Christmastime in Alsace & Germany - Basel to Frankfurt

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Switzerland

  • River cruise

Celebrate the festive season in Central Europe with a four-night winter cruise from Basel to Frankfurt. In Breisach, enjoy an included excursion into the Black Forest, then enjoy guided sightseeing in the historic French city of Strasbourg, home to one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets. Step back in time in the red sandstone castle of Heidelberg, skate across the town’s ice rink and bask in the holiday atmosphere of this university town. Warm up with a glass of spicy Glühwein while shopping for local festive ornaments to decorate the tree back home – a lasting memento from this special seasonal holiday.

At a glance


Bresiach Excursion to the Black Forest, Christmas markets
Strasbourg Guided sightseeing with a visit to La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral
Heidelberg Guided visit of the castle and seasonal street markets

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany - Zürich to Frankfurt map

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Note: Christmas markets usually operate from late November until the third week in December, depending on location.

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Basel (Embarkation)

Day
1

On arrival you will be met and transferred to the ship. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Breisach

Day
2

Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany's Black Forest region, an area of unrivalled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents once described them as black. There's no better setting for this time of year than when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses with their long sloping roofs, connoting images of warm and festively decorated interiors. Surely, the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. This afternoon there's free time in Breisach to visit the Christmas market—or you may join an optional excursion to Colmar in France's Alsace region.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Strasbourg

Day
3

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is, without a doubt, an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. In fact, on your guided walk tour you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. Dating back to 1570, the traditional Christmas market is one of the oldest and finest in Europe. Located around Place de la Cathédrale and Place Broglie, its centrepiece is a giant Christmas tree. As you stroll through the festively decorated and illuminated streets you'll notice the pleasing aromas of mulled wine, sweets, spice cakes, and biscuits—a truly magical atmosphere! This afternoon, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine region is available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Heidelberg

Day
4

Included today: Excursion to Heidelberg. Today an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, which was founded in 1386. Visit the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You'll also see the famed Great Vat, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel." At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! At this time of year, an ice rink is set up at the foot of the castle, and stalls offer Glühwein, Bratwurst, and other tasty treats. The Christmas market itself is scattered over five town squares, and you'll find a wide array of crafts and regional delicacies.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Wiesbaden (Disembarkation)

Day
5

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Note: Christmas markets usually operate from late November until the third week in December, depending on location.

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