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Christmastime in Alsace & Germany
River Cruise Northbound from Zurich to Wiesbaden
7 Days: Monday, November 26–Sunday, December 2, 2018

from $1,864
per person double occupancy

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This Christmastime river cruise begins in Switzerland and takes you down the Rhine River to France and Germany, with beautiful passing landscapes and quaint villages festively lit and decorated—a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate the season! Board your ship in Basel, Switzerland, then stop in Breisach, the gateway to Germany's Black Forest—an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Strasbourg, France, located on the border with Germany, perfectly blends the cultures of both countries. The city is home to one of the oldest and finest Christmas markets in Europe—dating back to the 16th century. Enjoy an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany, to visit the fascinating ruins of Heidelberg Castle and the Christmas market—spread over five town squares. There's plenty of time to find just the right Christmas present amongst the array of crafts, Christmas decorations, and gifts.

from $1,864

pricing is per person double occupancy for Deluxe Stateroom, Category E. Cabin upgrades available upon request. Additional $114-$742 pp/do.

Includes cruise taxes and port charges and pre-paid cruise gratuities and insurance. Prices listed above DO NOT include airfare. Airfare price available at time of booking. When you reserve your Avalon Waterways Cruise with The Travel Club, any current Avalon promotion will be applicable to your reservation.

*After deadline, call 617.338.1111 for availability

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  • DAY 1 Overnight flight from Boston

  • DAY 2 Arrive Zurich, Switzerland. Transfer to hotel, overnight

  • DAY 3 Transfer to Basel, board ship

  • DAY 4 Breisach, Germany

  • DAY 5 Strasbourg, France

  • DAY 6 Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany

  • DAY 7 Wiesbaden, disembark, return flight to Boston


  • Round-trip airport/hotel/cruise ship transfers when air is purchased through Avalon Waterways

  • One pre-cruise night in Zurich, four night cruise, Avalon Imagery II

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions

  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner

  • Daily full buffet breakfast

  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations

  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner

  • Daily Afternoon Tea

  • Daily Night Fare


One of two new additions to the youngest fleet on Europe's waterways, the Imagery II continues all of Avalon's outstanding Suite Ship traditions. Passengers can choose from two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. At a spacious 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording the incomparable opportunity to awaken each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, hair salon, an elevator, and an expansive Sky Deck with whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, a shade system, and deck games.


  • Cruise: deluxe 4-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive

  • Comfort Collection Beds

  • One pre-cruise night in Zurich

  • Breisach: the Black Forest; Christmas markets

  • Strasbourg: sightseeing, visit La Petite France district; market

  • Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle; Christmas markets

  • Panoramic windows throughout ship

  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment

  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions

  • Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access

  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door

  • Elevator

  • Complimentary bottled water daily

  • Friendly, English-speaking crew

Last updated 5/25/2017 4:23:31 PM

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