If all you want for Christmas is a relaxed vacation and pampering, Avalon Waterways is offering a variety of its popular Christmas Market Cruises which will transport you to a holiday experience unsurpassed by any other.
Journey on a luxury ship along some of Europe’s most storied regions as you are gratified from the moment you step aboard. The warmth and comfort that Avalon Waterways is renowned for will be immediately evident as you enjoy world-class culinary delights, spacious accommodations, an attentive and knowledgeable staff in addition to a convivial relaxed ambiance.
Joyous holiday dinners with all the trimmings are on the menu along with regional specialties and familiar favorites. Savor delicious Avalon Fresh™ vegetarian and vegan dishes created from the freshest ingredients. You’ll find that everything is done for you, so the pleasure is all yours to simply enjoy your luxury vacation.
Festively decorated ships provide a lovely holiday ambiance as you cruise in luxury to such iconic cities as Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich, Prague, Budapest, Frankfurt, Basel and more. Small towns and villages will delight your senses with the unforgettable sights, delightful tastes and fragrant aromas of the season.
Have the truly merry and unique holiday that you’ve been dreaming of on a variety of these Christmas-themed cruises. Five new sailings are: Christmastime in Alsace & Germany; Christmas in the Heart of Germany; Christmastime from Prague to Basel; Christmastime from Frankfurt to Vienna and Christmastime from Vienna to Frankfurt.
Famous markets include the Budapest Christmas market where you can buy hand-made crafts and sample traditional Hungarian delights, Nuremberg’s world-famous Christkindlemarkt – one of Central Europe’s oldest and largest, lined with over 200 candy cane striped stalls. Highlights of which include the tiny puppets called “Nuremberg Plum People.” Other iconic Christmas markets are Neumarkt, Cologne’s oldest and the Floating Christmas market. You’ll discover heavenly traditional foods, handcrafted souvenirs and the world-famous spiced wine called glühwein and glögg which are sure to warm you along the way.
Voyages range from five to 15 days and are offered on Avalon Waterway’s spectacular Suite Ships where luxury and comfort are standard. Stay in spacious Panorama Suites, which are 30 percent larger than the industry standard, and watch the incredible views from the Open-Air Balcony. Exclusive to these ships, the innovative wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows open wider then any other, merging the outside with the inside. An exceptional detail – beds are turned to face the window – a bed with a view! Everything was thought of to provide guests with the ultimate luxury river cruise. Explore Europe in a new way as breathtaking views slowly pass before you both on and off the ship.