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10 Day Avalon River Cruise from Nuremberg to Basel 2020

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Christmastime from Nuremberg to Basel River Cruise (WNM)

Starting from $4,098
Ship(s): Avalon Imagery II, Avalon Tranquility II

River Cruise Description

Welcome to this fantastic Christmastime, 10 day Avalon river cruise from Nuremberg to Basel 2020! What a way to celebrate this Holy Christmas season. Your sensational cruise will take you through the beautiful heart of picturesque Germany. You’ll be enjoying the wonderful riverscapes along the popular Main Danube Canal, and the stunningly peaceful Main and Rhine Rivers. You’ll board your luxurious Avalon river cruise ship in historic Nuremberg, Germany, that features one of the oldest and most attended Christmas markets in the country. You’ll easily slip into the festive holiday spirit as you wander through the brilliantly illuminated and decorated Old Town. An amazing 200 stalls have vendors selling most every kind of traditional German Christmas wares and holiday season delicacies. In the charming village of Bamberg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – you’ll discover fabulous nativity scenes constructed by talented local craftsmen from throughout the town. You’ll learn about traditional holiday celebrations as you cruise peacefully to quaint Würzburg, where you’ll marvel as you stroll through the hallowed halls of the stunning baroque Bishop’s Residenz – known to have the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. Then you’ll have time to wander through the festive Christmas markets while sipping some delightful Glühwein (hot mulled wine). If you enjoy baking delicacies you can learn how to bake a traditional cookie before your cruise ship arrives at one of the beautiful small villages with magnificent half-timbered houses that are dotted along the picturesque Main River. When you arrive in the charming town of Rüdesheim on the Rhine River, you’ll discover Europe’s largest nativity scene complete with life-size figures. You’ll marvel at majestic Heidelberg Castle, which towers elegantly high above the city, and you can watch the local skaters enjoying the ice rink below. At this time of year, you’ll love the historic charm of fascinating Strasbourg, France, where the atmosphere is full of festive aromas, sights, and sounds of the holidays, creating a truly enchanting place to celebrate! You’ll tour the stunning gothic cathedral with its amazing ancient murals and captivating astronomical clock. You’ll continue your fabulous 10 day Avalon river cruise from Nuremberg to Basel 2020, to beautiful Breisach, Germany – known as the gateway to the world-famous Black Forest. This region known for its unsurpassed natural beauty, and of course known as the home of popular Black Forest ham, delicious cherry cake, and the iconic cuckoo clocks. You’ll discover that there is no better setting at this time of year, when traditional Black Forest houses are warmed by holiday fires as smoke curls heavenward from their chimneys. While your fabulous Christmastime cruise ends in Basel, Switzerland, we hope you will take many great memories and photographs home with you.

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Dec 9, 2020Avalon Tranquility II$4,098Call Us!
Avalon Choice

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:

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests — from cooking classes, to painting workshops — to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go — from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary


Day 1 Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)

Welcome to Nuremberg, where your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

You’ll embark your luxurious Avalon river cruise ship in Nuremberg. Before dinner, meet your faithful captain and crew for a casual welcome reception. Flights into Nuremberg must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.


Day 2 Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons
Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.

You’ll have plenty of time to shop the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Be sure to sample favorite Bavarian fare—bratwurst, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other Christkindlmarkt culinary delights. In the evening, you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Bamberg

Cherished Christmas Customs and Cradle Scenes
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bamberg—medieval home of Germany’s Roman Empire dynasties. Stroll through dozens of Bamberg’s nativity scenes—from miniature to life-size.

Enjoy shopping the quaint Christmas markets, and warm up with traditional German dumplings, sausage, and a glass of hearty Bavarian ale.

Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Würzburg

Ornaments, Old Saint Nicholas, and Nutcrackers Sweet
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residence.

Consider taking a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg, where you’ll visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt German Christmas museum—the world’s most extensive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations. You’ll have free time on your own to shop Wurzburg’s Christmas markets. This evening, you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Main River Village

Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights
Take a Guided Tour of a picturesque village along the Main River.
Join a Cookie-Baking Demonstration on board your ship while sailing.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Mainz. Excursion to Rüdesheim

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience in Rüdesheim.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Heidelberg Excursion. Speyer

Winter Wonders and a Wine Barrel Fit for a King
Take a Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel.

On you own, visit and shop the local German Christmas Markets in Heidelberg, or Speyer. You’ll have time to explore at your leisure and soak up the sights and sounds, tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of these sparkling winter wonderlands. After dinner, you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Strasbourg, France

A Gothic Cathedral, Heaven’s Time, and Joyeux Noël
Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

This afternoon, consider taking a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace, to explore this French wine-country village.  Spend your free time savoring the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest
Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:
Join a Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood.

Take a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

While your fabulous river cruise vacation ends with a wonderful breakfast this morning, you will certainly take great memories and hopefully outstanding photographs home with you as well. Flights shouldn’t leave Zürich airport before 10 am.



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