Switzerland, France and Germany provide the perfect backdrop for this true connoisseur’s Christmas markets cruise. Discover the roots of our Christmas traditions as you explore some of Europe’s most charming towns on a luxury, all-inclusive Rhine River cruise.
Savor tantalizing once-a-year treats with Uniworld’s “Taste of Christmas” program, including gingerbread, crepes with cinnamon 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 holiday finery for a holiday season you will never forget.
Overnight flight to Basel (not included).
Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, where you will be transferred to the ship.
*French water authorities have announced major repair work on the lock at Kemps on the Rhine beginning in Spring of 2016. This work will unfortunately affect embarkation and disembarkation. Arrivals and departures into Basel, Switzerland will have a shuttle to/from where the ship is docked in Breisach, Germany. Please call for details.
Your walking discovery tour will introduce you to Basel and its marvelous Christmas Market, located in the heart of the Old Town. With more than 150 stands, it offers many locally made craft items, unique ornaments and delicious seasonal baked goods. Later, take a stroll down Christmas Street, beautifully decorated with more than 100 Christmas trees adorned with twinkling lights. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Strasbourg is particularly picturesque during the festive holiday season, as you’ll discover on a canal cruise through Petite France, a neighborhood of cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. Your tour concludes with a visit inside magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral. Just outside, in the cathedral square, you’ll find Strasbourg’s famous marche de Nöel, the largest and oldest Christmas Market in France, ideally situated in the historic heart of the city. Or, enjoy the flavors of the season on a “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour.
Your tour of Heidelberg—one of Germany’s most beautiful cities—will take you past the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle and the Old Town’s lavishly decorated shops, followed by free time to explore the local Christmas Market. Or, opt for an excursion to the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made with honey- and herb-infused wine vinegars.
*Note: Lunch is not included with the full-day Heidelberg tour
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Mainz and its St. Nicholas Christmas Market before cruising to Rüdesheim, located in the heart of the fabled Rhine Valley. There, you can see a lighthearted collection of self-playing musical instruments at a local museum, and browse the stalls of Rüdesheim’s unique Christmas Market, which highlights Christmas traditions from around the world. Browse more than 120 stalls packed with holiday delights, and don’t miss Rüdesheim’s amazing, life-sized Nativity scene—one of the largest in Germany.
En route to Koblenz, your ship will cruise along a spectacularly scenic 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape lined with dozens of fairytale castles. Head ashore to explore the Koblenz Christmas Market, filled with charming stands brimming with handcrafted gifts, old-fashioned toys, roasted chestnuts and giant gingerbread hearts.
Christmas is the perfect time to visit Cologne and its famous Gothic cathedral. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a shrine said to contain relics of the Magi—the Three Kings—which has attracted religious pilgrims for centuries. Cologne has no fewer than eight Christmas markets, and you’ll have ample time to explore them at your own pace following your walking tour. Be sure to visit the Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market, as well as the Alter Market, Neurmarkt and the Medieval Market in front of the Chocolate Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.
Disembark the ship and transfer to Cologne Bonn Airport for your flight home.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||AvailabilityPrice|
|27 Nov 17||5 Dec 17||$3149$2999pp||Early BookingBook by Jan 16||
|4 Dec 17||12 Dec 17||$3049$2899pp||Early BookingBook by Jan 16||
|11 Dec 17||19 Dec 17||$2849$2699pp||Early BookingBook by Jan 16||
|18 Dec 17||26 Dec 17||$2849$2699pp||Early BookingBook by Jan 16||
*These departures operate in reverse.
NOTE: Flights must arrive between 5am and 5pm and depart between 6am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.
Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom and cruise in category 5 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement. Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port Charges included.
Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on Stateroom category.
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Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.
Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.
Length: 443 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 154 / Staff: 57
Suites: 9 (294-391 sq ft) / Staterooms: 64 (163-196 sq ft) / Rivers: Rhine River
The luxurious décor of the 443-foot, 154-passenger S.S. Antoinette—Uniworld’s first Super Ship—features fine Brazilian marble on the walls and floors, a 19th-century Venetian glass mirror, a stylish Bar du Leopard with full-service bar, and an onboard cinema. The two-story foyer boasts a 10-foot blue Strauss Baccarat chandelier with huge sapphires—a stunning piece that once hung in New York's famous Tavern on the Green—and a collection of original artwork is displayed throughout the ship.
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Luxurious riverview royal suite (391 sq ft - 36.3 sq m) with open-air balcony, and a spacious living room
Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center
Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slippers, separate rain shower and tub, and a secluded toilet and bidet area
Additional amenities and service include: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; iPod dock; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in L'Orangerie Sky Lounge
Luxurious riverview suite (294 sq ft - 27.3 sq m) with open-air balcony
Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment center
Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slippers
Additional amenities and services, including: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; iPod dock; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in L'Orangerie Sky Lounge
Luxurious riverview stateroom (196 sq ft - 18.2 sq m) with open-air balcony
Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water
Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread-count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.
Our meticulously designed ships feature enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views.
U.S. citizens traveling to Germany, France, and Switzerland must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.
The currency in Germany and France is the Euro (€).The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). Please note that Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, however many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros to help travelers compare prices. Some Swiss merchants may accept euros but are not obliged to do so. Change given back will most likely be in Swiss francs.
While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Europe, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
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