Join TravelTK on a 5-day Avalon River Cruise featuring the holiday Christmastime markets December 15-19, 2022.
This Christmastime River Cruise is a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate the season! Board your Avalon Suite Ship in Frankfurt, Germany, then sail up the Rhine River to Basel, Switzerland, passing beautiful views and quaint villages festively lit and decorated. This one-of-a-kind Christmas river cruise through France and Germany takes you on an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany, to visit the fascinating ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city. At this time of year, an ice rink can be found at the foot of the castle, and the Christmas market is spread over five town squares. Delight in the holiday cheer with Glühwein (hot mulled wine), bratwursts, and other regional delicacies. You’ll also find an array of crafts, Christmas decorations, and gifts. Strasbourg, located on the border of France and Germany, perfectly blends the cultures of both countries. Strasbourg is home to one of the oldest and finest Christmas markets in Europe—dating back to the 16th century. Take in the aromas of mulled wine, spice cakes, and biscuits. Bask in the holiday atmosphere as you visit the Strasbourg Cathedral, a gothic masterpiece made of red sandstone and containing ancient murals and a fascinating astronomical clock. Your Christmas river cruise along the Rhine River takes you to Breisach, considered the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest—an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. There is no better setting than this time of year when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses. Your delightful holiday cruise ends in Basel, Switzerland. Don’t miss this experience to savor the holiday season in traditional and beautiful Christmas traditions of European winter markets and festivities!
Cruise at a Glance~
Day 1 Frankfurt (Embarkation):
Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Speyer. Excursion to Heidelberg:
Guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; free time for Christmas market.
Day 3 Strasbourg:
Guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market.
Day 4 Breisach:
Choice of visit to Badischer Winzerkeller or excursion the Black Forest; Christmas market
Day 5 Basel (Disembarkation):
Your cruise ends this morning.
TravelTK Group Booking Details:
Christmastime in Alsace & Germany (Southbound) 2022
5 Day River Cruise Frankfurt to Basel (WFZ)
Vacation Start Date: 12/15/2022
(depart the USA on 12/14/2022, or earlier)
Vacation End Date: 12/19/2022
Children ages 8 to 17 on the date of departure are welcomed if accompanied by an adult.
Triple room occupancy is not available for this vacation.
Cost as of 4/16/2021:
Reservation Price: $2,929 (one person)
*single supplement waived until April 19, 2021.
Reservation Price: $4,858 (two people)
Deposit Due: $250 deposit per person (non-refundable, but can be used for future cruise credit for up to two years should we need to cancel.)
Final Payment Due Date: 9/16/2022
*Prices and availability subject to change
*Airfare, pre, and post-departure hotel reservations booked once available at an additional cost.
Airport Arrivals & Departure Information:
Frankfurt Arrival Frankfurt Airport – 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Ship sails at 19:00
Zurich Departure Zurich Airport – 10:00 AM – 11:59 PM
The last operating transfer is at 3:30 PM.