A festive journey destined to delight travellers of all ages.
Starting fromR29890
Package ValiditySet departure dates: 12 & 19 DEC 2017. *** Book & pay by 31 JUL 2017 & SAVE 30%, discount already included in the price ***
Duration7 nights
DestinationGermany, France & Switzerland
Starts inBasel/Cologne
Ends inCologne/Basel

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- All transfers on arrival & departure days
- 7 nights cruise in a riverview stateroom on-board the S.S. Antoinette
- All dining & unlimited beverages on-board including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee & tea & bottled water
- Captains Welcome &  Farewell Receptions
- Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinners
- 6 excursions, including "Choice is Yours"
- Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Assistance of an English-speaking local expert & experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- Guided “Taste of Christmas” and “Gentle Walking” programs
- On-board local entertainment
- Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: "European Christmas Traditions, from the Nutcracker to the Tannenbaum"
- Port charges


** This cruise operates between 28 NOV - 19 DEC 2017. Please enquire with you Travel Agent regarding prices for other dates **


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Basel (embark)

Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, where you will be transferred to the ship.

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FEATURED EXCURSION: Basel walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

Your walking discovery tour will introduce you to Basel & 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 & 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 & Gala Dinner.

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Kehl (Strasbourg)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Strasbourg by canal with Christmas Market OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour

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 & 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 & 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.

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Mannheim (Heidelberg)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full-day Heidelberg tour with Christmas Market OR exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit & tasting

Your tour of Heidelberg—one of Germany’s most beautiful cities—will take you past the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle & 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- & herb-infused wine vinegars.

Note: Lunch is not included with the full-day Heidelberg tour.

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Mainz, Rüdesheim

FEATURED EXCURSION: Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments with Christmas Market

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Mainz & 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, & 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, & don’t miss Rüdesheim’s amazing, life-sized Nativity scene—one of the largest in Germany.

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Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz

FEATURED EXCURSION: Koblenz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

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 & giant gingerbread hearts.

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FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit & Christmas markets

Christmas is the perfect time to visit Cologne & 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, & 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 & the Medieval Market in front of the Chocolate Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner.

Note: On Sundays & Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.

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Cologne (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship & transfer to Cologne Bonn Airport for your flight home.

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