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Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam

Get ready to immerse yourself in the joyful and captivating ambiance of the holiday season during a spectacular 7-night river cruise along the Romantic Rhine, starting from Basel and culminating in the vibrant city of Amsterdam. Experience the true essence of the season as you meander through the magnificent Christmas markets at your leisure, each one promising a unique and enchanting experience.

Festive Time on the Romantic Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam

(compared to $4,971 CAD per person - save $950 CAD per person
DEPARTURE DATE: December 8, 2024
Countries Visited: France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
Departure Port:Basel, Switzerland

OVERVIEW

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. Choose between a visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, and watch the skaters on the ice rink below or a a guided walk in Mainz with a visit to 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 views of the 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.”

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
December 8, 2024from $4,021 CAD - (compared to $4,971 CAD)Per Person
December 8, 2024from $6,605 CAD - (compared to $7,555 CAD)Single Traveler

What's Included

  • 7 night river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam
  • Free time to visit Christmas markets
  • Regional wine and beer with lunch and dinner
  • Onboard enrichment activities
  • Onshore excursions with Local Guides
  • Special onboard entertainment
  • FlexDiningSM options to give you the freedom to choose when and where you dine on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas of the ship
  • Complimentary bottled water available daily
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station offering complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and a selection of teas; cookies available throughout the day
  • Taxes and port charges

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sun Dec 8BASEL, SWITZERLAND
2Mon Dec 9BREISACH, GERMANY
3Tue Dec 10STRASBOURG, FRANCE
4Wed Dec 11MAINZ, GERMANY
5Thu Dec 12KOBLENZ, GERMANY
6Fri Dec 13COLOGNE, GERMANY
7Sat Dec 14AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
8Sun Dec 15AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

DAY 1 – BASEL, SWITZERLAND

Welcome to Switzerland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to enjoy the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition.

EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

DAY 2 – BREISACH, GERMANY

German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest

DISCOVERY EXCURSION
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience local traditions and the vibrant Christmas mood, OR:

DISCOVERY EXCURSION
Visit to a local winery in Breisach where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting.

After your visit to the winery, you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

DAY 3 – STRASBOURG

Joyeux Noël in Strasbourg

CLASSIC EXCURSION
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.

Savor 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. You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit Alsace’s wine country today.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ

DAY 4 – MAINZ

Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

DISCOVERY EXCURSION
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,” OR:

CLASSIC EXCURSION
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 sound.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

DAY 5 – KOBLENZ

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

DISCOVERY EXCURSION
Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rüdesheimer coffee.
Spend some free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Rüdesheim’s Christmas markets, while warming up with some hot-mulled wine or their local delicacies.

En route to Koblenz, sail through the Rhine Gorge (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Take in the breathtaking views of ancient castles perched on cliffs 400 feet above the water, and pass the legendary Rock of the Lorelei—where the mythological siren’s songs lured ill-fated sailors.

KOBLENZ
Travel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History

Enjoy free time in Koblenz to explore local Christmas markets on your own before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ

DAY 6 – COLOGNE

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

CLASSIC EXCURSION
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.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

DAY 7 – AMSTERDAM

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

CLASSIC EXCURSION
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 ends, 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

While we include your choice of many excursions on your trip, you may wish to explore other option on your free time. Below are a selection of excursions that may be available for purchase on your cruise.

DAY 8 – AMSTERDAM

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