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.
The highlight of this tour is an opportunity not to be missed. A tradition since 1634, the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play is a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ that occurs once every 10 years in the quaint village of Oberammergau. This is just the beginning of amazing sights. Visit the cuckoo clocks in the Black Forest, stop to visit King Ludwig’s magnificent Newschwantstein Castle, spend a few days in Nuremberg, one of the most prestigious cities of the Middle Ages and an overnight in Munich, home to centuries old buildings and numerous museums.
Few events are awaited with as much anticipation as Europe’s Christmas Markets. Be spellbound by Nuremberg and Regensburg’s Christmas Markets. In Linz, marvel at the small clay figurines representing the people of a typical village—the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker; and while in Vienna, visit four Christmas Markets. Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany and Austria where many Christmas traditions began on this magical journey through time.