2023 Holiday Markets Cruise

Nov. 26 – Dec. 4, 2023 – Waitlist only (Join the waitlist.)
Trip Operator: AHI Travel (Learn more, and book online.)
Price: From $2,795 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 9 days
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Feel the magic of the holidays in Germany and France on a 7-night Rhine River cruise. Celebrate centuries-old traditions in festive markets aglow with twinkling lights and good cheer and overflowing with handmade decorations and other treasures. Savor the sounds of carolers and bells and the scent of nutmeg, cinnamon and fresh pine in the air. Visit Heidelberg’s castle and enjoy an exclusive musical performance in the romantic old town.

You’ll also stroll through Freiburg, a vibrant university city, and admire the details of Cologne’s spectacular cathedral. In the ports of Breisach, Strasbourg, Rüdesheim and Düsseldorf, choose excursions that fit your interests, such as wine tastings, culinary tours or cultural experiences. Aboard your exclusively chartered, first-class ship, revel in the beauty of the Rhine Gorge and sip warm, spicy Glühwein. This heartwarming journey includes an ample meal plan, plus wine and beer with lunch and dinner. There is no supplement for solo travelers.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Basel | Embark ship
  • Day 3 : Breisach | Freiburg
  • Day 4 : Strasbourg
  • Day 5 : Mannheim | Heidelberg
  • Day 6 : Rüdesheim | Rhine Gorge | Cologne
  • Day 7 : Cologne
  • Day 8 : Düsseldorf
  • Day 9 : Disembark ship | Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a Carolina Alumni member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or become a Carolina Alumni member online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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