Wednesday 21 October
 5-Star Rhine River Xmas Markets Cruise
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With this week's Rewarding Times, we have teamed up with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises to offer a 5-Star Rhine River Christmas Markets All-Inclusive River Cruise, 8 days long from Cologne to Basel, departing 12 December 2016 and visiting Cologne, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Strasbourg and Basel. This incredible offer is only €1799 per person sharing, down from €3218 per person sharing. 


Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection—the world's only authentic boutique cruise line™—features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, exclusive excursions, gourmet cuisine, and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry. Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia, India, and Egypt—a total of 22 rivers in 26 countries worldwide. Uniworld is a member of CLIA and is highly regarded by discerning travellers, media, and cruise industry experts:

  • Voted “Best Specialist Cruise Company” by the Irish Travel Industry (2016)
  • Winner of “Best Canal or River Cruise Company” by the Irish Travel Media (2016)
  • Voted the "World's Best River Cruise" by Travel + Leisure (2016)
  • Included on Condé Nast Traveller’s Gold List for seven years (2008 – 2014)
  • Top 3 ranking on Condé Nast Traveller’s "Top Ten Cruise Lines" (river & ocean)
  • Top 4 ranking on Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards for "Top Cruise Lines" (2014)
  • Named "Best Luxury River Cruise Line" by Cruise International (2012 – 2015)
  • Named “Best New River Cruise Ship” for the S.S. Maria Theresa by Cruise International (2015)
  • Named "Best Culinary Cruise Line" by readers of SAVEUR (2014 – 2015)
  • Named “River Cruise Line of the Year” and “Best River Cruise Line” by readers of Food & Travel (2015)
  • Awarded “Best Overall River Line,” “Best New River Ship” for the S.S. Maria Theresa and “Best Shore Excursions” (river) by the editors at Cruise Critic (2015


All of Uniworld’s cruises include accommodation in an ultra-luxury riverview stateroom, captivating daily onboard and local entertainment, all meals (fine dining) & unlimited beverages onboard, all gratuities onboard and onshore, complimentary use of bicycles, free Internet and Wi-Fi access and return private airport transfers.


Switzerland, France and Germany provide the perfect backdrop for this true connoisseur’s Christmas markets cruise. Discover the roots of our Christmas traditions as you explore some of Europe’s most charming towns on a luxury, all-inclusive Rhine River cruise. Savour tantalizing once-a-year treats with Uniworld’s “Taste of Christmas” programme, including gingerbread, crepes with cinnamon and warm spiced wine. Revel in brightly painted carousels and handmade ornaments, medieval squares illuminated by twinkling lights, life-sized Nativity figures and joyful brass choirs. Sail through castle-strewn hillsides and visit charming towns decked in holiday finery for a holiday season you will never forget.


Excursions/Experiences included in the cruise: 

  • 3 countries: France, Germany, Switzerland
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “European Christmas Traditions, from the Nutcracker to the Tannenbaum”
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Taste of Christmas” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks



  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water.



  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the exquisite S.S. Antoinette
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access


Day-to-Day Excursions Included in Cruise:

Day 1 – Cologne

Arrive at Cologne Bonn Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.


Day 2 – Cologne

FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit and Christmas markets

Christmas is the perfect time to visit Cologne and its famous Gothic cathedral. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a shrine said to contain relics of the Magi—the Three Kings—which has attracted religious pilgrims for centuries. Cologne has no fewer than eight Christmas markets, and you’ll have ample time to explore them at your own pace following your walking tour. Be sure to visit the Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market, as well as the Alter Market, Neurmarkt and the Medieval Market in front of the Chocolate Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.


Day 3 – Koblenz

FEATURED EXCURSION: Koblenz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

In Koblenz, head ashore to explore the Koblenz Christmas Market, filled with charming stands brimming with handcrafted gifts, old-fashioned toys, roasted chestnuts and giant gingerbread hearts. Later, your ship will cruise along a spectacularly scenic 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape lined with dozens of fairytale castles.


Day 4 – Rüdesheim

FEATURED EXCURSION: Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments with Christmas Market

In Rüdesheim, located in the heart of the fabled Rhine Valley, you can see a lighthearted collection of self-playing musical instruments at a local museum. Browse the stalls of Rüdesheim’s unique Christmas Market, which highlights Christmas traditions from around the world. Browse more than 120 stalls packed with holiday delights, and don’t miss Rüdesheim’s amazing, life-sized Nativity scene—one of the largest in Germany.


Day 5 – Heidelberg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full-day Heidelberg tour with Christmas Market OR exclusive Doktorenhof Vinegar Estate visit and tasting

Your tour of Heidelberg—one of Germany’s most beautiful cities—will take you past the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle and the Old Town’s lavishly decorated shops, followed by free time to explore the local Christmas Market. Or, opt for an excursion to the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made with honey- and herb-infused wine vinegars.


Day 6 – Strasbourg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Strasbourg by canal with Christmas Market OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour

Strasbourg is particularly picturesque during the festive holiday season, as you’ll discover on a canal cruise through Petite France, a neighbourhood of cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. Your tour concludes with a visit inside magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral. Just outside, in the cathedral square, you’ll find Strasbourg’s famous marche de Nöel, the largest and oldest Christmas Market in France, ideally situated in the historic heart of the city. Or, enjoy the flavours of the season on a “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour.


Day 7 – Basel

FEATURED EXCURSION: Basel walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

Your walking discovery tour will introduce you to Basel and its marvellous Christmas Market, located in the heart of the Old Town. With more than 150 stands, it offers many locally made craft items, unique ornaments and delicious seasonal baked goods. Later, take a stroll down Christmas Street, beautifully decorated with more than 100 Christmas trees adorned with twinkling lights. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.


Day 8 – Basel

Disembark the ship and transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home, or extend your stay in Basel and Lucerne.





  • Return airport to port transfers available at allocated times
  • Accommodation in an ultra-luxury category 4 riverview stateroom onboard the S.S Antoinette.
  • Port taxes
  • All onboard fine dining meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks) including Welcome dinner and Gala Dinner.
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, and specialty coffee & tea
  • Programme of daily shore excursions, carefully crafted onboard entertainment & signature lectures
  • All gratuities


  • Vouchers can be redeemed up until 30th Sep 2016 however bookings must be made immediately on purchase of the voucher by calling Uniworld on 01 7753803 as cabins are limited.
  • 100% cancellation fee applies once cruise is booked.
  • Multiple vouchers can be purchased
  • Single supplement applies, please contact Uniworld for further information.
  • Any upgrades to different cabins will incur extra fees
  • Reservations are subject to confirmation from Uniworld
  • Insurance is extra
  • Flights are extra
  • This offer can only be booked in quantities of 2



Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
The Travel Corporation
27 Merrion Square North,
Dublin 2,

T: +35317753803


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