9 Day Thanksgiving Rhine & Main River Cruise

9 Day Thanksgiving Rhine & Main River Cruise

Starting at $2,599

Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals

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Destination & Sightseeing

  • Flights New York-Basel, Munich-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class Monarch Countess
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

Special Features

  • Visit the Alsace capital of Strasbourg, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Explore Frankfurt, a city of contrast with both modern and historical influences
  • Visit Wertheim, famous for its glasswork and Franconian wine
  • Discover Wurzburg, known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”
  • Walk in Bamberg's medieval center with its 11th century Romanesque cathedral
  • In Nuremberg, view the historis Palace of Justice where the Nuremberg Trials were held

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English

Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates


DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Switzerland
Depart for Basel, Switzerland

DAY 2, Monday - Cruise Embarkation in Basel
Arrive in Basel and transfer to the port. Embarkation will begin at 2:00 pm. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board. This evening, the Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruiseOvernight: River CruiseMeals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Strasbourg City Tour
A lovely day awaits you in Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, situated on the border of France and Germany, blending the cultures of both countries. Discover Strasbourg on the tour highlighting the city's center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Of special note is the stunning Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture that houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence. See the magical La Petite France district, home to quaint shops and charming bistros, Place Kleber, a large historic square in the center of the city and Place Gutenberg, dedicated to the inventor of the printing press. This afternoon depart for FrankfurtOvernight: River CruiseMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - Frankfurt City Tour & Christmas Market
This morning, take a walking tour of the city with your local guide. Frankfurt is home of the European Central Bank and financial heart of Germany. Situated on the banks of the River Main, Frankfurt is a city of contrasts. Its famous modern skyline is a striking backdrop of the historical town center, or Römerberg. Spend the afternoon at the Frankfurt Christmas Market. Held for over 600 years, this traditional market is the highlight of the holiday season. A variety of stalls feature unique decorations and holiday gifts. A visit to the market is not complete without a glass of mulled wine and some local delicaciesOvernight: River CruiseMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Wertheim City Tour
This afternoon, stroll through Wertheim on your guided tour, a charming German town well-known for its glassworks and Franconian wine. View half-timbered houses and the medieval town centre with its historic Market Square. In the afternoon, your time at the markets could be spent enjoying a classic German pretzelOvernight: River CruiseMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Wurzburg City Tour & Christmas Market
Discover Wurzburg, named the "Pearl of the Romantic Road",with its dramatic Marienberg fortress, 15th century bridge and lush vineyards. Your walk takes you to the ornate Bishops' Residenz Palace, a stunning example of Baroque architecture, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, visit the Christmas markets and browse the various wooden stalls. Look out for handmade knitwear, creative jewelry, pewter and wooden toys. Sample delicious Franconian Christmas specialties along with traditional Gluhwein, a popular hot red wine infused with spices and orange peelOvernight: River CruiseMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Bamberg City Tour & Christmas Market
This afternoon, dock in historic Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your tour in the medieval city center with its impressive 11th century Romanesque cathedral and gorgeous rose garden. After, view the very unusual City Hall built on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz River and Little Venice, an area of colorful fishermen's houses. Bamberg's famous Trail of Nativity Scenes comprises more than 38 churches, chapels and public places with Creches and Nativity scenes. The afternoon is yours to discover the various festive marketsOvernight: River CruiseMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Nuremberg City Tour & Christmas Market
Continue cruising this morning and marvel at the stunning scenery along the way. This morning, arrive in Nuremberg, Bavaria's energetic city with its history of almost one thousand years. View the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946, known as the Nuremberg Trials, and the chilling Nazi Rally Grounds where mass events were held to fuel the party propaganda. After destruction in WWII, the city has been painstakingly reconstructed, returning to some of its former glory. Explore the renowned Christmas market in the Old Town which attracts visitors from all over the world. The air is scented with a Yuletide aroma of roasted almonds, fresh gingerbread and hot chestnuts. Look up and see the golden angel in her white dress and jeweled crown, symbol of this magical marketOvernight: River CruiseMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - Depart Germany
This morning transfer to the airport in Munich for your departure flight. The airport is approximately a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from the port. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 amMeals: Breakfast