Join Guest Speaker Rick Rusaw for Christmas Markets on the Rhine 2020. Travel to Germany, France, and the Netherlands. Departing on November 28, 2020 with prices starting at $3,098*.
Special Airfare Pricing from select cities when you register by 10/31/19 starting from $250*. Check the brochure for details.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.
- Meals on Ship
- Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks
- Other meals as indicated
Day 1 Nov. 28 - Depart USA
Board your overnight flight to Basel.
Day 2 Nov. 29 - Basel, Switzerland - Embarkation
Embark the ship in Basel. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers on board. (D)
Day 3 Nov. 30 - Breisach, Germany
Visit the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr beautifully dressed in her holiday finery with twinkling decorations and a lively Christmas Market. On your walking tour, admire historical architecture, as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Freiburg, founded in 1120, and home to Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone, as well as its enchanting Christmas Market. Those wishing a more active excursion will want to cycle through the scenic countryside; or go on an excursion to the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions, as well as home to elaborate cuckoo clocks, striking half-timber houses, ruined castles and quaint towns. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Dec. 1 - Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg is even more alluring during the season of Advent. The Christkindelsmärik dates back to 1570, making it the oldest Christmas Market in France. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour that takes you past the Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, walk through the historic town center on the Grande Île, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and through the lovely “La Petite France” district, where you will see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock and then visit the town’s famous Christmas Market. You can also choose to explore Strasbourg’s different districts by bicycle. During the afternoon, visit Gengenbach Christmas Market where every year the locals countdown to Christmas with a 24-day, larger-than-life Advent calendar. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Dec. 2 - Ludwigshafen, Germany - Rudesheim
You have the choice to explore two of Germany’s historically rich cities, along with their festive Christmas Markets. Visit Heidelberg, a city that will capture your heart with its mighty castle and historic university. While here, wander along one of Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping streets, the Hauptstrasse, soaking up the Yuletide celebrations at the town’s Christmas Markets. Alternatively, you can explore one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also have time to visit its Christmas Market in front of the “Old Mint” (Alten Münze) in the famous Maximilianstrasse, with a view of the romantic imperial cathedral (Kaiserdom). Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Dec. 3 - Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge
Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of three excursions. Take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river. Afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. Alternatively, you can join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg; or hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Dec. 4 - Cologne
Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town. Explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral and then visit one of Europe’s largest and most renowned Christmas Markets located in front of the cathedral. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten; or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne’s traditional Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with apple sauce. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Dec. 5 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Begin your discovery of Amsterdam with a scenic canal cruise, followed by a walking tour to the Begijnhof, known for its historic Middle Ages building and concluding with a panoramic city tour that includes the Royal Palace and Westerkerk. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Dec. 6 -Disembarkation - Depart Amsterdam
Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Enhance Your Journey
Switzerland Pre-Tour Starting from $1598
Nov. 24 - DEPART USA Board your overnight flight to Switzerland.
Nov. 25 - ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND Arrive in Zurich and check in to your hotel.
Nov. 26 - ZURICH Zurich seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which will be on full display during your city tour. (B)
Nov. 27 - ZURICH – LUCERNE Check out of your hotel and head off on a scenic drive past Alpine lakes before reaching Vitznau. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Lucerne’s beauty and charm is unrivaled. You’ll discover this beauty on a walking tour. Afterwards, you’ll check in to your hotel. (B)
Nov. 28 - LUCERNE The iconic Lion Monument, which you’ll visit, was sculpted in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. You’ll also visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. (B)
Nov. 29 - LUCERNE – BASEL – EMBARKATION Check out of your hotel and head to Basel. Before boarding the ship, you’ll go on a highlights tour of the city. (B,D)