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ROMANTIC RHINE - CATEGORY E (FESTIVE THEMED CRUISE) - 2019

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this winter wonderland journey along the Rhine River, which starts in Switzerland with stops in France, Germany, and Holland! Each town is festively lit and decorated and strains of Christmas carols fill the air.

Board your vessel in Basel, Switzerland, then head for Breisach, Germany, the gateway to the Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. Here’s your first chance to explore a Christmas market offering many traditional items. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where you’ll visit the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Strasbourg is home to one of the oldest and finest Christmas markets in Europe and its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, and watch the skaters on the ice rink below. Stop in Mainz for a guided walk and visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Next up is the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, and unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. You’re sure to be enthralled by the life-size figures of Europe’s largest nativity scene on the Market Square. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge before arriving in Cologne—your last stop in Germany. Here, you’ll explore the 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral. Wander through the Christmas market, try some traditional Lebkuchen and get some inner warmth with a cup of Glühwein.

As an exclamation point to this wonderful Rhine river cruise, you’ll spend time in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

Inclusions

7 breakfasts
7 lunches
7 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $3,894
Start Location
Basel, Germany
End Location
Amsterdam, Germany
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
30 Nov 201907 Dec 2019On RequestAUD $3,894
07 Dec 201914 Dec 2019On RequestAUD $3,894
14 Dec 201921 Dec 2019OpenAUD $3,894
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION) .
Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship is ready for boarding. Flights into Zurich must arrive by 3pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5pm. With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to enjoy the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition. EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (D)
Day 2: BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FOREST.
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest. CLASSIC - Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings; enjoy the warmth and glow of the Christmas season, OR: DISCOVERY - Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood. Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach for shopping and taking a break in one of the many cozies caf s. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D)
Day 3: STRASBOURG, FRANCE .
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels, and Varietal Vintages. CLASSIC - Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg's gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District. Savour the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition by spending your free time wandering the French winter markets of Strasbourg. Take in the lights, music, and the pleasures of the season. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN (B,L,D)
Day 4: LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY-HEIDELBERG EXCURSION-MAINZ.
Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World's Biggest Barrel of wine. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel." CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing. In your free time visit the local Christmas market: explore at your own pace to soak up the sights and sounds. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ (B,L,D)
Day 5: RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE-KOBLENZ.
Eat, Drink and be Merry in Wine Country. DISCOVERY - Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience. DISCOVERY - Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Sail through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim, past the legendary rock of The Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. Don't miss the tantalizing treats, and seasonal handiwork of sparkling winter wonderlands in Koblenz. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
Day 6: COLOGNE.
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Cologne's Christmas markets. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 7: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.
Colourful Amsterdam -with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. CLASSIC - Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to enjoy the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition or join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 8: AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)