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Cruise Information

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

Pricing starts at 
Category D, E $1,849 per person
Category A, B, P $2,506 per person
Category Royal Suite SOLD OUT

Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Air and recommended travel insurance are additional. Passports are required and must be valid for six months after return date.

River cruise prices are river cruise only, port charges are $104 per person. The price listed does not include airfare, taxes, or fees. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Not responsible for publishing/printing errors. Additional surcharges, and luggage fees may apply.

2019 Available Departures: December 14 through December 18 on the Visionary*, December 16th through December 20th on the Imagery II**

Additional 2020 Available Departure: December 14th through December 18, 2020, Tranquility II

*Royal Suite SOLD OUT 

**Category D, E and Royal Suite SOLD OUT


Day 1: Mainz (Embarkation)
Onboard welcome reception

Day 2: Heidelberg—Speyer
Guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, Christmas markets; Christmas markets in Speyer

Day 3: Strasbourg
Guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market

Day 4: Breisach
Choice of visit to Badische Winzerkeller, or excursion the Black Forest; Christmas market

Day 5:Basel (Disembarkation)
Your cruise ends this morning.

Ship Information

Ship: Avalon Tranquility

The Avalon Tranquility introduces a new type of ship to cruising. The navigational bridge is located in the stern, behind the passenger section, allowing for a more spacious and gracious interior design. The lounge and restaurant, located in the front of the vessel, give unimpeded views of the passing landscape. In addition, the Sky Deck is vast for sunning, taking pictures, or simply just relaxing.  


Avalon Tranquility features the Silent Drive System (SDS) created to enhance guest experiences. SDS features ship engines located at the stern, separating it from the passenger compartment, allowing for a quieter cruise experience than traditional small ships.