Mayflower Cruises & Tours Presents
Christmas Markets Cruise on the Romantic Rhine River
Switzerland • France • Germany • the Netherlands
December 10 - 18, 2019
$399 AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States when booked by January 31, 2019
9 Days • 20 Meals
Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Romantic Rhine, Europe's longest river. Travel onboard the deluxe MS Scenic Opal, exploring the wonderful Christmas Markets of Germany and France while absorbing the local, festive atmosphere at this magical time of year.
Standard Suite — Jewel $3,395 (twin occupancy) add $2,139 (single room)
Standard Suite — Jewel $3,610 (twin occupancy) add $2,279 (single room)
Balcony Suite — Sapphire $4,395 (twin occupancy) add $2,789 (single room)
Balcony Suite — Sapphire $4,545 (twin occupancy) add $2,889 (single room)
Balcony Suite — Sapphire $4,645 (twin occupancy) add $2,959 (single room)
Deluxe Balcony Suite* — Sapphire $4,695 (twin occupancy) N/A
Junior Balcony Suite* — Sapphire $4,895 (twin occupancy) N/A
Balcony Suite — Diamond $4,595 (twin occupancy) add $2,929 (single room)
Balcony Suite — Diamond $4,645 (twin occupancy) add $2,959 (single room)
Balcony Suite — Diamond $4,695 (twin occupancy) add $2,989 (single room)
Deluxe Balcony Suite* — Diamond $4,995 (twin occupancy) N/A
Junior Balcony Suite*— Diamond $5,245 (twin occupancy) N/A
Royal Balcony Suite* — Diamond $5,995 (twin occupancy) N/A
Royal Panorama Suite* Diamond $6,199 (twin occupancy) N/A
- 20 Meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners)
- Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
- Seven-night cruise
- First-class service by an English-speaking crew
- Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
- Personal listening device for onboard excursions
- All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine
- Complimentary beverages onboard ship, all day, every day
- Complimentary WiFi onboard
- Complimentary mini-bar in all suites
- Butler service for all guests
- All gratuities included
- Complimentary e-bikes onboard for use ashore
- Variety of onboard evening entertainment
- $45 in Mayflower Money
DAY 1 – Depart the USA — Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland. All flights must arrive Zurich by 1:00 pm.
DAY 2 – Zurich – Basel, Switzerland — Upon arrival in Zurich, you will be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to the ship in Basel. Settle into your cabin and become acquainted with all the amenities of the ship. This evening, at the welcome reception, meet the Captain and raise your glass in a toast to the marvellous cruise ahead. Dinner.
DAY 3 – Strasbourg, France — Enjoy a guided tour of Strasbourg where you’ll discover La Petite France and stroll through the Old Town with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs. During your free time, explore the stalls of Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik, one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 4 – Baden Baden, Germany — From your docking site in Rastatt, journey by coach to charming Baden Baden, a popular spa town famous for its Roman baths. Today you have a choice of activities: join a guided tour of this picturesque town and learn of its rich heritage OR take an active hike to Hohenbaden Castle and take in the scenic views of the Black Forest.
Alternatively, visit the Mercedes-Benz factory and learn about the fascinating history of this luxury brand. This evening will be a night of grandeur unlike any other as you attend a private concert at a fine Baroque palace, creating memories to be cherished for a lifetime. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 5 – Mannheim / Heidelberg — Today you have a choice of how you wish to discover Heidelberg. Your Free choice activities are: uncover the fascinating history of Heidelberg, with a visit to its fine Renaissance castle OR enjoy an orientation tour of Heidelberg’s quaint old town. Each excursion includes free time in the old town to shop at the Christmas Market. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 6 – Koblenz, Germany — As one of Germany’s oldest cities, Koblenz is turned into a Christmas paradise during the Advent season. You have a choice between two Freechoice excursions: take a guided tour of this historic city, which straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers, the Rhine and the Moselle. Six tranquil places in the old town offer more than 100 glittering, festive, cottage-style stands and Lebkuchenherzen – traditional gingerbread hearts – to create a magical European Christmas experience. Alternatively, travel by coach to Cochem – a true medieval gem on the banks of the Moselle River. You’ll feel as if you’re stepping straight into a fairytale on a guided tour that culminates with a visit to the iconic Reichsburg Castle. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 7 – Cologne, Germany — Stroll through Cologne on a guided city tour and get up close to the filigree twin towers of its famous cathedral. Enjoy free time to visit the Christmas markets around the Dom Platz (Cathedral Square), which is also home to the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 8 – Amsterdam, the Netherlands — Your morning Free choice activities include an iconic canal cruise OR an excursion to the charming villages of Volendam and Edam, OR a walking tour through Amsterdam with a local guide, including a tasting of the Dutch favorite, herring. On the final afternoon of your cruise, visit the Christmas markets of this Dutch capital.
Sample delicious Dutch treats such as Olibol and Poffertjes, peruse the stalls for some last minute traditional gifts, or simply wander the streets taking in the magic of Amsterdam at this special time of year. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 9 – Amsterdam / USA — After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you. Breakfast.
Itinerary and vessel are subject to change.
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...looking forward to taking air tours in the futureBy Sheila A
Ken and his staff are extremely professional and organized. I have taken a few day tours and am looking forward to taking air tours in the future.