Day 1 Welcome to Amsterdam
Your journey into wonder begins in this fascinating and compact harbour city. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception. (Dinner)
Day 2 Amsterdam
Freechoice: Experience an iconic canal cruise. Alternatively, discover charming Volendam before visiting the equally lovely village of Edam, or take to the streets with a local guide on the walking tour including a tasting of the Dutch favourite, herring. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Cologne
Stroll through Cologne on a guided city tour and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Enjoy free time and perhaps visit Cologne Cathedral markets, home to the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Koblenz
Take a guided tour of this historic city, which straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Six tranquil places in the old part of Koblenz offer more than 100 glittering, festive, cottage-style stands and Lebkuchenherzen – traditional gingerbread hearts – to create a magical European Christmas experience. Alternatively, discover Cochem – a true medieval gem on the banks of the Moselle River. You’ll feel as if you’re stepping straight into a fairytale on a guided tour that culminates in a visit to the iconic Reichsburg Castle. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Mannheim
Freechoice: Uncover the fascinating history of Heidelberg, including a visit to its fine Renaissance castle, or enjoy an orientation tour of Heidelberg’s quaint old town, followed by some leisure time. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Enjoy a private evening concert at a fine Baroque palace. It’ll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other and a chance to create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Day 6 Baden Baden
Arrive in charming Baden Baden, a spa town famous for its Roman baths. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Freechoice: Join a guided tour of this picturesque town and learn of its rich heritage or take an active hike to Hohenbaden Castle and take in the scenic views of the Black Forest. Alternatively, visit the Mercedes-Benz factory and learn about the fascinating history of this luxury brand.
Day 7 Strasbourg
Enjoy a guided tour of Strasbourg, where you’ll discover La Petite France and stroll through the Old Town with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs. During your free time you might wish to explore stalls of Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik, one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Basel
After a hearty breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Zurich Airport for your onward or homebound flight. You’ll be taking a lifetime of wonderful memories back with you. Please schedule flights to depart after 10am in Basel and 11.30am in Zurich. (Breakfast)
Begin your magical 8 day journey in Amsterdam and see the highlights along the Rhine river. Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere and explore the iconic markets.
20 meals including 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.