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Christmas Markets On The Rhine

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Visit: Amsterdam, Cologne, Rhine Gorge, Rüdesheim, Ludwigshafen, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel

 

Day 1: Amsterdam

Board the ship in Amsterdam for your Christmas Markets on the Rhine cruise.

Meals: Dinner

 Day 2: Amsterdam

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cologne

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. 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 or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne’s traditional Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen mit Apfelmus-potato pancakes served with applesauce. 

Day 4: Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim

Cruise through the castle-laden Rhine River Gorge before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Once in Rüdesheim, you will have three choices of morning excursions. Wine connoisseurs will want to go to a wine cellar for a wine tasting or go on a hike through the vineyards. You may also opt to join a guided bike tour through the town and along the Rhine River. Later in the day, you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee. You’ll also have plenty of time to enjoy Christmas traditions from all over the world at Rüdesheim Christmas Market. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ludwigshafen

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). 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Strasbourg

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. Afterward, 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 local’s countdown to Christmas with a 24-day, larger-than-life Advent calendar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breisach

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 the historic 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Basel

Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Basel as you prepare for your return flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Cruise Package Includes:

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily 
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural
  • Immersive tour in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes 
  • Special Interest Tours 
  • Knowledgeable guides 
  • Personal headset for easy exploration 
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways 
  • All onboard dining at a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

 

Not Included:

  • Port charges
  • Single Supplement on cruise
  • A single supplement charge will be applied to pre and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for a price.

 

Pre and Post Cruise Land Program:

  • Amsterdam to Basel: 2 nights Amsterdam (Pre Cruise) and 2 nights Lucerne, 2 Nights Zurich (Post Cruise). Please call for a price.
  • Basel to Amsterdam: 2 nights Zurich, 2 Nights Lucerne (Pre Cruise). Please call for a price.
 

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Cruise Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and cruises are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (bd)

 

Package Information

  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Type: River Cruise
  • Departures: November - December 2019 and 2020
  • Cities Visited: Amsterdam, Cologne, Rhine Gorge, Rüdesheim, Ludwigshafen, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel
  • Price From: $ 0.00
  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Type: River Cruise
  • Departures: November - December 2019 and 2020
  • Cities Visited: Basel, Breisach, Strasbourg, Ludwigshafen, Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge, Cologne, Amsterdam
  • Price From: $ 0.00