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Avalon Waterways Vacations - Themed River Cruises - Christmas


Christmas River Cruises

Experience the holiday season the Central European way on this festive Christmas-themed departure. Delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local Christmas markets, where you’re sure to find the perfect traditionally handcrafted souvenirs. Also enjoy Christmas carols, sung by an area chorus; attend onboard lectures to learn about Christmas and New Year’s traditions in Europe; and savor a very merry Christmas holiday lunch and dinner.

The following cruises and dates are Christmas Themed River Cruises from Avalon Waterways:


11/20/18 - Festive Time on the Legendary Danube (WNB-T2)
11/24/18 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (WAZ-T1)
11/24/18 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Zurich, Mount Pilatus & Lake Como - Southbound (WAZ1-T1)
11/28/18 - Festive Time on the Blue Danube Discovery (WBN-T4)
11/29/18 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Lucerne, Paris & London (WZA2-T1)
11/29/18 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Lucerne - Northbound (WZAE-T1)
12/01/18 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (WZA-T1)
12/01/18 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Paris & London – Northbound (WZA1-T1)
12/04/18 - Festive Time on the Legendary Danube (WNB-T2)
12/08/18 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Zurich, Mount Pilatus & Lake Como - Southbound (WAZ1-T1)
12/08/18 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (WAZ-T1)
12/12/18 - Festive Time on the Blue Danube Discovery (WBN-T4)
12/13/18 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Lucerne - Northbound (WZAE-T1)
12/13/18 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Lucerne, Paris & London (WZA2-T1)
12/15/18 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine with Paris & London – Northbound (WZA1-T1)
12/15/18 - Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (WZA-T1)

Christmastime Budapest to Wiesbaden (WBF)


15 days Budapest to Wiesbaden
Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest after enjoying two nights in the “Pearl of the Danube.” Before sailing, you’ll enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour of the Hungarian capital city to see Budapest’s iconic sights, including Heroes’ Square. Visit vibrant Vienna and picturesque Krems, and sail through the rich wine-growing region of Austria’s Wachau Valley.

Your Danube River cruise continues to Melk, with its magnificent Benedictine Abbey—complete with its fantastic frescoes, statues, library, and ornate pipe organ. While sailing hear an onboard lecture about Christmas traditions in Europe. In Nuremberg, choose from two guided excursions—a classic sightseeing tour, or a tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds of WWII notoriety.

Continue your Festive European vacation to enjoy Christmas in the Heart of Germany, including Bamberg—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size. Würzburg is the next stop on your European Christmas cruise Savor the sights, sounds, and confections of Würzburg’s warm Christmas markets before sailing to visit a picturesque Main River Village.

Your Danube and Main River cruise vacation concludes in Wiesbaden with wonderful experiences and memories of old-fashioned Christmas markets, scenic splendors, and inspiring discoveries to treasure always.

Departures (Land)
12/02/2019 - (WBF) Christmastime Budapest to Wiesbaden - $5,128.00
12/02/2019 - (WBF) Christmastime Budapest to Wiesbaden - $5,128.00


Christmastime Budapest to Wiesbaden – Cruise Only (WBF0)


13 days Budapest to Wiesbaden
Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest, called the “Pearl of the Danube.” Sail on your European river cruise to visit Vienna, picturesque Krems, and the rich wine-growing region of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Your Danube River cruise continues to Melk, where you’ll see its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, with fantastic frescoes, statures, library, and ornate pipe organ.

Your Germany river cruise continues with an excursion to Nuremberg. While sailing, you’ll hear an onboard lecture about Christmas traditions in Europe, and choose from two guided excursions—a classic sightseeing tour of Nuremberg, or a tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds of WWII notoriety.

Continue your Festive European vacation to enjoy Christmas in the Heart of Germany with a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bamberg—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size. Würzburg is the next stop on your Christmas cruise through Germany. Savor the sights, sounds, and confections of Würzburg’s warm Christmas markets before sailing to visit a picturesque Main River Village.

Your Danube and Main River cruise vacation concludes in Wiesbaden with wonderful experiences and memories of Christmas markets, scenic splendors, and inspiring discoveries to treasure always.

Departures (Land)
12/04/2019 - (WBF0) Christmastime Budapest to Wiesbaden – Cruise Only - $4,698.00
12/04/2019 - (WBF0) Christmastime Budapest to Wiesbaden – Cruise Only - $4,698.00


Christmastime from Basel to Budapest (WMB)


17 days Basel to Budapest
Begin your Christmas river cruise through France and Germany in Basel, Switzerland. Here, you’ll board your Avalon Suite Ship® to sail for the Bavarian town of Breisach. From here, take a day’s tour of the Black Forest area for the perfect beginning of the Christmas ambience, which you’ll see in town at the marvelous markets.

Next, you’ll see the gothic cathedral and iconic sights of Strasbourg, France, with the warm glow of its Christmas markets adding to the beauty of the city. Your cruise takes you to Speyer, Germany, for an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, with free time to peruse the shining Christmas markets in Heidelberg or Speyer.

Visit a picturesque Main river village, before your next stop in Würzburg, Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” Savor the sights, sounds, and confections of Würzburg’s warm Christmas markets before continuing your guided European vacation to enjoy Christmas in the Heart of Germany and hear of the beautiful Christmas traditions of Germany with a lecture on board, and a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bamberg—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size.

Your European Christmas market vacation includes a visit to Nuremberg, with a guided sightseeing tour, free time to enjoy Christmas markets, and an excursion to Rüdesheim. Then sail from Nuremberg to Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Take in the breathtaking views before continuing through the picturesque Wachau Valley to the romantic sights of Vienna, the “City of Music.”

Your European river cruise vacation ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore this vibrant city and its Christmas markets on your own. With Christmas memories of Germany, and the Danube’s legendary beauty, this Christmas river cruise will be cherished for years to come.

Departures (Land)
12/02/2019 - (WMB) Christmastime from Basel to Budapest - $6,347.00
12/02/2019 - (WMB) Christmastime from Basel to Budapest - $6,347.00


Christmastime from Basel to Prague (WMN)


12 days Basel to Prague
On this Christmastime river cruise, you’ll start in Switzerland, and cruise through the heart of Germany, with stops in France and the Czech Republic. Explore many unique Christmas markets, where you can shop for locally crafted gifts, smell the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread, and sample tasty holiday treats.

Embark your river cruise ship in Basel, Switzerland, and sail to Breisach, Germany. From here, enjoy a visit to Germany’s Black Forest, known for contributing Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks to the world. In Strasbourg, France, visit the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with its ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. This time of year, the historic charm of the city is mixed with festive aromas, sights, and sounds—creating a truly magical atmosphere! In Heidelberg, Germany, visit the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle. You’ll find an ice rink at the foot of the castle and the Christmas market covers five town squares with an array of seasonal crafts and delicacies. An excursion takes you to charming Rüdesheim on the Rhine River, where you’ll see Europe’s largest nativity scene with life-size figures. In Würzburg, walk through the halls of the ornate Bishop’s Residenz—then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Learn about holiday traditions as you sail to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll find nativity scenes built by local citizens throughout the town. On a guided tour of Nuremberg, marvel at the city’s medieval fortifications and gothic churches, and of course visit the Christmas market, one of the oldest in Germany.

Your Christmastime river cruise vacation ends in beautiful Prague, Czech Republic, which you visit with a Local Guide. The Christmas market offers rows of brightly decorated wooden huts selling ornaments and Czech handicrafts—be sure to try a traditional hot sausage from one of the stalls.

Departures (Land)
11/30/2019 - (WMN) Christmastime from Basel to Prague - $4,028.00
11/30/2019 - (WMN) Christmastime from Basel to Prague - $4,028.00
12/02/2019 - (WMN) Christmastime from Basel to Prague - $4,028.00
12/02/2019 - (WMN) Christmastime from Basel to Prague - $4,028.00


Christmastime from Basel to Prague – Cruise Only (WMN0)


10 days Basel to Nuremberg
On this Christmastime river cruise, you’ll start in Switzerland, and cruise through the heart of Germany, with a stop in Strasbourg, France. Explore many unique Christmas markets, where you can shop for locally crafted gifts, smell the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread, and sample tasty holiday treats.

Embark your river cruise ship in Basel, Switzerland, and sail to Breisach, Germany. From here, enjoy a visit to Germany’s Black Forest, known for contributing Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks to the world. In Strasbourg, France, visit the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with its ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. This time of year, the historic charm of the city is mixed with festive aromas, sights, and sounds—creating a truly magical atmosphere! In Heidelberg, Germany, visit the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle. To celebrate the season, you’ll find an ice rink at the foot of the castle and the Christmas market covers five town squares with an array of seasonal crafts and delicacies. An excursion takes you to charming Rüdesheim on the Rhine River, where you’ll see Europe’s largest nativity scene with life-size figures. In Würzburg, walk through the halls of the ornate Bishop’s Residenz—then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Learn about holiday traditions as you sail to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll find nativity scenes built by local citizens throughout the town.

Your Christmastime river cruise vacation ends in thousand-year-old Nuremberg. Marvel at the city’s medieval fortifications and gothic churches during your guided tour, and of course visit the Christmas market—one of the oldest in Germany. Be sure to try Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread) and a traditional hot sausage. This festive river cruise is a unique and memorable way to experience the holidays!

Departures (Land)
11/30/2019 - (WMN0) Christmastime from Basel to Prague – Cruise Only - $3,648.00
11/30/2019 - (WMN0) Christmastime from Basel to Prague – Cruise Only - $3,648.00
12/02/2019 - (WMN0) Christmastime from Basel to Prague – Cruise Only - $3,648.00
12/02/2019 - (WMN0) Christmastime from Basel to Prague – Cruise Only - $3,648.00


Christmastime from Budapest to Basel (WBM)


19 days Budapest to Basel
Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest—the “Pearl of the Danube”—after enjoying two nights in the “Pearl of the Danube.” Your Danube River trip embarks with an overnight cruise to Vienna to see the historic Vienna Opera House and stunningly beautiful St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Sail through the Wachau Valley, and stop in the beautiful villages along the way.

Continue your Christmas cruise sailing to Nuremberg. Enjoy a guided city sightseeing of Munich and go on with a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bamberg—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size.

Savor the sights, sounds, and confections of Würzburg’s warm Christmas markets before sailing to visit a picturesque Main River Village. Enjoy Heidelberg’s sparkling Christmas markets during your stay, before sailing for the splendid French city of Strasbourg. Your European Christmas market cruise continues to Breisach and the Black Forest of Bavaria, where you’ll experience generations of warm and festive Christmas traditions—from Bavarian bretzels to Black Forest Cake and mulled wine, you’ll feel the Christmas spirit in this idyllic setting in the heart of Germany.

Your winter river cruise will conclude in Basel, Switzerland. With Christmas celebration and special traditions large and small, you’ll keep the visions of your European scenic river cruise in your memory for many Christmases to come.

Departures (Land)
12/02/2019 - (WBM) Christmastime from Budapest to Basel - $6,777.00
12/02/2019 - (WBM) Christmastime from Budapest to Basel - $6,777.00


Christmastime from Budapest to Basel – Cruise Only (WBM0)


17 days Budapest to Basel
Your Danube River cruise embarks from Budapest—Hungary’s “Pearl of the Danube”—with an overnight cruise to Vienna. You’ll also see the historic Vienna Opera House and stunningly beautiful St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Continue to Nuremberg, and Bamberg with its glowing Christkindlesmarkt—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size.

Würzburg is the next stop on your Christmas river cruise through Germany. Savor the sights, sounds, and confections of Würzburg’s warm Christmas markets before sailing to visit a picturesque Main River village. You’ll continue your scenic river cruise on the Rhine River to see the shining Christmas markets of Germany, France, and Switzerland. Enjoy Heidelberg’s sparkling Christmas markets during your stay, before sailing for Strasbourg, France.

City sightseeing includes Strasbourg’s stained-glass, gothic cathedral, astronomical clock, and La Petite France district. Take time to browse the French winter markets with festive lights. On to Breisach and the Black Forest of Bavaria to experience generations of warm and festive Christmas traditions. From Bavarian bretzels to Black Forest Cake and mulled wine, you’ll feel the Christmas spirit in the idyllic setting of the Black Forest.

Your Christmastime river cruise will conclude in Basel, Switzerland. With Christmas celebration and special traditions large and small, you’ll keep the visions of your scenic European river cruise in your memory for many Christmases to come.

Departures (Land)
12/04/2019 - (WBM0) Christmastime from Budapest to Basel – Cruise Only - $6,347.00
12/04/2019 - (WBM0) Christmastime from Budapest to Basel – Cruise Only - $6,347.00


Christmastime from Prague to Basel (WNM)


12 days Prague to Basel
Celebrate this magical time of year with a Christmastime river cruise vacation starting in the Czech Republic, on through the heart of Germany, and ending in Switzerland.

Prague, the beautiful Czech capital, is set on the banks of the Vltava River and a Local Guide will be proud to show you the famous sights. The Christmas market offers rows of brightly decorated wooden huts selling ornaments and Czech handicrafts. Explore to your heart’s content and try a traditional hot sausage from one of the stalls.

Board your ship in Nuremberg, Germany, host to one of the oldest Christmas markets. Get into the holiday spirit as you stroll through the illuminated Old Town. 200 stalls sell traditional German Christmas wares and seasonal delicacies. In delightful Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find nativity scenes built by local citizens throughout the town. Learn about holiday traditions as you cruise to Würzburg, and here walk through the halls of the ornate Bishop’s Residenz—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. Then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Learn how to bake a traditional cookie before arriving at one of the charming small towns with half-timbered houses that are dotted along the Main River. In Rüdesheim on the Rhine River, see Europe’s largest nativity scene with life-size figures. Visit Heidelberg Castle, which towers magnificently over the city, before cruising to Strasbourg, France. This time of year, the historic charm of the city is mixed with the festive aromas, sights, and sounds—creating a truly magical atmosphere! Visit the gothic cathedral with its ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Breisach, Germany—gateway to the famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, before ending in Basel Switzerland.

Departures (Land)
12/07/2019 - (WNM) Christmastime from Prague to Basel - $4,028.00
12/07/2019 - (WNM) Christmastime from Prague to Basel - $4,028.00
12/09/2019 - (WNM) Christmastime from Prague to Basel - $4,028.00
12/09/2019 - (WNM) Christmastime from Prague to Basel - $4,028.00


Christmastime from Prague to Basel – Cruise Only (WNM0)


10 days Nuremberg to Basel
Celebrate this magical time of year with a delightful Christmastime river cruise through the heart of Germany, on the Main Danube Canal, and the Main and Rhine Rivers.

Board your ship in Nuremberg, Germany, host to one of the oldest Christmas markets in the country. Get into the holiday spirit as you stroll through the brightly illuminated and decorated Old Town. 200 stalls sell traditional German Christmas wares and seasonal delicacies. In delightful Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find nativity scenes built by local citizens throughout the town. Learn about holiday traditions as you cruise to Würzburg, and here walk through the halls of the ornate Bishop’s Residenz—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. Then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Learn how to bake a traditional cookie before arriving at one of the charming small towns with half-timbered houses that are dotted along the Main River. In Rüdesheim on the Rhine River, see Europe’s largest nativity scene with life-size figures. Visit Heidelberg Castle, which towers magnificently over the city, and watch the skaters on the ice rink below. At this time of year, the historic charm of Strasbourg, France, is mixed with festive aromas, sights, and sounds—creating a truly magical atmosphere! Visit the gothic cathedral with its ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock.

Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Breisach, Germany—gateway to the famous Black Forest. An area of unrivaled natural beauty, and the home of Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. There is no better setting at this time of year, when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses. Your delightful holiday cruise ends in Basel, Switzerland.

Departures (Land)
12/09/2019 - (WNM0) Christmastime from Prague to Basel – Cruise Only - $3,648.00
12/09/2019 - (WNM0) Christmastime from Prague to Basel – Cruise Only - $3,648.00
12/11/2019 - (WNM0) Christmastime from Prague to Basel – Cruise Only - $3,648.00
12/11/2019 - (WNM0) Christmastime from Prague to Basel – Cruise Only - $3,648.00


Christmastime from Vienna to Wiesbaden (WVF)


12 days Vienna to Wiesbaden
This holiday river cruise takes you to many beautiful and historical cities of Germany and Austria. And the views along the way can’t be outdone—towns and villages decorated for the holidays as you cruise along the Danube and Main Rivers, and the Main Danube Canal.

Your Christmastime river cruise begins in Vienna, the capital and treasure of Austria, and ends in Wiesbaden, Germany. In Vienna, see the sights with a Local Guide, or opt for a culinary walk through the Christmas markets to taste some of the traditional fare. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk, and visit the Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s most architecturally-breathtaking monasteries—sure to be truly magnificent during the holiday season. In Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, see the sights with a Local Guide and savor local sausages and beer at one of Germany’s oldest restaurants, Historiche Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen). On to Nuremberg where, after your guided tour, you are free to visit the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world. A full-day excursion to Munich shows you the Bavarian capital. The traditional Christmas market is located on the Marienplatz, with aromas of toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread filling the air! Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the many nativity scenes exhibited throughout the town are sure to delight. In Würzburg, on the River Main, visit the ornate Bishop’s Residenz—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine).

Your last stop is at one of the charming small towns dotted along the river—sure to be even more appealing illuminated with Christmas lights and decorations. Your delightful festive cruise ends in Wiesbaden.

Departures (Land)
12/01/2018 - (WVF) Christmastime from Vienna to Wiesbaden - $3,949.00
12/03/2019 - (WVF) Christmastime from Vienna to Wiesbaden - $4,498.00


Christmastime From Wiesbaden to Vienna (WFV)


12 days Wiesbaden to Vienna
This European Christmas cruise is a very special holiday river cruise takes you to many beautiful and historical cities of Germany and Austria. And the views along the way can’t be outdone—quaint villages and castles festively decorated as you cruise down the Main and Danube Rivers.

Board your ship In Wiesbaden, and sail along the Main, dotted with charming small towns with half-timbered houses and narrow streets. Take a guided walk of one of these picturesque Bavarian villages—sure to be even more appealing lit up with festive lights and decorations. In Würzburg, visit the ornate Bishop’s Residenz, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the many nativity scenes exhibited throughout the town are sure to delight.

On to Nuremberg where, after your guided tour, you are free to visit the Christmas market—one of the most famous in the world. Visit Munich, the Bavarian capital, where a local expert shows you the sights. The traditional Christmas market is located on the Marienplatz, with aromas of toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread filling the air. Enjoy a guided tour in Regensburg, then continue to Melk and experience the splendor of its Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s most architecturally-breathtaking monasteries, and enjoy a tasting of traditional Austrian cookies.

Finally, in Vienna, the capital and treasure of Austria, go on a culinary walk through the Christmas markets to taste some of the traditional fare. A perfect ending to a festive river cruise showing you some of the best that Germany and Austria have to offer this time of year!

Departures (Land)
12/02/2018 - (WFV) Christmastime From Frankfurt to Vienna - $3,949.00
12/04/2019 - (WFV) Christmastime From Wiesbaden to Vienna - $4,498.00


Christmastime in Alsace & Germany – Northbound (WZF)


5 days Basel to Wiesbaden
This Christmas 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, 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 at this time of year when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses. 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. Take in the aromas of mulled wine, spice cakes, and biscuits. Bask in the holiday atmosphere as you visit Strasbourg Cathedral, a gothic masterpiece made of red sandstone, and containing ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock.

You’ll go on an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany, to visit the fascinating ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city. 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. There’s plenty of time to find just the right Christmas present amongst the array of crafts, Christmas decorations, and gifts before this magical European river cruise ends in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Departures (Land)
11/28/2018 - (WZF) Christmastime in Alsace & Germany – Northbound - $1,499.00
11/30/2019 - (WZF) Christmastime in Alsace & Germany – Northbound - $1,649.00
12/02/2019 - (WZF) Christmastime in Alsace & Germany – Northbound - $1,649.00


Christmastime in Alsace & Germany – Southbound (WFZ)


5 days Wiesbaden to Basel
This Christmastime river cruise is a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate the season! Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Wiesbaden, Germany, then sail up the Rhine River to Basel, Switzerland, passing beautiful landscapes 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 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!

Departures (Land)
12/12/2018 - (WFZ) Christmastime in Alsace & Germany – Southbound - $1,499.00
12/14/2019 - (WFZ) Christmastime in Alsace & Germany – Southbound - $1,649.00
12/16/2019 - (WFZ) Christmastime in Alsace & Germany – Southbound - $1,649.00


Christmastime in the Heart of Germany – Cruise Only Eastbound (WFN0)


6 days Wiesbaden to Nuremberg
In Wiesbaden, board your Avalon Suite Ship® which is decorated and dressed up in Christmas colors, and embark on this festive Christmastime river cruise through the heart of Germany, ending in historical Nuremberg.

Your European river cruise takes you behind medieval walls and towered gates to enjoy a guided walking tour in a picturesque village along the Main River. Celebrate the season in charming Würzburg, known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” and surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Visit the ornate Bishop’s Residenz—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine).

Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the many nativity scenes exhibited throughout the town are sure to delight. Finally in Nuremberg, after your guided tour, you are free to visit the Christmas market—one of the most famous in the world. Wander through Old Town illuminated with holiday lights and decorations, and be sure to savor some traditional lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), a Nuremberg specialty. While on board, you’ll also learn how to bake a traditional cookie and hear all about German Christmas traditions.

Historical treasures of Germany are perfectly paired with the sights, sounds, and tastes of the joyous holiday season on this unforgettable European Christmas river cruise.

Departures (Land)
12/02/2018 - (WFN0) Christmas in the Heart of Germany – Cruise Only Eastbound - $1,849.00
12/04/2019 - (WFN0) Christmastime in the Heart of Germany – Cruise Only Eastbound - $1,999.00
12/06/2019 - (WFN0) Christmastime in the Heart of Germany – Cruise Only Eastbound - $1,999.00


Christmastime in the Heart of Germany – Cruise Only Westbound (WNF0)


6 days Nuremberg to Wiesbaden
This festive Christmastime river cruise begins in Nuremberg, the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Guided sightseeing shows you its historical treasures, as well as Old Town, illuminated with holiday lights and decorations. There’s plenty of time to visit the Christmas market, one of the most famous in Germany, and be sure to savor some traditional lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), a specialty of Nuremberg. Next stop is delightful Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, throughout town, you’ll see nativity scenes built by local citizens. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to charming Würzburg, known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” and surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Walk through the halls of the ornate Bishop’s Residenz—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Learn how to bake a traditional cookie before arriving at one of the charming small towns with half-timbered houses and narrow streets that are dotted along the Main River. Take a guided walk of one of these picturesque Bavarian villages—sure to be even more appealing lit up with festive lights and decorations.

As this unforgettable Europe river cruise ends in Wiesbaden, you will never forget the historical treasures of Germany perfectly paired with the sights, sounds, and tastes of the joyous holiday season.

Departures (Land)
12/07/2018 - (WNF0) Christmas in the Heart of Germany – Cruise Only Westbound - $1,849.00
12/09/2019 - (WNF0) Christmastime in the Heart of Germany – Cruise Only Westbound - $1,999.00
12/11/2019 - (WNF0) Christmastime in the Heart of Germany – Cruise Only Westbound - $1,999.00


Christmastime in the Heart of Germany – Eastbound (WFN)


8 days Wiesbaden to Prague
Treat yourself to a European river cruise to remember! In Wiesbaden, board your Avalon Suite Ship® that is decorated and dressed up in festive Christmas colors, and embark on this festive Christmastime river cruise through the heart of Germany—ending with two nights in marvelous Prague, Czech Republic.

Behind medieval walls and towered gates, enjoy a guided walking tour in a picturesque village along the Main River. Celebrate the season in charming Würzburg, known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” and surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Visit the ornate Bishop’s Residenz—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine).

Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the many nativity scenes exhibited throughout the town are sure to delight. Then Nuremberg, where, after your guided tour, you are free to visit the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world. Be sure to savor some traditional lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), a Nuremberg specialty. While on board, you’ll also learn how to bake a traditional cookie and hear all about German Christmas traditions.

Disembark your ship and travel to Prague, Czech Republic—a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time. Stand in front of the medieval Astronomical Clock, and browse the Christmas markets where rows of brightly decorated wooden huts sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. And you can’t miss the beautifully decorated tree in Old Town!

Historical treasures of Germany and magnificent Prague are perfectly paired with the sights, sounds, and tastes of the joyous holiday season on this unforgettable European river cruise.

Departures (Land)
12/02/2018 - (WFN) Christmas in the Heart of Germany – Eastbound - $2,169.00
12/04/2019 - (WFN) Christmastime in the Heart of Germany – Eastbound - $2,379.00
12/06/2019 - (WFN) Christmastime in the Heart of Germany – Eastbound - $2,379.00


Christmastime in the Heart of Germany – Westbound (WNF)


8 days Prague to Wiesbaden
This Christmastime river cruise begins in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, and one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Set on the banks of the Vltava River, you will be immersed in holiday spirit as you explore the famous Christmas markets with rows of brightly decorated wooden huts that sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Stand in front of the medieval Astronomical Clock, which amazes as an intricate art piece and visualization of time unlike anything else in the world—and don’t miss the beautifully decorated tree in Old Town.

Board your ship in Nuremberg, the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Guided sightseeing shows you its historical treasures, as well as Old Town, illuminated with holiday lights and decorations. There’s plenty of time to visit the Christmas market, one of the most famous in Germany. And be sure to savor some traditional lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), a specialty of Nuremberg. Next stop is delightful Bamberg, where nativity scenes built by local citizens are exhibited throughout town. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to charming Würzburg, known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” and surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Walk through the halls of the ornate Bishop’s Residenz—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. Learn how to bake a traditional cookie before arriving at one of the charming small towns with half-timbered houses and narrow streets that are dotted along the Main River. Take a guided walk of one of these picturesque Bavarian villages—sure to be even more appealing lit up with festive lights and decorations.

As this unforgettable Europe river cruise ends in Wiesbaden, you will never forget the historical treasures of Germany and magnificent Prague perfectly paired with the sights, sounds, and tastes of the joyous holiday season..

Departures (Land)
12/05/2018 - (WNF) Christmas in the Heart of Germany – Westbound - $2,169.00
12/07/2019 - (WNF) Christmastime in the Heart of Germany – Westbound - $2,379.00
12/09/2019 - (WNF) Christmastime in the Heart of Germany – Westbound - $2,379.00


Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Eastbound (WNV0)


7 days Nuremberg to Vienna
Enter a stunning world of cherished Christmas traditions along the Danube River. Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Nuremberg, Germany, with its medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and palaces. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations and the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world, has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spiced gingerbread), Glühwein (hot mulled wine), and unique decorations and ornaments. Learn about local Christmas traditions, and cruise to historical Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. After a guided tour, enjoy a tasting of German beers. Experience Passau’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral—a masterpiece of baroque architecture.

Arrive in lovely Melk, Austria, and tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries. As you cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley, enjoy a tasting of traditional Austrian cookies. This Christmas river cruise ends in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this sparkling time of year on the Danube River.

Departures (Land)
11/25/2018 - (WNV0) Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Eastbound - $2,199.00
12/07/2018 - (WNV0) Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Eastbound - $2,199.00
11/27/2019 - (WNV0) Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Eastbound - $2,499.00
12/09/2019 - (WNV0) Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Eastbound - $2,499.00


Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Westbound (WVN0)


7 days Vienna to Nuremberg
This Christmastime river cruise begins in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this time of year. Cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. Here, you’ll tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries—where monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls.

Arrive in Passau, Germany, and visit the city’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. In Regensburg, after a guided tour of the city, savor traditional sausages at Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants and enjoy a tasting of German beers. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to Nuremberg, the thousand-year-old city with its medieval fortifications and gothic churches. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), Glühwein (mulled wine), and unique decorations and ornaments.

A unique holiday river cruise vacation which offers the chance to savor the sights, smells, and tastes of centuries-old Christmas markets and explore historical medieval sites…a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday season!

Departures (Land)
12/01/2018 - (WVN0) Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Westbound - $2,199.00
12/13/2018 - (WVN0) Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Westbound - $2,199.00
12/03/2019 - (WVN0) Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Westbound - $2,499.00
12/15/2019 - (WVN0) Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Westbound - $2,499.00


Christmastime on the Danube – Eastbound (WNV)


9 days Prague to Vienna
This festive European river cruise vacation begins in Prague, the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic. See famous sights like Old Town’s Astronomical Clock and the Charles Bridge, but also get the unique chance to stroll through the Christmas markets. It’s a treat to see the rows of brightly decorated wooden huts that sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Explore to your heart’s content with a warm cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine).

Board your river cruise vessel in Nuremberg, Germany, with its medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and palaces. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations and the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world, has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spiced gingerbread), Glühwein (hot mulled wine), and unique decorations and ornaments. Learn about local Christmas traditions, as you cruise to historical Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. After a guided tour, savor local sausages at Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants, and enjoy a tasting of German beers. Experience Passau’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral—a masterpiece of baroque architecture.

Arrive in Melk, Austria, and tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries. As you cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley, enjoy a tasting of traditional Austrian cookies. This Christmas river cruise ends in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this time of year.

Departures (Land)
11/23/2018 - (WNV) Christmastime on the Danube - Eastbound - $2,519.00
12/05/2018 - (WNV) Christmastime on the Danube - Eastbound - $2,519.00
11/25/2019 - (WNV) Christmastime on the Danube – Eastbound - $2,879.00
12/07/2019 - (WNV) Christmastime on the Danube – Eastbound - $2,879.00


Christmastime on the Danube – Westbound (WVN)


9 days Vienna to Prague
This Christmastime river cruise begins in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this time of year. Cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. Here, you’ll tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries—where monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls.

Arrive in Passau, Germany, and visit the city’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. In Regensburg, after a guided tour of the city, savor traditional sausages at Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants and enjoy a tasting of German beers. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to Nuremberg, the thousand-year-old city with its medieval fortifications and gothic churches. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread) and unique decorations and ornaments. Then, make your way to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic—one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

In Prague’s Old Town, see the magical Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, and once the envy of all Europe. The Christmas markets offer an array of Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Explore to your heart’s content with a warm cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) among the rows of brightly decorated wooden huts, and be sure to see the beautifully decorated tree in Old Town to end this perfect, seasonal river cruise.

Departures (Land)
12/01/2018 - (WVN) Christmastime on the Danube – Westbound - $2,519.00
12/13/2018 - (WVN) Christmastime on the Danube – Westbound - $2,519.00
12/03/2019 - (WVN) Christmastime on the Danube – Westbound - $2,879.00
12/15/2019 - (WVN) Christmastime on the Danube – Westbound - $2,879.00


Christmastime Wiesbaden to Budapest (WFB)


13 days Wiesbaden to Budapest
Begin your European river cruise with incomparable festive cheer in the heart of Germany’s Christmas markets. Warm your heart and memories by embarking on your Avalon Suite Ship® in Wiesbaden, then on to a Bavarian Main river village for Christmas scenes and specialty sweets. Your Christmas cruise continues to Würzburg with classic sightseeing of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” amid the glow of local Christmas markets and the city’s dazzling architecture.

Sail for a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bamberg—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size. Your cruise through the Christmas markets of Germany continues into Nuremberg with its festive atmosphere with Bavarian favorites such as bratwurst, gingerbread, and mulled wine will warm your spirit with traditional cheer.

Sail from Nuremberg to Regensburg, and next to Passau, with its narrow streets and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey and then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. Your European river cruise vacation ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. With Christmas memories of Germany, and the Danube’s legendary beauty, this Christmas river cruise will be cherished for years to come.

Departures (Land)
12/06/2019 - (WFB) Christmastime Wiesbaden to Budapest - $4,698.00
12/06/2019 - (WFB) Christmastime Wiesbaden to Budapest - $4,698.00


Grand Christmastime Cruise from Basel to Vienna (WXZV)


16 days Basel to Vienna
This Christmastime European river cruise sails across Germany and Austria along the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. Enjoy guided sightseeing along the way and delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of centuries-old Christmas markets.

Take a deep breath of fresh air in Germany’s Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with forests of thick pine trees. Then, make your way down the Rhine River to Strasbourg, France, to experience the historic charm of the city. A mix of festive aromas, sights, and sounds—creating a truly magical atmosphere! On an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany, visit the fascinating ruins of Heidelberg
Castle and watch the skaters on the ice rink below.

See Europe’s largest nativity scene with life-size figures In Rüdesheim, then cruise along the Main River, passing the festive lights and decorations of charming along the way. In Würzburg, visit the ornate Bishop’s Residenz, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Continue to Bamberg, with its many beautiful nativity scenes, and take an excursion to the Bavarian capital of Munich. Amid its historical buildings, amazing architecture, and the famous Marienplatz, you’ll also love to see its traditional Christmas market with the festive aromas of toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread. Learn about holiday traditions as you cruise to Regensburg, and taste some German beers.

Visit the magnificent Melk Abbey as you cruise through Austria’s winter wonderland of the Wachau Valley. Taste traditional cookies on your way to Vienna, and take a guided tour, culinary walk, and browse the Christmas markets for a taste of traditional Austrian fare. A fitting end to a magical holiday cruise!

Departures (Land)
11/28/2018 - (WXZV) Grand Christmastime Cruise from Zurich to Vienna - $5,448.00
11/30/2019 - (WXZV) Grand Christmastime Cruise from Basel to Vienna - $6,147.00


Grand Christmastime Cruise from Vienna to Basel (WXVZ)


16 days from Vienna to Basel
This European Christmastime river cruise will take you across Austria and Germany and along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers. Enjoy guided sightseeing in several cities along the way and delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of centuries-old Christmas markets.

Begin in musical Vienna, where a guided tour shows you the impressive sights. Perhaps opt for a guided culinary walk through the Christmas markets to taste some Austrian holiday favorites, or explore on your own. Cruise through the winter wonderland of the Wachau Valley and visit Melk with its magnificent abbey. Enjoy a guided sightseeing in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. While sailing to Nuremberg, learn about Christmas traditions and sample some German beer. At Nuremberg’s Christmas market, which is one of the oldest in the world, be sure to try Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread). A full-day excursion to Munich shows you the Bavarian capital. The traditional Christmas market on the Marienplatz delights with aromas of toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread!

Continue your holiday river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where many nativity scenes are exhibited throughout the town. In Würzburg, on the River Main, visit the ornate Bishop’s Residenz, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). See Europe’s largest nativity scene with life-size figures In Rüdesheim on the Rhine; and visit Heidelberg Castle towering magnificently over the city, before cruising to Strasbourg, France. This time of year, the historic charm of the city is mixed with festive aromas, sights, and sounds—creating a truly magical atmosphere! Visit the gothic cathedral with its ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Continue to Breisach, Germany—gateway to the famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, before ending this charming Christmastime river cruise adventure in Basel, Switzerland.

Departures (Land)
12/01/2018 - (WXVZ) Grand Christmastime Cruise from Vienna to Basel - $5,448.00
12/03/2019 - (WXVZ) Grand Christmastime Cruise from Vienna to Basel - $6,147.00

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