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5 Day Avalon River Cruise from Basel to Mainz 2020


Christmastime in Alsace & Germany (Northbound) River Cruise (WZF)

Starting from $1,624
Ship(s): Avalon Imagery II, Avalon Tranquility II

River Cruise Description

Welcome to Basel, Switzerland where your fabulous Christmastime 5 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Mainz 2020 begins. This wonderful adventure takes you down the beautiful Rhine River to picturesque France and Germany, where you’ll marvel at the sensational riverscapes as your luxurious Avalon river cruise ship passes on your way to view charming villages all decked out with their festive lights and colorful Christmas decorations.

This cruise will provide an unforgettable way to celebrate this holy season when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. When you board your Avalon river cruise ship in Basel, your first stop is in Breisach, which is considered the gateway to Germany’s iconic Black Forest. A region of unequaled beauty, this area is world-famous for its Black Forest ham, delicious cherry cake, and the popular cuckoo clock. You’ll find no better setting than at this time of year when you’ll experience smoke drifting from the chimneys of the classic Black Forest homes. Charming Strasbourg, France, situated on the border with Germany, offers a wonderful blends of cultures in both countries. This fascinating city is home to one of the oldest and most renowned Christmas markets in all of Europe. It dates back to the 16th century. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the alluring aromas of popular mulled wine from the region, delicious spice cakes, and biscuits.

You’ll bask in the holiday atmosphere as you visit stunning Strasbourg Cathedral, considered a gothic masterpiece constructed of special red sandstone, and featuring magnificent murals and the fascinating iconic astronomical clock. You’ll go on an excursion to historic Heidelberg, Germany, where you’ll discover the fascinating ruins of once majestic Heidelberg Castle, towering majestically over the city. This festive time of year, locals enjoy a community ice rink, which situated at the foot of the castle and the bustling Christmas market is scattered over five busy town squares. You’ll marvel at the festive holiday atmosphere as you sip some Glühwein (hot mulled wine), taste popular bratwursts, and other delicacies of the region. There’s more than enough time to explore and discover just the right Christmas presents for your loved ones. You have a wide array of local crafts, fantastic Christmas decorations, and lovely gifts before this enchanting Avalon European river cruise ends in charming Wiesbaden, Germany. To learn more about this wonderful Christmastime 5 day Avalon river cruise from Basel to Mainz 2020, give a call.

River Cruise Promos

$750 Off per Stateroom

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $375 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between July 3, 2019 - March 9, 2020 for travel at select times in 2020. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit within the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit. Applies to new 2020 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only. PRMW0735
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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Departure DateShipPriced From
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Nov 30, 2020Avalon Tranquility II$2,013Call Us!
Dec 11, 2020 $750 Off per StateroomAvalon Imagery II$1,999$1,624Call 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 Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)

Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

This morning, you will be greeted by the picturesque Altstadt (Old Town) and its magnificent medieval architecture. Your flight should arrive before 3pm and if you have some time to spare, you may want to peruse the grounds of the historic landmarks that abound. Just be sure to arrive at your vessel by 5pm for the welcoming reception.


Day 2 Breisach. 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.

Before you board the ship, you may have some free time to join an optional excursion to Colmar in France’s Alsace region. Alternatively, spend your afternoon leisurely browsing Breisach’s lovely Christmas market to sample bretzels, mulled wine, and Black Forest cake.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 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, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion will introduce you to charming festive shops and local bistros that offer an authentic French holiday tradition. Mulled wine, cider, and delicacies such as biscuits and spice cakes will dazzle your taste buds. You will be able to visit one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe!

 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Speyer, Germany. Heidelberg Excursion

A Gothic Cathedral, Heaven’s Time, and Joyeux Noël 
Take a Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel.

After the tour, visit the local German Christmas Markets in Heidelberg, or Speyer. Explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sounds, tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of these sparkling winter wonderlands.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Mainz (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends after breakfast today. Departure flights should not leave Frankfurt Airport before 10 am.



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