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.
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.