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5 Day Avalon River Cruise from Mainz to Basel 2020

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany (Southbound) River Cruise (WFZ)

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

River Cruise Description

This fabulous Christmastime, 5 day Avalon river cruise from Mainz to Basel 2020 will provide a fantastic holiday season to remember! You’ll enjoy an exclusive way to celebrate this Holy season when you celebrate the birth of Jesus! You’ll board your luxurious Avalon Suite Ship® in charming Mainz, Germany, then set sail up the beautiful Rhine River to quaint Basel, Switzerland. You’ll be astonished at the amazing picturesque riverscapes on your way to visit quaint villages decked out for the Christmas festivities with thousands of bright lights and beautiful decorations.

This unique Avalon Christmas river cruise takes you through some of the wonderful countryside’s in France and Germany. You’ll enjoy a captivating excursion to historic Heidelberg, Germany, where you’ll tour the spellbinding ruins of Heidelberg Castle, which beautifully towers over the city. During this festive time of year, a busy ice rink at the foot of the castle offers you some skating opportunities if you so choose, and the bustling Christmas market is scattered over five well-decorated town squares. You’ll enjoy the holiday atmosphere full of cheer and laughter while sipping some Glühwein (hot mulled wine). You’ll also get a taste of delicious bratwursts, and other local delicacies.

You’ll also discover a wide selection of alluring crafts, colorful Christmas decorations, and holiday gifts. You’ll visit historic Strasbourg, located on the border of France and Germany, which absolutely blends the cultures together of both magnificent countries. You’ll find that beautiful Strasbourg is where you’ll discover one of the oldest and finest Christmas markets in all of Europe. This fabulous market dates back to the 16th century. You will love the aromas of mulled wine, delicious spice cakes, and biscuits. Take time to relax and bask in the Christmastime atmosphere as you visit the stunning Strasbourg Cathedral, considered an amazing gothic masterpiece made of red sandstone, and containing ancient murals and fascinating historic astronomical clock. Your wonderful Europe river cruise Christmas holiday vacation continues along picturesque Rhine River and your next stop in charming Breisach, considered the gateway to Germany’s iconic Black Forest – an region of incomparable natural beauty, most famous for Black Forest ham, delicious cherry cake, and the renowned cuckoo clock.

Travelers will tell you there is no better backdrop and ambience than this time of year when you experience smoke curling from the chimneys of the classic Black Forest homes. Although your fabulous Christmastime cruise ends in beautiful Basel, Switzerland, make certain that you don’t miss the river cruise adventure as you savor the wonderful holiday atmosphere and beautiful Christmas traditions of the fantastic European winter markets and popular festivities! This 2020 holiday season will be one to remember for a lifetime with this 5 day Avalon river cruise from Mainz to Basel 2020.

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
(per person)
Dec 7, 2020Avalon Imagery II$1,999Call Us!
Dec 14, 2020 $750 Off per StateroomAvalon Tranquility 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 Mainz, Germany (Embarkation)

Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

This afternoon, you’ll board your luxurious Avalon cruise ship and meet your friendly crew at a casual evening welcome reception before sailing out of Frankfurt.  *NOTE: Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3.30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.


Day 2 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.

After the tour, you’ll have opportunity to 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. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board

(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.

An optional excursion in the afternoon is available to the Alsace wine region. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a fantastic woodcarving demonstration. Or relax, and savor the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by spending your free time this afternoon wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg. Take in the lights, music, and the pleasures of the season.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 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.

You’ll spend your afternoon free time visiting one last Christmas market to sample bretzels, mulled wine, and Black Forest cake, or opt for an exciting excursion to quaint Colmar in France’s Alsace region.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with a wonderful breakfast this morning in Basel. Please schedule your flights for after 10am from Zürich.


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