Your winter wonderland Rhine River cruise begins in Basel, Switzerland, and takes you through France, Germany, and Holland. Each town is festively lit and decorated and strains of Christmas carols fill the air. You’ll sail to Breisach, gateway to the beautiful Black Forest, offering your first chance to explore a Christmas market before venturing on to Strasbourg, France. The city of Strasbourg is home to one of the oldest and finest Christmas markets in Europe and its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. Sail to Mainz for an excursion to Heidelberg Castle or a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Sail to Rüdesheim and be enthralled by the life-size figures of Europe’s largest nativity scene on the Market Square, before gliding through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. You’ll visit Koblenz and Cologne – your last stop in Germany. Here, wander through the Christmas market, try some traditional Lebkuchen and get some inner warmth with a cup of Glühwein. Arrive in Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the colorful city.
Transfer by high-speed train to Paris to start your Monograms vacation package with two nights in “The City of Light”. Enjoy sightseeing with an expert guide, drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and a Seine River cruise. You’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing in London, with free time to explore on your own. Sightseeing of iconic London landmarks includes Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Bucking-ham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Your Monograms vacation package includes the expert assistance of your Local Host® in both Paris and London. Your Rhine River cruise with stays in Lucerne, Paris, and London pro-vides the perfect combination for a guided European vacation of a lifetime.