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Enchanted Europe
15-Night Cruise from Budapest to Basel (or reverse)

2022 & 2023 Departure Dates & Pricing

Budapest to Basel (WBZ) - 16 days

-or-

Basel to Budapest (WZB) - 16 days

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Ship - Tranquility II, Artistry I, View

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Detailed Itinerary: Budapest to Basel - Westbound (WBZ)

Skip to Basel to Budapest itinerary

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)

Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

Day 2: Vienna, Austria

Viennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube

Visit the Adventure Center for today's activities with your Adventure Host.

Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.

This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an OPTIONAL Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

Day 3: Vienna

Royal Collections and Amusing Attractions

ACTIVE Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host, OR;

CLASSIC Explore 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 iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Join a Guided OPTIONAL Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace— summer home of the Habsburg Empire.

Enjoy free time this afternoon to take a tram to visit Vienna’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also borrow a bike from the ship to explore Vienna’s square or the banks of the Danube.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

Day 4: Dürnstein - Wachau Valley

A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins

ACTIVE Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades.

Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

MELK

Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ

DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

Day 5: Passau, Germany

Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

Alternatively, join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

Day 6: Regensberg

Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

ACTIVE Explore Walhalla by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

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.

Alternatively spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

Day 7: Roth

Legends and History Lessons

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

ACTIVE Explore Roth's Lauter valley with your Adventure Host, OR:

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR:

CLASSIC Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg—with its 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 Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board

EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

Day 8: Nuremberg

A King’s Palace and Town Halls

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

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

Day 9: Bamberg

The City of Seven Hills

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

ACTIVE Your bike is ready! Hop on and bike along the canals in Bamberg with your Adventure Host, OR:

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

After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer).

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

Day 10: Wurzburg

A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road

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.

ACTIVE Explore Würzburg's charm by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco

Enjoy live entertainment on board while sailing tonight.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Day 11: Main River Village

Beauty on the Main River

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River Bavarian village

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT

Day 12: Frankfurt

Charm in Frankfurt

ACTIVE Enjoy an easy biking experience in Frankfurt with your Adventure Host, 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, OR:

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

Spend free time this afternoon exploring Frankfurt on your own.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOPPARD

Day 13: Boppard - Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge

A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge

Free time to explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicious food and drink.

This afternoon, relax on the Sky Deck with views of the spectacular Rhine Gorge en route to Rüdesheim.

RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR:

DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

Day 14: Strasbourg, France

A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

CLASSIC Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

Day 15: Breisach, Germany

German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest

DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:

ACTIVE Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR:

DISCOVERY Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning.

Day 16: Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

Your cruise ends this morning with breakfast.

Departure flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Basel to Budapest - Eastbound (WZB)

Skip to Budapest to Basel itinerary

Day 1: Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)

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

Flights into Zürich or Basel 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: Breisach, Germany

German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest

DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:

DISCOVERY Choice of excursion to Black Forest or guided visit to a local winery in Breisach.

You may choose to join a Guided OPTIONAL Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

Day 3:Strasbourg, France

A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

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.

You may also choose to join a Guided OPTIONAL Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today.

Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

Day 4: Rudesheim, Germany - Rhine Gorge

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR:

DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:

ACTIVE Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

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

Enjoy some free time 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 while sailing to Frankfurt.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT

Day 5: Frankfurt

Charm in Frankfurt

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.

Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Day 6: Main River Village

Beauty on the Main River

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

Day 7: Wurzburg

A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

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: Bamberg

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.

After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer).

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

Day 9: Nuremberg

A King’s Palace and Town Halls

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

Day 10: Roth

Legends and History Lessons

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

ACTIVE Explore Roth's Lauter valley with your Adventure Host, OR:

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR:

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: 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.

Alternatively spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

Day 12: 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.”

Alternatively, join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or 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

Legendary, Lovely Linz

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.

Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

Day 13: Melk - Wachau Valley

Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside, OR:

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

Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.

VIENNA

Viennese Waltzes on the Blue DanubeThis 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: Vienna, Austria

Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions

ACTIVE Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

CLASSIC Explore 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 iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace— summer home of the Habsburg Empire.

Enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Vienna’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also borrow a bike from ship to explore Vienna’s square or the banks of the Danube.

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

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

Day 15: Budapest, Hungary

War Heroes and Hot Water

ACTIVE Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your Adventure Host, OR:

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

This afternoon, select from a variety of Guided Optional or spend free time soaking in one of Budapest’s famous thermal baths. Consider a scenic hike above the Danube, or enjoy Budapest’s cafés, pubs or nightlife.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

Day 16: Budapest (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
Departure Dates
Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin.

Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

From Budapest (WBZ)
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ window

Category D - Lower deck aft w/ window
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony

Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony

Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Jul 17, 2022
Tranquility II
$7,198
$7,625
$9,982
$10,089
$10,303
$12,553
Sep 12, 20222
Tranquility II
$7,798
$8,225
$10,582
$10,689
$10,903
13,153
Jun 20, 2023
View
$7,398
$7,825
$10,182
$10,289
$10,503
$12,753
Jul 14, 2023
Tranquility II
$7,198
$7,625
$9,982
$10,089
$10,303
$12,553
 
From Basel (WZB)
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ window

Category D - Lower deck aft w/ window
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony

Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony

Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Jun 22, 2022
Tranquility II
$7,398
$7,825
$10,182
$10,289
$10,503
$12,753
May 24, 2023
Tranquility II
$7,548
$7,975
$10,332
$10,439
$10,653
$12,903
Jul 5, 2023
View
$7,198
$7,625
$9,982
$10,089
$10,303
$12,553
Sep 4, 2023
Artistry II
$7,798
$8,225
$10,582
$10,689
$10,903
13,153
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Denotes departures offered as "Special Interest" cruise for Beer Enthisuasts.
Port charges : Additional $420 USD per passenger.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.

Prices Do Include:

Daily afternoon
• 15-night Cruise in selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner onboard
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Daily guided sightseeing program conducted by a Certified Local Guide
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans and experts designed to enrich your cruise
• Gratuities to local guides and excursion drivers
• Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare, transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port charges
• Gratuities to the Cruise Director and onboard crew
• Other personal expenses

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