Rhine Holiday Markets (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Cologne, Germany to Basel, Switzerland
Cologne, Germany

Arrive at Cologne Bonn Airport, from where you will be transferred to the ship.

Cologne, Germany

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 Markt, Neumarkt, and the Medieval Market in front of the Chocolate Museum. Spend your last night onboard at the festive Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.; Featured Excursions: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit and Christmas markets.

Koblenz, Germany
Rhine Gorge, Germany

In Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you'll begin your walking tour through romantic alleyways lined with half-timbered houses decorated for the season. Afterward, delight in the Koblenz Christmas market with its dozens of wooden stands offering arts and crafts, spiced mulled wine, and sweet Christmas cakes. En route to Rüdesheim, your ship will cruise along a spectacularly scenic 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape. With its 40 castles strung like pearls on the hillside and the famous Lorelei Rock, the valley is the perfect example of the romantic Rhine.; Featured Excursions: Koblenz walking discovery tour with Christmas market visit.

Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
Mainz, Germany

Discover why Rüdesheim has been a magnet for romantics ever since the early 19th century. Its rolling hills, historical monuments, and winding alleyways are a real treat. While in Rüdesheim, you'll visit Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum and its unique collection of self-playing instruments. Spend time browsing 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. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Mainz, once home to Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press, and its St. Nicholas Christmas market with 1,000-year-old St. Martin's Cathedral as a backdrop.; Featured Excursions: Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum with Christmas market.

Germersheim, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Germersheim, Germany

Situated on the banks of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is one of Germany's most beautiful cities and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. It is also home to one of Germany's oldest universities. Your tour of Heidelberg takes you past the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a once-fortified castle, and through Old Town, which is all dressed up for the holidays. You'll have ample time to explore the Heidelberg Christmas Market, which spans over five squares. For those who prefer to try something different, visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample the unique aperitifs made with honey- and herb-infused wine vinegars. Note: Lunch is not included with the full day Heidelberg tour.; Featured Excursions: Choice of full day Heidelberg tour with Christmas market or exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting.

Kehl, Germany

Strasbourg is particularly festive and picturesque during the holidays. Discover its magic and celebrate the flavors of the season on a "Taste of Christmas" walking tour showcasing the spirit of a traditional Alsatian Christmas. You'll soon discover why this historic and charming city is known as the "Capital of Christmas".; Featured Excursion: Exclusive "Taste of Christmas" walking discovery tour.

Basel, Switzerland

Your walking discovery tour introduces you to Basel, Switzerland's second-largest city, 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. Celebrate the evening at the Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.; Featured Excursions: Basel walking discovery tour with Christmas market visit.

Basel, Switzerland

Disembark the ship and transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home.

Rhine Holiday Markets map

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What's Included


    • An array of pillow options, flat-screen TVs with infotainment centers, and bathrooms stocked with robes, slippers, and L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products

    • All scheduled airport transfers

    • All meals onboard

    • Unlimited beverages onboard, including wines; beers; spirits; cocktails; soft drinks; juices; cappuccinos, lattes, espresso, and French press coffee; teas; and mineral water

    • Shore excursions hosted by English-speaking local experts, with personalization options including Choice Is Yours, Go Active, Do as the Locals Do, Village Day, and Gentle Walking programs and a host of exclusive experiences designed for Uniworld guests only

    • Ship-wide Internet and Wi-Fi access

    • Well-equipped fitness center with exercise classes onboard and use of bicycles* and Nordic walking sticks for onshore enjoyment

    • All gratuities onboard and onshore

    NOTE: Bicycles are not available on the River Countess because bike riding is prohibited in Venice.

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