Vienna on the Danube to Basel on the Rhine

Four countries, three rivers and the Main Danube Canal form the basis of this multifarious cruise. You’ll embark your ship in Vienna, where guided sightseeing will show you its architectural highlights and famous Lipizzaner stallions. Once you set sail, take advantage of guided sightseeing in Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Karlstad, Frankfurt and Strasbourg. Cruise through the wine regions of Wachau Valley and visit Heidelberg and its imposing castle. Time in Regensburg includes the chance to sample some of Germany's renowned beers and Bratwurst at the country’s oldest restaurant. Your journey concludes in Basel on the Rhine.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes

Your cruise at a glance

  • Vienna
    • Included tour of the City of Music, led by a local guide, and free time to explore at your own speed.
  • Nuremberg
    • Join a guided tour that includes the 1000-year-old city's medieval fortifications, Gothic churches, and the Imperial Castle; join a more specialised Nuremberg Rally grounds tour; or a sightseeing excursion in nearby Roth.
  • Würzburg
    • Guided sightseeing tour of the town, which includes the Bishops Residenz. Free time and an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg.
  • Strasbourg
    • Discover the highlights of this historic city on a guided tour, such as Place Kléber, the Gothic cathedral, La Petite France and Place Gutenberg, led by a local guide.

Wachau Valley


Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Arrive in Vienna, known as the 'City of Music' and a place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. This afternoon, board your cruise ship and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. 

Day 2 Vienna

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys' Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral—to name just a few of the sights your Local Guide will show you during your included tour. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a classic Viennese café. An optional concert is available during your stay.

Day 3 Dürnstein

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided walk, see the Stiftskirche; cruise through the Wachau Valley. This morning stop in Dürnstein, whose Baroque blue and white Stiftskirche stands right on the river bank, and join a Local Expert for a guided walk. Afterwards there is free time to explore this small town on your own, before you head into the beautiful and romantic Wachau Valley, where so much of the excellent Austrian wine is grown and produced. Relax on board and enjoy a leisurely afternoon of cruising.

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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:


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.


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.


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.

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