This journey to Israel includes a special moment in Bethlehem as your group attends the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Church of the Nativity. Imagine standing in Nativity Square and celebrating the birth of Jesus while singing with the massed choir. This package also includes visits to the major Holy Sites in Israel including Galilee, Jerusalem, and the Judean Desert/Dead Sea area.
On this 10-day tour you will discover 1500 years of romantic ruins of Armadale Castle, the spiritual home of one of Scotland’s largest clans, visit seven additional castles, take a scenic train ride, board the Loch Ness Cruise, and enjoy Scottish entertainment, and that is just the start. For Departures in August, take your reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Enjoy first-class accommodations in the seaside town of Minori, dubbed “the town of good taste,” where gastronomic delights will awaken your senses. Overlook the terrace gardens spotted with citrus trees that fill the rugged hillsides and cascade down to the sea. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage towns of Amalfi and Ravello, historic cities boasting medieval architecture like Saint Andrew’s Cathedral and the Cloister of Paradise. Explore the ruins of Pompeii, a partially buried city after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, and visit Sorrento for authentic pizza at a local restaurant. Stop in the fishing village of Positano, where white homes overlook the turquoise Mediterranean Sea. Cross the Bay of Naples aboard a jetfoil to the fabled Isle of Capri, spotted with open air cafes and boutique shops. From there, explore the lively port of Salerno and then Paestum, one of the best collections of Greek temples in Western Europe. Enjoy the captivating sights, flavors and customs that make Italy’s Amalfi Coast a hit on many bucket lists.
Contoured by vineyard-clad hills and castles from yesteryear, the legendary Rhine captivates. Experience the allure of France’s Alsace region in its welcoming capital, Strasbourg, and its priceless gem, Riquewihr. Then there is Breisach, rising above the vineyards of the Rhine, and Freiburg, one of Germany’s sunniest cities and gateway to Black Forest. Fabled towns lost in time present you with the chance to taste local flavors—Rüdesheimer coffee and Kölsch beer—and to touch history up close with guided hikes and bike rides. From Amsterdam’s colorful canals to the majestic Swiss Alps, journey into the heart of the destinations you visit.
Experience the deep-rooted holiday traditions of Europe at its most festive time of year. Cologne’s Christmas Market with its impressive Gothic cathedral backdrop; the “Capital of Noël,” Strasbourg, with its magnificent great Christmas tree; and Heidelberg’s Christmas Market nestled idyllically amongst the historic squares of the Old Town; are all timeless traditions handed down through the centuries. Cherish all the glory of the season in grand European style as you cruise along the Rhine.