Rhine Holiday Markets (2025)

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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Cruise
  • age requirement 2-99 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • Tour Code BM-24025
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
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  • Starts Cologne, Germany
  • Ends Basel, Switzerland
TOUR OVERVIEW
On this cruise tour you will start in Cologne and end in Basel. With the tour "Rhine Holiday Markets (2025)" you will be cruising through Basel, Cologne, Mainz and 3 other destinations in Switzerland, France and Germany over 8 days. The "Rhine Holiday Markets (2025)" tour includes cabin accommodation and more, per the package includes section further below.

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.
ITINERARY Expand All
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  • Day 1: Cologne (Embark)
  • Day 2: Cologne
  • Day 3: Koblenz, Cruising the romantic Rhine River
  • Day 4: Rüdesheim, Mainz
  • Day 5: Germersheim (Baden-Baden)
  • Day 6: Kehl (Strasbourg)
  • Day 7: Basel
  • Day 8: Basel (Disembark)
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the exquisite S.S. Antoinette or the elegant S.S. Elisabeth
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Wi-Fi
Meals
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks, and mineral water
Transport
  • Cruise Ship
Excursions
  • 6 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Taste of Christmas” program
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks
Experiences
  • 3 countries: France, Germany, Switzerland
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
  • Cultural enrichment, including captivating onboard local entertainment
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Cologne and from Basel are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Rhine Holiday Markets (2025) tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. World Nomads' travel insurance has been designed by travelers for travelers.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Rhine Holiday Markets (2025) tour. You can cancel the tour up to 121 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 120 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 21 September 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 21 September 2024, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 120 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Rhine Holiday Markets (2025) tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.

Visa

For this Rhine Holiday Markets (2025) tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • This trip requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 atleast 14 days before embarkation. Young children who are not eligible to be vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR or Antigen test result taken within 72 hours of embarkation.
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