Darla Logsdon

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CHRISTMAS MARKETS ON THE RHINE

OVERVIEW

7 night cruise on the Rhine river from Amsterdam to Basel offered from the end of November up to Christmas

The Christmas Markets cruise has been my most favorite river cruise ever!!  You get to experience the deep-rooted holiday traditions of Europe at its most festive time of year. What could be better than walking around with a mug of steamy glühwein (mulled wine) to keep you warm while gazing at all they have to offer in the hundreds of Christmas stalls.  And every time you by a mulled wine, you get to keep the mug as a momento of the trip.  Each mug is different and represents the city you bought it in.  And then there are the festivities on the ship.  My favorite was singing Christmas carols together. 

From the iconic canals of Amsterdam to Switzerland’s glittery cities, Lucerne and Zurich, get caught up in the magic of the holidays with visits to some of the world’s most timeless Christmas Markets. Shop at the Cologne Christmas Market located in front of its UNESCO-designated Gothic cathedral. Let the "Capital of Noël," Strasbourg, the oldest and largest Christmas Market in France, captivate you the way it has for so many others for centuries. Meander through Heidelberg’s majestic Christmas Market nestled idyllically amongst the historic squares of the Old Town. And while in Gengenbach, marvel at the world’s largest Advent calendar, where every evening at 6:00 PM, the brightly lit windows of the neo-classical town hall open and behind each one is a picture by a famous artist, such as Andy Warhol. Cherish all the glory of the season in grand European style as you cruise along the Rhine.

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS –

             EMBARKATION

DAY 2 - AMSTERDAM

DAY 3 - COLOGNE, GERMANY

DAY 4 - RHINE GORGE – RÜDESHEIM

DAY 5 - LUDWIGSHAFEN

DAY 6 - STRASBOURG, FRANCE

DAY 7 - BREISACH, GERMANY

DAY 8 - BASEL – DISEMBARKATION

 

TO CHECK OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST

✓ A canal cruise on some of the 165 canals in Amsterdam

✓ Explore the famous Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO site with the Christmas markets located in front of the cathedral

✓ Taste Cologne’s traditional Kolsch beer in a local tavern

✓ Potato pancakes served with applesauce

✓ Cruise through the castle-laden Rhine River Gorge

✓ The winemaking town of Rudesheim

✓ Mechanical Musical Instrumental Museum

✓ Heidelberg castle set high on a hill above the city

✓ The Hauptstrasse, one of Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping streets

✓ Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities

✓ The Christkindelsmärik  of Strasbourg, France that dates back to 1570, making it the oldest Christmas Market in France

✓ Visit the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr

 

 

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