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Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (Northbound)

Illustrate your own Christmas fairytale aboard one of two resplendent river cruise vessels – the Avalon Panorama and the Avalon Expression – and sail with us across Europe during the most festive time of the year.

Rediscover your childlike wonder and experience whimsy and excitement at every twist and turn of your cruise.

From Switzerland to Amsterdam, enjoy the allure of four countries decked out in their holiday finery.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Panorama & Avalon Expression
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Dec
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Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (Northbound) Cruise Itinerary

Climb aboard one of two luxury ships and experience Europe to the fullest with an unbeatable itinerary.

Day 1


Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm and guests must be on board the ship by 5 pm. Try the Wonders of Basel excursion.

Day 2

Breisach / Black Forest

Join a full-day guided tour to the Black Forest or a visit to a local winery in Breisach. Later, visit the village of Colmar.

Day 3


Embark on a city sightseeing tour. Try the Into the Alsace Countryside with Wine Tasting excursion.

Day 4

Mainz / Heidelberg

Go on a guided tour to Heidelberg Castle or a guided city walk. Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Day 5

Rüdesheim / Koblenz

Join a guided tour of the Mechanical Music Museum. Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Day 6


Embark on a guided city walk of Cologne.

Day 7


Enjoy a guided canal cruise. Consider an excursion to Zaanse Schans.

Day 8


After breakfast, your cruise will end.

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Experience everything you love about Christmas and more with Crui.se

7 Nights

Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (Northbound)

  • Basel
  • Breisach / Black Forest
  • Strasbourg
  • Mainz / Heidelberg
  • Rüdesheim / Koblenz
  • Cologne
  • Amsterdam
£2,452pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Panorama & Avalon Expression

Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (Northbound) Cruise Review

“We’ve never had a Christmas as exciting as this one before and we’re ecstatic that we chose to cruise with Avalon this time round. We don’t cruise much but when we do we always try something new and we decided to book with Avalon since we hadn’t before. Best decision we could have made, they really took care of us on board and we loved getting to have some free time to explore the cities, too.”

Reginald and Jocelyn Snyder, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (Northbound) FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Which countries will I be visiting on this cruise?

You’ll get to see Switzerland, Germany, France and the Netherlands during your voyage.

Can I smoke on board?

You cannot smoke in the interior of the ship, including areas such as suites, staterooms and communal areas.

Does my ship provide internet access?

Yes, you will have access to complimentary Wi-Fi on board.

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