Christmas might be done and dusted, and you’re elbow deep in Boxing Day sales and New Year resolution planning, but the silly season isn’t quite done yet. While the tree is still sparkling and everyone is on a high from too much Christmas punch, it’s the perfect time to start planning your holiday season for next year. Particularly if you hosted Christmas this year, you’ll likely find the sound of a Christmas cruise is rather appealing. No dinner to cook, dishes to clean or family to borrow extra chairs and tables from. Next year is the year to treat yourself, and Avalon Waterways have a host of Christmas cruises to take you to magical lands far far away.
Sailing through the heart of some of Europe’s most festive regions, this cruise is an unforgettable way to celebrate the season. Exploring the fascinating ruins of Heidelberg Castle, skating on ice rinks in the heart of quaint villages, and wandering through Christmas markets sipping on Gluhwein (hot mulled wine), you’ll be in the holiday spirit in no time. Sailing from Basel to Frankfurt (or vice versa), you’ll stop in Strasbourg, home to the oldest and finest Christmas markets in Europe – dating back to the 16th century. A visit to Breisach, gateway to the Black Forest, is also a highlight, where you can sample Black Forest ham and cherry cake.
Cruising from Frankfurt to Prague, this 8 day river cruise epitomises holiday charm. The ship is decorated in Christmas colours, and four-course a-la-carte dinners are a daily occurrence – so no Christmas dinner preparation needed! Enjoy a guided walking tour of medieval Miltenberg, before celebrating the season in charming Wurzburg, in the heart of fertile wine region. You’ll visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Bamberg, where nativity scenes are displayed in the streets, and Nuremburg, home to one of the most famous Christmas markets in the world.
This cruise is an 11-day journey through four countries, highlighting their festive traditions and unique historical sites. Beginning in Prague, a 1200 year old city, you’ll get to explore the medieval old town and soak in your first dose of European Christmas spirit. Next up you’ll explore thousand-year-old Nuremburg with a local guide, and try the city’s traditional gingerbread, before visiting Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Explore baroque cathedrals, medieval abbeys and winding streets lined with traditional houses as you make your way down the Danube to Melk, Vienna and Budapest.
Journeying from Zurich to Amsterdam, this cruise takes you through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Along the way you’ll discover Europe’s oldest Christmas markets in Strasbourg, the magical Black Forest wilderness, the ruins of Heidelberg’s charming castle, and myriad towns lit festively with Christmas carols filling the air. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge on your way to Cologne, famed for its gothic architecture. The journey ends in picturesque Amsterdam, where cruising along the canals shows you the city’s spectacular architecture and streets lined with hidden gems.
From ancient Prague to Nuremberg, UNESCO World Heritage Site Bamberg, the world’s largest nativity scene in Rudesheim, and charming Heidelberg Castle, this Christmas cruise takes you through picturesque central Europe over 12 days. Walk through the halls of the Bishop’s Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, sip mulled wine in Strasbourg’s historic Christmas markets and enjoy guided walks through many of the decorated towns and cities you pass. Meals onboard include local specialties, Christmas themed menus and festive drinks to ensure you’re well and truly in the European Christmas spirit.
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