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Come and travel with me to Europe’s Christmas markets!

I have never been more excited to tell about a trip!

In the last few years, I have often been referred to as the “Christmas Market Queen”, and for good reason. You could say I’m obsessed. I have been to dozens of Christmas markets throughout Europe. I have never in my life experienced anything more magical. It really is a sensation for the senses. The fragrant scent of candied nuts and mulled wine, the hand-carved wooden stalls and flashing lights, the complete joy when people shop, explore and marvel at the beauty of these fairytale cities that come to life.

There is nothing else like it. And I want you to come with me!!

Michael and I knew we would be hosting a trip with a group of travelers to our absolute favorite place in the world: the Christmas markets in Central Europe.

We have previously hosted a few tours in Portugal and Italy and they were one of our favorite ways to travel.

The problem was that we wanted to offer a tour of several cities and the countryside to really get a feel for the Christmas markets. But the logistics were a nightmare.

And then we realized that the best way to really experience the markets was with a river cruise! Go in, Avalon Waterways !! A fantastic, advanced river cruise, the perfect Christmas itinerary and life’s deal.

This is your official invitation to come with me from the 14th-21st. December to Europe for Christmas at Avalon Waterways!

You can find out all the details and sign up right here.

When: December 14 – December 21, 2022

Where: Our itinerary takes us on the amazing Rhine River and starts in Basel, Switzerland and then on to Breisach and the Black Forest in Germany, Strasbourg, France – a real adventure city, on Mainz with a stop in Heidelberg, Germany, where we lived. Then to the Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge and then to Cologne, Germany – one of my favorite Christmas markets! Finally ends in Amsterdam, Holland.

What is included? What I love about cruising is that almost everything is included! But Avalon is an incredible value. Your meals and drinks on board are included. Even beer and wine are included during lunch and dinner. An excursion every day. And your flight is included too!

How much? Avalon Waterways was able to secure us a great deal – starting at $ 3,257 per. person!

Why: A great way to travel, meet other passionate travelers and the CHRISTMAS CHAINS!

WHO: YOU! You are welcome to go alone, bring a friend or a significant other. Michael wants to be there, so of course men are welcome too!

How: Sign up right here to secure your spot!

SEATS ARE LIMITED and I expect the seats to be filled up quickly. Right now, the trip is $ 100 off. sign up here

We absolutely love it Avalon Waterways and have worked with their family of brands a number of times. This is truly one of my favorite companies of all time. I have taken a river cruise with them on the Danube through Budapest and Austria, and their cruises are phenomenal.

Imagine unpacking once and stopping in Basel, Switzerland, the Black Forest, Germany, Heidelberg, Germany (where we lived!), Strasbourg, France, Cologne, Germany and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. You get to explore, go to the markets, go on walks and eat the best food! All on a luxury river cruise.

Not only do we get a unique cruise itinerary, they give us an incredible offer! For $ 3,257 INCLUDING plane ticket, we take an 8-day cruise through some of my favorite places.

Since 2004 has Avalon has sailed all over the world (mostly Europe) and has 16 ships offering suites and very large rooms. Avalon offers “Open-Air Balconies”, which means you can open the windows all the way (7 feet!) And turn your entire cabin into a balcony. Because of this, you have more space in your room. Your bed faces the window and you can enjoy the scenery as you sail down the river.

I absolutely love sailing, but a river cruise is a different, immersive experience. Your food and beverages are included on board (including beer and wine for lunch and dinner). A selection of excursions is offered daily with an included free option every day. You also have ample time to explore on your own!

On it Avalon cruise ship you have many different areas to hang out and explore. There is simply no bad place to sit. The ship is designed so that wherever you are, you have a beautiful view outside. The lovely Panorama Restaurant offers seated breakfast, lunch and dinner with helpful and friendly staff serving you.

You can also get room service for breakfast and from your bed facing the window. I also love going back to the Club Lounge to play board games or have a coffee 24/7. And get those hot cookies there too!

Our itinerary for the Christmas markets is absolutely phenomenal! Avalon has some incredible river cruise routes throughout Europe and this takes you to some of the best places for Christmas.

From small villages filled with charm to larger towns that aim to wow when it comes to Christmas. This is the best of both worlds. And we travel in style on Avalon Waterway’s beautiful ship.

Here is our romantic Rhine itinerary:

Day 1 Basel

An adorable city located on the northern border of Switzerland, making it a melting pot of Swiss, German and French cultures. This is actually on my list too best Christmas markets in Switzerland!!

You will find towering Christmas trees and the famous Christmas tree pyramid along with dozens of tree stalls.

Day 2 Breisach (Black Forest)

That Black forest is a winter wonderland. This is where stories like Hanzel and Gretel, Snow White and so many other fairy tales were born. We will feel like we are in an adventure here!

Day 3 Strasbourg

The actual Noel Capital! At Christmas time, Strasbourg seems to me like that, Dr. Seuss had in mind when he made “Whoville” in How the Grinch Chairs Christmas. It’s almost as if you are stepping into a dreamlike city of light, with a lot of crazy Christmas decorations on every window and mulled wine scent drifting through the air. There is absolutely nothing like it! This is without a doubt one of my favorites Christmas markets throughout Europe!!

Day 4 Mainz & Tour in Heidelberg

I lived in Germany from 2016-2019. Before we moved, Michael and I had never set foot in Germany! We researched in advance where we were going to live and chose Heidelberg. We made the right choice. A castle overlooking a river in the city from the 16th century. Level me! We go here to explore the castle and see the adorable Christmas market!

Day 5 Rüdesheim – Rhinkløften – Koblenz

There are a number of activities we can do here! Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim, explore the castles and vineyards with your Avalon Waterways Adventure Host or take a scenic cruise along the Rhine Gorge; or have some free time in Koblenz!

Day 6 Cologne

This Christmas market is AMAZING! I took my mother here last year and she was blown away. Several markets throughout the city, music, good food and Christmas joy all around! The markets are large and each theme is different. It’s one of mine favorite Christmas markets in Germany.

Day 7 Amsterdam

One of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe, but add twinkling lights! We go to Amsterdam to explore the canal city. Amsterdam has great food, beautiful architecture and lots of museums to explore!

Day 8 Amsterdam

We spend our last day in Amsterdam and leave from here! I really can not wait to share the magic with you.

Sailing with Avalon

Not only is this an incredible itinerary, to sail with Avalon Waterways is stress free. The food is delicious and local. Often the chefs will bring in local food from where we will be docked that evening. It’s like eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant every single day – and it’s all included in the price!

A selection of wines and beers are served with lunch and dinner, and you can buy mixed drinks. In addition, a happy hour is offered every night before dinner with half-price drinks and signature cocktails.

Your double room at the Avalon is so spacious. Inside you will find a large, functional bathroom with premium L’Occitane toiletries, a TV with over 100 different new and classic movies and the incredible views from the outdoor balcony. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and I loved the ample space to store my belongings.

I’ve been so lucky cruise with Avalon Waterways before and it really is such an incredible experience.

Of course you can never go wrong with a trip to Europe, but to go for Christmas AND on a river cruise ?! This is a dream come true!

Taking a river cruise is the perfect way to travel. A beautiful, state-of-the-art ship and room, with the best food and views. River cruises allow you to visit intimate corners of the world you would not otherwise be able to. Instead of being in a bus or car, we sail down the Rhine and sip wine while looking at the sights.

River cruises are a unique, luxurious experience. At Avalon you get a personalized holiday experience, with staff dedicated to each guest. It’s second to none! Here are some pictures from my trip with Avalon on the Danube! You can read more about that here.

So, when we land at our destination, we have ample time to explore and enjoy. And if we need a break, we easily hop back on the boat!

Most food, drinks and many of the excursions are included in the total price, allowing us to enjoy a decadent holiday without the hassle of planning every single detail and pinching every penny. The price Avalon Waterways gave us is AMAZING.

But best of all, we sail together! You’re going to make lifelong friends. Once you have hosted tours in the past, the friendships you get are truly unique. Many of the travelers on previous trips have actually traveled together after !! A group went straight to Paris!

I know this Christmas trip will be once in a lifetime. I hope you will join me on this magical Christmas Markets river cruise!

Frequently asked questions:

How can I secure my place? Friday, May 20 at 12.00 central standard time opens 20 seats. You must enter your details (full name, phone, email address) and a credit / debit card to pay the $ 250 security deposit, which locks in your seat! You’re doing this here.

Is there a payment plan? Yes! After the initial $ 250 security deposit, you pay a $ 300 security deposit in 2 weeks for the flight. Then you can pay as much or as little as you want, in installments until September 15, which is the last payment date.

Should I fly? You do not, but it is a REALLY good deal. Only $ 399 for your return flight with airport shuttle! If not, you can take – $ 399 off the price.

Can I book with my friend / husband / mother? YEP! It is possible to book two people. The price is the same, $ 3,257 per. person. You put a deposit of $ 250 down per. person, ie $ 500 in total.

What are the double rooms? Can I travel alone? I have hosted tours in Portugal and Italy before and we have always made double rooms. It’s best to get to know each other and have fun! And of course you can travel alone! I would say that 95% of the people on previous trips have! This is the best way to make friends.

What about free time? There will OF COURSE be leisure! I love the way Avalon creates cruises to include an activity and give you time to explore. The best part is that we always have a meeting place on the boat! This trip definitely goes at your own pace.

Can I extend my trip or arrive before the date? You can believe it! This is your journey and I want it to be the journey of a lifetime. You can, and I’ll be happy to help you plan it.

Which flight ticket is included? All of it is listed right here!

More questions? Email [email protected] – Avalon has the best customer service and will answer any questions you may have!

I can not wait to sail with you! Book your trip here!

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