2013: Christmastime in Alsace & Germany from Frankfurt to Basel (WFZ) - Vista
5 days from Frankfurt to Basel
Celebrate the festive season in Central Europe with a magnificent 4-night cruise from Frankfurt to Basel! Stops include Speyer, Germany, for an excursion to Heidelberg, where you can marvel at the red sandstone castle and bask in 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 Gluhwein, smell the aromas of the Christmas markets, shop for local Christmas ornaments, and delight in the holiday cheer. This year, start your holiday season with this joyous and memorable cruise-there is no better way to celebrate the season!
Highlights & Sightseeing
Take pictures of the castle
Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Excursion to the Black Forest
B: full buffet breakfast L: lunch D: dinner
Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast, soft drinks with lunch, and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included on board your vessel.
Combine with another Festive Season Cruise.
Cruise from Prague to Zurich - Christmastime Prague to Zurich (WNF + WFZ) or cruise from Vienna to Zurich - Grand Christmastime Cruise from Vienna to Basel (WVN + WNF + WFZ excluding Prague). Combined cruises will have other minor itinerary modifications
? Christmas markets operate from late November until the third week of December, depending on the location.
? In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
? Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
It's about you. You are the reason we've used our 80-plus years of travel expertise to design the very best river cruise experience. Inspired by you, we've taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. Panoramic windows throughout every ship. Elegant, contemporary design throughout. Included shore excursions with Local Guide. Headsets for shore excursions. Complimentary Wi-Fi access. Personalized room options & excursions. Space to relax & unwind Premium coffees, cappuccinos and lattes. Coffee self-serve beverage station. A lounge serving premium spirits. Maintain your routine in the fitness center. The Comfort Collection BedsSM. Premium L'Occitane bath amenities. Daily early- and late-riser breakfast. Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine. Complimentary juices with breakfast. Made-to-order egg station at breakfast. Complimentary soft drinks with lunch. Al fresco lunches on the Sky Bistro. Chef-inspired regional recipes. Four-course dinners with open seating. Choice of appetizers, soups & salads. Nightly option of entree, dessert or cheese. Complimentary regional wines at dinner. Free soft drinks or beer with dinner. Night Fare served at 10:30 p.m. Remarkable service through the cruise. English-speaking crew. Non-smoking interior. Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors. Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels. Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage. And, much more.
Day 1 Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany (Embarkation)
Flights into Frankfurt must arrive before 3:30 pm. Situated on the Main River, Frankfurt is a truly cosmopolitan city and the commercial capital of Germany. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception at 6 pm. (Dinner)
Day 2 Speyer, Germany. Excursion to Heidelberg
This morning, dock in the ancient imperial city of Speyer on the left bank of the Rhine. From here, an included excursion takes you to Heidelberg, of Student Prince fame and Germany's oldest university town. Take your photos of imposing Heidelberg Castle, built of red sandstone and towering above the city. At this time of year an ice rink is set up at the foot of the castle, and stalls offer Gluhwein, hot punch, Bratwurst, and other tasty treats. The Christmas market itself is scattered over five town squares and you'll find a wide array of crafts and regional delicacies. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Strasbourg, France
Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is influenced by the culture of both countries and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. A Local Guide shows you the noteworthy sights: the GOTHIC CATHEDRAL, the lovely LA PETITE FRANCE district, Place Kleber, and Place Gutenberg with the statue of the inventor of the printing press. Dating back to 1570, the traditional Christmas market is one of the oldest and finest in Europe. Located around Place de la Cathedrale and Place Broglie, the centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. As you stroll through the festively decorated and illuminated streets you'll notice the pleasing aromas of mulled wines, sweets, spice cakes, and biscuits-a truly magical atmosphere! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest
Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany's BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. There's no better setting for this time of year than when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses with their long sloping roofs, connoting images of warm and festively decorated interiors. And if there has been a fresh snowfall, this will indeed be a Winter Wonderland! Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Homebound flights should not leave Zurich Airport before 10 am. (Breakfast)
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Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
Gateway for departure is Zurich, Switzerland.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Frankfurt:
in single room $215, in twin room $133
Extra nights per person in Zurich:
in single room $175, in twin room $118
Prices shown above include cruise in Category E in an outside Avalon Deluxe Stateroom on Indigo Deck.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $85
B / Sapphire Deck / $457
A / Sapphire Deck / $485
P / Royal Deck / $571
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $971
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