One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this special winter voyage along the Rhine River. Enjoy glowing Christmas markets on your European river cruise across Germany, and touching in Holland, France, and Switzerland! You’ll start your European vacation tour with a visit to Lucerne, Switzerland. Your Monograms® Local Host® is on hand to assist you with sightseeing, free-time recommendations, and any other assistance you need during your 2-night stay in Lucerne. Enjoy a guided walking tour, including the Lion Monument, Old Town, Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, Jesuit Church, and an excursion to Mount Pilatus. Board your vessel in Basel, Switzerland, then head for Breisach, Germany, the gateway to the Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. Here’s your first chance to explore a Christmas market offering many traditional items. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where you’ll visit the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Strasbourg is home to one of the oldest and finest Christmas markets in Europe and its centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, and watch the skaters on the ice rink below, and Mainz for a guided walk and visit the cap-tivating Gutenberg Museum. Next up is the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, and unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. You’re sure to be enthralled by the life-size figures of Europe’s largest nativity scene on the Market Square. Pass through the dramatic views of the Rhine Gorge before arriving in Cologne—your last stop in Germany. Here, you’ll explore the 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic archi-tecture and famous twin-spired cathedral. As an exclamation point to this wonderful Rhine river cruise, you’ll spend time in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Transfer by high-speed train to Paris to start your Monograms vacation package with 2 nights in “The City of Light”. Enjoy a sightseeing with an expert guide, drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and join a Seine river cruise. You’ll enjoy a guided VIP sightseeing in England’s most famous destination, as well as free time to really get to know the city. Sightseeing includes Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Your Monograms vacation package includes the expert assistance of your Local Host® in both Paris and London. Your Romantic Rhine River cruise with stays in Lucerne, Paris, and London provides the perfect combination for a guided European vacation of a lifetime.
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Day 1 Lucerne, Switzerland:Welcome to SwitzerlandDay 2 Lucerne:Guided walking tour with the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge Day 3 Lucerne, Mount Pilatus—Basel (Embarkation):Excursion to Mount Pilatus (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead); transfer to Basel to join your ship; onboard welcome receptionDay 4 Breisach:Choice of Black Forest Excursion, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer; Christmas marketDay 5 Strasbourg:Guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas marketDay 6 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz:Choice of excursion to Heidelberg, guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat, or guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; Christmas marketDay 7 Rüdesheim—Rhine Gorge:Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; Christmas market; scenic sailing through the Rhine GorgeDay 8 Cologne:Guided city walkDay 9 Amsterdam:Canal cruiseDay 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)—Paris, France:Travel to Paris by high-speed train (first class)Day 11 Paris:Guided sightseeing, Seine river cruise Day 12 Paris—London, England:Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class)Day 13 London:Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays)Day 14 London:Your vacation ends this morning
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