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Christmas is a special time of year, and here's a special way and place to experience this magical season, free of the crass commercialism that invades our lives back home.

Cruise along the Rhine and Mosel rivers, with ten shore excursions included, plus lots of ship board entertainment, all meals, and lots more.

A lovely cruise, a lovely time of year; a lovely experience every which way.

 
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Christmas Wonderland River Cruise Dec 08

Day by Day Itinerary
 

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Here's a lovely cruise through the heartlands of Holland and Germany, including time on the storied Rhine river and the beautiful Mosel.

You'll travel through beautiful scenery and visit lovely towns redolent with history on your Holland and Germany River Cruise.

This is the itinerary for the Nov/Dec 2008  Christmas Wonderland River Cruise, and may slightly change between now and departure.

Please note that Amadeus offer a wide series of cruises (details on their website here), and if you'd prefer a different cruise or date, we can offer you an across the board 5% discount on any/all cruises operated by Amadeus (this discount is on cruise prices only, not on land extensions or air fares).

Click here for the main details of this cruise and the booking form to confirm your interest.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday 29 November 2008 - or sooner) :  Leave the US

Fly to Trier today or earlier on an overnight flight

You should leave the US today or earlier, so as to arrive in Trier on Sunday (or sooner) in time for the start of the Christmas Wonderland Cruise.

You might also prefer to fly to Frankfurt and take a train on to Trier, or to Luxemburg and take a taxi.

See below for the dates if you chose the Paris pre-cruise extension or skip down to the Sunday 30 Nov entry if you're not also doing the Paris extension.

 

Optional Pre-cruise extension to Paris Day 1 (Wednesday 26 November)  :  Leave the US


Fly to Paris today or sooner so as to enjoy the three night pre-cruise extension

If you've chosen to enjoy the Paris extension prior to the start of the cruise, then you should fly to Paris today (or sooner).

 

Optional Pre-cruise extension to Paris Day 2 (Thursday 27 November)  :  Arrive in Paris - Thanksgiving Day


Famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

You'll arrive into Paris today (or sooner) and check into your hotel, the lovely Paris Hilton, where you'll stay for the next three nights.

Oh - and Happy Thanksgiving.  For sure, you're treating yourself to a vacation for which you'll be most thankful.

 

Optional Pre-cruise extension to Paris Day 3 (Friday 28 November)  :  Paris


Yes, like most great European cities, Paris is on a river (the Seine). Perhaps treat yourself to a short cruise on a 'bateau mouche' (river cruiser) during your time in Paris.

After breakfast, enjoy Paris’ famous sights during this morning's guided tour.

Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, pass the Louvre Museum, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, Opra, Madeleine, Champs Elyses and much more.

The remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own.

Included meals :  Breakfast

 

Optional Pre-cruise extension to Paris Day 4 (Saturday 29 November)  :  Paris


A familiar and famous view of Paris by night.

A full day in the "City of Lights" is free for you to enjoy.

Stroll through the Jardin de Tuilleries and along the Seine, gaze at impressionist masterpieces at Muse D'Orsay, or visit the top of the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World's Fair.

And, this evening, Paris at night sparkles with possibilities for every taste.

Included meals :  Breakfast

 

Optional Pre-cruise extension to Paris Day 5 (Sunday 30 November)  :  Travel via Luxemburg to Trier


Luxemburg is a small but wealthy nation
 

A view of downtown Luxemburg

This morning, drive through the French countryside of Champagne to Luxemburg, one of the last of the independent duchies which once made up western and central Europe.  In today’s international politics and banking, the Grand Duchy’s role still plays an important role.

There is free time for lunch and a guided city tour before continuing to Trier and boarding the ship. Explore the town’s Christmas markets before gathering on board for a Welcome Dinner.

Tonight meet your fellow passengers at the Captain's Cocktail Reception and Welcome Dinner.

Included meals :  Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 2 (Sunday 30 November) :  Arrive in Trier, board the Amadagio


Trier's downtown on Market Day

If you're not taking the pre-cruise extension in Paris, you should arrange to arrive into Trier today.

Perhaps spend some time exploring Trier - the oldest city in Germany.  And, for sure, visit the town’s Christmas markets before gathering on board for the Captain's Cocktail Reception and Welcome Dinner.

Included Meals :  Dinner

 

Day 3 (Monday 1 December) :  Trier, then cruising to Bernkastel

Bernkastel, on the banks of the Mosel

This morning, enjoy a tour of Trier, which has been the home to six Roman emperors.

After lunch, arrive in Bernkastel for a city tour. Situated in the heart of the Mosel wine region, this medieval village has been called the "international town of vine and wine."

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4 (Tuesday 2 December) :  Cochem and Boppard


The small town of Cochem on the banks of the Mosel, as viewed from its castle
 

Boppard, on the banks of the Rhine

We've sailed overnight from Bernkastel, and changed from the Mosel to the Rhine rivers, arriving into Cochem this morning.

After breakfast, we'll have an excursion to Cochem, where a guided tour of the hilltop Reichsburg Castle offers stunning views of the river valley.

This afternoon, we cruise to the formerly free imperial city of Boppard at a point where the Rhine makes a big U-turn.  The evening is free for you to explore Boppard as you wish.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5 (Wednesday 3 December) :  Mainz or Heidelberg - Frankfurt

Heidelberg and its massive castle
 
Mainz Cathedral
 
Frankfurt's historic town square

You have two choices for your touring today.  Either disembark for a trip to Mainz or travel by motorcoach to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town.

In Heidelberg you would visit the red-walled Castle, the Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask, and enjoy the beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and Heidelberg below. Then there is a walking tour of old Heidelberg and free time for lunch on your own before returning to Mainz.

If you choose the Mainz option, your guided walking tour of this beautiful town includes the famous Gutenberg Museum, home of the world's first printed bible.

In the afternoon, arrive in Frankfurt, the bustling metropolis on the Main River.  You'll have time to visit its Christmas Market if you wish, we stay in port until 1am.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6 (Thursday 4 December) :  Koblenz - Cologne

Koblenz, where the Rhine and Mosel rivers meet
 
One of the castles above the Rhine river
 
Another Rhine Castle

We've reversed direction and have now sailed down the Rhine back to picturesque, Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers.

This morning's walking tour will take you through its cozy lanes and alleyways where you'll see the many cultural monuments and historical buildings.

After lunch, you’ll cruise on to Cologne where the evening is free to explore the Christmas markets. You will also be minutes away from Old Town, the perfect place to enjoy an after dinner Klsch, Cologne’s local beer.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7 (Friday 5 December) :  Cologne - Dsseldorf


Cologne's cathedral towers over the 'Old Town'.
 

The 'Ko' area of Dusseldorf - excellent shopping on a beautiful riverside setting.

This morning's tour of Cologne includes a visit to the fabled 13th-century Gothic cathedral.

During lunch, cruise on to Dsseldorf, where your afternoon tour will take you to Burgplatz with its Old Castle Tower, Markplatz and its Town Hall, and the sophisticated shopping on Kings Avenue.

The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore the Christmas markets, where you will find an assortment of unique children's toys, tinsel angels, dolls and gingerbread.

We cruise overnight to Amsterdam.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8 (Saturday 6 December) :  Amsterdam


Lovely Amsterdam is a city where the water is never far away
 

Amsterdam is a city with a wide range of varied nightlife entertainments

We arrive into Amsterdam at lunchtime.

This afternoon, enjoy a city tour followed by a guided cruise through the city's historic canals.

Your last evening is free to explore the 700 year-old European capital with its elegant and classic architecture, cafs, restaurants, lively marketplace and exciting nightlife.

Perhaps, visit one of the city's renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9 (Sunday 7 December) :  Cruise ends in Amsterdam

Return home today, or extend your time in Europe either with one of the offered options or any other arrangements you wish to make yourself

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your vacation any which way you choose.

Some of you will choose to fly today to Budapest to join the Christmas Markets tour along the Danube, and enjoy a $200 discount off this second cruise.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Click here for the main details of this cruise and the booking form to confirm your interest.

Originally published 26 Dec 2007, last update 08 Jul 2017

 
 
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