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7-night Christmas Markets Along the Rhine – Southbound Cruise

Cruise Line:
Tauck - Cruise Division
Ship:
ms Grace
Destination:
Cologne/Basel
Departure Date:
12/1/2019
Length:
7
Offer ID:
1303477
from
$3390


Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Cologne
12/1/2019
12/1/2019

Cologne is a city where cathedral spires tower over Germany's oldest city and its innumerable cultural and historical treasures, world-famous museums and active art scene. In Cologne, street music on the Hohe Strasse or galas in the modern opera house; pavement painting on the cathedral concourse or old masters in the Wallraf Richartz Museum; the annual music festival along the inner ring road or carnival in the entire city all becomes synthesized into a vivacious work of art in a cosmopolitan metropolis boasting more than a million inhabitants which has never lost its neighborly character. From venerable breweries offering unique Kolsch beer and typical Cologne delicacies to first-class restaurants - boasting well in excess of 3000 public houses, restaurants and breweries Cologne is one of Germany's leading gastronomic lights. The world feels at home in Cologne, where people meet for a Kolsch, a chat or simply a laugh.

Cologne
12/2/2019
12/2/2019

Cologne is a city where cathedral spires tower over Germany's oldest city and its innumerable cultural and historical treasures, world-famous museums and active art scene. In Cologne, street music on the Hohe Strasse or galas in the modern opera house; pavement painting on the cathedral concourse or old masters in the Wallraf Richartz Museum; the annual music festival along the inner ring road or carnival in the entire city all becomes synthesized into a vivacious work of art in a cosmopolitan metropolis boasting more than a million inhabitants which has never lost its neighborly character. From venerable breweries offering unique Kolsch beer and typical Cologne delicacies to first-class restaurants - boasting well in excess of 3000 public houses, restaurants and breweries Cologne is one of Germany's leading gastronomic lights. The world feels at home in Cologne, where people meet for a Kolsch, a chat or simply a laugh.

Aachen
12/2/2019
12/2/2019

King Charlemagne's favorite residence, Aachen is a distinguished city full of history. Visitors can explore the beautiful and elaborate Aachen Cathedral, the first UNESCO world cultural heritage in Germany and site of Charlemagne's tomb, or relax in the city's renowned thermal springs that made Aachen a famous spa town.


Rudesheim
12/3/2019
12/3/2019

Rüdesheim is located in the heart of the Rhine river area at the southern entrance to the Lorelei valley. This romantic holiday town offers much to visitors seeking a fabulous German experience. As you cruise down the Rhine, if you listen carefully, you just might hear the siren calling as you pass the Rock of Lorelei. One attraction to visit is the Niederwald monument. Erected between 1877 and 1883, this huge monument symbolizes the re-establishment of the German Empire and unity. From Rudesheim, one can either take the foot path to the monument or the cablecar leading to the top. The panoramic views from the top are spectacular. Rudesheim is also famous for the Abbey of St. Hildegard. Some think the building is older than it is, but truly, it was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Other sites to see are the Wine Museum in Broemserburg Castle, Siegfried's Mechanical Music Instruments Museum and the Medieval Torture Museum, which boasts a wide collection of medeival relics.

Speyer
12/4/2019
12/4/2019

One of the oldest Rhine cities, Speyer celebrated its 2,000th jubilee in 1990. It became a significant religious center early on when the Diet of Speyer, in 1529, united the followers of Luther in a protest against the Church of Rome.

Heidelberg
12/4/2019
12/4/2019

Heidelberg's fairy tale setting has captivated imaginations for centuries in works from writers to painters to composers. Its culture shows in its museums, private galleries, playhouses, concerts by Philharmonic and the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, and jazz and dance revues. Browse Main Street and Old Town's fascinating shops. Peruse stores and bars of Untere Strasse around the Church of the Holy Spirit and in “Plöck“ street. Scout treasures at the boroughs of Neuenheim and Handschuhsheim. Walk Philosopher‘s Path, one of Europe‘s most scenic overlooks with expansive views of Old Town and Heidelberg Castle. Saints‘ Mountain has a lookout tower, an amphitheater, and ruins of St. Michael‘s Basilica. Königstuhl Mountain is an excellent place to hike. Other unique attractions are: “Tiefburg“ (sunken castle), Neuburg Benedictine Monastery, the mountainside cemetery above Weststadt and Südstadt neighborhoods, and “Karlstorbahnhof“ culture center.

Plittersdorf
12/5/2019
12/5/2019

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Baden-Baden
12/5/2019
12/5/2019

Come spend a couple of relaxing days in Baden-Baden. Be enchanted by Baden-Baden's unique atmosphere and its vast array of amenities. Its spa, resort and convention town, snuggled at the foot of the Black Forest, is well-known throughout the world - for its thermal baths, its casino, its horse races and its new Festival Hall. Discover what else gives Baden-Baden its unmistakable flair. A long menu of first-rate diversions - from cultural to sporting events, gastronomy to fine hotels, shopping to leisure pursuits - awaits. The city, the landscape or several attractions are powerful reasons. It is always in season in Baden-Baden.

Strasbourg
12/6/2019
12/6/2019

The rich architectural heritage of Strasbourg makes it an excellent tourist city. It has always been a town of passage, and has all architectural styles. The past is written in its walls, and its streets have a timeless quality. Few people can resist the charm of its half-timbered houses and picturesque alleys. Discover the pretty colored facades and impressive portals. Strasbourg is a popular destination where one can forget his usual surroundings. The old city lies around the cathedral on an island formed by two arms of the Ill river. La Petite France is the district which is most reminiscent of old Strasbourg. It is home to many craftsmen and antiques dealers. Its narrow streets offer a series of half-timbered houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries with large inner courtyards and high sloping roofs. The exceptional warmth and hospitality of the people and the gastronomic reputation of Strasbourg makes tourists want to stay.

Kembs
12/7/2019
12/7/2019

No information currently available.

Lucerne
12/7/2019
12/7/2019

Without a doubt one of the prettiest towns in Switzerland, Lucerne lies in the heart of the country on famous lake of Lucerne. Dotted with Renaissance and Baroque fountains, colorful paintings on the gables and commanded by the exquisite wooden bridge, the Kapellbrücke and Wasserturm, the 13th century octagonal water tower, Lucerne's character is pure charm. Spectacular views and sights abound from almost every vantage point in and around Lucerne. The Old Town Hall is a fine example of a Renaissance building while the City Wall, built between 1350 and 1405 stands proud above the city. A stroll along the quay leads past the modern health resort and onto the largest, most important Transport Museum in Europe and the only Planetarium in Switzerland. The famous Lion Monument and Glacier Garden make for remarkable viewing as do the mountain peaks surrounding the city. A short drive from town takes visitors to some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth, and a short drive from Viewaldstätter Lake leads to nearby winter resorts and many more lakes.

Basel
12/8/2019
12/8/2019

The third-largest city in Switzerland, Basel stands on the Rhine at the point where the French, German, and Swiss borders meet. At the entrance to the Swiss Rhineland, Basel is the capital of the half-canton of Basel-Stadt. On its borders are the French Vosges, the German Black Forest, and the Swiss Jura Mountains. Grossbasel, or Greater Basel, lies on the steep left bank, and Kleinbasel, or Lesser Basel, is on the right bank.

Itinerary subject to change without notice. Please confirm itinerary at time of booking.

Departure Date:
12/1/2019
Number of Nights
7
Cruise Inclusions:
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors & Tauck Cruise Director
  • All private Tauck shore excursions
  • Visits to Christmas Markets in Aachen, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Baden-Baden, Strasbourg, Colmar & Riquewihr
  • Walking tours of market cities and towns with local guides
  • Visits to Old Town Heidelberg and historic Heidelberger Schlöss (Heidelberg Castle)
  • Storytelling lecture in Strasbourg
  • Cookie baking demonstration & Siegfried's Musikkabinett visit in Rüdesheim
  • Special German lunch ashore in Heidelberg with award-winning local beer
  • Traditional European Christmas dinner & holiday events aboard the riverboat
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
  • All meals included (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners)
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, airport transfers and applicable fuel surcharges
Available Addons:
Optional roundtrip airfare from your city
Pre or post cruise hotel stay
Remarks:

Cruise price per person, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, shore excursions, applicable fuel surcharges, and gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, and on a

All prices per person and in USD unless otherwise stated.

Offer ID:
1303477

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