in Alsace & Germany

Christmas Time

Christmas Time.from $3,079.00pp

Depart Frankfurt, Germany | Arrive Basel, Switzerland | 5 Day River Cruise | 3 Countries | Excursions

This Christmastime river cruise is a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate the season! Board your Avalon Suite Ship in Frankfurt, Germany, then sail up the Rhine River to Basel, Switzerland, passing beautiful views and quaint villages festively lit and decorated.

This one-of-a-kind Christmas river cruise through France and Germany takes you on an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany, to visit the fascinating ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city. At this time of year, an ice rink can be found at the foot of the castle and the Christmas market is spread over five town squares. Delight in the holiday cheer with Glühwein (hot mulled wine), bratwursts, and other regional delicacies. You’ll also find an array of crafts, Christmas decorations, and gifts. Strasbourg, located on the border of France and Germany, perfectly blends the cultures of both countries. Strasbourg is home to one of the oldest and finest Christmas markets in Europe—dating back to the 16th century. Take in the aromas of mulled wine, spice cakes, and biscuits. Bask in the holiday atmosphere as you visit the Strasbourg Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece made of red sandstone, and containing ancient murals and a fascinating astronomical clock.

Your Christmas river cruise along the Rhine River takes you to Breisach, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest—an area of unrivalled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. There is no better setting than this magical time of year when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses. Your delightful holiday cruise ends in Basel, Switzerland. Don’t miss this experience to savour the holiday season in traditional and beautiful Christmas traditions of European winter markets and festivities!

3 Excursions Included

2 Optional Excursions

 


Inclusions

  • All Day Dining
  • Cruise
  • Select Beverages
  • Taxes
  • Transportation

Itinerary

DAY1: FRANKFURT, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
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 SPEYER (D)

DAY2: SPEYER. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
Winter Wonders Fit for a King CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat-the world’s largest wine barrel. After the tour, visit the local German Christmas markets in
Heidelberg. Alternatively, enjoy a relaxing sailing morning and explore the sights and sounds, tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of Speyer Christmas Markets. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
(B,L,D)

DAY3: STRASBOURG, FRANCE
A Gothic Cathedral, Heaven’s Time, and Joyeux Noel 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. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace, for an afternoon in a French wine-country village. Savor the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by spending
your free time this afternoon wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg. Take in the lights, music, and the pleasures of the season. EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,L,D)

DAY4: BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest DISCOVERY - Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden-ideally situated
between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR: DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience
local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood. After your visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and
early renaissance buildings EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL (B,L,D)

DAY5: BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights shouldn’t leave Zurich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am. (B)


Terms

*Terms & Conditions Apply. Offer is limited, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotion is correct and valid at the time of publication. Travelfix and supplier full booking terms and conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offer (unless stated). All prices are in Australian Dollars based on twin share occupancy unless otherwise stated.

Gratuities may be an additional onboard charge depending on particular cruise line selected. Cruise taxes and fees will be advised upon cabin selection.

 

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