River Cruising

Christmas Markets Along the Rhine

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£2,140
Journey Type
River Cruising
Time of Year
Nov - Dec
Cities & Landmarks
Basel, Strasbourg, Köln, Heidelberg, Baden-Baden, Lucerne
Rhine River Christmas Market Cruise
Basel Christmas Market, Switzerland

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EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

Visits to Christmas Markets in Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Baden-Baden and Strasbourg

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors & Tauck Cruise Director

 

All private Tauck shore excursions – £951 Value!

 

Walking tours of market cities and towns with local guides

 

Visits to Old Town Heidelberg and historic Heidelberger Schlöss (Heidelberg Castle)

 

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Activity

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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What better way to spend the holidays than Christmas Market cruises through Western Europe?

Exclusively inclusive river cruising

Travel along the Rhine for the holiday season, from Basel to Köln aboard ms Inspire, both perfect ways to capture all the magic of Christmas Markets in Germany and France.

Along with all the inclusions that are part of every Tauck river cruise, Tauck's Christmas market experience wows you with special holiday touches like an onboard tree-trimming party... glühwein and other treats aboard the riverboat, decorated in a festive seasonal theme... a traditional European Christmas dinner with all the fixings... special evenings of onboard holiday-themed entertainment... walking in the footsteps of celebrities at the Kurhaus casino in Baden-Baden... a lecture on Alsatian storytelling traditions in Strasbourg... a cookie-making demonstration and a visit to the fanciful Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett in Rüdesheim... a traditional German lunch in Heidelberg and much more! Read Less

Old World Europe awaits on a Rhine River cruise

Holiday cookies in Rüdesheim

Learn holiday cookie-making secrets during a demonstration in Rüdesheim

During the holidays, the romantic German wine-producing town of Rüdesheim on the Rhine is all done up in green and gold... and not only in its Christmas Markets, but also along its famous Drosselgasse, a narrow cobblestone lane lined with wine bars. And it is here that you'll learn the secrets of Rüdesheim bakers, renowned for their traditional holiday treats like lebkuchen and stollen – which are particularly delicious when washed down with special Rüdesheim coffee ("flavored" with local brandy) – during a cookie-making demonstration.

Siegfried's magical music machines

Discovering Siegfried's whimsical musical legacy in Rüdesheim

Housed in a centuries-old castle in the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim, Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett really must be seen – and heard – to be believed. It's the legacy of the late Siegfried Wendel, who founded his first museum dedicated to antique self-playing musical instruments in the 1970s. The current Musikkabinett in the 14th-century Brömserhof display's Siegfried’s mesmerizing collection of mechanized musical clocks, player pianos, fairground organs, self-playing violins and many more... including the world’s largest automated doll orchestra!

After several land tours with Tauck, this was our first on one of their riverboats. Even with our very high expectations, this trip exceeded them by a wide margin!

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Distinctively "inclusive" means just that – virtually every cruise cost is included in one upfront price, from shore excursions (private to Tauck), all gratuities, premier hotels on land stays, port charges and more. There are no options sold – no extra charges, no hidden costs, no "surprise" expenses.

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Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie, traveling with like-minded travelers who share similar interests. Solo Travelers enjoy special savings on all departures – no single supplement in Category 1; and on select departures in select cabins, savings of $1000 per cabin. See details on Pricing & Availability.

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