Christmas Street, Basel

8D Rhine Holiday Markets

Basel to Cologne
Destination Climax
Christmas Street, Basel

Basel

Your city walk introduces you to delightful Basel. Stroll through its fantastic Christmas Market, located in the heart of historic Old Town. When you've spent as long as you like shopping, visit the illuminated Christmas Street, which is beautifully decorated with over one hundred Christmas trees. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Strasbourg, France

Kehl (Strasbourg)

See this city as it has been seen through the centuries - via a canal cruise. You'll arrive in charming Petite France where you'll find the oldest Christmas Market in France. Complete your exploration of Strasbourg's Old Town with a visit to magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. Or choose instead to taste delicious seasonal treats in Petite France on an exclusive walking tour around Place Kléber. An expert local guide will introduce you to the best this historic district has to offer

Castle Ruins, Heidelberg

Mannheim (Heidelberg)

Heidelberg is one of Germany's most beautiful cities and home to the country's oldest university. Your tour of Heidelberg takes you past the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle and through Old Town. Alternatively, come with us to discover a unique aperitif - wine vinegars made from grapes grown in the wine lands of the Palatine - with a visit to the Doktorenhof Vinegar Estate, where antique vinegar recipes find new life. Tour the cellars and taste the honey or herb flavored elixirs made there.

Mainz, Rudesheim

Stroll through Old Town and cross the city square to Kaiserdom and Kurfürstliches Schloss. Explore the St. Nicholas Christmas Market, which features thousand-year-old St. Martin's Cathedral as a backdrop. Then you'll cruise from Mainz to Rudesheim. Here, you're in for a lighthearted trip to Siegfried's Museum, where "magical" instruments play on their own. Then, visit Rudesheim's unique Christmas Market, which highlights Christmas customs from around the world. Sample a glass of the local wine; the Rheingau region's Rieslings are world-renowned. As it gets darker, take a look at the illuminated decorations on the rooftops; homeowners vie with one another to put up the most colorful displays.

Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz

Your ship's course to Koblenz takes you through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage cultural landscape. With castles strung like pearls on the hillside and the famous Lorelei Rock, the valley is the perfect example of the romantic Rhine. Once you arrive in Koblenz, stroll through picturesque alleyways on your way to the Koblenz Christmas Market. There, the sounds of a-cappella choirs singing the beloved songs of the season resound through the ancient square, and dozens of wooden stands offer arts and crafts, spicy mulled wine, and huge gingerbread hearts.

Christmas Market, Cologne

Cologne

What could be more appropriate for this time of year than a visit to Cologne Cathedral, the city's beloved landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site? It is believed that the earthly remains of the fabled Three Kings (the Magi) lie at rest here.

 

Cologne boasts no fewer than eight Christmas markets, and you have the rest of the day to explore them at your own pace following the tour. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.