is coming - Time to take a river cruise, the unique way to buy gifts
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The years go by so quickly.
It always seems that Christmas is creeping up on us yet again. What
to buy for Uncle Joe, how on earth to find something suitable for good
|This year, why not take
a unique river cruise from Amsterdam all the way to Budapest - 15 days
of sheer bliss, and the perfect locations for buying the perfect gifts.
All over Europe, Christmas markets will soon be set up with unique and
truly beautiful gifts to suit everyone. Now there is a chance to
enjoy relaxing European river cruises while doing the Christmas shopping.
On arrival in Amsterdam,
you will settle into your cabin on the deluxe ship. Then off to Leidseplein
Square, which is home to Amsterdam’s most spectacular Christmas market.
Talk about spoiled for choice with all those wonderful items on offer.
However, its not all about
shopping, as you will also take a glass-top canal boat to explore Amsterdam's
As you relax, scenes of Amsterdam
will glide by, including churches and the famous 16th century merchant
You will also enjoy a guided
walking tour of the city center with its many attractions.
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Then its off to Cologne,
the oldest city in Germany, where you will explore the Old Town, lovingly
rebuilt after the destruction during WWII. End your tour with a visit to
the Kölner Dom – a World-Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral and a true
masterwork of medieval architecture. Later in the day, you will visit the
Maritime Market next to the Rhine River for more of those perfect gifts.
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|Then its off down the Rhine
to your next destination. Cruising in the mighty Rhine Gorge with
amazing scenery passing you by, including storybook castles and vineyards,
until reaching the famous Lorelei Rock, which legend says, was haunted
by a lovelorn maiden whose singing lured sailors onto the treacherous rocks.
Later in the day, climb aboard
the Winzerexpress, which is a mini-train ride through the vineyards, with
the next stop being the fascinating Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Instrument
Museum where you will enjoy a guided tour.
Next its off to Miltenberg,
where you will enjoy a demonstration of the traditional glassblowing the
region is famous for. Then stroll around the streets with their fascinating
half-timbered buildings all the way to Miltenberg Castle. Then sail
to Wertheim and enjoy yet another guided walking tour along its charming
Along the way enjoy Würzburg,
Bamberg's traditional Christmas Market and then its on to Nuremberg where
you will tour of the sights, ending up with a trip to the Christkindlmarkt,
which showcases Franconian and German traditional arts and handicrafts.
|Off we go again to Weltenburg,
where you will be treated to a traditional Bavarian Oompah Band while touring
the famous sights, including one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube.
Next its Passau - Linz, then
Melk - Dürnstein - non-stop beautiful architecture, wonderful scenes
and shopping experiences galore. Then sail through the great Wachau
Valley and onto Dürnstein where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour
of the town.
Vienna is next, where you
will take a coach tour along the Ringstrasse to see Vienna’s world-famous
Opera House, Burgtheatre, Town Hall and the Hofburg Imperial Palace.
You can, if you wish, experience a typically Viennese concert in the evening.
Then we're off to Bratislava,
where you will tour the town and then enjoy a home-hosted afternoon tea
with a local Slovakian family, followed by an extra special invite to the
Captain’s Gala Dinner.
Cruise along the Danube to
your final destination, fascinating Budapest, where you can tour past the
Royal Palace of Buda, a hilltop castle complex with the Fisherman’s Bastion
and Matthias Church, and the iconic Chain Bridge that links Buda and Pest.
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The day ends with a traditional
Hungarian Farewell Dinner, complete with folk dancing and music, on your
last night before flying back home to your normal, everyday life, hopefully
with all your Christmas present buying problems solved.
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