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Christmas Markets Along the Rhine

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$2,990 USD
Journey Type
River Cruising
Time of Year
Nov - Dec
Cities & Landmarks
Köln, Basel, Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Baden-Baden
Rhine River Christmas Market Cruise
Heidelberg, Germany

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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 – $1,294 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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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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Exclusively inclusive river cruising

Travel along the Rhine for the holiday season, from Düsseldorf to Basel 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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The markets were great but very crowded and there was no real opportunity to see the markets after dark to enjoy all the lights and decorations. The crew on board were very attentive and friendly. The crew was probably the best part of the cruise. I had traveled with Tauck 3 times prior to this trip and I must say the first 3 were great. This one?

Most Memorable Moment:

Arriving in Cologne and having to arrange my own transport to the boat. Then having to take a city bus to the train station because my flights were canceled from Basel and having to overnight in Chicago then paying to have my bag check for the last leg of my trip back to Florida. I forgot sitting 3 hours on the tarmac in Zurich.


The shore activities, a typical German meal, a visit to a casino with snacks and children’s concert, a Christmas cookie making demonstration, etc., were special. The only downside was the dinner service. The food was good, but we never knew who would come to our table to do what and they seemed in a hurry to swipe our plates away.

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