Rhine Holiday Market 2017

Day 1 – Basel (embark)

Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2 – Basel

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Basel walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

Your walking discovery tour introduces you to Basel, Switzerland’s second-largest city, and its marvelous Christmas Market, located in the heart of the Old Town. With more than 150 stands, it offers many locally made craft items, unique ornaments and delicious seasonal baked goods. Later, take a stroll down Christmas Street, beautifully decorated with more than 100 Christmas trees adorned with twinkling lights. Celebrate the evening at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3 – Kehl (Strasbourg)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Strasbourg by canal with Christmas Market OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour

Strasbourg is particularly picturesque during the festive holiday season. Discover its magic on a canal cruise through Petite France, a neighborhood of cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. Just outside the cathedral square, you’ll find Strasbourg’s famous Marché de Nöel, the oldest Christmas market in France. As part of a long tradition of authentic, atmospheric Christmas markets, the 300 stalls of Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik are spread out over 12 locations within the city center, making it one of the largest in Europe. If you prefer to celebrate Strasbourg’s holiday magic in a different way, enjoy the flavors of the season on a “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour showcasing the spirit of Alsatian Christmas and showing you why Strasbourg is the “Capital of Christmas.”

Day 4 – Mannheim (Heidelberg)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of full day Heidelberg tour with Christmas Market* OR exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

Situated on the banks of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. It is also home to one of Germany’s oldest universities. Your tour of Heidelberg takes you past the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a once-fortified castle, and through Old Town, which is all dressed up for the holidays. You’ll have ample time to explore the Heidelberg Christmas Market, which spans over five squares. For those who prefer to try something different, visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample the unique aperitifs made with honey- and herb-infused wine vinegars. *Note: Lunch is not included with the full day Heidelberg tour.

Day 5 – Mainz, Rüdesheim

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum with Christmas Market

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Mainz, once home to Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press, and its St. Nicholas Christmas Market with 1,000-yearold St. Martin’s Cathedral as a backdrop. During the afternoon, cruise to Rüdesheim, located in the heart of the fabled Rhine Valley. Discover why Rüdesheim has been a magnet for romantics ever since the early 19th century. Its rolling hills, historical monuments and winding alleyways are a real treat. While in Rüdesheim, you’ll visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and its unique collection of self-playing instruments. Spend time browsing more than 120 stalls packed with holiday delights, and don’t miss Rüdesheim’s amazing, life-sized Nativity scene—one of the largest in Germany.

Day 6 – Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Koblenz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

En route to Koblenz, your ship will cruise along a spectacularly scenic 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape. With its 40 castles strung like pearls on the hillside and the famous Lorelei Rock, the valley is the perfect example of the romantic Rhine. Once in Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll begin your walking tour through romantic alleyways lined with half-timbered houses decorated for the season. Afterward, delight in the Koblenz Christmas Market with its dozens of wooden stands offering arts and crafts, spiced mulled wine and sweet Christmas cakes.

Day 7 – Cologne

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit and Christmas markets

Christmas is the perfect time to visit Cologne and its famous Gothic cathedral. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a shrine said to contain relics of the Magi—the Three Kings—which has attracted religious pilgrims for centuries. Cologne has no fewer than eight Christmas markets, and you’ll have ample time to explore them at your own pace following your walking tour. Be sure to visit the Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market, as well as the Alter Market, Neumarkt and the Medieval Market in front of the Chocolate Museum. Spend your last night onboard at the festive Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.

Day 8 – Cologne (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Cologne Bonn Airport for your flight home.

Day 1 – Cologne (embark)

Arrive at Cologne Bonn Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2 – Cologne

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit and Christmas markets

Christmas is the perfect time to visit Cologne and its famous Gothic cathedral. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a shrine said to contain relics of the Magi—the Three Kings—which has attracted religious pilgrims for centuries. Cologne has no fewer than eight Christmas markets, and you’ll have ample time to explore them at your own pace following your walking tour. Be sure to visit the Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market, as well as the Alter Market, Neumarkt and the Medieval Market in front of the Chocolate Museum. Spend your last night onboard at the festive Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.

Day 3 – Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Koblenz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

En route to Koblenz, your ship will cruise along a spectacularly scenic 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape. With its 40 castles strung like pearls on the hillside and the famous Lorelei Rock, the valley is the perfect example of the romantic Rhine. Once in Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll begin your walking tour through romantic alleyways lined with half-timbered houses decorated for the season. Afterward, delight in the Koblenz Christmas Market with its dozens of wooden stands offering arts and crafts, spiced mulled wine and sweet Christmas cakes.

Day 4 – Rudesheim, Mainz

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum with Christmas Market

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Mainz, once home to Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press, and its St. Nicholas Christmas Market with 1,000-yearold St. Martin’s Cathedral as a backdrop. During the afternoon, cruise to Rüdesheim, located in the heart of the fabled Rhine Valley. Discover why Rüdesheim has been a magnet for romantics ever since the early 19th century. Its rolling hills, historical monuments and winding alleyways are a real treat. While in Rüdesheim, you’ll visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and its unique collection of self-playing instruments. Spend time browsing more than 120 stalls packed with holiday delights, and don’t miss Rüdesheim’s amazing, life-sized Nativity scene—one of the largest in Germany.

Day 5 – Germersheim (Heidelberg)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of full day Heidelberg tour with Christmas Market* OR exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

Situated on the banks of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. It is also home to one of Germany’s oldest universities. Your tour of Heidelberg takes you past the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a once-fortified castle, and through Old Town, which is all dressed up for the holidays. You’ll have ample time to explore the Heidelberg Christmas Market, which spans over five squares. For those who prefer to try something different, visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample the unique aperitifs made with honey- and herb-infused wine vinegars. *Note: Lunch is not included with the full day Heidelberg tour.

Day 6 – Kehl (Strasbourg)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Strasbourg by canal with Christmas Market OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour

Strasbourg is particularly picturesque during the festive holiday season. Discover its magic on a canal cruise through Petite France, a neighborhood of cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. Just outside the cathedral square, you’ll find Strasbourg’s famous Marché de Nöel, the oldest Christmas market in France. As part of a long tradition of authentic, atmospheric Christmas markets, the 300 stalls of Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik are spread out over 12 locations within the city center, making it one of the largest in Europe. If you prefer to celebrate Strasbourg’s holiday magic in a different way, enjoy the flavors of the season on a “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour showcasing the spirit of Alsatian Christmas and showing you why Strasbourg is the “Capital of Christmas.”

Day 7 – Basel

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Basel walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

Your walking discovery tour introduces you to Basel, Switzerland’s second-largest city, and its marvelous Christmas Market, located in the heart of the Old Town. With more than 150 stands, it offers many locally made craft items, unique ornaments and delicious seasonal baked goods. Later, take a stroll down Christmas Street, beautifully decorated with more than 100 Christmas trees adorned with twinkling lights. Celebrate the evening at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 8 – Basel (disembark)

Disembark the ship and transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home.