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8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam 2024
Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (Northbound)Starting from $2,499
River Cruise DescriptionOne 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. Choose between a visit the ruins of Heidelberg's castle, towering magnificently over the city, and watch the skaters on the ice rink below or a a guided walk in Mainz with a visit to 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."
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|Departure Date||Ship||Priced From|
|Dec 1, 2024||Avalon Panorama||$2,749||Call Us!|
|Dec 15, 2024||Avalon Panorama||$2,499||Call Us!|
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
- Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.
River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)Welcome to Switzerland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to enjoy the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition.
Day 2 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
Day 3 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Day 4 MAINZ . EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
Day 5 RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE–KOBLENZ
Day 6 COLOGNE
Day 7 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
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