Christmastime in Alsace & Germany 

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany

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Avalon Waterways
Avalon Vista
5 days

Cruise Description

Celebrate the festive season in Central Europe with a magnificent 5-day cruise from Frankfurt to Basel! This amazing fast trip visits to Heidelberg, the Black Forest and Strasbourg, France, home to the oldest Christmas market in Europe. In 2014, start your holiday season with this joyous and memorable cruise—there is no better way to celebrate the season! 
Avalon Vista - 12/10/14 - Frankfurt to Basel - 5 Days
Day Port Highlights
1 Frankfurt, Germany Board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception before sailing out of Frankfurt. (D) NOTE:
Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
2 Speyer, Germany. Excursion to Heidelberg From Speyer, a half-day excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, founded in 1386. Visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine! At this time of year, an ice rink is set up at the foot of the castle, and stalls offer Glühwein (mulled wine), Bratwurst, and other tasty treats. The Christmas market itself is scattered over five town squares, and you’ll find a wide array of crafts and regional delicacies. There is plenty of free time to shop for Christmas decorations or gifts. Return to your ship for lunch and enjoy free time in Speyer in the afternoon. Alternatively, you may choose to spend the whole day in Heidelberg. (B, L, D)
3 Strasbourg, France Situated on the border of France and Germany, this capital of teh Alsace region blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. On a guided walking tour discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Dating back to 1570, the traditional Christmas market is one of the oldest and finest in Europe. Located around Place de la Cathédrale and Place Broglie, its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. As you stroll through the festively decorated and illuminated streets you’ll notice the pleasing aromas of mulled wine, sweets, spice cakes, and biscuits—a truly magical atmosphere! This afternoon, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine region is available. This evening, enjoy an onboard WOODCARVING demonstration. (B, L, D)
4 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents once described them as black. Surely, the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. This afternoon there’s free time in Breisach to visit one more Christmas market—or you may join an optional excursion to Colmar in France’s Alsace region. (B, L, D)
5 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation) Return home. (B)

(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Consider extending your stay? We recommend you spend at least one night befoer and after your river cruise vacation. Contact us for more details. 

Per Person Fares:
River View $1,299
Panorama Suite $1,756     

All offers valid on new bookings made prior to Sept 17, 2013. Fares listed are in US dollars, cruise only, per person based on double occupancy in the minimum riverview and panorama suite available. Other categories available, call for details. $72 per person port charges are additional. Goverment fees and taxes are additional. $250 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit, and discount applied between January 30 and September 17, 2013 for travel in 2014. Discount will apply to individual memebrs 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 and may be withdrawn at any time. Not combinable with any other offer, other than Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Applies to new 2014 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Additional restrictions may apply. We reserve the right to correct errors.

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