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5 Days Christmastime In Alsace And Germany

Route

Frankfurt (Germany) To Basel (Switzerland)

River

Price Included

  • Accommodations
  • Dining (regional, western & Avalon Fresh® cuisine)
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Afternoon tea
  • Daily coffee, tea and hot chocolate
  • Unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks (lunch & dinner)
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice (breakfast)
  • Bottled water
  • Professional Cruise Director
  • Amenities
  • TV channels with free movies
  • Onboard lectures, activities and nightly entertainment
  • Avalon Adventure Host℠
  • Selections of sightseeing/excursion (Avalon Choice®)
  • Personal headset (easy exploration)
  • WiFi access
  • Port taxes
  • Onboard gratuities

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USD 2,252 .00
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Incl. credit card transaction fee
Extra Discount 3% if pay by Bank Transfer
  • Sailing Date
  • Year 2021
  • Dec
    08, 14, 16

     This Christmastime river cruise is a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate the season! Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Frankfurt, 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!

 

Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Evening/Overnight cruise to Speyer.



Meals Included: Dinner

Winter Wonders and a Wine Barrel Fit for a King

 CLASSIC  - Take a Guided Tour that includes the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat - the world’s largest wine barrel.


After the tour, visit the local German Christmas markets in Heidelberg.
Explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sounds, tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of Speyer Christmas markets.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board.
Evening/Overnight cruise to Strasbourg.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A Gothic Cathedral, Heaven’s Time, and Joyeux Noël

 CLASSIC  - Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.


You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace, for an afternoon in a French wine-country village.
Savor the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by spending your free time this afternoon wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg. Take in the lights, music, and the pleasures of the season.
Evening cruise to Breisach.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

 DISCOVERY  - Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden - ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting,

OR:
 DISCOVERY  - Join a Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood.


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. Alternatively, spend your afternoon leisurely browsing Breisach’s lovely Christmas market to sample bretzels, mulled wine, and Black Forest cake.
Evening/Overnight cruise to Basel.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.



Meals Included: Breakfast

  Note  

  • All passports/travelling documents must have at least 6 months validity as at the end of sailing period and guest should hold a valid visa based on your travel destinations.

 

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Terms of Payment

Deposit: USD 500 per person must be paid upon booking.

Final Payment: required 95 days to commencement of services.

** If final payment doesn't make by the final payment date, reservation will be cancelled, and deposit and all prepaid fees & premiums will be forfeited.
** Not applicable to specific offer and promotion.

 

 

Cancellation Fees
 

Notice Charges (per person)
More than 91 days to commencement of services Deposit amount (USD 500)
60 ~ 90 days to commencement of services 35% of total price
30 ~ 59 days to commencement of services 50% of total price
3 ~ 29 days to commencement of services 80% of total price
2 days to commencement of services / without notice 100% of total price


** Cancellation policy for specific offer and promotion differs.
 

 

Revision Fees
 

On or before final payment date Minimum USD 30 per participant fee (subject to approval) + any airline change fees
After the final payment date All cancellation fees apply

 

1. Administration fee of MYR 300 per cabin will be imposed for any cancellation made to booking after booking is confirmed.

2. All the above will be subjected to change without prior notice.

 

 

Visa Requirement & Passage Restriction

1. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled return date to home country.

2. It is passenger’s responsibility to obtain and have in possession proper and valid documentation / visa required for entry and departure for each country passenger travel. Passenger is solely responsible for the cost incurred during travel for missing, incomplete or defective documentation. Avalon Waterways is not liable for any loss or expense incurred due to loss, damage, or errant entry, exit or travel documentation.

3. Any child under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21, on all services, including the sharing of accommodations. If the accompanying adult is not a parent, a “Parental Consent Guardianship Form” must be signed by a parent or legal guardian of the child and received by Avalon Waterways prior sailing. 

4. Passage of pregnant women will only permitted before her 24th week pregnancy at the time of sailing and must accompanied with doctor’s certificate stating that she is fit to travel at sea. No refund or compensation will be given in the event of cancellation due to pregnancy.

5. The minimum age for boarding Avalon Waterways is 8 years of age. There is no special arrangements or activities for children on board the ships.

6. Avalon Waterways reserves the right to refuse embarkation to any passenger whose medical condition is not made known prior to sailing and SHALL NOT be required to REFUND cruise fare paid.

7. NO REFUND will be made to passengers denied embarkation for non-compliance of immigration requirements.

8. It is recommended every passenger to read through Carrier Terms & Conditions privided by Avalon Waterways carefully. If you disagree with or are unwilling to be bound by any of the terms of the contract, please do not participate in the cruise or related travel being offered.

 

* Avalon Waterways reserve the right to cancel or substitute any scheduled port of call / itinerary / price / cruise & land program / shore excursion / hotel / vessal / cabin at any time without prior notice.

 

Cruise routes and all other aspects of the cruise and travel are subject to change with or without notice. The cruise line reserves the right, without liability for damages or refund, to advance, alter, delay, amend, cancel, shorten or lengthen any sailing, deviate from the Vessel’s advertised or ordinary itinerary or route, omit or change any ports-of-call.

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