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Christmastime in Alsace & Germany (Southbound)

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Join Avalon Impression on this 5-day holiday cruise along the Rhine, visiting the best of France and Germany. Enjoy Glühwein (hot mulled wine), bratwursts, and other local specialties while celebrating the holidays. Inhale the aromas of spice cakes, mulled wine, and biscuits. Experience a festive mood as you explore the Strasbourg Cathedral, a red sandstone gothic masterpiece with an intriguing astronomical clock and antique frescoes. Explore Breisach during your Christmas river cruise along the Rhine, regarded as the entrance to Germany's Black Forest, a place of unparalleled natural beauty best known for its Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.
Explore the old district of FrankfurtExplore Heidelberg's highlightsMedieval bridge Ponts Couverts and cathedralView from the harbour of Basel, Switzerland
Highlights
  • Explore the natural beauty of Germany's Black Forest
  • Take a guided walk of Strasbourg and visit its massive gothic cathedral
  • Cruise through the magnificent Rhine River and enjoy the local delicacies
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Frankfurt | Embark

Welcome to Frankfurt. Your suite ship is ready for boarding. Set sail while enjoying dinner on your first night onboard.

Day 2: Heidelberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; free time for Christmas market

Day 3: Strasbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 4: Breisach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Choice of visit to Badischer Winzerkeller or excursion the Black Forest; Christmas market

Day 5: Basel | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Ship/Hotel

Avalon Impression

Dates & Prices

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Per person starting at
$2,742
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Cat. E
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, Hairdryer, and Spacious 3-door closets.
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Cat. D
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, Hairdryer, and Spacious 3-door closets
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Cat. B
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
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Cat. A
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
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Cat. P
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets
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Royal Suite
Royal Suite: 300 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress toppers, European-style duvets.
Included
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Personal headset for excursions. 
  • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft and maps. 
  • Wifi
  • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or on board your vessel
  • Port Fees
  • Porterage
  • Passport or Visa fees

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