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Thanksgiving & Christmas Market Holiday Tour

November 22, 2020

13 Days | 12 Cities | 2 Countries

MS Royal Emerald

Overview

Welcome to Mainz, famous for Romanesque cathedrals (such as the Mainz Cathedral with its lavish interiors), the Gutenberg printing press and fine wines. Next stop, Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities known for the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Stephen, the town’s most prominent landmark.

The MS Royal Emerald sails on to the capital city of the Grand Est region, Strasbourg, located in northeastern France, holding a beautiful blend of German and French architecture. Next stop – Worms, a major city located on the Upper Rhine whose religious history is rich with diversity. Delight in the romantic ancient town of Rüdesheim famous for its wine and half-timbered buildings, followed by Koblenz where guests can stroll along the river promenade and roam the town’s romantic narrow streets. Allow us to charter you to the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises – Eifel and Hunsrück – the old town of Cochem. Continue sailing on to Dusseldorf, for a change of scenery. With its beautifully restored houses, bridges, and fountains; the promenade is more than just a shoppers’ paradise but also an attraction itself.

Your cruise comes to an end back in the lively city of Mainz. Our hope is your journey on the waters has likewise proven refreshing, therapeutic and even healing. Depart after breakfast, with the freedom to explore this world-class city on your own. While this is the end of your cruise, your memories will live on from your Rhine Christmas Market Tour.

Itinerary

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Arrival: EMBARK - 3 PM
Depart: 7:00 PM

Welcome to Mainz! Your Rhine Christmas Market Tour cruise starts today. You can start exploring the splendidly restored Old Town of Mainz with its half-timbered houses and medieval market squares. The state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz is famous for Romanesque cathedrals (such as the Mainz Cathedral with its lavish interiors), the Gutenberg printing press and fine wines. Tour the Gutenberg Museum, housing a replica of the 15th century Gutenberg printing press as well as two original Gutenberg bibles.  This charming wine-growing district is officially the “Wine Capital of Germany”. Savor some “Spundekas” (a spicy creamed cheese) with a local wine before heading to the boat.

Arrival: 11:00 AM
Depart: 6:00 PM

The capital city of the Grand Est region, Strasbourg is located in northeastern France. The town has a beautiful blend of German and French architecture. The cities historical center, the Grande Ile, was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988, the first time such an honor was placed on an entire city center. Its Gothic Cathedral Notre-Dame also known as The Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg stands high above the skyline at 142 meters making it the 6th tallest church in the world. It features daily shows from its astronomical clock and sweeping views of the Rhine River from partway up its spire.

Arrival: 3:00 AM
Depart: 11:00 PM

Speyer is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the history of Speyer begins with the establishment of a Roman camp in 10 B.C. making it one of Germany’s oldest cities. The imperial cathedral in Speyer, officially known as the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Stephen, is the town’s most prominent landmark. Laid out in the form of a Latin cross, it is one of Germany’s largest and most important Romanesque buildings and was intended to be no less than the largest church in the western world when building work began in 1030. Visit the popular Technik Museum with exhibits of aircrafts, railroads, fire engines, and ships or enjoy the beer gardens near the river.

Arrival: 7:00 AM
Depart: 2:00 PM

Delight in the romantic ancient town of Rüdesheim famous for its wine and half-timbered buildings. It sits at the foot of the unexpected grand work of art, the Niederwald Monument, which commemorates the establishment of the German Empire after the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. Spend the morning sauntering down the renowned Drosselglasse, the narrow cobblestone lane in the heart of the Old Town. This pedestrian street is lined with charming shops, cozy wine taverns and inviting restaurants. Rüdesheim is covered in vineyards, earning its reputation for the best wine growing region on the Rhine, and some experts would argue the best in the world. It is especially well known for its Riesling wines. Visit the eclectic Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet, a museum of automated musical instruments.

Arrival: 10:00 PM
Depart: O/N

Koblenz truly is a feast for the eyes with its backdrop of vineyards, forests, and mountains. Snap a photo as you lean on the giant bronze thumb sculpture at Koblenz’s famous German Corner (Deutsches Eck), where the Rhine meets the Moselle River.  After leaning on the “thumb”, lean into history as you wind your way through the Old Town. Explore the French influence and ancient remnants of Roman walls. Stroll along the river promenade and roam the town’s romantic narrow streets, where you might encounter flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes or possibly a weinstube (wine tavern). Sample a Moselle Riesling while drinking in the amazing atmosphere of the oldest wine region in Germany.

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Depart: 10:00 PM
Arrival: 7:00 AM
Depart: O/N

In the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises – Eifel and Hunsrück – lies the old town of Cochem. Even the Romans sang the praises of this remarkable landscape. It is true, a few things have changed since then, but the attraction has remained because the past centuries, above all the Middle Ages, have left their marks here. The magnificent Reichsburg, the big castle, situated on a precipitous rock high above the town, dominates the landscape. as it is one of the few castles in Germany, which was rebuilt in its original style after its complete destruction. The town of Cochem itself is a sight worth seeing, not only because of its narrow streets and twisty alleys, the restored half-timbered houses with the typical slate roofs, the historical market-place but also because of its medieval town gates, churches and walls.

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Depart: 7:00 AM
Arrival: 3:30 PM
Depart: O/N

Remagen is not only a beautiful riverside resort but an important historical town with a fascinating past.  The main attraction is the museum dedicated to peace which is sited in one of the last remaining bridge towers. In 1945 the Ludendorff Bridge was one of the last two remaining bridges across the river Rhine in Germany when it was captured during the Battle of Remagen by United States Army forces during the closing weeks of World II.  The Arp museum is a must for art lovers or follow the twelve stations of the cross on a short uphill hike to the stunning Apollinaris church.

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Depart: 1:00 PM
Arrival: 2:30 PM
Depart: O/N

Konigswinter is a popular resort in the Seven Hills mountain range topped by the ruins of Drachenfels castle, a national park. The Drachenfels(“Dragon’s Rock”), a hill 1,053 feet (321 meters) high, is crowned by the ruined castle built in the 12th century by the archbishop of Cologne and destroyed by the French in the 17th century. According to the Nibelungen legends, the Drachenloch (“Dragon’s Cave”) in the hill sheltered the dragon slain by the hero Siegfried.  Travelers can either hike up the mountain to savor the views across the Rhine Valley or travel the railway to the top with a stop at the fairy tale Drachenburg castle in the clouds which has been likened to a medieval castle, Gothic Cathedral, and Big Ben. All in all, visitors are enchanted with the folklore and fabulous views of this sleepy little town.

Arrival:
Depart: 6:00 AM
Arrival: 8:30 AM
Depart: O/N

Awaken your senses in the 2,000 year-old city of Cologne. One of Germany’s largest cities and the capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine and is Gothic cathedral. Peer up at the soaring twin spires of the Cologne Cathedral (Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and to really get your blood pumping climb the 533 steps of the south tower for a panoramic view of the city and the Rhine. Tantalize your taste buds at the Cologne’s most popular museum, Imhoff Chocolate Museum. Follow your nose to the quirky Farina Fragrance Museum (advance reservations recommended), smelling the scent that put Cologne on the map. You might also choose to spend your afternoon & evening exploring the Roman ruins and the Old Town abounding with shops, cafes & taverns (try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed for over a hundred years).

Arrival:
Depart: 6:00 AM
Arrival: 8:30 AM
Depart: 11:00 PM

Dusseldorf is an engaging mix of ancient and modern, with medieval history and urban trendiness. As you take in the sites of this one-time small fishing village, you will understand why it is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s top vacation destinations. Begin your exploration on the waterfront street Rheinuferpromenade (“Rhine promenade”), which connects the historic Old Town with the MedianHafen (i.e. the modern harbor). Visit landmarks like the Rathaus (City Hall), Burgplatz, St. Lambertus Basilica and Rheinpark. Stroll the luxurious shops along the renowned Konigsallee, Germany’s most elegant avenue. With its beautifully restored houses, bridges, and fountains; the promenade is more than just a shoppers’ paradise but also an attraction itself. At the end of Konigsallee, you will find yourself in the tranquil Hofgarten, Dusseldorf’s version of New York’s Central Park. The park is home to the spectacular Schloss Jagerhof palace, a stunning reproduction of 18th century Rococo architecture. Complete the day in Old Town, locally nicknamed “the longest bar in the world”, with a glass of the local specialty Altbier.

Arrival: 7:00 AM
Depart: 2:30 PM

Bonn is much more than just the former capital of Germany. Previously known as the ‘federal village’, and now an internationally renowned hub of commerce and culture, Bonn comes across as assured and cosmopolitan as ever. The city of Bonn straddles the Rhine River and is the birthplace of Beethoven with a memorial and museum honoring the famous composer. Nearby are Bonn Minster, a church with a Romanesque cloister and Gothic elements, the pink-and-gold Altes Rathaus, or old city hall, and Poppelsdorf Palace with its endless botanical gardens. Take a stroll in the geographical heart of Bonn with 160 hectares of green oasis similar to New York’s Central Park.

Arrival: 4:30 AM
Depart: DISEMBARK - 9 AM

Your cruise comes to an end back in the lively city of Mainz. Our hope is your journey on the waters has likewise proven refreshing, therapeutic and even healing. Depart after breakfast, with the freedom to explore this world-class city on your own. While this is the end of your cruise, your memories will live on from your Rhine Christmas Market Tour. Thank you for cruising with Teeming River Cruises, where vacations come first and memories last.

Please Note: For navigational reasons and passenger safety, Teeming River Cruises and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary as necessary. These Optional Excursions may or may not be offered, since availability is subject to number of participants and weather conditions.

Deck Plans

Cabin Options

Your cruise will take place on the MS Royal Emerald. To learn more about this ship, click here.

Availability & Pricing

Reserve Your Cabin

Standard Suite

SS100 ~ $2,292/$191 night
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SS101 ~ $2,292/$191 night
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SS104 ~ $2,340/$195 night
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SS109 ~ $2,340/$195 night
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SS110 ~ $2,388/$199 night
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SS117 ~ $2,388/$199 night
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Royal Balcony Suite

RBS314 ~ $4,092/$341 night
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RBS315 ~ $4,092/$341 night
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RBS317 ~ $4,092/$341 night
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Panorama Suite

PS336 ~ $4,092/$341 night
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PS337 ~ $4,092/$341 night
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Junior Balcony Suite

JBS201 ~ $3,738/$312 night
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JBS202 ~ $3,738/$312 night
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JBS301 ~ $3,888/$324 night
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JBS302-HC ~ $3,888/$324 night
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Deluxe Balcony Suite

DBS203 ~ $3,288/$274 night
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DBS204 ~ $3,288/$274 night
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DBS205 ~ $3,288/$274 night
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DBS211 ~ $3,288/$274 night
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DBS212 ~ $3,288/$274 night
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DBS303 ~ $3,492/$291 night
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DBS304 ~ $3,492/$291 night
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DBS312 ~ $3,492/$291 night
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Balcony Suites

BS224-SGL ~ $2,388/$199 night
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BS232 ~ $2,742/$229 night
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BS233 ~ $2,742/$229 night
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BS234 ~ $2,742/$229 night
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BS235 ~ $2,742/$229 night
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BS226 ~ $2,790/$233 night
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BS227 ~ $2,790/$233 night
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BS228 ~ $2,790/$233 night
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BS229 ~ $2,790/$233 night
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BS230 ~ $2,790/$233 night
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BS231 ~ $2,790/$233 night
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BS220 ~ $2,892/$241 night
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BS225 ~ $2,892/$241 night
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BS214 ~ $2,988/$249 night
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BS217 ~ $2,988/$249 night
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BS218 ~ $2,988/$249 night
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BS219 ~ $2,988/$249 night
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BS334 ~ $3,090/$258 night
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BS335 ~ $3,090/$258 night
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BS330 ~ $3,138/$262 night
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BS331 ~ $3,138/$262 night
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BS332 ~ $3,138/$262 night
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BS333 ~ $3,138/$262 night
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BS324 ~ $3,192/$266 night
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BS325 ~ $3,192/$266 night
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BS326 ~ $3,192/$266 night
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BS327 ~ $3,192/$266 night
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BS328 ~ $3,192/$266 night
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BS329 ~ $3,192/$266 night
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BS318 ~ $3,288/$274 night
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BS319 ~ $3,288/$274 night
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BS320 ~ $3,288/$274 night
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BS321 ~ $3,288/$274 night
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BS322 ~ $3,288/$274 night
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BS323 ~ $3,288/$274 night
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What's Included

Highlights and Notes

Highlights of What’s Included:

  • Welcome & Farewell Receptions with Sparkling wine & hors-d’oeuvres
  • Welcome Aboard Dinner & Farewell Dinner
  • Locally inspired cuisine
  • Early Riser Breakfast in addition to Buffet Breakfast
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Midnight Snack
  • Complimentary Coffee & Tea
  • Drink packages available
    • The Basic Drink Package includes house wine, beer (draft beer only), and sodas for lunch and dinner in the restaurant. The Drink Package does not include drinks in the ship’s lounge. ($15 per day)
      • 13 day cruise: $180 per person
      • 6  day cruise: $75 per person
      • 8 day cruise: $105 per person
    • The Premium Drink Package includes house wine, beer (draft beer only), soft drinks, juices, bottles of mineral water (sparkling and still) and long drinks (house whiskey, gin and vodka). This package is available all day. ($25 per day)
      • 13 day cruise: $300 per person
      • 6 day cruise: $125 per person
      • 8 day cruise: $175 per person
    • There is a Corking Fee on board of 8 euro for any alcohol enjoyed outside your cabin.
    • All other drinks and cocktails are available at an additional cost.
    • (Must purchase for entire cruise)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi will not support large photos, videos, streaming movies, etc. It is only good enough for texting and emails of minimal size)
  • TeemingRC/PopGuide App City Walking Tour in all ports
  • Tech Talks
    • Using Your Smartphone As Your Personal Tour Guide
      • How to Navigate with your Smartphone without cell service or date
  • Daily Port Talks- We Give You the Tools to “Explore More for Less!”
    • Museums/Sites/History/Architecture
      • Opening Times
      • Information on Entry Fees
      • Location
      • Explore On Your Own Information
  • Musician for Live Music On board
  • Room Steward and Twice Daily Housekeeping Service
  • Evening Turn-down Service

Trip Notes:

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
  • Disruptions in cruising and itinerary may occur (low/high water levels).
  • Prices are for cruises only. Flights are not included.
  • Tax and Port charges are not included in cruise fare.
  • Transfers to and from the airport are not included in cruise fare.
  • Shore Excursions are not included in cruise fare. These may be purchased for an additional cost.
  • Due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased.
  • Please be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to many common questions.