Switzerland & Christmas Markets on the Rhine
Booking Discounts Savings* UP TO $400 per couple/$200 per person
2021 Departure Dates
Nov 30 - Dec 8
Call for Roundtrip Air Package Rates and details
Cat D&E – Hayden Deck Single Supplement + ($950) • Cat C&B – Strauss Deck Single Supplement + ($1300)
Cat A – Mozart Deck Single Supplement + ($1700) • Suite – Mozart Deck Single Supplement + ($2100)
* Booking Discount Details - Make your Final Payment by check & receive $400 per couple/$200 per person savings on Air Inclusive Bookings. Land Only/Own Air Bookings receive $200 per couple/$100 per person savings.
Highlights & EXCURSIONS
6 Night Cruise - MS Amadeus Imperial • Lucerne Walking Tour • 6 Christmas Market Experiences • Strasbourg City Tour & Xmas Market • Speyer Walking Tour & Xmas Market • Rudesheim & Xmas Market • Koblenz Walking Tour & Xmas Market • Cochem Walking Tour & Xmas Market • Cologne Walking Tour & Xmas Market • Strasbourg Afternoon at Leisure • Cologne Afternoon at Leisure
1 Night Hotel - Lucerne, Switzerland • 6 Night Cruise - Outside Cabin • 18 Meals (7-B, 5-L & 6-D) • PWD Tour/Cruise Manager • Regional Wine with Dinners • Welcome & Farewell Dinners • Baggage Handling at ship • Port Charges
TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL EASY 1 2 3 4 ACTIVE
Day 1 - Depart US - Overnight Flight
Day 2 - Arrive Zurich - Lucerne
Arrive Zurich - Meet your PWD Tour/Cruise Manager Transfer to Lucerne & Check in for your overnight stay. Welcome Drink at the hotel
Day 3 - Lucerne - Strasbourg - Board the Amadeus Imperial
Morning - Lucerne Walking Tour. Travel to Strasbourg, France via motorcoach. Board the MS Imperial for 6 Night Rhine River Cruise (B&D)
Day 4 - Strasbourg
Morning - Strasbourg City Tour & Christmas Market Afternoon - Leisure time in Strasbourg or Alsace Optional Ship docked into late evening in Kehl/Strasbourg (B,L,S, &D)
Day 5 - Speyer - Mannheim
Morning Speyer Walking Tour & Christmas Market. Cruise to Mannheim for time at Leisure or Heidelberg Optional Excursion (B,L,S, &D)
Day 6 - Rüdesheim - Rhine River Gorge - Koblenz
Morning - Arrive Rüdesheim & visit Christmas Market or Optional Rudesheim Walking Tour. Midday - Cruise through the Rhine River Gorge, a UNESCO Heritage Site Afternoon arrive in Koblenz - Koblenz Walking Tour & Christmas Market (B,L,S, &D)
Day 7 - Cochem
Morning Moselle River Cruising. Cochem Walking Tour & Christmas Market (B,L,S, &D)
Day 8 - Cologne
Morning arrival Cologne - Cologne Walking Tour & Christmas Market. Afternoon at Leisure in Cologne. Gala Farewell Dinner Onboard - Ship docked overnight in Cologne (B,L,S,&D)
Day 9 - Cologne - Frankfurt Airport - Flight Home
Morning transfer to the Frankfurt Airport for your flight home (B)
CITIES & PORTS
About European Christmas Markets
Enjoy this magical time of year as Europe’s countries hold steadfastly onto Old World holiday tradition and transform into fairy-tale Christmas settings. The sights and sensations of the holiday season are everywhere: locals and guests savor the tastes of chocolate covered Lebkuchen (gingerbread), sizzling grilled sausages and spiced hot “Gluehwein” (mulled wine). People also delight in the festively decorated markets and shopping for ornaments, crafts, candles, nutcrackers, winter hats, roasted nuts and other traditional items
Visit and overnight in Lucerne, a traditional Swiss town along the banks of Lake Lucerne with an Alpine backdrop. Enjoy a Lucerne Walking Tour of this medieval gem and see some of the city’s lovely cobblestone streets, monu-ments, fountains, public squares, covered bridges, colorful frescoed buildings and the iconic 14th century Chapel Bridge. Enjoy Lucerne’s colorful Christmas decorations and its wonderful Old Town.
Capital city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. Enjoy a Strasbourg City Tour to see Or-angerie, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament, and the Place de la Republique. Take a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood and see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. Then stroll Strasbourg’s Christmas Market, one of Europe’s oldest.
Arrive in Speyer one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, nu-merous churches and the 13th-century Altpörtel (“Old Gate”). Explore the city during your Speyer Walking Tour. Later cruise to Mannheim & maybe take an optional excursion to historic Heidelberg to visit the red-walled castle and get beautiful views of the Neckar Valley.
Rüdesheim - Rhine River Gorge - Koblenz, Germany
Arrive in Rüdesheim and explore on your own the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants. If you prefer join an optional Rüdesheim Walking Tour including a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Later the ship departs to cruise through the Rhine River Gorge, a UNESCO Heritage Site and the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river with hillsides dotted with fairy-tale castles, historic towns and vineyards. Later arrive in Germany’s oldest city, Koblenz, a charming Rhineland town situated at the confluence of the Rhine & Moselle Rivers. Enjoy a Koblenz Walking Tour & the popular Christmas Market. See the famous Advent Calendar at the baroque Town Hall.
The ship makes a detour along the Moselle River to the little town of Cochem. The magnificent Reichsburg castle is situated high above the town, dominating the landscape. Down below, the village with its narrow streets, half timbered houses and numerous restaurants is an ideal setting to taste the wines of the region. Enjoy a Cochem Walking Tour & the quaint Christmas Market.
Cologne is Germany’s 4th largest city and located on both sides of the Rhine. Enjoy a Cologne Walking Tour featuring the old part of the city and a visit to the fabled 13th century Gothic cathedral. Explore the dock side taverns, cafes, shops and the famous Christmas Market in front of the cathedral.
MS AMADEUS IMPERIAL
MS Amadeus IMPERIAL
The Ship - MS Amadeus imperial
The innovative 168-passenger Amadeus Imperial, NEW in 2020, features all the amenities of a floating 5-star hotel while offering the effortless combination of vibrant energy & intimate small ship experience. This Premium cruise ship features the most modern furnishings that blend masterfully with the architecture of the ship and a luxurious design that is the hallmark of the Amadeus fleet. The extensive Restaurant and the Panorama Bar offer divine views of the passing riverscapes, and the glass-shielded River Terrace allows you to relax in the open air regardless of the weather. The attentive English-speaking onboard service staff will see to your comfort with typical European hospitality. The cabin design plans are forward-thinking, bright & modern, all part of a premium focus with 72 large Staterooms & 12 Suites. The beauty of river cruising is that the most interesting destinations come to you. This Imperial charter features English-only onboard commentary with inclusive shore excursions balanced with choice to simply relax onboard, get a spa treatment or add sightseeing with optional excursions.
All Meals Included Onboard
Three meals daily are served graciously in the exquisite restaurant and feature local & international specialties. All dinners are four courses and are served with included Regional Wines & Beer. While dining, you have splendid views of the passing scenic landscapes through the large picture windows. Enjoy afternoon and/or late evening snacks in the lounge based on the daily schedule.
Comfortable & Innovative Staterooms
After boarding, unpack once. All staterooms are larger than traditional river cruise cabins & offer excellent river views. The Mozart Deck features 12 Suites with Walk Out Balconies. The other 19 Staterooms on the Mozart Deck & 35 Staterooms on the Strauss Deck feature an innovative Drop-Down Panoramic Window. The 18 Staterooms on the Haydn Deck have a fixed window. All staterooms are fully equipped with comfortable & modern furnishings including flat screen TV & large private bathrooms with shower.
Mozart Deck - Suite
284 sq ft
Comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom, walk-out exterior balcony, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
Spacious bathroom, panoramic window (cannot be opened), walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.
Haydn Deck - CAT E/D
172 sq ft
Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
Strauss Deck - C/B Mozart Deck - A
188 sq ft