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Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (Southbound)

Embark on a voyage along the revered Rhine River and experience firsthand the magic of Christmas in every city, shop window and bend of the Rhine.

Join a plethora of excursions waiting to show you the wonders of your ever port of call, from Zaanse Schans to Heidelberg Castle and beyond.

Sail the Rhine with us and give yourself the gift of an Avalon Waterways luxury river cruise this Christmas.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon View & Avalon Vista
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Nov - Dec
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Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (Southbound) Cruise Itinerary

Journey through Europe with an unparalleled itinerary.

Day 1


Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm and guests must be on board the ship by 5 pm. Consider a guided optional excursion to Zaanse Schans.

Day 2


Embark on a guided canal cruise.

Day 3


Join a guided city walk of Cologne. Enjoy live entertainment on board the ship.

Day 4


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

Day 5

Mainz / Heidelberg

Embark on a guided tour to Heidelberg Castle or a guided city walk.

Day 6


Join a city sightseeing tour. Consider an optional excursion to Alsace’s wine country.

Day 7

Breisach / Black Forest

Try a full-day guided tour to the Black Forest or a guided tour to Freiburg’s mediaeval city centre. Consider visiting the village of Colmar.

Day 8


Look fondly upon the memories of your Christmas cruise. Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.

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Capture the magic of Christmas aboard a dedicated voyage with Crui.se

7 Nights
Nov Dec

Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (Southbound)

  • Amsterdam
  • Cologne
  • Rüdesheim
  • Mainz / Heidelberg
  • Strasbourg
  • Breisach / Black Forest
  • Basel
£2,491pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon View & Avalon Vista

Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (Southbound) Cruise Review

“I had a wonderful time on this cruise, especially considering my birthday is so close to Christmas it really felt like a birthday treat. I’ll be booking with Avalon Waterways again next time I’m thinking of cruising.”

Esmeralda Benson, Coventry, West Midlands

Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine (Southbound) FAQ

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

What food is served on board?

A collection of regional, seasonal and familiar dishes will be available for you to choose from while onboard.

Is afternoon tea available on the ship?

Yes, afternoon tea is available, complete with a selection of tea, coffee, and treats.

How many countries will I get to see during this cruise?

You’ll get to experience the beauty of four countries during the period of your cruise, including the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland.

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