Style : River cruise
Enchanted Europe (Eastbound) tour
Bamberg Basel Enchanted Europe (Eastbound) Trip

Enchanted Europe (Eastbound)

Avalon Waterways
4.8 . Excellent
Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
16 days
From: $ 7,548 $ 472 / day
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Highlights (Bullets)

  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest or guided visit to a local winery in Breisach
  • Guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral
  • Choice of visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, cable-car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim, or a hike in the vineyards with your Adventure Host; scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; time at leisure in Boppard
  • Choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in Seligenstadt
  • Guided tour
  • Guided tour, visit to the Bishop's Residence
  • Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall
  • Full day guided tour in Munich
  • Choice of guided sightseeing in Roth or hike with your Adventure Host or guided tour in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; onboard lecture
  • Guided walk, see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria
  • Guided walk in Passau; free time in Linz
  • Guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or hike with your Adventure Host; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; free time in Vienna
  • Choice of guided sightseeing or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour, see Heroes' Square or hike with your Adventure Host
  • Your breathtaking river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland
  • You’ll sail to Breisach, your starting point for a Black Forest excursion, and to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way

Short Description

Your breathtaking river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. You’ll sail to Breisach, your starting point for a Black Forest excursion, and to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way. Sail to Rüdesheim 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 Würzburg, 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 ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore this vibrant city on your own.

Style River cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City BASEL
End City BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION) Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning


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.



Day 2

BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST 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 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 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.



Day 4

RÜDESHEIM, 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.


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.



Day 5


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.



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.



Day 7

WÜRZBURG 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.



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).



Day 9


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.



Day 10

ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG 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.



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.



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.


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.



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.


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.



Day 14

VIENNA 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.



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.



Day 16

BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION) Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.



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Enchanted Europe (Eastbound)

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Company Reviews

rating zero stars

I will rate zero stars. Left voicemail with rep to reserve a cruise and she never called me back. I find customer service reps to be way below sub-par. Seems to me sales people don’t care about sales. I’m having this much trouble now what will cruise be like?
It probably only gets worse from there.
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Rhine River Cruise - Never Again

Recently returned back from a river cruise on the Rhine. I give one star for the way the company reacted when we had a serious problem. They did nothing to help us just left us high and dry to sort ourselves out. We booked a package tour including flights that were apparently the only flights available on their 'deal'. The flights were with Lufthansa via Munich and not direct to Basel from Birmingham (UK), we did question this but were told if anything went wrong it would be up to Avalon to get us to the boat. How wrong that turned out to be. We were due to arrive in Basel at 1pm with plenty of time to catch the short transfer to the boat. Lufthansa cancelled our 12pm flight and could not get us on another flight until 6pm in the evening, too late to catch the boat before scheduled sailing time of 6pm. We called the boat cruse director and Avalon at all times to keep them informed of our late arrival, fully expecting them to step in and arrange alternative transport or hold the boat back a few hours so we could arrive. But no, we were told we would have to make our own way to the next berthing stop some 30-40km upriver. We had to frantically google how to get to the next stop and had to research bus/trains ourselves to transport ourselves to the next stop (remember this was booked as a package tour!). Then once we managed to get to the next town, we called the boat numerous times to confirm exact docking location but just got an answerphone! thank goodness for googling and websites that track boats, eventually managed to locate the berthing location ourselves. In the end we managed to reach the boat at 2.30am in the night, wheels literally fell off my suitcase having to pull over 3km to reach the boat. not a good start to a 7-day cruise and the reason for a one-star review. when we got onboard. room and staff were good. Tours OK, but a little rushed at times. Cruse director didn't seem to be too concerned at our ordeal! We missed the safety briefing the night before, but nobody said anything about it or made any attempt to give us a tour briefing the next morning. I would certainly think twice before booking with this company and in hindsight I would not accept their package flights.
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Totally ripped off my Avalon Taste of Egypt "cruise"

From the very start Avalon's Taste of Egypt and Jordan tour was off. They started by giving us instructions to bring rain gear and nothing for the boiling weather in Egypt (clearly a cut and paste from their Europen cruises) The guides were either disinterested or going on about lenghty historical details of every Ramses form number 1 to 22. No talk of life in Egypt. or camels, or oases..things a tourist would care about.
The river cruise portion(supposedly 4 days) was moored for 1.5 days. Then it Collided with another ship, then travelled at night so zero views. The ship (Farah) had no internet for passengers for most of the 4 days yet the ship itself did. (I know , they coded me in eventually if I promised to tell no one).
Meals were okay but crowded and adorned with cheap wine and service that didn't know anything about the food or wine.
Avalon never stepped in, or corrected , or apologized for any of this.
Instead they missed no chance to tell us how much to tip for the non-service and the non-delivery of service.
We were made to catch planes at 2 in the morning. We frequently didn't stop for meals for up to 13 hours (I'm not kidding. Many of us were in our 70's and one was 80) but we never missed those stops where they give the tourists a 5 minute demonstration followed by the "opportunity" to by from the shop.We were sheep delivered to be shorn while our guide got his free meal or baksheesh.
I could go on for an hour. They finally sent me a survey after the trip to rate their EUROPEAN cruise. Another cut and paste.
They were at least 50% more expensive than the next that was similar.
To sum up, I will NEVER recommend Avalon for a cruise. In fact, I will go out of my way to warn people of this slipshod junky organization
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Outstanding - I recently wrote a review about the booking service with Avalon which was outstanding and now I have the pleasure of reviewing the holiday.
Just returned from Danube Dreams on the Avalon Passion. From start to finish it was perfect. After arriving at Munich airport we were greeted by our Avalon driver who escorted us to the minibus and then to the Boat. Once aboard the staff had laid on a beautiful lunch while we waited for our suites. We explored our new surroundings and were not disappointed.The staff and crew made you feel so special, the cruise director was helpful funny and seemed to never sleep ! He was always available keeping everyone up to date with everything. The bar staff were so funny and joined the guests dancing and sang one night ! They were lovely to chat to. Housekeeping always said good morning and wished us a nice day. The food was outstanding it was far more than I’d expected beautifully presented. Buffet breakfast, buffet lunch or lite lunch, afternoon tea then dinner served and wines and beer regional to the country with lunch and dinner. Happy hour every day so cocktails worked out £5 bargain. Coffee machine was lovely just help yourself cappuccino latte expresso etc.Always served with nuts and snacks. Every day trips were included and excellent, we did the optional classical concert in Vienna which was fantastic. We had two opera singers who were very entertaining and two dancers. Most people dressed casual smart.
The sliding doors in the suite was lovely. The room was immaculate and cleaned and tidied twice a day.
We had entertainment casual twice which was enough as the trips start at 9am so you do get quite worn out but in a good way. I’d love to go again and would now always go with Avalon it felt as if you were on holiday with friends and family.
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Custmer service before trip is lacking.

Booked a 2023 Rhine river cruise at end of 2021. Can not get anyone to assist in issues from free air fair to pretravel days in Amsterdam. Have called several times only to be hung up on. Orginal agent is no longer with Avalon. Was told that the down payment included travel insurance and only $500 of orginal deposit can be refunded if cancelled. Wondering if I need to just cancell this trip and book with another company with better client service.
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I’m reviewing the booking procedure-…

I’m reviewing the booking procedure- totally customer care amazing!
Avalon have been fantastic helping us book a Danube river cruise - we receive regular email updates and the App they provide is so helpful listing all the trips selected your flights a day by day guide to all destinations. Any queries answered in person with hours we cannot speak highly enough of the service so far -and information provided. Will review again after the trip
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Deck & Cabin Plans

Optional Activities

WZB|Enchanted Europe (Eastbound)
WZB1|With 2 Nights in Lucerne
WBZ|Enchanted Europe (Westbound)

Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max


Radisson Blu Airport

This modern, stylish hotel 330-room property conveniently offers direct access to the airport terminal, the perfect location for arrivals & departures. Dining options include an Italian restaurant specializing in fresh Italian dishes crafted with a modern twist and a Grill restaurant offering seafood and steaks dishes prepared in an open kitchen. The atrium bar has a 16m-high glass wine tower with over 4,000 bottles of wine and champagne and the outdoor terrace is the place for cocktails and light bites. Other amenities include two fitness centers (one on site and one at the airport), a hammam, as well as a sauna set in a plane's cockpit. Free internet access is available throughout the entire hotel.

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Budapest Marriott

This modern 364 room property enjoys a prime downtown location and offers convenience blended with style. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and the hotel has a fitness center with sauna and Jacuzzi. The trendy Mediterranean Grill restaurant serves tasty Hungarian dishes and the stylish lounge bar offers tapas style food and cocktails.

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