23536
France

Joyeux Noël! Discover Strasbourg’s Christmas Markets by Barge

Sip on hot mulled wine. Sample fresh gingerbread. Watch the twinkling lights. Make this a holiday to remember on a special learning adventure in Strasbourg’s Christmas markets.
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Program No. 23536RJ
Length
8 days
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3,699
Flights start at
775

At a Glance

The historic streets of Strasbourg come alive as the city’s Christmas markets offer tradition, local craftsmanship and delectable culinary treats during the holiday season. Experience the heart of Strasbourg’s Christmas cheer on this special learning adventure that begins in Paris and leads you to the Christkindelsmärik — Strasbourg’s oldest Christmas market — by barge. Explore the beautiful Strasbourg Cathedral, enjoy a wine tasting in Riquewihr, and join a local expert for a walk through the old town of Colmar where festive lights and a Christmas concert help to welcome in the holiday season.
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Best of all, you'll ...

  • Spend three nights in Paris before making your way to Strasbourg to explore the Musee d’Orsay, Opera Garnier and other iconic Parisian landmarks.
  • Sample traditional spiced mulled wine as you delight in the charming beauty of Christkindelsmärik —Strasbourg’s Christmas market and the oldest Christmas market in France.
  • Marvel at the festive illuminations in the old town of Colmar during an expert-led walk.

General Notes

Current Events in Paris: Due to the fire at Notre Dame, the cathedral is closed to visitors. Road Scholar programs that visit île de la Cité will be able to see the outside of the cathedral, but we will not be able to go inside. Also, because of the ongoing protests in Paris, we may need to make last-minute changes to the itinerary to avoid visiting areas blocked by protesters.
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Audrey Riehm
Audrey Riehm was born in Strasbourg — where the culture is a mix of German discipline and French “savoir vivre.” She worked 11 years in the hospitality industry in such amazing places as her beloved Alsace as well as Saint Martin, French West Indies. She’s been leading groups for 10 years on European and mainly French waterways, especially the canals that hold a special place in her heart. Audrey is excited to share with you this very authentic way of traveling through France.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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