We don’t usually host group trips here on Live And Let’s Fly, but I found one worth sharing. A Uniworld river cruise down the Rhine stopping at the Christmas markets in Germany, France, and Switzerland. Care to join us?
We Love The Christmas Markets
I have written about the Christmas markets and my family’s love for them, but we have never seen the German Christmas markets and it’s time we do. This time of year, I start thinking about going back and it’s time that others who haven’t been might consider them as well. I’ll tell you why we love them first.
The Christmas Markets are full of small shopkeepers with handmade gifts in time for the holidays. It’s crisp air, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and cold beer. It’s stodgy food like sausages, cheesy potatoes, and Dutch mini pancakes. It’s an opportunity to share some time with people you care about and fully embrace the holidays.
It’s as much a part of Christmas for us as the Night Before Christmas or Home Alone (1 and 2.)
The Group Cruise
I hadn’t considered a river cruise before, but I found one that we are having trouble resisting. River cruises have not appealed to us before but for a trip like this one it seems like the only obvious choice. The cruise we found touches several small to medium-sized cities, a new one each day, and we rejoin a floating five-star hotel moving during our sleeping hours rather than wasting time during the day. It makes a lot more sense than picking just one destination or taking trains and planes through Europe for a couple of weeks. We simply don’t see as much by plane, train takes a while, there are checked bags and carry-ons – it’s hard to do.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is a luxury river cruise line with an average capacity below 150 passengers and a nearly 1:1 crew-to-passenger ratio. Its cruise ships are designed for the destination it serves, all ships are equipped with wi-fi, and cuisine seems to be a focus.
The Rhine Holiday Markets cruise starts in Cologne, Germany and terminates in Basel, Switzerland. This year’s sailings are sold out, but next year, there are some opportunities. We will join the December 9th-16th sailing, here’s the itinerary:
- Rüdesheim, Mainz
- Germersheim (Baden-Baden)
- Kehl (Strasbourg)
Included on the journey that touches three countries are shore excursions like guided walking tours through the markets, a lecture onboard, and many alternative options like Riesling wine tours, and others.
Want To Join Us?
The top suite category is already sold out for next year, but the lead-in pricing is reasonable at $3,699/person. That price includes all meals on the ship along with the accommodations. If we were to arrange something similar ourselves, we would struggle to see as many places, fit in meals, and a hotel suite for the same budget. Deluxe suites with a balcony top out at $7,399/person for the journey.
If you want more information or to join our trip, fill out the contact form at this link. We hope to see you there.