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Christmas Markets on the Rhine (2016)

Connections European River Cruises: Elegant, boutique cruising on Europe's great rivers

Limited to 24 guests
Days: 8  |  From: $3,495


Christmas Markets on the Rhine

Day 1: Arrive Basel, Switzerland

Arrive in Basel, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Later, gather for a welcome dinner.

Hotel Basel   |   Meals: D

Day 2: Freiburg, Germany/Basel / Priority Embarkation

Drive to Freiburg, Germany, for a city tour followed by time at leisure for lunch and to explore the city’s bustling Christmas market. Return to Basel for priority embarkation on your spacious river ship. Settle into your accommodations and tonight enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner on board.

'Amadeus Silver'   |   Meals: B D

Day 3: Strasbourg, France / An Exclusive Excursion

Cruise into France to the delightful Alsatian city of Strasbourg and set out on a Connections-exclusive day of activities that includes an excursion to the Lalique Museum at nearby Wingen-sur-Moder, to view its entrancing exhibits on glassmaking. Then, receive an orientation tour in Strasbourg that includes lunch at a local restaurant, followed by free time to peruse the city’s Christmas markets.

'Amadeus Silver'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 4: Speyer & Heidelberg / In Old Heidelberg

Explore in Speyer, with an optional walking tour of the city, and then set out on an excursion to the lively university town of Heidelberg and its Christmas markets.

'Amadeus Silver'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Rüdesheim / Along the Scenic Rhine

Awake in Rüdesheim, where you may choose an optional walking tour that visits Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum and the city’s charming Christmas market. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise a postcard-perfect stretch of the Rhine, and then set out on a walking tour of Koblenz with its Christmas markets.

'Amadeus Silver'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 6: Cologne, Germany / Festive Christmas Markets

This morning, in Cologne, Germany, disembark for a city tour. After lunch on board, enjoy an afternoon free with time to visit Cologne’s inviting Christmas markets and museums. Tonight on your ship, join your captain for a gala dinner.

'Amadeus Silver'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Cologne / Day Trip to Bonn

Disembark a final time and drive to Bonn, the provisional capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990, for a city tour. Visit the spired Bonn Minster — one of Germany’s oldest churches — as well as the Beethoven-Haus Museum, which both celebrates the life of the great composer and marks his birthplace. Return to Cologne for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, gather at a local restaurant for your farewell dinner.

Excelsior Hotel Ernst   |   Meals: B D

Day 8: Depart Cologne

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: B

NOTE: High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.

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