Experience the holiday season on this festive river cruise vacation from Nuremberg to Basel. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Nuremberg; Bamberg; Würzburg; the charming Bavarian village of Miltenberg; and Strasbourg, France, where you can explore one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe. Other highlights: a visit to Würzburg’s Bishop’s Residenz, an excursion to Germany’s Black Forest, and an excursion to Heidelberg, where you visit the red sandstone castle and bask in the holiday atmosphere. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the many Christmas markets and savor the local specialties, shop for locally crafted Christmas ornaments, and enjoy the holiday cheer. What a delightful way to celebrate the holiday season! Your ship will be decorated and dressed up in Christmas colors.

City Highlights

Cruise: deluxe 9-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Nuremberg (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour, Christmas marketDay 3 Bamberg: guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall; onboard lectureDay 4 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 5 Miltenberg: onboard culinary demonstration, guided walkDay 6 Frankfurt: excursion to Rüdesheim, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument MuseumDay 7 Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle, see the Great VatDay 8 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas markets, onboard woodcarving demonstrationDay 9 Breisach: excursion to the Black ForestDay 10 Basel: your vacation ends this morning


Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel


NOTES:Christmas markets operate from late November until the third week of December, depending on the location (Prague markets are open from early December until the first days of January).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.