Grand Circle Cruise Line are excited to announce that 2013 departures are now available for their Holiday River Cruises.

Experience cherished European holiday traditions with Grand Circle Cruise Line—recently voted the #1 “World’s Best River Cruise Line” in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards. You’ll travel in a small group of no more than 45 travelers, and your expert, resident Program Director will enrich your discoveries with insight that only a local can provide.

Start by taking a look at their trio of Holiday River Cruises, below, to learn more about the festive itineraries that await you.

Christmas Markets Along the Rhine

11 days—River Cruise only—from $1295

For many, the most satisfying way to experience the spirit of the season is through timeless European rituals. Maybe it’s the sight of medieval landscapes glittering with holiday lights, or the familiar, heartwarming melodies of “Silent Night” and “O Christmas Tree” sung in their original German. Or maybe it’s the excitement of the traditional Christkindlmarkt, brimming with handmade toys and ornaments, and filled with the delicious aromas of freshly baked cookies and hot mulled wine. Perhaps it’s a combination of all these that makes Christmastime cruising so appealing.

This River Cruise—which includes ALL meals onboard and wine with dinner—is a wonderful gift to yourself that will remain a treasured holiday memory for years to come. During your trip, you can look forward to:

  • 6 included tours, such as Baden-Baden, Mainz, and Cologne
  • A Stollen cooking demonstration
  • A Home-Hosted Kaffeeklatsch in Speyer

Christmastime on the Seine

8 days—River Cruise only—from $1295

A European River Cruise on the Seine makes a special holiday getaway, so we invite you to delight in the color and exuberance of the season in France this 2013.

Unpack just once, and enjoy ALL meals onboard—along with wine at dinner. You’ll revel in the beauty of the Seine and the romantic ambiance of Paris, truly the “City of Light” at this time of year. You’ll also hear a Christmas concert at a Rouen cathedral, visit a bustling Christmas Market, and enjoy exclusive Discovery Series events that bring memorable French holiday traditions to life. Among those highlights, you’ll:

  • Meet with locals during a Home-Hosted Visit in Vernon
  • Enjoy a scenic twilight sail of Paris
  • Savor fromage during a French cheese presentation

Christmas Markets Along the Danube

8 days—River Cruise only—from $895

Cruise the Danube River during the holidays, gliding past Christmas trees aglow with white candles as the wafting harmonies of Handel, Bach, and “Silent Night” beckon … sumptuous gingerbread cakes and spicy, nut-filled cookies tempt the palate … and the warm, happy spirit of the season is all around you.

As your ship docks in the most beloved ports of Austria and Germany, you’ll enjoy ALL meals onboard—including wine with dinner. You’ll explore the region’s craft-filled Christmas Markets, and view storybook medieval towns in all their holiday finery. In fact, myriad of discoveries await you, including:

  • Explore the 900-year-old Melk Abbey
  • Take part in Europeans Today and German Christmas Traditions discussions
  • Enjoy a glassblowing demonstration

For Reservations & Information call Grand Circle Travel toll-free: 1-800-221-2610 (North America) or visit their website at: www.gct.com

Rates in US Dollars ($USD).

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