Scot and Maurine Proctor were joined by Reiner Marks, Director of Business Development for Viking Cruises on Thursday, August 12 in a livestream Webinar for the Christmas Markets Cruise the Proctors will be escorting. 

If you missed the opportunity to join that Webinar live, here is a link to review the meeting:

Immerse yourself in the joyful spirit of Germany’s Christmas markets during this 8-day Rhine River cruise with the Proctors.  

Delight your senses with the season’s delicate ornaments, handmade toys, sweet cookies, and oh the gingerbread! This is Christmas at its most traditional, the perfect complement to exploring historic and architectural treasures from the soaring Cologne cathedral, the windmills at Kinderdijk, and timber houses in Germany and France.  And with festive onboard events, you’ll rejoice in perfect holiday traditions.  

You will not be able to get enough of the endless colorful ornaments and handmade toys as the aroma of spicy glühwein fills the air. For eight days, you will cruise the Rhine between Amsterdam and Basel, Switzerland, where the Cobblestone streets will be Illuminated by the Holiday lights and Christmas markets to add to the holiday spirit brimming with good cheer.

It is the closest experience imaginable to being in a Christmas snow globe. This is the perfect, heartwarming trip your soul needs in 2021! 

Days 1-2: Monday and Tuesday, December 6 and 7, 2021 6

Home Cities – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, you may wish to visit the Rijksmuseum, or the van Gogh Museum next door.

Meals : Dinner

Day 3: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Kinderdijk, Netherlands

This morning we sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. You learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus you enter a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Return on board for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. We cruise through the night.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Cologne, Germany

Begin your day with a morning tour of Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church and see the Dom, Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your free time enjoying Cologne’s atmospheric waterfront, or perhaps join an optional excursion on which you ascend to the Dom’s roof for up-close views of the cathedral’s architecture and bird’s-eye vistas of Cologne. Afterward, return on board for dinner. After, return to your ship for a late-evening departure.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Friday, December 10, 2021

Koblenz, Germany

Proceed along the Rhine, disembarking for a lively and informative tour of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Alternately, choose an optional excursion to tour the 700-year-old Marksburg Castle, or enjoy an optional guided exploration of Koblenz on foot. After, enjoy an onboard lunch as you cruise the scenic Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where turreted castles and fortresses overlook the river from their hilltop posts. Arrive in Rüdesheim in the late afternoon. Spend free time in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse and dine on board your ship, or in town if you prefer. You may also choose to experience one of our optional dinners on shore tonight. We depart after midnight.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Saturday, December 11, 2021

Speyer, Germany

Cruise into midmorning as you enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, enjoy an included tour to visit the historic town of Speyer and take in views of the imposing Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 11th century on the site of a former basilica, the building’s design influenced Romanesque architecture for centuries to come, and is the final resting place of eight German monarchs. Alternatively, after breakfast, you may choose to disembark for a full day tour of Heidelberg, the home of Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle and admire the Neckar River Valley. Continue with a walking tour through Old Town to Heidelberg’s renowned gates. After lunch, visit the historic town of Speyer on your way back to your ship.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Sunday, December 12, 2021

Strasbourg, France

We dock this morning in Kehl and disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city’s famed cathedral. The afternoon is free to further explore this Alsatian city’s blend of French and German cultures, resplendent churches, medieval covered bridges, verdant parks and handsome art nouveau and modernist architecture. Spend your full day exploring culinary Strasbourg on an optional excursion; as you explore the city and take in its sights, savor samples of the renowned Alsatian cuisine, from regional dessert specialties and meats. On board this evening, enjoy a Taste of Germany dinner event. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Monday, December 13, 2021

Breisach, Germany

Arrive in Breisach this morning, gateway to the Black Forest. Take a scenic excursion through the area’s renowned mountain landscape, rolling meadows and dense forests. Once there, visit a local workshop to see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration, and learn how Black Forest Cake is made. Return to your ship for lunch. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar to discover the storybook charm of its streets lined with medieval, Gothic and Renaissance buildings, and visit a fine arts museum. Alternately, choose an optional excursion that explores Colmar’s World War II history. Dine on board this evening and cruise on through the night. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021

Basel, Switzerland

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 nights in Lucerne or Basel, or 3 nights in Lake Como

Prices from $2998. Call Morris Murdock for more information at 801-483-6363 or check out the website here.

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