Friday, 9 September 2011

Stock-up for Christmas with a Christmas Markets Cruise on board the spectacular SS Antoinette

The 8 Day Classic Rhine Holiday Markets itinerary travels through Switzerland, France and Germany.  Guests can begin their journey at Basel ending at Cologne, or vice-versa.
Combine some of Christmas’ most beloved pastimes – shopping, decorations and food - on this enjoyable festive river cruise!  The three countries provide the perfect backdrop for this true connoisseurs Christmas Markets cruise. Visit the delightful Christmas Markets of Basel, Switzerland and Strasbourg, France.  
Then continue to Germany – where many of our signature holiday traditions began – with stops in lovely medieval towns such as Heidelberg, Mainz, Rüdersheim and Koblenz, as well as the majestic city of Cologne, with it’s vast Gothic cathedral. Here you can shop for one-of-a-kind treasures, and unique Christmas presents.  Stock up on hand made Christmas decorations, and soak up the atmosphere as the city is adorned with festive finery such as glittering Christmas trees, bells pealing from cathedral towers and children dressed as angels singing Christmas carols. Feast on gingerbread, traditional stöllen, and warm up with a mug of steaming glühwein (hot mulled wine). 
As you sail the legendary Rhine, especially the 40 miles along the Upper Middle Rhine valley, you’ll be captivated by ancient fortresses, medieval castles and half-timbered villages – all set in a winter wonderland.
Uniworld’s 8-day Rhine Holiday Christmas Market Cruises start on November 30th, December 7th, 14th and 21st and  include: return flights and private door to door transfers on arrival and departure days, a 7-night cruise in a stateroom on the spectacular SS Antoinette, 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners (and complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks served with dinner onboard) including Captain’s Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinner, 6 shore excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local guides, a signature lecture on the ‘Christmas Traditions in Germany’, an experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff.  Prices start at £2,075 per person.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offer cruises in pure luxury with unsurpassed style and elegance.  No detail is overlooked and exceptional service is always at hand.  All rooms are luxurious and decorated by the renowned interior design team of the award-winning Red Carnation Hotel Collection.
For further information on Uniworld visit, www.uniworldrivercruises.co.uk

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