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Christmas in old town of Colmar, Alsace

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Experience Strasbourg on Madeleine's 4-day cruise that sails to the villages following the wine route on a magical cruise in the heart of Alsatian Christmas markets. Be carried away by the festive and magical atmosphere that animates the Alsatian capital and surrounding villages at this time of the year. From Strasbourg, sail by the lovely Parc de l'Orangerie. Continue to Sélestat and the Christmas Markets of Eguisheim, one of France's "Most Beautiful Villages." Enjoy lunch along the Wine Route. Next, visit Obernai, a city that has retained its Rhineland Renaissance flair. Afterward, walk to the Hospices de Strasbourg, which houses wine cellars and wine-tasting. Sail along an Ill River arm towards the Ponts Couverts. Take a walking tour of the Alsatian capital through the charming Petite France area.
Take a ride on the ferris wheel or take a stroll through the Christmas MarketStrasbourg at duskGingerbread Christmas ornaments at market in Colmar, FranceChristmas in Colmar in Alsace districtChristmas in old town of Colmar, Alsace
Highlights
  • Enjoy authentic Christmas Markets in Alsatian villages.
  • Explore the city’s iconic Petite France area and majestic cathedral.
  • See the secret cellars in the Hospices de Strasbourg.
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Strasbourg | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 5:00 p.m. Dinner is served on board. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 2: Strasbourg | Selestat | The Wine Route | Obernai

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise all the way to the European institutions. Sail past the beautiful Parc de l'Orangerie which was created by André Le Nôtre, the landscape architect who designed the park of the Palace of Versailles. Depart by coach with your hostess towards Sélestat. Stop at the Maison du Pain d'Alsace (House of Bread) and discover the many culinary traditions of the region, including a tasting of the famous "bredeles”, small typical biscuits that are baked during Christmas time. Continue your trip towards Eguisheim, listed as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France” and which the French designated as their favorite village in 2013. Eguisheim has remained true to the authenticity of Christmas traditions. Be delighted by its Christmas Market located at the heart of the medieval village and which exhibits the works of many local craftsmen. Enjoy lunch along the Wine Route. This afternoon head to Obernai, a city that has kept all of the charms from its Rhineland Renaissance era. The town is particularly lively at this time of year. Return on board and remain in port overnight, a few hundred meters from the European Parliament.

Day 3: Strasbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to the historic center of the city. Set out on foot for the Hospices de Strasbourg, which house secret wine cellars. Wines gifted by patients to account for their medical care used to be kept there. Today, about twenty winemakers keep their most prestigious wines to age in the reputed cellars of the Hospices. The latter also houses the oldest wine barrel dating from 1472. Your visit to the cellars is followed by a tasting of some of the wines. Return on board after your tour and enjoy lunch as you sail along an arm of the Ill River towards the Ponts Couverts. The ship is moored just a stone's throw away from the famous Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Strasbourg, providing quick and easy access on foot to the picturesque areas of the city. Set out on foot for a guided tour of the Alsatian capital that takes you through the beautifully preserved district of Petite France and past the cathedral. Enjoy time at leisure in a magical atmosphere on the numerous Christmas Markets located in several squares across the city. Tonight's the gala evening and dinner. 

Day 4: Strasbourg | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast as you cruise before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. at the river mooring

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11 spacious cabins with window and private en-suite facilities. All cabins are equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe and independent air-conditioning.
Included
  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Onboard drinks included (except for drinks from the special lists)
  • Tips paid in full to the local staff of the country of destination
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
Excluded
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • Drinks from the special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Tips for the Boat and Lodge staff

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