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Avalon Waterways has introduced a handful of new Special Interest cruises for its 2020 program, which includes 16 Christmas cruises throughout Europe onboard its Suite Ship. On the 17-day Christmas Basel to Budapest cruise, travellers get a chance to visit Christmas markets at the Bavarian town of Breisach and in Strasbourg, France. The cruise also travels to Speyer, Germany, for an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, with free time to peruse the Christmas markets in Heidelberg or Speyer.
Additionally, travellers can experience the eight-day Christmastime in the Heart of Germany cruise, with visits to the Bavarian village of Miltenberg and Würzburg to enjoy Glühwein at the Christmas markets. The cruise will also travel to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, decorated with nativity scenes throughout the town, followed by Nuremberg, where, after the guided tour, travellers are free to visit the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world. Travellers are advised to try some traditional lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), a Nuremberg specialty. While on board, guests will also learn how to bake a traditional cookie and hear all about German Christmas traditions.