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Rhine Holiday Markets
7-Night Cruise Basel to Cologne (or reverse)

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Basel to Cologne (or reverse) - 8 days

 

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Detailed Itinerary: Basel to Cologne

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Day 1: Basel (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg where you’ll be transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Basel

Featured Excursion: Basel walking discovery tour and Christmas Market

Basel is a cultural and artistic powerhouse, with all sorts of galleries, theaters and museums. And at this time of year, the city’s Christmas market draws visitors from all over Europe, as does its Christmas Street, lined with more than 100 beautifully decorated and illuminated Christmas trees. Be sure to make a wish in the town’s Wish Book! Your day in Basel begins with a short panoramic tour of Switzerland’s second-largest city. Long an important center of education, banking and trade, Basel boasts a glorious history that stretches back to the Roman Empire. During the Renaissance, its university and master printers drew intellectuals from all over Europe, including the great thinker Erasmus of Rotterdam, whose tomb is found within the walls of the Romanesque cathedral. To this day, the city remains a cultural and artistic powerhouse, with numerous art galleries, theaters and more than 30 museums. And at this time of year, a beloved Christmas market draws visitors from all over Europe.

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 3: Kehl (Strasbourg)

Choice of Strasbourg panoramic tour with Old Town and Christmas market visit or “Taste of Christmas” Strasbourg walking tour

Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, a rather overused word that in this case is perfectly apropos. When you see it on foot with a friendly local expert, this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. Kehl, directly across the river from Strasbourg, will be your ship’s base while you explore the Alsatian capital, which is known as the “Crossroads of Europe” for its strategic location halfway between Paris and Prague. It is home to a magnificent, single-spire Gothic cathedral and many beautiful half-timbered houses.

Day 4: Mannheim (Heidelberg)

Choice of Full-day Heidelberg tour with Christmas Market and treasure hunt or Exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

Wake up in Germany and choose your adventure for the day. You can join an excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg, where you’ll see the castle ruins and visit the Christmas market. Or for something really unexpected, venture into a spooky, candlelit tasting room to sample flavorful elixirs made from wine vinegars. Utterly unique and surprisingly delicious! Your ship left France behind and sailed into Germany during the wee hours of the morning. If you speak no German, here’s one phrase you might want to learn now: “Fröhliche Weihnachten,” or “Merry Christmas!”

Day 5: Mainz - Rüdesheim

Featured Excursion: Wiesbaden Twinkling Star Christmas Market, Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum with Christmas Market

Double your fun today with visits to two Christmas markets. The first is in Mainz, the birthplace of Gutenberg’s revolutionary printing press and home to a 200-year-old Christmas market. The next is in Rüdesheim, a town famous for its life-sized Nativity scene, brandy-infused coffee and a quirky museum devoted to mechanical musical instruments. Mainz, standing at the confluence of the Rhine and the Main rivers, may be best known as the city where Johannes Gutenberg prepared his priceless 42-line bible for publication in 1485, using his newly invented printing press. You have the morning at leisure to explore the city that inspired such ingenuity, venturing off on your own to visit the Gutenberg Museum or one of the other intriguing museums nearby. Or you could stroll with the Cruise Manager through the Old Town neighborhood known as the Cherry Orchard, which is lined with picturesque half-timbered houses, on your way to the 200-year-old St. Nicholas Christmas Market. The millennium-old St. Martin’s Cathedral acts as its backdrop, and the holiday pyramid smack in the middle of the square reflects Mainz’s history— figures of Gutenberg and the ancient Roman commander Dresus join the standard angels and Santas. Mainz’s Old Town brims with specialty shops tucked into lovingly restored buildings: You’ll find jewelry, leather goods, books, toys—something special for every special person on your list. However you choose to spend your time in Mainz, you’ll head back to the ship for a short cruise to Rüdesheim, which, like many cities along the Rhine, dates back to Roman times, when the Rhine was the northern border of the empire. Today, Rüdesheim is famous for its beauty and its entertaining alley of shops and wine bars called the Drosselgasse. It’s also home to a unique and fascinating little museum devoted to mechanical musical instruments. In your free time, a shuttle bus will also be provided to those who would like to visit the Wiesbaden Christmas markets.

Day 6: Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz - Rüdesheim

Featured Excursion: Koblenz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

On today’s cruise along the Rhine, watch out for the Loreley rock, a tall slate cliff towering over the narrowest point of the river. Celebrated in song and shrouded in legend, the rock is famous for the tale of Loreley, a beautiful siren whose beguiling song doomed passing sailors. Further down the river, step ashore in Koblenz, a historic town with a colorful past, eclectic architecture and an enchanting Christmas market. Spend a spectacular morning onboard your luxurious boutique ship as you sail the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stretch of the Rhine is extraordinarily picturesque: Castles perch atop steep cliffs above the water and each quaint village is marked by the spire of its historic church. After sailing past 40 miles (65 kilometers) of gorgeous scenery, you’ll reach the famous intersection of the Rhine and the Moselle. Here, where the two rivers meet, you’ll find the enchanting town of Koblenz.

Day 7: Cologne

Featured Excursion: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit and Christmas markets

You simply cannot visit Cologne without paying homage to its most notorious site, the Gothic masterpiece that serves as the city’s cathedral. Your local expert will show you favorite haunts around the Old Town and share some of the cathedral’s most intriguing and Magi-cal secrets with you. Later, you can explore the city’s seven (!) Christmas markets to your heart’s content. Cologne is the largest and oldest city of the Rhineland and a cultural mecca, with more than 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries. A congenial atmosphere and a mix of ancient, modern and reconstructed buildings characterize the heart of the city.

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8: Depart Cologne (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship and transfer to Cologne Bonn Airport for your flight home. (CB/BB)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Cologne to Basel

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Day 1: Cologne (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at Cologne Bonn Airport where you’ll be transferred to the ship. (D)

Day 2: Cologne

Featured Excursion:Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit and Christmas markets

You simply cannot visit Cologne without paying homage to its most notorious site, the Gothic masterpiece that serves as the city’s cathedral. Your local expert will show you favorite haunts around the Old Town and share some of the cathedral’s most intriguing and Magi-cal secrets with you. Later, you can explore the city’s seven (!) Christmas markets to your heart’s content. Cologne is the largest and oldest city of the Rhineland and a cultural mecca, with more than 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries. A congenial atmosphere and a mix of ancient, modern and reconstructed buildings characterize the heart of the city.

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 3: Koblenz - cruising the romantic Rhine

Featured Excursion: Koblenz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

YStep ashore in Koblenz, a historic town with a colorful past, eclectic architecture and an enchanting Christmas market. On today’s cruise along the Rhine, watch out for the Loreley rock, a tall slate cliff towering over the narrowest point of the river. Celebrated in song and shrouded in legend, the rock is famous for the tale of Loreley, a beautiful siren whose beguiling song doomed passing sailors.   This morning you’ll reach the famous intersection of the Rhine and the Moselle. Where the two rivers meet, you’ll find the enchanting town of Koblenz. Later, spend a spectacular afternoon onboard your luxurious boutique ship as you sail the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stretch of the Rhine is extraordinarily picturesque: Castles perch atop steep cliffs above the water and each quaint village is marked by the spire of its historic church.

Day 4: Rüdesheim - Mainz

Featured Excursions:Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum with Christmas Market, Wiesbaden Twinkling Star Christmas Market

Double your fun today with visits to two Christmas markets. The first is in Rüdesheim, a town famous for its life-sized Nativity scene, brandy-infused coffee and a quirky museum devoted to mechanical musical instruments. The next is in Mainz, the birthplace of Gutenberg’s revolutionary printing press and home to a 200-year-old Christmas market. Rüdesheim, like many cities along the Rhine, dates back to Roman times, when the Rhine was the northern border of the empire. Today, Rüdesheim is famous for its beauty and its entertaining alley of shops and wine bars called the Drosselgasse. It’s also home to a unique and fascinating little museum devoted to mechanical musical instruments. Then you’ll head back to the ship for a short cruise to Mainz. Mainz, standing at the confluence of the Rhine and the Main rivers, may be best known as the city where Johannes Gutenberg prepared his priceless 42-line bible for publication in 1485, using his newly invented printing press. You have the afternoon at leisure to explore the city that inspired such ingenuity, venturing off on your own to visit the Gutenberg Museum or one of the other intriguing museums nearby. Or you could stroll with the Cruise Manager through the Old Town neighborhood known as the Cherry Orchard, which is lined with picturesque half-timbered houses, on your way to the 200-year-old St. Nicholas Christmas Market. The millennium-old St. Martin’s Cathedral acts as its backdrop, and the holiday pyramid smack in the middle of the square reflects Mainz’s history— figures of Gutenberg and the ancient Roman commander Dresus join the standard angels and Santas. Mainz’s Old Town brims with specialty shops tucked into lovingly restored buildings: You’ll find jewelry, leather goods, books, toys—something special for every special person on your list. In your free time, a shuttle bus will also be provided to those who would like to visit the Wiesbaden Christmas markets.

Day 5: Germersheim (Heidelberg)

Choice of Full-day Heidelberg tour with Christmas Market and treasure hunt or Exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

Wake up and choose your adventure for the day. You can join an excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg, where you’ll see the castle ruins and visit the Christmas market. Or for something really unexpected, venture into a spooky, candlelit tasting room to sample flavorful elixirs made from wine vinegars. Utterly unique and surprisingly delicious! If you speak no German, here’s one phrase you might want to learn now: “Fröhliche Weihnachten,” or “Merry Christmas!”

Day 6: Kehl (Strasbourg)

Choice of Strasbourg panoramic tour with Old Town and Christmas market visit or “Taste of Christmas” Strasbourg walking tour

Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, a rather overused word that in this case is perfectly apropos. When you see it on foot with a friendly local expert, this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. Kehl, directly across the river from Strasbourg, will be your ship’s base while you explore the Alsatian capital, which is known as the “Crossroads of Europe” for its strategic location halfway between Paris and Prague. It is home to a magnificent, single-spire Gothic cathedral and many beautiful half-timbered houses.

Day 7: Basel

Featured Excursion: Basel walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

Basel is a cultural and artistic powerhouse, with all sorts of galleries, theaters and museums. And at this time of year, the city’s Christmas market draws visitors from all over Europe, as does its Christmas Street, lined with more than 100 beautifully decorated and illuminated Christmas trees. Be sure to make a wish in the town’s Wish Book! Your day in Basel begins with a short panoramic tour of Switzerland’s second-largest city. Long an important center of education, banking and trade, Basel boasts a glorious history that stretches back to the Roman Empire. During the Renaissance, its university and master printers drew intellectuals from all over Europe, including the great thinker Erasmus of Rotterdam, whose tomb is found within the walls of the Romanesque cathedral. To this day, the city remains a cultural and artistic powerhouse, with numerous art galleries, theaters and more than 30 museums. And at this time of year, a beloved Christmas market draws visitors from all over Europe.

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8: Depart Basel (Disembarkation Day)

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

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Holiday markets generally open from the begining of Advent until December 23. The cruise operator reserves the right to substitute appropriate sights and excursions in keeping with the celebrations of the season.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin. Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
From Basel
Cruise Embarkation Date
Classic
French Balcony
Deluxe Balcony
Suite
Grand Suite
Dec 5, 2019
$4,499
$5,299
$6,199
$7,899
$9,799
Dec 19, 2019
$3,999
$4,799
$5,699
$7,399
$9,299
Dec 5, 2020
$3,199
$3,999
$4,899
$6,599
$8,499
Dec 19, 2020
$2,999
$3,799
$4,699
$6,399
$8,299
 
Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.
From Cologne
Cruise Embarkation Date
Classic
French Balcony
Deluxe Balcony
Suite
Grand Suite
Nov 28, 2019
$4,199
$4,999
$5,899
$7,599
$9,499
Dec 12, 2019
$3,999
$4,799
$5,699
$7,399
$9,299
Nov 28, 2020
$3,199
$3,999
$4,899
$6,599
$8,499
Dec 12,2020
$2,999
$3,799
$4,699
$6,399
$8,299
IMPORTANT: Dates, Early Preview Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 23. 
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please Inquire.
Port Charges: Additional $170 per person (2019 departures); Additional $190 per person (2020 departures).
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Prices Include :
▪ 7 nights Cruise in selected riverview stateroom 
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
▪ Captain's Welcome Gala and Farewell Receptions
▪ Welcome and Farewell Dinners
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
▪ Shore excursions, including "Choice is Yours" options, fully hosted by English- speaking local guides
▪ Guided "Taste of Christmas" programs
▪ 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Use of Nordic walking sticks
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment
▪ Cultutal enrichment, including a Signature Lecture
▪ An experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
▪ Wi-Fi and Internet access onboard
▪ Concierge services
▪ All gratuities for al onboard and onshore services
▪ Transfers on Embarkation and Disembarkation Days. Transfers are subject to transfer guidelines. Please ask for details.
▪ Taxes
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges
▪ Personal expenses

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