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Rhine Holiday Markets (2024) (Basel to Cologne)

From Basel, Switzerland to Cologne, Germany
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Mon, Dec 02, 2024
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Departure
Dec 02, 2024
Arrival
Dec 09, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

Discover the roots of our Christmas traditions as you explore some of Europe’s most charming towns. Browse for unique ornaments in Basel’s Christmas Market. Sip vin chaud as you stroll to Place Kléber to behold the enormous, brilliantly lighted tree of Strasbourg. See how the baroque town hall of Koblenz is transformed into an Advent calendar and find unexpected treasures in the stalls clustered around Cologne’s magnificent cathedral. Savor tantalizing once-a-year treats with Uniworld’s “Taste of Christmas” program, including gingerbread and warm spiced wine. Revel in brightly painted carousels and handmade ornaments, medieval squares illuminated by twinkling lights, life-sized Nativity figures, and joyful brass choirs. Sail through castle-strewn hillsides and visit charming towns decked in festive finery for a holiday season you will never forget. Please note that most Christmas Markets in Europe end their season on the 23rd of December and will not be available after that date.

  1. Day 1
    Basel (Embark)
    Mon, Dec 02, 2024
    Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.
    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Basel
    Tue, Dec 03, 2024
    Basel is a cultural and artistic powerhouse, with all sorts of galleries, theaters, and museums. And at this time of year, the city’s Christmas Market draws visitors from all over Europe, as does its Christmas Street, lined with more than 100 beautifully decorated and illuminated Christmas trees. Do you have a special wish for Christmas? Write it in the Wish Book, which lies open in Basel’s 17th-century Town Hall during Advent, waiting for residents and visitors to express their hopes and dreams for the holiday—or for the world.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Kehl (Strasbourg)
    Wed, Dec 04, 2024
    Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, a rather overused word that in this case is perfectly apropos. It’s also been known as the “Crossroads of Europe” for its strategic location halfway between Paris and Prague. With a friendly local expert, see this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests, and impossible-to-resist pastry shops that will win your heart. You won’t want to miss the holiday treats like bûche de Noël, the delicious Christmas cake made to look like a yule log.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Mannheim (Baden-Baden)
    Thu, Dec 05, 2024
    Your ship left France behind and sailed into Germany during the wee hours of the morning. If you speak no German, here’s one phrase you might want to learn now: “Fröhliche Weihnachten,” or “Merry Christmas!” Today you’ll have two choices: Venture into the storied city of Baden-Baden, whose contemporary flair meshes with hot springs, spas, and unspoiled nature, or visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate for a special vinegar tasting. The atmospheric cellar is like no other you’ll ever experience, and the candlelit tasting room is decked for the holidays.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Mainz, Rüdesheim
    Fri, Dec 06, 2024
    Mainz’s Old Town brims with specialty shops tucked into lovingly restored buildings. You’ll find jewelry, leather goods, books, toys—something special for every special person on your list. Or opt to explore neighboring Wiesbaden’s Christmas Market. However you choose to spend your time in Mainz, you’ll head back to the ship for a short cruise to Rüdesheim, which, like many cities along the Rhine, dates back to Roman times, when the Rhine was the northern border of the empire. Today, Rüdesheim is famous for its beauty and its entertaining alley of shops and wine bars called the Drosselgasse.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz
    Sat, Dec 07, 2024
    Spend a spectacular morning onboard your luxurious boutique ship as you sail the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stretch of the Rhine is extraordinarily picturesque: Castles perch atop steep cliffs above the water and each quaint village is marked by the spire of its historic church. After sailing past 40 miles (65 kilometers) of gorgeous scenery, you’ll reach the famous intersection of the Rhine and the Moselle. Here, where the two rivers meet, you’ll find the enchanting town of Koblenz. Watch the waters of the Moselle gush into the Rhine as you stand on the spit of land called German Corner before embarking on a walking tour of Koblenz’s historical treasures.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Cologne
    Sun, Dec 08, 2024
    Your local expert will show you favorite haunts around the Old Town and share some of the cathedral’s most intriguing and magical secrets with you.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Cologne (Disembark)
    Mon, Dec 09, 2024
    Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Cologne Bonn Airport for your flight home.
    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Switzerland, France, Germany

Rivers Visited

Rhine

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
4.1
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 41 reviews - currently showing 14 reviews with comments only

Both my husband and I agree we'll never travel with another river cruise line, other than Uniworld. Our second vacation provided the same constant service as the first. The hospitality, comfort and beauty of the suite cabins, the food prepared, and all the rest simply cannot be matched. Our expectations were met with perfection!

Steve Warren was excellent to work with. He communicated clearly and accurately, took the initiative to keep us informed, and handled nonstandard requests effectively and with a high degree of professionalism.

The trip was everything we expected and more. Only one thing we would have liked was bus trips out and through the countryside to see what it looked like.

The tours were very good. The cruise was very good, we had some great views. The service was excellent. The best I have ever experienced.

Our Rhine River Cruise with Uniworld was amazing! The boat couldn't have been more perfect. The food was delicious, the staff was very courteous and accomodating and the tours were very interesting and informative. I would highly recommend Uniworld and Affordable Tours.

This river cruise was the best. Highly recommend Uniworld Christmas Market Cruise on the S.S. Antoinette. Price, Comfort, Service and food was excellent.

The Uniworld River Cruise was excellent, with a great itinerary and excellent staff. My only two significant criticisms were: 1. My bathroom smelled with an offensive odor that the staff could not rectify 2. The WIFI on the ship was slow, inconsistent, and generally poor.

My first River Cruise was well-orchestrated and carried out. All staff members on ship and off ship to include the places visited were great and well verse .

This was my second cruise with Uniworld. They are truly first class and I look forward to my next cruise with them.

Uniworld was first rate. Our second trip with them, and it will not be the last!

The itinerary is a bit rushed for the first few days if you leave from Basel, but its wonderful. The only alternative would be to make the cruise longer and it seemed every line does it virtually the same way. Having the boat start in Breisach instead of Basel this year doesn't really matter so don't be worried about that.

Excellent trip. Your tour company was very helpful. Uniworld was wonderful.

We had a great trip and look forward to another River Cruise on Uniworld!

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