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Join Bill and me on this magical Christmas cruise down the Rhine river in early December, 2022. It has been a while since we have taken a Christmas market cruise and this is the first time we will do it on Scenic. Many of my clients have cruised Scenic and love, love, love it. Everything is included on Scenic! They don't even ask for your credit card when you embark on the ship. Scenic is the ultimate in luxury river and ocean cruising.
This cruise begins in Amsterdam on December 7, 2022 and ends in either Basel on the 14th or Zurich on the 18th if you take the extension offered by Scenic. The extension is a can't miss, so Bill and I are definitely taking it. Here is the itinerary.
Day 1 - Wed Dec 7th - Amsterdam - embark and enjoy an evening reception
Day 2 - Thrus Dec 8th - Amsterdam - Enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful city.
Day 3 - Fri Dec 9th - Cologne - Enjoy a tour of the city including the twim towered cathedral. Taste freshly baked gingerbread and mulled wine.
Day 4 - Sat Dec 10th - Koblenz - Tour Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel rivers. Six tranquil places in the old part of the city offer more than 100 glittering, festive, cottege-style stands which creates a magical European Christmas experience.
Day 5 - Sun Dec 11th - Heidelberg - Rastatt - Heidelberg is one of Germany's most famous cities and is a must see, especially in wintertime. See the old renaissance castle remains that overlook the city. Visit Heidelberg's beautiful Christmas market located in the old town which radiates with Christmas spirit. Also enjoy a private evening concert in the Baroque palace of Rastatt.
Day 6 - Mon Dec 12th - Baden-Baden - Known for its Roman baths, Baden-Baden has a beautiful Christmas market as well. You can also choose to visit the Mercedes Benz factory which is nearby.
Day 7 - Tues Dec 13th - Strasbourg, France - Stroll through the old town with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian Winstubs. Explore the stalls of Strasbourg's Christkindelmank, one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe.
Day 8 - Wed Dec 14th - Basel, Switzerland. Either be transported to the Zurich airport from your flight home, or, like Bill & Lois, take the 4 day extension. The extension is an addition $1,850 but well worth the cost. Disembark and be transferred to Vevey on the North shore of Lake Geneva. Visit the Chaplin World Museum in Vevey and stay two nights in Montreux.
Day 9 - Thurs Dec 15th - Montreux - Take a panoramic train journey to Chateau-d'OEx and see cheese making at the restaurant Le Chalet.
Day 10 - Fri Dec 16th - Ascend the Swiss Alps to the breathtaking village of Gstaad then continue on the the capital of Switzerland, Bern. Overnight in Bern.
Day 11 - Sat Dec 17th - Jouney to Lucerne where you will take a guided tour of the city then to Zurich where we will spend the last night.
Day 12 - Sun Dec 18th - Transfer to Zurich airport for flight home.