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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Christmastime in Alsace and Germany

This Christmastime river cruise is a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate the season, cruising from Mainz up the Rhine River to Basel passing beautiful landscapes and quaint villages festively lit and decorated

Fly Cruise
4 nights from £1654pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Strasbourg
  • Christmas decorations
  • Strasbourg
  • Winter in France

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This Christmastime river cruise is a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate the season, cruising from Mainz up the Rhine River to Basel passing beautiful landscapes 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 savour the holiday season in traditional and beautiful Christmas traditions of European winter markets and festivities!

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Mainz to Basel Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Mainz (Germany)

Fly from the UK to Mainz and embark your ship. Cruise overnight to Speyer. (D)

Day 2 - Speyer

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, or Speyer. Explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sounds, tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of these sparkling winter wonderlands. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board. Cruise overnight to Strasbourg. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Strasbourg (France)

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. Savour 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. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Breisach (Germany)

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, and enjoy the warmth and glow of the Christmas season. Overnight cruise to Basel. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Basel (Switzerland) - UK

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Basel to Mainz Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Basel (Switzerland)

Fly from the UK to Basel and embark your ship. Stroll through the city centre, enjoy the festive illumination and savour Christmas delicacies like waffles, gingerbread, sweets, and Swiss raclette. Evening cruise to Breisach. (D)

Day 2 - Breisach (Germany)

Join a guided tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood. This afternoon 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. Overnight cruise to Strasbourg. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Strasbourg (France)

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. Savour 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. Overnight cruise to Speyer. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Speyer (Germany)

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, or Speyer. Explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sounds, tantalising treats, and seasonal handiwork of these sparkling winter wonderlands.Overnight cruise to Mainz. (B, L,D)

Day 5 - Mainz - UK

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 4-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 30th - Basel to Mainz - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £2178
      Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2178 Blue Water Price from: £2207
  • December
    • Dec 14th - Mainz to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £1679
      Cat A Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £1679
    • Dec 14th - Basel to Mainz - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £1679
      Cat A Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £1679
    • Dec 16th - Mainz to Basel - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £1696
      Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £1696
    • Dec 16th - Basel to Mainz - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £1696
      Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £1696

Price Information

  • Please note pricing is fluid so subject to change daily
Map for Christmastime in Alsace and Germany