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4-nt European Waterways Avalon Visionary

Itinerary

DayPorts of Call
1Wiesbaden, Germany
2Speyer, Germany
3Strasbourg, France
4Breisach, Germany
5Basel, Switzerland

Know Before You Go

  • Pricing includes cruise portion only. For pre and post accommodations, please contact your PERX travel planner.
  • Please be discreet, do not discuss your industry discounts with other guests aboard your sailing.
  • Please ensure that you have your ID available when boarding.
  • We strongly suggest purchasing travel protection to cover medical expenses in the event that medical attention is required.

This Christmastime river cruise is a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate the season! Board your Avalon Suite Shipr 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 Gluhwein (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!

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Wiesbaden (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Heidelberg-Speyer: Guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; time at leisure for Christmas markets in Speyer
Day 3 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market
Day 4 Breisach: Excursion the Black Forest; Christmas market
Day 5 Basel (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbitsr
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON 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 3 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.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
  • 2012 brought with it another exciting Suite Ship cruising along Europe's glorious Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. The Avalon Visionary delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include an Internet corner, complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded fitness center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful open-air bistro.



    Ship Length: 361
    Total Staff: 35
    Guest Capacity: 128

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Day 1 Wiesbaden (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 Heidelberg-Speyer: Guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; time at leisure for Christmas markets in Speyer
    Day 3 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market
    Day 4 Breisach: Excursion the Black Forest; Christmas market
    Day 5 Basel (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning