through the magnificent Rhine Gorge. Your European river cruise stops in splendid Strasbourg, France, with its Gothic-style cathedral towering above its stained glass and murals, before cruising to 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 generations of authentic Bavarian life.

Disembark from your Avalon Suite Ship® and begin your Monograms® vacation with a visit to Mt. Pilatus and a walking tour in Lucerne. Your Monograms vacation package includes a Local Host® to arrange your sightseeing, free-time recommendations, and any other assistance you need during your 2-night stay in Lucerne.

Your cruise on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers with a Monograms vacation package in Switzerland are the perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.

Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. Visit Passau, Germany—called the “City of Three Rivers” at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Take a guided walking tour to admire the Patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Linz, Austria, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square. Enjoy the magnificent views as your Danube River cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley. Stops include Melk to visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Dürnstein to see the famous blue and white Stiftskirche and taste some of the local wines.

Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy a guided tour of this magical city and take time to explore on your own. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, take a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and to the Gothic-style St. Martin’s Cathedral. In Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, a local expert shows you all the must-see sights. Then to round out this timeless European river cruise, take a stroll along Váci utca—the main shopping street or take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion for the best panoramic views of Budapest. This Danube River cruise explores the legendary beauty and remarkable destinations you’ll never forget.

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Day 1 Budapest: Welcome to Budapest!

Day 2 Budapest: Guided tour, see Heroes' Square

Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Vienna: Scenic sailing, pass through Bratislava; free time in Vienna in the evening

Day 5 Vienna: Choice of guided sightseeing or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 6 Dürnstein-Wachau Valley-Melk: In Dürnstein choice of guided tour or a hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; choice of guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or hike with your Adventure Host; onboard wine tasting

Day 7 Passau: Guided walk

Day 8 Regensburg: Choice of guided walk, see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 9 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: Onboard lecture; choice of guided sightseeing in Roth or hike with your Adventure Host or guided tour in Nuremberg or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; onboard beer tasting

Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: Full-day guided tour in Munich

Day 11 Bamberg: Choice of guided tour, see the Old Town Hall or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 12 Würzburg: Choice of guided tour, visit to the Bishop’s Residenz or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 13 Main River Village: Guided tour

Day 14 Frankfurt: Choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in Seligenstadt or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 15 Boppard-Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim: Time at leisure in Boppard; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim or hike with your Adventure Host

Day 16 Strasbourg: Guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral

Day 17 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to a local winery in Breisach or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 18 Basel (Disembarkation)-Mount Pilatus-Lucerne: Excursion to Mount Pilatus (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead); guided walking tour in Lucerne with the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge

Day 19 Lucerne: Full day at leisure

Day 20 Lucerne: Your vacation ends this morning
Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

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.
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