16 Day Christmastime Vienna to Basel

Departure Date
December 8, 2024
Multiple Dates Available
Avalon Waterways

Visit Austria, Germany, France & Switzerland!

This holiday river cruise takes you to many beautiful and historical cities of Germany and Austria. And the views along the way can’t be outdone—towns and villages decorated for the holidays and beautiful views as you cruise along the Danube and Main Rivers, and the Main Danube Canal. Your Christmastime river cruise begins in Vienna, the capital and treasure of Austria, and ends in Frankfurt, Germany. In Vienna, see the sights with a Local Guide and enjoy a walk through the Christmas markets to taste some of the traditional fare. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk, and visit the Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s most architecturally-breathtaking monasteries—sure to be truly magnificent during the holiday season. In Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, see the sights with a Local Guide and savor local sausages and beer at one of Germany’s oldest restaurants, Historiche Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen). On to Nuremberg where, after your guided tour, you are free to visit the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world. A full-day excursion to Munich shows you the Bavarian capital. The traditional Christmas market is located on the Marienplatz, with aromas of toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread filling the air! Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the many nativity scenes exhibited throughout the town are sure to delight. In Würzburg, on the River Main, visit the ornate Bishop’s Residence—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Your next stop is at one of the charming small towns dotted along the river—sure to be even more appealing illuminated with Christmas lights and decorations. Take an excursion to Rüdesheim in the Rhine Valley wine region to experience the joyful Mechanical Music Museum. Enjoy Christmas market lights and delights through Heidelberg and Speyer before sailing to Strasbourg for the La Petite France district and shimmering Christmas markets. Continue on to the Black Forest for a traditional Bavarian Christmas atmosphere Your delightful festive cruise ends in Basel.


Your Cruise

  • 16 Day Christmastime cruise
  • Taxes

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Panaroma Suite 13,830pp
Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy and in CAD. Additional terms & conditions apply.
Highlights & Sightseeing

Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace is a magnificent palatial complex that pays tribute to the power and influence of the Habsburg dynasty and served as the main winter palace for the rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for hundreds of years.

Spalentor, Basel, Switzerland

This regal, 15th-century gateway is one of 3 remaining from the city's ancient walls.


Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation):

Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vienna:

City sightseeing; Christmas market

Day 3 Wachau Valley–Melk–Grein:

Scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; onboard Austrian cookies tasting; guided tour in Grein

Day 4 Passau:

Guided tour; Christmas market

Day 5 Regensburg:

Guided tour; Christmas market

Day 6 Nuremberg:

Onboard Christmas Traditions lecture; choice of guided tour or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market

Day 7 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich:

Guided tour, see the Marienplatz, Christmas market

Day 8 Nuremberg:

Day at leisure to visit Christmas market

Day 9 Bamberg:

Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas market; onboard Christmas Traditions lecture

Day 10 Würzburg:

Guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residence; Christmas market

Day 11 Main river village:

Guided tour

Day 12 Frankfurt. Excursion to Rüdesheim:

Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat

Day 13 Speyer. Excursion to Heidelberg:

Guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; free time for Christmas market

Day 14 Strasbourg:

Guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 15 Breisach:

Choice of visit to a local winery in Breisach or excursion the Black Forest

Day 16 Basel (Disembarkation):

Your cruise ends this morning

Pricing is per person, in CAD and based on double occupancy. Additional terms & conditions apply.
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Terms & Conditions

New bookings only. Fares are per person in the currency noted (CAD), based on double occupancy, are capacity controlled, subject to availability at the time of booking and may be withdrawn without notice. Optional supplier charges may apply and are not included. Amenities, if offered, are available for the first two in a stateroom only & based on double occupancy unless specifically stated otherwise.

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Offer Last Updated: Mar 24, 2023

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