Switzerland, France & Christmas Markets on the Rhine
featuring Lucerne, Strasbourg & 6 Nights aboard the Amadeus Silver II
Lucerne Evening Christmas Market • Lucerne Walking Tour • Basel Visit & Christmas Market • Strasbourg City Tour & Christmas Market • Speyer Walking Tour & Christmas Market • Rudesheim Walking Tour & X’mas Market • Koblenz Christmas Market • Cochem Walking Tour & Christmas Market • Cologne Walking Tour & Christmas Market • 8 Christmas Market Experiences
6 Night Cruise aboard MS Silver II - Outside Cabin • Port Charges • 1 Night Hotel Lucerne, Switzerland • 18 Meals • PWD Tour/Cruise Manager • Regional wine, beer & soft drinks with onboard dinners, • Welcome & Farewell Dinners • Baggage Handling • Hotel & Ship Transfers
TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL EASY 1 2 3 4 ACTIVE
Day 1 - Depart US - Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Europe.
Day 2 - Arrive Zurich - Transfer to Lucerne†
Arrive Zurich - Transfer to Lucerne - Meet your PWD Tour/Cruise Manager. Lucerne Christmas Market Experience Welcome Drink at the hotel - Overnight - Lucerne
Day 3 - Lucerne - Basel - Board the Amadeus Silver II
Morning - Lucerne Walking Tour. Travel to Basel via motorcoach - Basel Christmas Market. Board the MS Amadeus Silver II for 6 Night Rhine River Cruise - Welcome Dinner Onboard - Overnight - Amadeus Silver II (B,D)
Day 4 - Strasbourg
Arrive Kehl/Strasbourg - Strasbourg City Tour & Christmas Market. Leisure time in Strasbourg or Alsace Wine Region Optional. Ship docked into late evening in Kehl/Strasbourg Overnight - Amadeus Silver II (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 Overnight - Amadeus Silver II (B,L,S, &D)
Day 6 - Rüdesheim - Rhine River Gorge - Koblenz
Morning - Rüdesheim Walking Tour & Christmas Market. Midday - Cruise through the Rhine River Gorge, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Afternoon arrive in Koblenz - Koblenz Christmas Market - Overnight - Amadeus Silver II (B,L,S, &D)
Day 7 - Cochem
Morning Mosel River Cruising. Cochem Walking Tour & Christmas Market - Overnight - Amadeus Silver II (B,L,S, &D)
Day 8 - Cologne
Morning arrival Cologne - Cologne Walking Tour & Christmas Market. Gala Farewell Dinner Onboard - Overnight - Amadeus Silver II (B,L,S, &D)
Day 9 - Cologne - Frankfurt Airport - Flight Home†
Transfer to the Frankfurt Airport for your flight home or Paris Extension. (B)
†Land only rates do not include hotel transfers. Roundtrip air package includes hotel transfers.
CITIES & PORTS
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, monuments, fountains, public squares, covered bridges, colorful frescoed buildings and the iconic 14th century Chapel Bridge. Enjoy Lucerne’s wonderful Christmas Market, the Franziskanerplatz, located in the heart of the Old Town.
Basel is Switzerland’s 3rd most populated city and is located where the Swiss, French & German borders meet. The city has a glorious past still evident in its medieval Town Hall & exquisite 18th-century homes. Visit Basel’s colorful city center Christmas Market before boarding your ship in this historic city.
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 Orangerie, 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, numerous 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
Enjoy a Rüdesheim Walking Tour including a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants. 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 walk to the popular Koblenz Christmas Market and see the famous Advent Calendar at the baroque Town Hall.
The ship makes a detour along the Mosel 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.