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Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine

Dec 1, 2023 - Dec 8, 2023


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December 1, 2023 • 8 Day River Cruise • Basel to Amsterdam Aboard Avalon Panorama

Bundle up and spread some cheer on the Rhine River with our very own Lorree Lopez!

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this winter wonderland journey along the Rhine River, which starts in Switzerland with stops in France, Germany, and Holland!
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Each town is festively lit and decorated and strains of Christmas carols fill the air. Board your vessel in Basel, Switzerland, then head for Breisach, Germany. Here’s your first chance to explore a Christmas market offering many traditional items. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, home to one of the oldest and finest Christmas markets in Europe and its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. Next up is the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. You’re sure to be enthralled by the life-size figures of Europe’s largest nativity scene on the Market Square. Pass through the dramatic views of the Rhine Gorge before arriving in Cologne—your last stop in Germany. Wander through the Christmas market, try some traditional Lebkuchen and get some inner warmth with a cup of Glühwein. As an exclamation point to this wonderful Rhine river cruise, you’ll spend time in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam.

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Price quoted is per person, based on double occupancy. Cruise/Land only, and includes tax and onboard gratuities. To reserve your spot, a non-refundable deposit of $250.00 per person is due at time of booking. Final payment is due 90 days prior to sailing. Single rates are available on request. Airfare is extra. Travel insurance is highly recommended and will be quoted at time of booking. Prices and availability are subject to change at anytime. A passport is required and must be valid at least 6 months past return date. BCCP #51188


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Itinerary


FESTIVE TIME ON THE ROMANTIC RHINE
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY


Day 1 • BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Switzerland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to enjoy the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition.
EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH
Dinner

Day 2 • BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood,
OR:
Visit to a local winery in Breisach where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting. After your visit to the winery, you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3 • STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Joyeux Noël in Strasbourg
Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District. Savor the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by spending your free time wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg. Take in the lights, music, and the pleasures of the season. You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit Alsace’s wine country today.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4 • MAINZ . EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine
Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel,” OR: Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing. In your free time visit the local Christmas market: explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sound. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5 • RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE–KOBLENZ - KOBLENZ
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat. Spend some free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Rüdesheim’s Christmas markets, while warming up with some hot-mulled wine or their local delicacies. En route to Koblenz, sail through the Rhine Gorge (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Take in the breathtaking views of ancient castles perched on cliffs 400 feet above the water, and pass the legendary Rock of the Lorelei—where the mythological siren’s songs lured ill-fated sailors.
KOBLENZ: Travel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History. Enjoy free time in Koblenz to explore local Christmas markets on your own before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6 • COLOGNE
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Cologne’s Christmas markets.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 7 • AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” With a free day to explore before your cruise ends, take time to enjoy the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition or join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 8 • AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast



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Offers are subject to availability and are subject to change or be withdrawn at any time.