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Christmas in old town of Colmar, Alsace

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Take a ride on the ferris wheel or take a stroll through the Christmas Market
Highlights
  • Visit Christmas bakeries at the Alsatian House of Bread
  • Walk around and enjoy authentic Christmas Markets in Alsatian villages
  • See the secret cellars in the Hospices de Strasbourg
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Strasbourg | Embark

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

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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You'll cruise all the way to the European institutions. You'll 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. You'll depart by coach with your hostess towards Sélestat. You'll 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. You'll 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. You'll be delighted by its Christmas Market located at the heart of the medieval village and which exhibits the works of many local craftsmen. You'll enjoy lunch along the Wine Route. This afternoon head to Obernai, a city which 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
You'll 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 house the oldest wine barrel dating from 1472. Your visit of the cellars will be followed by a tasting of some of the wines. You'll 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 will be 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. You'll set out on foot for a guided tour of the Alsatian capital that will take you through the beautifully preserved district of the 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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Take a ride on the ferris wheel or take a stroll through the Christmas Market Strasbourg at dusk Gingerbread Christmas ornaments at market in Colmar, France Christmas in old town of Colmar, Alsace Christmas in Colmar in Alsace district

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Ship/Hotel

Madeleine

Dates & Prices

Per person starting at
$1,014
Your lower deck cabin on MS Madeleine
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Lower Deck
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.

Notes

This fare includes:
  • All meals included
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
This fare excludes:
  • Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Personal expenses.
Formalities: 
For US Citizens, a valid Passport is required for your travel. Non US Citizens but Resident in the US, please contact the local Embassies or Consulates for proper paperwork required before travelling.

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