2021 Season

Festive Season on The Blue Danube Discovery with 2 Nights in Budapest


cruise: WBNQ-T1 10 Day River Cruise Budapest to Nuremberg
Begin this timeless European river cruise vacation with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary. Sail along the Danube River with exciting stops and panoramic views in Austria and Germany, and end with two nights in Prague, the stunning capital of the Czech Republic. At this time of year, the towns and cities are festively lit and decorated, each in its own particular style and tradition. Christmas markets abound, and the strains of carols and aroma of gingerbread fill the air. In lively Budapest, enjoy an introduction to the city by a local expert who shows you the must-see sights, and take this first chance to explore a Christmas market. Leave Budapest, and sail up the Danube River to Vienna, Austria. Here, Christmas markets are scattered around the city, with the largest located in front of the city hall. Join a traditional city sightseeing or a guided culinary walk through the Christmas market to taste some of the local traditional specialties.

Your winter cruise on the Danube glides through the winter wonderland of the Wachau Valley, and visits Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey in Melk. You’ll love a guided walk through Passau, with its narrow streets and beautiful patrician houses, and the Christkindlmarkt set against the stunning backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Sail further up the Danube River through panoramic views, and you’ll come to the medieval walls of Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Your last stop along the Danube River is 1000-year-old Nuremberg, famous for one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. After guided city sightseeing, be sure to explore the many stalls and try some spicy gingerbread and Glühwein!
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Day 1 Budapest: Welcome to Budapest

Day 2 Budapest: Guided sightseeing, see Heroes' Square; Christmas markets

Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Budapest-Vienna: Scenic sailing, pass through Bratislava; Austrian cookies tasting on board

Day 5 Vienna: Choice of guided sightseeing or culinary tour at Christmas market

Day 6 Krems-Wachau Valley-Melk: Guided city walk in Krems; scenic sailing through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk

Day 7 Passau: Guided walk

Day 8 Regensburg: Guided tour; free time for Christmas market; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture; beer tasting on board

Day 9 Nuremberg: Choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas markets

Day 10 Nuremberg (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning
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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.
  • Christmas markets generally operate from late November until the third week of December.
The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per person based on twin occupancy and any applicable port charges, non-commissionable taxes and fees, gratuities  and intra-vacation flight are included in the price shown.   International airfare, however, is not included. If price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s). Please review current promotions or deals for additional information.