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Rhine Holiday Markets
(Basel to Cologne)

8 days with Uniworld  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 – Basel (embark)
Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – Basel
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Basel walking discovery tour with Christmas Market
Your walking discovery tour introduces you to Basel, Switzerland’s second-largest city, and its marvelous Christmas Market, located in the heart of the Old Town. With more than 150 stands, it offers many locally made craft items, unique ornaments and delicious seasonal baked goods. Later, take a stroll down Christmas Street, beautifully decorated with more than 100 Christmas trees adorned with twinkling lights. Celebrate the evening at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – Kehl (Strasbourg)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour
Strasbourg is particularly festive and picturesque during the holidays. Discover its magic and celebrate the flavors of the season on a "Taste of Christmas" walking tour showcasing the spirit of a traditional Alsatian Christmas. You'll soon discover why this historic and charming city is known as the "Capital of Christmas."
Day 4 – Mannheim (Heidelberg)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full day Heidelberg tour with Christmas Market* OR exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting
Situated on the banks of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. It is also home to one of Germany’s oldest universities. Your tour of Heidelberg takes you past the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a once-fortified castle, and through Old Town, which is all dressed up for the holidays. You’ll have ample time to explore the Heidelberg Christmas Market, which spans over five squares. For those who prefer to try something different, visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample the unique aperitifs made with honey- and herb-infused wine vinegars. 
*Note: Lunch is not included with the full day Heidelberg tour.
Day 5 – Mainz, Rüdesheim
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum with Christmas Market
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Mainz, once home to Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press, and its St. Nicholas Christmas Market with 1,000-yearold St. Martin’s Cathedral as a backdrop. During the afternoon, cruise to Rüdesheim, located in the heart of the fabled Rhine Valley. Discover why Rüdesheim has been a magnet for romantics ever since the early 19th century. Its rolling hills, historical monuments and winding alleyways are a real treat. While in Rüdesheim, you’ll visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and its unique collection of self-playing instruments. Spend time browsing more than 120 stalls packed with holiday delights, and don’t miss Rüdesheim’s amazing, life-sized Nativity scene—one of the largest in Germany.
Day 6 – Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Koblenz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market
En route to Koblenz, your ship will cruise along a spectacularly scenic 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape. With its 40 castles strung like pearls on the hillside and the famous Lorelei Rock, the valley is the perfect example of the romantic Rhine. Once in Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll begin your walking tour through romantic alleyways lined with half-timbered houses decorated for the season. Afterward, delight in the Koblenz Christmas Market with its dozens of wooden stands offering arts and crafts, spiced mulled wine and sweet Christmas cakes.
Day 7 – Cologne
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit and Christmas markets
Christmas is the perfect time to visit Cologne and its famous Gothic cathedral. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a shrine said to contain relics of the Magi—the Three Kings—which has attracted religious pilgrims for centuries. Cologne has no fewer than eight Christmas markets, and you’ll have ample time to explore them at your own pace following your walking tour. Be sure to visit the Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market, as well as the Alter Market, Neumarkt and the Medieval Market in front of the Chocolate Museum. Spend your last night onboard at the festive Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.
Day 8 – Cologne (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Cologne Bonn Airport for your flight home.
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All This Included
A festive journey destined to delight travelers of all ages.
Switzerland, France and Germany provide the perfect backdrop for this true connoisseur’s Christmas market cruise. Discover the roots of our Christmas traditions as you explore some of Europe’s most charming towns. Browse for unique ornaments in Basel’s Christmas Market. Sip vin chaud as you stroll to Place Kléber to behold the enormous, brilliantly lighted tree that Strasbourg offers modern celebrants. See how the baroque town hall of Koblenz is transformed into an Advent calendar and find unexpected treasures in the red-roofed stalls clustered around Cologne’s magnificent cathedral.
Savor tantalizing once-a-year treats with Uniworld’s “Taste of Christmas” program, including gingerbread, crepes with cinnamon and warm spiced wine. Revel in brightly painted carousels and handmade ornaments, medieval squares illuminated by twinkling lights, life-sized Nativity figures and joyful brass choirs. Sail through castle-strewn hillsides and visit charming towns decked in holiday finery for a holiday season you will never forget.
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Taste of Christmas” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the exquisite S.S. Antoinette
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • 3 countries: France, Germany, Switzerland
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “European Christmas Traditions, from the Nutcracker to the Tannenbaum”
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard S.S. Antoinette
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $160 per person.
  • Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 23. 
  • Single supplement applies for single accomodation. 
  • Itineraries and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors. 
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* 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.

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