I’ve by no means been extra excited to share a couple of journey!
For the previous few years I’ve typically been known as the “Christmas Market Queen” and for good motive. You can say I’m obsessed. I’ve been to dozens of Christmas markets throughout Europe. I’ve by no means in my life skilled something extra magical. It’s actually a sensation for the senses. The aromatic scent of candied nuts and mulled wine, the hand carved picket stalls and twinkling lights, the utter pleasure as individuals store, discover, and marvel at the fantastic thing about these fairy-tale cities come to life.
There’s nothing else prefer it. And I would like you to return with me!
Michael and I knew we wished to host a visit with a gaggle of vacationers to our absolute favourite place on the earth: the Christmas Markets in Central Europe.
We have hosted a pair journeys previously in Portugal and Italy they usually had been one among our favourite methods to journey.
The issue was we wished we to supply a multi metropolis and nation journey to actually get a really feel for the Christmas Markets. However the logistics had been a nightmare.
After which we realized one of the best ways to actually expertise the markets was with a river cruise! Enter, Avalon Waterways!! A shocking, state-of-the-art river cruise, the right Christmas Itinerary, and the deal of a lifetime.
That is your official invitation to return with me from December 14-Twenty first to Europe for Christmas on Avalon Waterways!
When: December 14 – December 21, 2022
The place: Our itinerary takes us on the beautiful Rhine River and begins off in Basel, Switzerland then on to Breisach and the Black Forest in Germany, Strasbourg, France – an precise fairy story city, on to Mainz with a cease in Heidelberg, Germany the place we lived. Then to Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge after which to Cologne, Germany – one among my favourite Christmas markets! Lastly, ending in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
What’s included? What I like about cruising is that almost all the pieces is included! However Avalon is an unimaginable worth. Your meals and drinks on board are included. Even beer and wine are included throughout lunch and dinner. An tour every day. And, your flight is included as properly!
How a lot? Avalon Waterways was capable of safe us an ideal deal- beginning at $3,257 per particular person!
Why: An effective way to journey, meet different passionate vacationers, and the CHRISTMAS MARKETS!
Who: YOU! You might be welcome to go solo, carry a pal, or important different. Michael might be there so after all, males are welcome as properly!
SPOTS ARE LIMITED and I do count on spots to refill shortly. Proper now, the journey is $100 off. Join right here
We completely adore Avalon Waterways and have labored with their household of manufacturers numerous occasions. That is actually one among my all time favourite corporations. I’ve taken a river cruise with them on the Danube via Budapest and Austria and their cruises are phenomenal.
Think about unpacking simply as soon as and stopping in Basel, Switzerland, Black Forest, Germany, Heidelberg, Germany (the place we lived!), Strasbourg, France, Cologne, Germany, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. You’ll get to discover, go to the markets, take excursions, and eat the very best meals! All on a luxurious river cruise.
Not solely are we getting an distinctive cruise itinerary, they’re giving us an unimaginable deal! For $3,257 INCLUDING airfare we’re taking an 8 day cruise via a few of my favourite locations.
Since 2004, Avalon has sailed all through the world (principally Europe) and has 16 ships providing suites and really giant rooms. Avalon gives “Open-Air Balconies” which implies you may open the home windows all the way in which (7 ft!) and switch your complete stateroom right into a balcony. Due to this, you have got more room in your room. Your mattress faces the window and you’ll benefit from the surroundings as you cruise down the river.
I completely adore cruising, however a river cruise is a unique, immersive expertise. Your meals and drinks are included on board (together with beer and wine throughout lunch and dinner). A collection of excursions are supplied day-after-day with an included free possibility every day. You even have ample time to discover by yourself!
On the Avalon cruise ship you have got many various areas to hang around and discover. There’s merely no unhealthy place to sit down. The ship is designed in order that regardless of the place you might be, you have got an attractive view exterior. The stunning Panorama Restaurant gives seated breakfast, lunch, and dinner with useful and pleasant employees that serve you.
You too can have room service for breakfast and out of your window going through mattress. I additionally love going again to the Membership Lounge to play board video games or get a espresso 24/7. And getting the nice and cozy cookies there too!
Our itinerary for the Christmas Markets is totally phenomenal! Avalon has some unimaginable river cruise itineraries all through Europe and this one leads you to a few of the greatest locations for Christmas.
From small villages brimming with appeal to bigger cities that purpose to wow in relation to Christmas. That is the very best of each worlds. And we’ll journey in model on Avalon Waterways beautiful ship.
Here is our Romantic Rhine itinerary:
Day 1 Basel
An cute city situated on the northern border of Switzerland, making it a melting pot of Swiss, German and French cultures. That is truly on my listing for greatest Christmas markets in Switzerland!
You may discover towering Christmas timber, and the well-known Christmas tree pyramid together with dozens of picket stalls.
Day 2 Breisach (Black Forest)
The Black Forest is a winter wonderland. That is the place tales like Hanzel and Gretel, Snow White, and so many different fairy-tales had been born. We’ll really feel similar to we’re in a fairy-tale right here!
Day 3 Strasbourg
The precise Capital de Noel! Through the Christmas season, Strasbourg seems to me like what Dr. Seuss had in thoughts when he was creating “Whoville” in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It is virtually as in the event you’re stepping right into a dreamlike metropolis of lights, with numerous loopy Christmas decorations on every window and mulled wine scent drifting via the air. There’s completely nothing prefer it! That is palms down one among my favourite Christmas Markets in all of Europe!
Day 4 Mainz & Tour of Heidelberg
I lived in Germany from 2016-2019. Earlier than we moved Michael and I had by no means stepped foot in Germany! We researched the place to stay beforehand and picked Heidelberg. We picked proper. A fort overlooking a river of sixteenth century city. Pinch me! We’ll go right here to discover the fort and see the cute Christmas Market!
Day 5 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz
There’s an array of actions we will do right here! Go to the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim, discover the castles and vineyards along with your Avalon Waterways Journey Host or take a scenic cruise alongside the Rhine Gorge; or have some free time in Koblenz!
Day 6 Cologne
This Christmas Market is INCREDIBLE! I introduced my Mother right here final yr and she or he was blown away. A number of markets all through town, music, nice meals, and Christmas pleasure throughout! The markets are giant and every one is themed in another way. It is one among my favourite Christmas markets in Germany.
Day 7 Amsterdam
One of many loveliest cities in all of Europe, however add twinkle lights! We’re heading to Amsterdam to discover the canal metropolis. Amsterdam has nice meals, fairly structure, and plenty of museums to discover!
Day 8 Amsterdam
Our final day we’ll spend in Amsterdam and depart from right here! I actually cannot wait to share within the magic with you.
Crusing With Avalon
Not solely is that this an unimaginable itinerary, cruising with Avalon Waterways is stress-free. The meals is scrumptious and native. Usually, the cooks will usher in native meals from the place we’re docked that night. It is like consuming at a Michelin star restaurant each single day- and it is all included within the worth!
A selection of wines and beers are served alongside lunch and dinner and you should purchase combined drinks. As well as, there is a glad hour supplied every night time earlier than dinner with half priced drinks and signature cocktails.
Your double occupancy room on Avalon is so spacious. Inside you will discover a big, purposeful lavatory with premium L’Occitane toiletries, a TV providing over 100 completely different new and basic motion pictures, and the unimaginable views out the Open-Air Balcony. The mattress was exceptionally snug and I liked the ample room to to retailer my belongings.
I have been fortunate sufficient to cruise with Avalon Waterways earlier than and it is actually such an unimaginable expertise.
After all, you may by no means go unsuitable with a visit to Europe, however going at Christmas AND on a river cruise?! It is a dream come true!
Taking a river cruise is the right approach to journey. A ravishing, state-of-the-art ship, and room, with the very best meals and views. River cruises permit you to go to intimate corners of the world you would not be capable to in any other case. As a substitute of being in a bus or automotive, we’ll cruise down the Rhine and sip wine whereas we watch the sights.
River cruises are a novel, luxurious expertise. On Avalon you get a private vacation expertise, with employees devoted to every visitor. It is unparalleled! Listed here are some images from my journey with Avalon on the Danube! You’ll be able to learn extra about that right here.
Then, after we land in our vacation spot, we have now ample time to discover and revel in. And if we’d like a break, we simply hop again on the boat!
Most meals, drinks, and lots of the excursions are included within the general worth, which permits us to take pleasure in a decadent trip with out the stress of planning each element and pinching each penny. The worth Avalon Waterways gave us is AMAZING.
However better of all, we’re cruising collectively! You are going to make lifelong pals. Having hosted journeys previously, the friendships you will make are actually one among a sort. Lots of the vacationers on earlier journeys have truly traveled collectively after!! A bunch simply went to Paris!
I do know this Christmas journey might be as soon as in a lifetime. I hope you will be a part of me on this magical Christmas Markets river cruise!
Continuously Requested Questions:
How can I safe my spot? On Friday, Might twentieth at 12pm central customary time 20 spots will open. You may have to put in your info (full title, cellphone, e-mail tackle) and a credit score/debit card to pay for the $250 deposit which locks in your spot! You may try this right here.
Is there a cost plan? Sure! After the preliminary $250 deposit you will pay $300 deposit in 2 weeks for the flight. Then you may pay as a lot or as little as you need in installments up till September fifteenth, which is the ultimate cost date.
Do I’ve to do the flight? You do not however it’s a REALLY whole lot. Solely $399 on your round-trip flight with airport switch! If not, you may take -$399 off the worth.
Can I e-book with my pal/husband/mother? YEP! There may be an choice to e-book two individuals. The worth is similar, $3,257 per particular person. You may put $250 deposit down per particular person, so $500 whole.
What are the double occupancy rooms? Can I journey solo? I’ve hosted journeys in Portugal and Italy earlier than and we have all the time carried out double occupancy rooms. It is the very best to get to know one another and so enjoyable! And naturally you may journey solo! I’d say 95% of the individuals on previous journeys have! That is one of the best ways to make pals.
What about free time? There might be free time OF COURSE! I like the way in which Avalon units up cruises to incorporate an exercise and offer you time to discover. The very best half is we all the time have a gathering level on the boat! This journey is totally go at your personal tempo.
Can I prolong my journey or come earlier than the date? You guess! That is your journey and I would like it to be the journey of a lifetime. You are able to do that and I am glad that can assist you plan that.
Which airfare is included? All of that’s listed proper right here!
Extra questions? E mail [email protected] – Avalon has the very best customer support and can reply any and all questions you have got!
I can not wait to sail with you! E book your journey right here!