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Christmastime in Alsace and Germany
4-Night Cruise from Frankfurt to Basel (or reverse direction)

Avalon Christmastime in the Alsace and Germany

Christmas Time on the Danube Map

Frankfurt to Basel (WFZ) - 5 Days

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Basel to Frankurt (WZF) - 5 days

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Ship - Tranquility II, Imagery II

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Detailed Itinerary: Frankfurt to Basel

Skip to Basel to Frankurt itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany (Embarkation Day)

Welcome to Germany! This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception before sailing out of Frankfurt. (D)

NOTE: Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5:00 pm.

***NOTICE FOR 2018: Day 1: Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany – Transfer to Wiesbaden (Embarkation)

Welcome to Germany! This afternoon, transfer by motorcoach to Wiesbaden where you board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

NOTE: Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2: Speyer, Germany. Excursion to Heidelberg

Early this morning, dock in Speyer. From here, a half-day excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, which was founded in 1386. Visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! At this time of year, an ice rink is set up at the foot of the castle, and stalls offer Glühwein (mulled wine), Bratwurst, and other tasty treats. The Christmas market itself is scattered over five town squares, and you’ll find a wide array of crafts and regional delicacies. There is plenty of free time to shop for Christmas decorations or gifts. Return to your ship for lunch and enjoy free time in Speyer in the afternoon. Alternatively, you may choose to spend the whole day in Heidelberg. (B,L,D)

Day 3:Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is, without a doubt, an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. In fact, on your GUIDED WALKING TOUR you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. Dating back to 1570, the traditional Christmas market is one of the oldest and finest in Europe. Located around Place de la Cathédrale and Place Broglie, its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. As you stroll through the festively decorated and illuminated streets you’ll notice the pleasing aromas of mulled wine, sweets, spice cakes, and biscuits - a truly magical atmosphere! This afternoon, an OPTIONAL EXCURSION into the Alsace wine region is available. This evening, enjoy an onboard WOODCARVING demonstration. (B,L,D)

Day 4:Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest

Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents once described them as black. There’s no better setting for this time of year than when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses with their long sloping roofs, connoting images of warm and festively decorated interiors. Surely, the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. This afternoon there’s free time in Breisach to visit one more Christmas market - or you may join an OPTIONAL EXCURSION to Colmar in France’s Alsace region. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation Day)

Your vacation ends after breakfast today. Flights out of Zürich airport should not leave before 10:00 am.(B)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Basel to Frankfurt

Skip to Frankurt to Basel itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland–Transfer to Basel (Embarkation)

Welcome to Switzerland. This afternoon, board your ship and meet your crew at an onboard welcome reception. (D)

NOTE: Flights into Zürich must arrive before 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2: Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest

Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents once described them as black. There’s no better setting this time of year than when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses with their long sloping roofs. Surely, the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. This afternoon, there’s free time in Breisach to visit the Christmas market—or you may join an optional excursion to Colmar in France’s Alsace region. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is, without a doubt, an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. In fact, on your GUIDED WALKING TOUR you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. Dating back to 1570, the traditional Christmas market is one of the oldest and finest in Europe. Located around Place de la Cathédrale and Place Broglie, its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. As you stroll through the festively decorated and illuminated streets, you’ll notice the pleasing aromas of mulled wine, sweets, spice cakes, and biscuits—a truly magical atmosphere! This afternoon, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine region is available. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany

Today, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, founded in 1386. Visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! At this time of year, an ice rink is set up at the foot of the castle, and stalls offer Glühwein, Bratwurst, and other tasty treats. The Christmas market is scattered over five town squares, and you’ll find a wide array of crafts and regional delicacies. There is plenty of free time to shop for Christmas decorations or gifts. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany

Today, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, founded in 1386. Visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! At this time of year, an ice rink is set up at the foot of the castle, and stalls offer Glühwein, Bratwurst, and other tasty treats. The Christmas market is scattered over five town squares, and you’ll find a wide array of crafts and regional delicacies. There is plenty of free time to shop for Christmas decorations or gifts. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Frankfurt (Disembarkation Day)

Your vacation ends after breakfast today.

***NOTICE FOR 2018: Day 5: Wiesbaden (Disembarkation Day)

Your vacation ends after breakfast today.

NOTE:Departure flights should not leave Frankfurt Airport before 10 am. Advisements:

  • A v alid passport is required for travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Christmas markets operate from late November until the third week of December, depending on the location.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • 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.

2017 and 2018 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Frankfurt (WFZ)
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Category D - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows

Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ open air balcony

Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ open air balcony

Category P - Upper Deck w/ open air balcony

Suite -
Upper Deck w/ open air balcony

Dec 14, 2017
Tranquility II
$1,349
$1,463
$2,006
$2,034
$2,091
$2,434
Dec 12, 2018
Imagery II
$1,499
$1,613
$2,156
$2,184
$2,241
$2,641
               
From Basel (WZF)
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Category D - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows

Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ open air balcony

Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ open air balcony

Category P - Upper Deck w/ open air balcony

Suite -
Upper Deck w/ open air balcony

Nov 30, 2017
Tranquility II
$1,349
$1,463
$2,006
$2,034
$2,091
$2,434
Nov 28, 2018
Imagery II
$1,499
$1,613
$2,156
$2,184
$2,241
$2,641
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges: Additional $96 per passenger.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.
Transfers at Start/End of Program are available for purchase. Please call for details.

Prices Include:

• 4-night Cruise in selected cabin category
• Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfasts (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D), including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and regional wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
• Daily guided sightseeing program with Certified Local Guides
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port Charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Personal expenses

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