Christmastime in Alsace & Germany - Frankfurt to Basel

Celebrate the festive season in Central Europe with a magnificent four-night cruise from Frankfurt to Basel. Stops include Mannheim, Germany, for an excursion to Heidelberg, to visit its red sandstone castle and soak up the holiday atmosphere; Strasbourg, France, for guided sightseeing and time to explore one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe; and Breisach for an included excursion into Germany's legendary Black Forest. Try some festive Glühwein, shop for local Christmas ornaments, and delight in the holiday cheer.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Heidelberg
    • Guided visits to the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat.
  • Strasbourg
    • Guided sightseeing to the La Petite France district to visit the gothic cathedral and Christmas market.
  • Breisach
    • Join a guided excursion to the Black Forest and visit the local Christmas market.

Christmas markets

Itinerary

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany - Frankfurt to Zürich map

Day 1 UK - Wiesbaden, Germany (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Travel to Frankfurt where you will be met by our Avalon Representative.

Welcome to Germany! Your Suite Ship is ready for boarding.

 

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO SPEYER

Day 2 Speyer, Germany. Excursion to Heidelberg

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Winter wonders and a wine barrel fit for a king

Classic

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.

Take a half-day guided tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat—the world’s largest wine barrel.

This afternoon, 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT TO STRASBOURG

Day 3 Strasbourg, France

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

A Gothic Cathedral, heaven’s time, and joyeux noël

Classic

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.

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.

You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to beautiful Alsace, for an afternoon in a French wine-country village.

Savour 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.

EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

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Notes

Note: Christmas markets usually operate from late November until the third week in December, depending on location.

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 three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic

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.

Discovery

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.

Active

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.

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