Christmas Markets along the Rhine - Southbound

3 December - 10 December 2017

Duration

7 Nights

Journey Type

Sailing from Germany

Ports

7 Ports

3-4 December

Setting sail from Cologne

Cologne is a wonderfully warm and welcoming city, its skyline dominated by one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in Europe. It's also been here a very long time; although much of the city suffered heavy damage during the Second World War, you can still see remnants of the old Roman walls. You will likely spend most of your time in the attractive Altstadt (Old Town), home to beer halls aplenty and some fascinating museums.

Don't miss

Don’t even think of missing the cathedral, and pay the extra for the treasury. It is pretty special.

5 December

Germany: Rüdesheim

6 December

Germany: Heidelberg

7 December

Germany: Baden-Baden

8 December

France: Strasbourg

9 December

France: Colmar

10 December

Arriving in Basel

Basel lies where Switzerland, France and Germany meet, a sophisticated and multicultural city with a picturesque setting astride the river Rhine. The medieval Old Town is exceptionally well preserved, best appreciated from the summit of the hilltop cathedral, which offers incredible views across the city. Basel boasts a wealth of museums and galleries, and plays host to events including the renowned Art Basel contemporary art fair, held during the summer, and Fasnacht, Switzerland's most famous winter carnival.

Our tip

The food here is great, with so many different influences. Try salmon ‘nach Basler Art’ (in a white wine marinade with fried onions), and wash it down with the local Riesling.

The Ship

Your home from home

Tauck - ms Inspire
Tauck - Inspiration Class lobby
Tauck - Inspiration Class cabin

Tauck’s most modern design, the Inspiration Class, offers the most space per guest of all European river vessels.

What we love

Rich woods are complimented by muted tones, giving these ships an airy and luxurious feel. The alternative restaurant with outside seating at the rear is an idyllic place for a relaxed lunch as you cruise to your next call and the regional cuisine served in the Dining Room is excellent.

Capacity 130 Guests
Staff 43 International Staff
Style

Active days followed by sophisticated evenings.

Inclusions
  • All meals in all venues
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Soft drinks, speciality coffees and teas
  • Sightseeing and excursions
  • Bicycles and fitness center
  • WiFi onboard
  • Gratuities
Length 443 feet
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Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, Basel

Where to stay in Basel

The Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois (three kings) is one of Europe’s oldest city hotels.

Hotel im Wasserturm, Cologne

Our favourite hotel in Cologne

The Hotel im Wasserturm – yes, your German is correct, it really is a former water tower.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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