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Christmas Markets Cruise on the Romantic Rhine 2021
Switzerland • France • Germany • the Netherlands
 9 Days • 20 Meals
Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Romantic Rhine, Europe's longest river. Travel onboard an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, exploring the wonderful Christmas markets of Europe while absorbing the local, festive atmosphere at this magical time of year.

 Highlights
  • 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
  • English-speaking Cruise Director onboard
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Personal listening device for excursions
  • All meals included with a variety of international cuisine
  • Onboard Activity Manager will support all EmeraldACTIVE excursions and host daily onboard wellness activities, games, classes and evening entertainment
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • All gratuities included
  • Complimentary bikes onboard for use ashore
  • $45 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.
Day 2  Basel, Switzerland
Welcome to Switzerland! Upon arrival, you will be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to your awaiting motorcoach. Journey to the town of Basel where your captain and crew await to welcome you aboard your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. Enjoy time to become acquainted with your new accommodations, and this evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. Meal: D
Day 3  Breisach, Germany
Visit a typical black forest village, full of charm, cuckoo clocks, and other German specialties. It perfectly encapsulates a traditional way of life, all amidst the backdrop of the holiday season. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldPLUS: Black Forest Cake demonstration and tasting
Day 4  Strasbourg, France
Upon arrival in Kehl, travel by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace Region in France. A local guide leads you on a walking tour through this picturesque town. Stroll along the Grand Île and through the charming Old Quarter, ‘La Petit France’. Admire the historical city center and UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its medieval black and white timber-framed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstone buildings, canals and river locks and its centerpiece, the Gothic cathedral. Enjoy free time to visit the stalls of Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik, one of the oldest in Europe, before returning to the ship. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldPLUS: Guided Tour of Strasbourg DiscoverMORE: Tour of Riquewihr (addtional expense)
Day 5  Mannheim – Heidelberg, Germany
Continue to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers. Travel by coach to the medieval town of Heidelberg, where you will enjoy a guided tour. Don’t miss out on shopping for unique treasures at the Christmas Market in Heidelberg. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6  Koblenz, Germany
Sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, where a landscape of castles and quaint towns awaits. Don’t miss the infamous Lorelei rock and statue and other photo opportunities that abound around every bend. Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Enjoy a tour of Koblenz and visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side of the river. In the old part of the city, six areas offer more than 100 glittering, festive, cottage-style stands and Lebkuchenherzen (traditional gingerbread hearts) to create a magical European Christmas experience. Meals: B, L, D DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Castle Visit (additional expense) NOTE: you can only choose either the included tour of Koblenz or the DiscoverMORE option as both tours operate at the same time.
Day 7  Cologne, Germany
Seven markets transform picturesque Cologne into a winter wonderland over the Christmas season. Following a guided tour of the city, be sure to pay a visit to the shopping stalls around the Alter Markt, Neumarkt, Rudolfplatz and the cathedral, beneath which you’ll locate the Christmas tree. Decorated mugs hold steaming hot Glühwein, and local vendors sell handmade sweets and local delicacies. Don’t miss the mesmerizing ‘Stars at Night’ theme adopted around the Neumarkt, where looking up unveils a beautiful light display overhead. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8  Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Appreciate the windmills and landscapes as you sail through the Dutch countryside. Today you’ll enjoy a glass-top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canals, passing historic merchant houses and delightful Christmas stalls along the way. Return to the ship for the farewell dinner. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9  Amsterdam, the Netherlands / USA
It’s time to bid farewell to the Captain and crew and depart for Schiphol Airport as you say goodbye to Europe and return home with lifelong memories of your Christmas markets cruise along the Rhine River. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days Two through Eight  Aboard an MS Emerald Star-Ship
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Date Stateroom Category Per Person twin Single Room Availability
December 3, 2021 Emerald Stateroom - E $3,095 add $1,999 Available
Emerald Stateroom - D $3,145 add $2,039
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $3,795 add $2,469
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $3,995 add $2,599
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $4,245 add $2,759
Grand Balcony Suite - S $4,645 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $5,445 N/A
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800.323.7604
Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.

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