Succumb to enchantment as you cruise the Rhine River through a winter wonderland. Leave the mall behind and discover the roots of our Christmas traditions. Was the first Christmas tree decorated in Strasbourg? Strasbourg’s citizens think so, though towns in Germany would dispute that claim. Sip vin chaud as you stroll to Place Kléber to behold the enormous and brilliantly lighted tree that Strasbourg offers modern celebrants. Find unexpected treasures in the red-roofed stalls clustered around Cologne’s magnificent cathedral. Listen to musicians in Medieval costume play sackbuts and lutes while you watch jugglers toss and catch flaming torches.
Munch your way through an array of once-a-year treats, and see how the Baroque town hall of Koblenz is turned into an Advent calendar. Revel in brightly painted carousels and handmade ornaments, Medieval squares illuminated by twinkling lights, life-size Nativity figures and joyful brass choirs.
Sail through castle-strewn hillsides and visit charming small towns decked in holiday finery for a holiday season you will never forget.
Who will enjoy this cruise: Shoppers looking for unique gifts and Christmas enthusiasts looking for the origins of many holiday traditions. Anyone who loves seasonal treats and festive holiday decorations and lights.