I have been reading about various cruises available this Christmas. One that I especially like is the Rhine Cruise to see the Christmas Markets. This combines my favourite things, Christmas, shopping, sightseeing and a relaxing cruise.

The cruise starts in Cologne, Germany and takes you along the Rhine stopping in Koblenz, Rudesheim, Heidelberg, Strasbourg and finally to Basel, Switzerland. Of course there are several other variations of this. But, all have a lovely itinerary and give you a delightful taste of the old towns of the region.

You get to see the land where so many of our Christmas traditions began, Christmas trees, nutcrackers, gingerbread, candy canes and of course the legend of St. Nicholas himself.

There are walking tours of the cities, you will see quaint old inns, beautiful churches, lovely old mansion houses, wonderous museums, and of course the wonderful Christmas Markets. These cruises also allow you plenty of free time to sightsee or relax on your own.

Added to this are the evenings spent on board ship. After all that shopping and sightseeing you will welcome a relaxing drink and a delicious dinner spent in convivial company. What a wonderful way to start the Holiday Season.

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