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Holiday Markets

Dec. 4–12, 2019

Tour Operator: AHI Travel

Activity Level: Moderate

UW Study Abroad director Wolf Latsch adds his unique perspectives to this a seven-night Rhine River cruise taking you to holiday markets in France, Germany and Switzerland. Explore these lively fairs, filled with Old World decorations, delicious holiday treats and more. Aboard the MS Amadeus Silver III, you’ll unpack once and enjoy an intimate view of European History as you glide along in comfort.

Single supplement waived for solo travelers! This offer is limited, capacity controlled and tends to sell out quickly, so book early to reserve your space.


  • Relax on deck as the river’s glorious scenery unfolds around you, vistas of clifftop castles, medieval villages and forested hills
  • Be immersed in the joyful spirit of the holiday markets amid festive music, fragrant aromas and colorful pageantry
  • Gaze upward in awe at the soaring spires of Cologne Cathedral, a true Gothic masterpiece
  • Delight in the quaint timbered houses and cobbled streets of Grande Île, the historic heart of Strasbourg
  • Taste wonderful, crisp wines from the Alsace and Rhine Valley regions
  • Experience three UNESCO World Heritage sites

About the speaker

Portrait: Wolf LatschWolf Latsch is director of UW Study Abroad, overseeing the UW’s international programs and exchanges. He received his D.Phil. (PhD) in Economics from the University of Oxford in 2000. He has taught economics and international studies at the University of Oxford, Northwestern University, and at the UW, where he arrived in 2003. Latsch was awarded the UWAA’s ‘Favorite Professor’ award in 2005 and has been nominated for both the UW’s distinguished faculty and distinguished staff awards. Latsch was born in Heidelberg and is a native of Germany (both sides of his family come from towns along the Rhine that are part of this cruise). His research interests are in economic history, especially Britain and the eighteenth century. He is an affiliate faculty member in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies where he previously worked as an assistant professor, director of the International Studies B.A. program, and director of academic services.


Day 1: Depart gateway city

Day 2: Arrive in Frankfurt | Transfer to Cologne and MS Amadeus Silver II

Day 3: Cologne

Day 4: Rhine Gorge | Rudesheim

Day 5: Speyer | Heidelberg

Day 6: Strasbourg

Day 7: Breisach | Freiburg

Day 8: Basel

Day 9: Disembark ship | Transfer to Zürich airport and depart for gateway city

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Spend three nights in Interlaken, Switzerland.

Program Itinerary is subject to change. See final brochure for complete details.

Cost Details

Cruise rates vary by cabin category. Please see tour brochure for details.

Please consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your trip. Learn more.

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We very much enjoyed this tour. The highlight was having the opportunity to visit each of these charming German towns and feel the holiday spirit.
Brian,’77, and Elizabeth Morrison

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