Christmastime - Mainz to Budapest 2019

13 day River Cruise Wiesbaden to Budapest

Cruise WFB

From 

£2,809  pp

Cruise only

Departing 06 December 2019

From 

£4,756  pp

Cruise with flights & transfers

From London Heathrow

Overview

Begin your European river cruise with incomparable festive cheer in the heart of Germany’s Christmas markets. Warm your heart and memories by embarking on your Avalon Suite Ship in Wiesbaden, then on to a Bavarian Main river village for Christmas scenes and specialty sweets. Your Christmas cruise continues to Würzburg with classic sightseeing of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” amid the glow of local Christmas markets and the city’s dazzling architecture.

Sail for a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bamberg - complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size. Your cruise through the Christmas markets of Germany continues into Nuremberg with its festive atmosphere with Bavarian favorites such as bratwurst, gingerbread and mulled wine will warm your spirit with traditional cheer.

Sail from Nuremberg to Regensburg and next to Passau, with its narrow streets and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey and then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. Your European river cruise ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. With Christmas memories of Germany, and the Danube’s legendary beauty, this Christmas river cruise will be cherished for years to come.

Begin your European river cruise with incomparable festive cheer in the heart of Germany’s Christmas markets. Warm your heart and memories by embarking on your Avalon Suite Ship in Wiesbaden, then on to a Bavarian Main river village for Christmas scenes and specialty sweets. Your Christmas cruise continues to Würzburg with classic sightseeing of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” amid the glow of local Christmas markets and the city’s dazzling architecture.

Sail for a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bamberg - complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size. Your cruise through the Christmas markets of Germany continues into Nuremberg with its festive atmosphere with Bavarian favorites such as bratwurst, gingerbread and mulled wine will warm your spirit with traditional cheer.

Sail from Nuremberg to Regensburg and next to Passau, with its narrow streets and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey and then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. Your European river cruise ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. With Christmas memories of Germany, and the Danube’s legendary beauty, this Christmas river cruise will be cherished for years to come.

Itinerary

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 three 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.

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.

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.

Classic
<p>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.</p>
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.

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.

Day 1 Mainz, Germany (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Welcome to Germany! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Day 2 Main River Village

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights in Beautiful Bavaria

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.

Take a guided tour of a picturesque village along the Main River.

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.

Join a cookie-baking demonstration on board your ship while sailing.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

Day 3 Wurzberg

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas and Nutcracker Sweets

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.

Take a guided sightseeing tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress and baroque Bishop’s Residence.

You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt German Christmas museum - the world’s most extensive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations.

Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Wurzburg’s Christmas markets.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

Day 4 Bamberg

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes

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.

Enjoy an onboard Christmas traditions lecture while sailing.

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.

Join a guided sightseeing tour of Bamberg - medieval home of Germany’s Roman Empire dynasties. Stroll through dozens of Bamberg’s nativity scenes - from miniature to life-size.

Take free time to enjoy the quaint Christmas markets and warm up with traditional German dumplings, sausage and a glass of hearty Bavarian ale.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

Day 5 Nuremberg

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Living Heritage and History Lessons

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.

Choose a guided tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:

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.

Join a guided tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally grounds - used by the Third Reich.

Spend free time browsing the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare - bratwurst, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine and countless other Christkindlmarkt culinary delights.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

Day 6 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich.

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

Enjoy a guided city tour which will show you the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace - a former residence of Bavarian monarchs, along with the Old and New Town Halls of Marienplatz.

Day 7 Nuremberg

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Living Heritage and History Lessons

A day to relax and enjoy Nuremberg at your own pace. Stroll through the festively lit streets, buy those last-minute Christmas gifts, or ask your cruise director for suggestions of things to do.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

Day 8 Regensburg

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Magical Regensburg - Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

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.

Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this afternoon.

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.

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

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.

Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner before sailing to Passau.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

Day 9 Passau

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Go for Baroque in Passau - Where the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers meet

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.

Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers,”

You may join a full day guided optional excursion to Salzburg - the city of Mozart and learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas.

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 chance to get off your feet and warm up in one of the many pastry shops and cafes.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

Day 10 Melk - Wachau Valley

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley

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.

Take a guided tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library and ornate pipe organ.

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.

Enjoy an Austrian cookie tasting while sailing to Vienna.

During lunchtime 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 11 Vienna

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions and Culinary Confections

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.

Venture into the Habsburg empire 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, OR:

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.

Join a guided culinary tour of Vienna’s magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel.

Join a guided optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace - a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.

Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening.

Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

Day 12 Budapest, Hungary

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe.

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.

Enjoy a guided city sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs and don’t miss the unique Christmas markets that Budapest hosts every year during the Festive season.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

Day 13 Budapest (Disembarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Questions? Our travel specialists can help with any queries, quotes or special requirements.  Request a callback or email us.

Ship details

Avalon Artistry II

Intimate and innovative, Avalon Artistry II is an Avalon Suite Ship which accommodates 128 passengers. With two full decks of suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique open-air balconies. A contemporary ship designed with comfort in mind, Avalon Artistry II offers upgrades and enhancements throughout, impeccable personal service and attention to detail, as well as elegant dining and chic, minimalist decor. Every suite provides the very best in size, comfort, views and design, an impressive wall-to-wall panoramic window, and measures a spacious 200 square feet. Even the placement of the bed allows you to wake up each morning and retire to bed each evening facing the magnificent river views.

 

See Avalon Artistry II 360° plan 

Deluxe Stateroom (D,E)
172 sq.ft., Indigo Deck
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward - floorplan
Picture of Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward (172sq ft)
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Panorama Suite (A,B,P)
200 sq.ft, Sapphire and Royal Decks
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft - floorplan
Picture of Panorama Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows - Sapphire Deck Aft (200sq ft)
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air BalconySM
  • Open-Air BalconySM with spacious seating area
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Royal Suite (S)
300 sq.ft., Royal Deck
Royal Suite - Royal Deck - floorplan
Picture of Royal Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows - Royal Deck (300sq ft)
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air BalconySM
  • Open-Air BalconySM with spacious seating area
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twin beds, one queen-size bed or one king-size bed (Royal Suites only)
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Deck Plans
Avalon Artistry II deck plan

Deck plan key

  • Sky Lounge
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Bistro
  • Whirlpool
  • Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Deck Game area
  • Observation Lounge
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Bar
  • Reception/Guest sevices
  • Lift
  • Atrium
  • Club Lounge
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Fitness centre

Stateroom categories

  • Category E
  • Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward
  • Category D
  • Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Aft
  • Category B
  • Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft
  • Category A
  • Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Forward
  • Category P
  • Panorama Suite - Royal Deck
  • Royal Suite
  • Royal Deck