Festive Season On Romantic Rhine (Northbound)

09/14/2019 through 12/02/2020
09/14/2019 through 12/12/2020
Avalon Waterways

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this winter wonderland journey along the Rhine River, which starts in Switzerland with stops in France, Germany, and Holland! Each town is festively lit and decorated and strains of Christmas carols fill the air. Board your vessel in Basel, Switzerland, then head for Breisach, Germany, the gateway to the Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. Here’s your first chance to explore a Christmas market offering many traditional items. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where you’ll visit the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Strasbourg is home to one of the oldest and finest Christmas markets in Europe and its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree.

Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, and watch the skaters on the ice rink below, and Mainz for a guided walk and visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Next up is the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, and unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. You’re sure to be enthralled by the life-size figures of Europe’s largest nativity scene on the Market Square. Pass through the dramatic views of the Rhine Gorge before arriving in Cologne-your last stop in Germany. Here, you’ll explore the 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral. Wander through the Christmas market, try some traditional Lebkuchen and get some inner warmth with a cup of Glühwein. As an exclamation point to this wonderful Rhine river cruise, you’ll spend time in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

Included Features:

Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Breisach: choice of Black Forest Excursion, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer; Christmas market

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

Day 4 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz: choice of excursion to Heidelberg, guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat, or guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; Christmas market
Day 5 Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; Christmas market; scenic sailing through the Rhine Gorge

Day 6 Cologne: guided city walk; Christmas market

Day 7 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To The Black Forest
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Day 3 Strasbourg, France
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Day 4 Excursion To Heidelberg, Germany. Mainz
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Day 5 Rüdesheim-rhine Gorge-koblenz
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Day 6 Cologne
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Day 7 Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
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