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 2017 Quilters European Christmas Market River Cruise
with Viking Cruise Lines

December 1 to December 9, 2017

With an optional extension tour which includes

Basel and Zurich, Switzerland and Mulhouse, France
December 9 - 12, 2017

SOLD OUT - waitlist accepted, please inquire.

 


Our Quilter European Christmas Market tours have always been a popular choice, and on our 2017 tour we will be cruising through the loveliest areas of Europe while enjoying all that the Christmas Season here has to offer.  We have also arranged an extension tour, and following our river cruise, you will have option to enjoy 4 additional days in Basel, Mulhouse, France (which many consider to be the home of modern printed fabric history), and Zurich, Switzerland.  

Join World of Quilts Travel founder, Deb Roberts, on our Viking Cruise Line Longship, the Hiln, as we sail along the Rhine River through the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland on our Christmas Market adventure.  The spirit and romance of the holidays will come alive with the scents of mulled spices and traditional caroling in every village along our way.  Not only will we be touring some of Europe's finest historic castles and sights, but during our Christmas Market visits we will enjoy an array of stalls brimming with unique handcrafted gifts and ornaments, as well as delicious traditional treats of the area.  Always a favorite, the Christmas Markets of Europe are sure to become one of your best holiday memories.

Our similar Christmastime cruise for 2016 sold out by the end of March - please do not risk disappointment by delaying your registration.

Itinerary:

December 1, 2017:  Depart from your home city to Amsterdam.  Our FREE to FLY® program allows you  to depart from the city of your choice, negotiate your best price or use mileage plans or points if you prefer, and not have the hassle of having to meet up with a group at an appointed airport.  You leave when you want and from where you want  Dinner should be served on your flight with a light breakfast before arrival in the morning.  OR, you may purchase airfare directly from Viking at a substantial savings, just let us know. (D, B)

December 2, 2017: Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to our ship.* After boarding, the afternoon is yours to explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits and you are interested, you may wish to visit the Anne Frank House. The ship will depart around 4PM.  (D)

December 3, 2017: Kinderdijk, Netherlands - Today we arrive in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a tour of this ingenious network of charming windmills You learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus you enter an actual working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. We will enjoy the area Christmas markets before returning to the ship.  Later in the afternoon we will have several Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and you may try your hand at sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). Cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

December 4, 2017: Cologne, Germany - Continuing along the Rhine this morning we will arrive in Cologne and disembark for a walking tour together. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church, and spend some time inside Cologne’s Dom, a remarkable Gothic cathedral whose construction was begun in 1248 and which was only completed in 1880. We will explore the Christmas Markets, cafés and shops on our own—our guide and program directory will also be available as needed to help you with planning your afternoon. Dinner is served aboard and we remain docked until late evening. (B, L, D)

December 5, 2017: Koblenz & Rüdesheim, Germany -As we proceed along the Rhine, once we arrive at todays port, we will tour 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and its museum. Lunch aboard as you enjoy this scenic passage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where castles overlook the river from their hilltop locations. Christmas Markets will be included   Later in the afternoon we arrive in Rüdesheim.  Here we will spend free time in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse enjoying the markets and take the opportunity to sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars—dine aboard or in town if you prefer. Ship departs after midnight. (B, L, D)

December 6, 2017: Heidelberg & Speyer - Cruise through the morning enjoying brunch and the passing scenery. Arrive in Mannheim and disembark for a journey to Heidelberg to see Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Then visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle, and take in the scenery of the Neckar River Valley and the city’s many red rooftops from its hilltop location. Continue with a walking tour through the Old Town to Heidelberg’s renowned gates.

Rejoin our ship in Speyer this afternoon and take some time experience the spirit and sound of the season. Our dock is in full view of the imposing Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 11th century on the site of a former basilica, the building’s design was highly influential upon Romanesque architecture for centuries to come, and is the final resting place of eight German monarchs. Its soaring interior features graceful rows of sandstone columns and a large stained-glass window installed in the western façade during a later Gothic period. (B, L, D)

December 7, 2017: Strasbourg - This morning we will dock in Kehl and disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg where we will see the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city’s famed cathedral. The afternoon is free to further explore their incredible Christmas Markets at the foot of the historic Strasbourg Cathedral. You enjoy this Alsatian city’s blend of French and German cultures—fabulous churches, medieval covered bridges, beautiful parks and some lovely Art Nouveau and modernist architecture. Dine aboard and enjoy free time this evening in the quaint little city of Kehl. (B, L, D)

December 8, 2017: Breisach - After cruising through the night we will arrive  in Breisach, which is the gateway to the Black Forest. We will enjoy a scenic excursion through the area’s renowned mountain landscape, rolling meadows and dense forests. A visit to a local cuckoo-clock workshop to learn how the clocks are made will be a highlight of the day. We will return to Breisach for some free time before an early evening departure. Or, you may choose an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar. Dine aboard while we cruise on to Basel, arriving around midnight. (B, L, D)

December 9, 2017: Basel

After breakfast, we will disembark.  Those who are not joining our optional tour to Mulhouse and Zurich will proceed to the airport for your return flight unless you have made other arrangements.

Optional Tour:  Following breakfast and good-bye's, we will be met in Basel by a deluxe coach and be dropped for our first stop at the central Basel Christmas Market area.  Enjoy mulled cider or fresh coffee as you wander around the beautiful Basel square, taking in the sights while picking up some wonderful Swiss handcrafts as gifts.  Then, it is on to Mulhouse, France, which is the European home to modern printed fabric history.  Mulhouse is known throughout the area, in fact the world as the home to fabric printing mills in the 18th and 19th centuries and the city was built around the bustling business of these mills.  Even though the mills are long gone, Mulhouse has not forgotten its textile heritage.  During the Christmas Market season, the town celebrates with decorations made from the a specially selected fabric of the year.  While here, we will enjoy the spirit of textiles only found in Mulhouse where we will have a special private tour of the Museum of Printed Textiles.  After our time in Mulhouse, we will go to Zurich where we will also be able to enjoy Swiss holiday sights and sounds and see the world's largest Christmas tree that is decorated with over 1,000,000 Swarovski Crystals ornaments.

Itinerary, Optional Tour
December 9, Mulhouse: Upon arrival into Mulhouse, we will check into our historic art deco 4 star hotel where the remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy on our own. Be sure to head toward the town square to see the Mulhouse City Hall decorated from top to bottom with red and green holiday fabric, reproduced from one of thousands of early printed samples just for the 2014 Christmas Season.  The best example of the city's fabric traditions is the draped City Hall which stands proudly in front of the Christmas Market stalls filled with local favorites. B.

December 10, Mulhouse;  Today, we will visit the Museum of Printed Textiles for a tour and time to enjoy their spectacular Christmas Market Boutique.  The museum goes all out to create special fabric and textile related items which they sell only during the holiday season.  After our museum visit, the remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy the area.  You may choose to return to the Mulhouse Market or take the train to the charming town of Colmar for another view of Christmas, Alsatian style.  You are also not too far from Germany's Black Forest and it is just a short train ride away to another wonderful Holiday market.

December 11, Zurich.  We will travel this morning to Zurich.  Our hotel will be located within walking distance of the city center and the spectacular Christmas market at the Zurich train station.  You will feel as if you have been transported back in time in the old station where you will find market stalls surrounding the centerpiece, and incredible 50' tall tree decorated from top to bottom with 1,000,000 Swarovski crystal ornaments.

December 12, Zurich: Today, we depart Europe for home.  Departure is independent as everyone has individual flights.  Our guide will be able to help you make any airport arrangements.

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Your all inclusive Christmas Market Cruise pricing begins at $1999 and  includes:

  • Beautiful outside cabin accommodations on the Viking Tialfi,

  • Welcome gathering

  • All onboard meals and beverages, including: regional wines, beer, cocktails, espresso, soft drinks, bottled water

  • Al fresco happy hours

  • Free Wi-Fi

  • Special Holiday surprises and quilty giveaways for everyone

  • Government fees and port surcharges

  • Daily shore tours and excursions

  • Village Christmas Markets

  • Hands-on demonstrations in cuckoo clock-making, wooden shoe-carving or glassblowing

  • Classes in cooking specialties like apple strudel and Alsatian flammkuchen

  • Traditional performances of folk music and dance, or waltzes by Strauss

  • Special tasting of local cheeses, coffees, liqueurs and other delicacies

  • While there is not a specific workshop for this cruise, we will offer a wool appliqué project designed especially for the Christmas season.  The kit and materials are included in the cost of your cruise. (Image will be posted during 2017.)

 

Our Optional Post Cruise extension to Basel, Mulhouse and Zurich includes

  • 4 days/3 Nights hotel accommodations

  • Special gifts and traditional Alsatian surprises

  • Full buffet breakfast daily

  • All transfers via deluxe motorcoach

  • Basel, Mulhouse and Zurich Christmas Market opportunities

  • 24/7 Bilingual tour director services

  • Entry to and tour of Museum of Printed Textiles - Mulhouse

We specialize in small groups, as such we have limited availability

 

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 CATEGORY Cost per person,
double occupancy
Cost per person, single occupancy
F - Standard Outside Window SOLD OUT    
E - Standard Outside Window  SOLD OUT  

D - French Balcony

SOLD OUT  
C - French Balcony SOLD OUT  
B - Verandah SOLD OUT  
A- Verandah SOLD OUT  
AA-Suite SOLD OUT  
     
Optional Tour $1299 $1895
Insurance cost is approximately 8-10% of your trip cost.   Above prices include a savings discount for those who pay by cash.  The regular cruise price with out the cash discount is approximately 3% more.

 

Our project will be similar to this wool appliqué candle mat.

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, there may be times when tours, teachers, itinerary, inclusions, projects and schedules may need to change without notice.  In order to participate in related activities, all cruises and tours offered through World of Quilts Travel must be booked through Deb Roberts Tours.  We cannot make exceptions, thank you for your understanding.  Deb Roberts' Tours is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions.

Contact Information: Telephone -  USA (001) 714 325-5708       FAX:  760 - 772 8038      E-mail: worldofquiltstravel@gmail.com

COPYRIGHT 2004-2014 DEB ROBERTS -  Itineraries, images or text may not be used without written permission.

Trips, itineraries and provided information are the intellectual property of Deb Roberts Tours and protected under copyright law.

World of Quilts is a subsidiary of Deb Roberts' Tours which is a California registered seller of travel (#2090694-40) and is a participant in the Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation.

All rights reserved.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, there may be times when tours, teachers, itinerary, inclusions, projects, special offers and schedules may need to change or be canceled without notice.  In order to participate in related activities, all cruises and tours offered through World of Quilts Travel must be booked through Deb Roberts Tours.  We cannot make exceptions, thank you for your understanding.  Deb Roberts' Tours is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions.

Contact Information: Telephone -  USA (001) 646 84 QUILT or 646 847-8458     E-mail: worldofquiltstravel@gmail.com

COPYRIGHT 2004-2018 DEBORAH ROBERTS -  Itineraries, images or text may not be used without written permission

Trips, itineraries and provided information are the intellectual property of Deb Roberts Tours and protected under copyright law.

World of Quilts is a subsidiary of Deb Roberts' Tours which is a California registered seller of travel (#2090694-40) and is a participant in the Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation.

All rights reserved.