2019 : Enchanted Europe for Beer Enthusiasts (WZB-T1) - Visionary

16 Day River Cruise Basel to Budapest

Your breathtaking European river cruise for beer enthusiasts begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. From Basel to Nuremberg, learn about regional brews, brewing practices, and varieties of local beer with a Beer Expert who travels with you on your cruise. You can attend lectures, tasting and be introduces to the best pairings of great food and beer.

You'll sail to Breisach, your starting point for a Black Forest excursion, and to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way, where you will find out how its inhabitants are proud of their beers. Sail to Rudesheim and through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. The modern and charming city of Frankfurt is also on your route along the Rhine, and you'll sail on the Main River to visit an authentic village.

Visit Wurzburg, and take a guided tour of Bamberg, before reaching Nuremberg, from where you will take a full day excursion to Munich. Sail from Nuremberg to Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Cruise next to Passau, with its narrow streets and baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral. In Melk, you will visit Austria's majestic Benedictine Abbey. Take in the breathtaking views before continuing through the picturesque Wachau Valley to the romantic sights of Vienna, the "City of Music."

Your European river cruise and beer enthusiast vacation ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore this vibrant city on your own. Learn, enjoy, and experience the enchantment of a European river cruise for beer enthusiasts soon!

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
Day 3 Strasbourg: Guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral, local beer tasting; onboard beer lecture
Day 4 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Boppard: Choice of visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rudesheim; special treat; scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; time at leisure in Boppard
Day 5 Frankfurt: Onboard beer tasting; choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in Seligenstadt
Day 6 Main River Village: Guided walking tour, onboard food and beer pairing dinner
Day 7 Wurzburg: Guided tour, visit to the Bishop's Residenz, taste a local beer
Day 8 Bamberg: Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; visit a malt factory or a hop garden
Day 9 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: Full day guided tour in Munich
Day 10 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: Choice of Nuremberg guided tour, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; lecture on board
Day 11 Regensburg: Guided walk; beer tasting on board
Day 12 Passau: Guided walk
Day 13 Melk-Wachau Valley-Vienna: Guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley
Day 14 Vienna: Guided sightseeing
Day 15 Budapest: Guided tour, see Heroes' Square
Day 16 Budapest (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    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. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
    Classic
    Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
    Discovery
    We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
    Active
    Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1
    (D)
    BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)
    Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zurich must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board as you sail to Breisach.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

    Day 2
    (B, L, D)
    BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
    History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
    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.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

    Day 3
    (B, L, D)
    STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    A Gothic Cathedral, Heavenly Time, and Dreamy French Wine
    Active
    Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early Morning Walk.
    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.
    Discovery
    Have a local beer and be surprised by the Strasbourg thriving beer culture.
    Discovery
    Enjoy an onboard beer lecture hosted by your Beer Expert.
    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.
    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

    Day 4
    (B, L, D)
    RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY-RHINE GORGE
    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
    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.
    This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard.
    BOPPARD
    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.
    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT

    Day 5
    (B, L, D)
    FRANKFURT
    Culture, Commerce, and Charm in Frankfurt
    Discovery
    Enjoy an onboard beer tasting hosted by your Beer Expert while sailing to Frankfurt this morning.
    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.
    Spend free time this afternoon exploring Frankfurt on your own. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

    Day 6
    (B, L, D)
    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.
    Classic
    Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.
    Discovery
    Onboard food and beer pairing dinner hosted by your Beer Expert.
    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

    Day 7
    (B, L, D)
    WÜRZBURG
    A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon
    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.
    Discovery
    Later, enjoy a beer in a local brewery.
    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
    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

    Day 8
    (B, L, D)
    BAMBERG
    One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills
    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.
    Discovery
    Visit a malt factory where a beer sommelier that will explain about beer, malt and brewing, OR:
    Discovery
    Visit a local family run hop garden and taste a local beer.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

    Day 9
    (B, D)
    NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH
    Modern Munich with Storybook Villages and Fairytale Castles
    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.
    Enjoy some free time today to stroll this pedestrian and bike-friendly city to see the famous Glockenspiel, outdoor cafes, or the Bavarian Biergärten for authentic brews.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

    Day 10
    (B, L, D)
    ROTH. NUREMBERG EXCURSION
    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.
    Classic
    Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg's medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
    Classic
    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.
    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

    Day 11
    (B, L, D)
    REGENSBURG
    Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle
    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.
    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.
    Discovery
    Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
    This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

    Day 12
    (B, L, D)
    PASSAU
    Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
    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.
    Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.
    LINZ, AUSTRIA
    The 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.
    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

    Day 13
    (B, L, D)
    MELK-WACHAU VALLEY
    Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
    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.
    Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.
    VIENNA
    Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube
    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.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

    Day 14
    (B, L, D)
    VIENNA
    Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections
    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.
    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.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

    Day 15
    (B, L, D)
    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
    The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
    Classic
    Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square.
    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 cafes, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

    Day 16
    (B)
    BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    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.
  • Call (330) 637-7529 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14029425

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2018
    Duration
    16 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Visionary

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Basel  
    Day 2Breisach  
    Day 3Strasbourg  
    Day 4Boppard  
    Day 5Frankfurt  
    Day 6Main River Village  
    Day 7Wurzburg  
    Day 8Bamberg  
    Day 9Nuremberg  
    Day 10Roth  
    Day 11Regensburg  
    Day 12Passau  
    Day 13Vienna  
    Day 14Vienna  
    Day 15Budapest  
    Day 16Budapest  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
    August 14, 2019Cat D,E$5,448.00* (USD)Quote
    August 14, 2019Cat A, B, P$7,911.00* (USD)Quote
    August 14, 2019Royal Suite$10,161.00* (USD)Quote
    Disclaimer

    Gateway city for arrivals is Zurich, Switzerland.

    Port charges:
    $390

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Zurich:
    in single room from $185 to $349, in twin room from $120 to $208

    Extra nights per person in Budapest:
    in single room from $178 to $446, in twin room from $111 to $243

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $426
    B / Sapphire Deck / $2462
    A / Sapphire Deck / $2569
    P / Royal Deck / $2784
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4712

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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