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AVALON WATERWAYS
16 Days | Enchanted Europe
Eastbound (WZB)


BASEL TO BUDAPEST

Day 1 | Basel, Switzerland. Embark. Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board as you sail to Breisach. (NOTE: Flights into Zürich must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.) (D)

Day 2 | Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest. History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest. (B,L,D)

Classic — Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings — OR —

Discovery — Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration. Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine.

Day 3 | Strasbourg, France. A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine. Explore on your own along tree-lined streets with gingerbread-style houses reminiscent of Brothers Grimm within the very modern city of the European Parliament. (B,L,D)

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.

Active — Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early Morning Walk.

Day 4 | Rudesheim, Germany. Cruising the Rhine Gorge. Boppard. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard. Boppard is a peaceful jewel in the Rhine Gorge. Take a free afternoon 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 before sailing to Frankfurt. (B,L,D)

Active — Take a Morning Hike up the vine-clad hillside with your Avalon Adventure Host, then ride the cable car down for breathtaking views — OR —

Discovery — Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience — OR —

Active — Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards.

Discovery — Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

Day 5 | Frankfurt. Culture, Commerce, and Charm in Frankfurt. Spend free time this afternoon exploring Frankfurt on your own. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. (B,L,D)

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.

Day 6 | Main River Village. Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. (B,L,D)

Classic — Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

Day 7 | Wurzburg. A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon. 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. (B,L,D)

Classic — Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

Day 8 | Bamberg. One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills. After your tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer). (B,L,D)

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 9 | Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich. Modern Munich with Storybook Villages and Fairytale Castles. Enjoy some free time today to stroll this pedestrian and bike-friendly city to see the famous Glockenspiel, outdoor cafés, or the Bavarian Biergärten for authentic brews. (B,D)

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 10 | Nuremberg Excursion. Roth. Living Heritage and History Lessons. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions. (B,L,D)

Classic — Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle — OR — 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.

Day 11 | Regensburg. Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau. (B,L,D)

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.

Discovery — Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

Day 12 | Passau. Linz, Austria. Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion. Linz: For Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music. 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. (B,L,D)

Classic — Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers” — OR — Join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

Day 13 | Melk. Cruising the Wachau Valley. Vienna. Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley. Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. (B,L,D)

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.

Day 14 | Vienna. Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest. (B,L,D)

Classic — Venture into 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 historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Day 15 | Budapest, Hungary. The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. Take free time to enjoy Budapest’s famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city’s cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure. (B,L,D)

Classic — Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Day 16 | Budapest. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.)

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EASTBOUND ITINERARY (WZB)
16 DAYS | BASEL TO BUDAPEST
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