When we think of Christmas markets, most of us will conjure up images of snow-fringed windows warmly lit with twinkling lights, beautifully-decorated Christmas trees, the aroma of hot, spiced wine filling the air of the frosty cobbled streets, while vendors sell their hand-crafted wares.
This scene is found across Europe during the festive season from Germany and Switzerland, to Austria, Hungary and France. And the best way to enjoy these Christmas markets might just be by cruising from city to city on board a luxurious Uniworld ship.
From the Parisian Royal holiday to the European Holiday Markets itinerary, the best of Europe’s Christmas scenes make for memorable cruises along grand rivers. Sail the Danube from Budapest to Passau and ramble through the Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square in the Hungarian capital with a freshly-baked kürtos kalács pastry. Buy a traditional šúpolie figurine in Bratislava and follow the lights down the Land Strasse in Linz to the Volksgarten’s fairytale Christmas display. Cruise from Nuremburg to Frankfurt with steaming mugs of glühwein for the ultimate German Christmas experience. Try Frankfurt’s famous apple cider, Bamberg’s holiday beer and Nuremberg’s gingerbread.
Rhine Holiday Markets
The Rhine Holiday Markets cruise is a sublime journey that transports you to a fairytale land of seasonal festivities. Travel the Rhine through Switzerland, France and Germany and discover the deepest roots of Christmas traditions in Europe’s most charming towns. Brightly painted carousels, handmade ornaments, medieval squares illuminated by glittering lights and Nativity scenes delight as you sail through the castle-strewn hillsides of the old world. Shop for ornaments in Basel’s Christmas Market, sip vin chaud as you stroll to Place Kléber’s brilliantly lighted tree in Strasbourg, see the baroque town hall of Koblenz transformed into an Advent calendar and hunt for treasures amid the stalls clustered around Cologne’s magnificent cathedral.
Uniworld vessels are, like Red Carnation Hotels, landmarks of refined luxury and understated elegance. Award-winning, generous hospitality from the passionate crew ensures that each cruise is an unforgettable experience. Each unique ship is beautifully designed with comfortable interiors and elegant suites, and exquisite cuisine served in stunning spaces.
At the end of each day, retreat to a luxurious suite and a supremely comfortable Savoir® of England bed. Relax in a marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products and savour Uniworld’s “Taste of Christmas” treats, including gingerbread, crepes with cinnamon and warm spiced wine.<
Uniworld offers an incomparable way to enjoy the holiday season in several of the picturesque towns of Europe, with the fine luxury and thoughtful service you would expect from a Red Carnation property.
Experience Uniworld for yourself
The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is pleased to offer a 10% saving on the Rhine Holiday Markets cruise on the S.S Antoinette, sailing from Basel to Cologne in December. Call 0808 256 1275 to secure the price of £2339 per person, including return flights and an eight-day ultra all-inclusive cruise, plus quote RCH XMAS for an exclusive £250 Red Carnation voucher.
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