Get Inspired / Europe / Germany Experience a Festive Christmas Markets Cruise Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Germany Experience a Festive Christmas Markets Cruise story by: Inspire Magazine Discover the enchanting Christmas markets at their best with this delightful Christmas time cruise from the Rhine River to Alsace and Germany. Christmas Markets are a fabulous annual ritual in this region, which lays claim to creating many of the holiday traditions we enjoy today such as gingerbread, nutcrackers and Christmas carols. Mingle with the locals amongst a multitude of market stalls surrounding the giant dazzlingly-lit tree adorned with Christmas angels. Nativity scenes, local banter and the fact that you’re in a true European white Christmas setting will make the full experience feel that much more authentic for you! This magnificent cruise departs from Basel on the Rhine River and sails to Breisach, gateway to Germany’s Black Forest region - an area of unrivalled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. There’s no better setting for this time of year as smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional houses with their long sloping roofs, connoting images of warm and festively decorated interiors. And if there has been a fresh snowfall, this will indeed be a Winter Wonderland! Cruise onto Strasbourg where, dating back to 1570, the traditional Christmas market here is one of the oldest and finest in Europe. As you stroll through the festively decorated and illuminated streets you’ll notice the immensely pleasing aromas of glühwein - a hot mulled red wine including cloves, fruit, cinnamon and sugar. Grab a bargain from stalls selling unique giftware, tantalise your taste buds with local eats and fresh produce. Imagine bakery stalls bursting at the seams with delights galore and a seductive aroma to draw you in…absolute bliss! Further explore this Alsatian city’s blend of French and German cultures mirrored through the fabulous churches, medieval covered bridges, beautiful parks and some lovely Art Nouveau and modernist architecture. Heidelberg is the final delightful cruise destination where you will visit the red sandstone castle and bask in the holiday season atmosphere. At this time of year an ice rink is set up at the foot of the castle and stalls offer glühwein, bratwurst, and other tasty treats. The Christmas market itself is scattered over five town squares and you’ll find a wide array of gorgeous crafts and decadent regional delicacies. You will have the pleasure of cruising on Avalon Vista - one of Avalon’s award winning ‘Suite Ships’, designed to maximise space, comfort and views featuring contemporary designs and gourmet cuisine. Discover this magnificent Christmas Markets cruise with House of Travel. Get in quick, as departure dates are selling fast! Call 0800 838 747 or visit your local House of Travel today. Click here for Cheap Flights to Europe or HOT Europe Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Alexandra Alexandra Ashburton Ashburton Auckland Albany Botany Junction Devonport St Heliers: St Heliers Browns Bay Parnell New Lynn: LynnMall Milford Whangaparaoa Newmarket Ellerslie Ponsonby Remuera Howick Takapuna Takanini Balclutha Balclutha Blenheim Blenheim Cambridge Cambridge Christchurch Barrington Central/City: On Victoria Upper Riccarton High Street Lanes Hornby Merivale Papanui: Northlands Riccarton: Riccarton Road Shirley Ferrymead Coromandel Coromandel Dunedin Dunedin Gore Gore Greymouth Greymouth Hamilton City East: Calder & Lawson Hamilton City: Hamilton City Hastings Hastings Havelock North Havelock North Hokitika Hokitika Invercargill Invercargill Kerikeri Kerikeri Masterton Masterton Matamata Matamata Morrinsville Morrinsville Motueka Motueka Nelson Nelson New Plymouth New Plymouth Oamaru Oamaru Orewa Orewa Palmerston North City: Stephen Parsons City: Broadway Paraparaumu Kapiti Coast Queenstown Wakatipu Rangiora Rangiora Richmond Richmond Rotorua Rotorua Taupo Taupo Tauranga Mt Maunganui Papamoa the Crossing Tauranga CBD Te Awamutu Te Awamutu Timaru Timaru Wanaka Wanaka Wanganui Wanganui Wellington City: Hunter St Lower Hutt Johnsonville City: Featherston Street Westport Westport Whangarei Whangarei I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Insiders Guide to Germany Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire Magazine - UK & Europe Your Way Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.