Christmastime From Basel To Prague – Cruise Only

11/16/2019 through 11/29/2019
11/16/2019 through 12/11/2019
Avalon Waterways
Avalon Artistry II

On this Christmastime river cruise, you’ll start in Switzerland, and cruise through the heart of Germany, with a stop in Strasbourg, France. Explore many unique Christmas markets, where you can shop for locally crafted gifts, smell the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread, and sample tasty holiday treats.

Embark your river cruise ship in Basel, Switzerland, and sail to Breisach, Germany. From here, enjoy a visit to Germany’s Black Forest, known for contributing Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks to the world. In Strasbourg, France, visit the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with its ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. This time of year, the historic charm of the city is mixed with festive aromas, sights, and sounds-creating a truly magical atmosphere! In Heidelberg, Germany, visit the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle. To celebrate the season, you’ll find an ice rink at the foot of the castle and the Christmas market covers five town squares with an array of seasonal crafts and delicacies. An excursion takes you to charming Rüdesheim on the Rhine River, where you’ll see Europe’s largest nativity scene with life-size figures. In Würzburg, walk through the halls of the ornate Bishop’s Residenz-then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Learn about holiday traditions as you sail to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll find nativity scenes built by local citizens throughout the town.

Your Christmastime river cruise vacation ends in thousand-year-old Nuremberg. Marvel at the city’s medieval fortifications and gothic churches during your guided tour, and of course visit the Christmas market-one of the oldest in Germany. Be sure to try Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread) and a traditional hot sausage. This festive river cruise is a unique and memorable way to experience the holidays!

Included Features:

Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Breisach: excursion to Black Forest; Christmas market

Day 3 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 4 Speyer. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; Christmas markets

Day 5 Frankfurt. Excursion to Rüdesheim: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treat

Day 6 Main River Village: guided walk, onboard baking demonstration

Day 7 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz; Christmas market

Day 8 Bamberg: onboard Christmas Traditions lecture; guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; Christmas market

Day 9 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market

Day 10 Nuremberg (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 3 Strasbourg, France
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Day 4 Speyer, Germany. Heidelberg Excursion
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Day 5 Wiesbaden. Excursion To Rudesheim
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Day 6 Main River Village
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Day 7 Würzburg
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Day 8 Bamberg
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Day 9 Nuremberg
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Day 10 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)
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