Called “Spend the Holidays on The Rhine,” from now until Nov. 16, 2012, visitors to AmaWaterways’ Facebook page can become a fan and submit an easy entry form. One randomly selected Facebook fan will win a seven-night “Christmas on the Rhine” cruise from Dec. 27 – Jan. 3, 2013.
“We are very excited about our growing popularity on Facebook and other social media, and this sweepstakes is our way to say ‘Thank You’ to our loyal fans,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-owner. “Cruising the Rhine River and exploring Europe’s famous Christmas Markets is a magical and memorable way to celebrate the holidays.”
Europe’s Christmas Markets are a beloved holiday tradition that attracts millions of visitors every year. Starting in late November, thousands of outdoor markets and vendors spring up in city and village squares selling local food, hot mulled wine, and sweet desserts like freshly baked gingerbread and pastries. Local artisans create wooden toys, handmade crafts, ornaments and more unique gifts and stocking stuffers for loved ones back home. Visitors can explore amongst Gothic churches and half-timbered houses for the winter experience that fills the senses with holiday cheer.
AmaWaterways’ seven-night Christmas on the Rhine itinerary embarks in Basel, Switzerland, aboard the AmaCello, a 148-passenger ship. Cruising from Basel to Amsterdam, passengers will have a leisurely view of the beautiful scenery of Switzerland, France, Germany and Holland and a variety of shore excursions, including tours of:
- The “Black Forest” region, including a visit to Strasbourg, home to the oldest and largest Christmas Market in France, featuring handicrafts and sampling seasonal treats such as hot mulled wine.
- Tours of Colmar, France, plus a tasting of Alsatian wines; the medieval town of Speyer; the university city of Heidelberg and its red-walled castle and more.
- A canal cruise and city tour in Amsterdam, where passengers can also purchase local holiday souvenirs such as Delft Blue ceramics, antiques and cheese.
No purchase is necessary to enter or win the Spend the Holidays on The Rhine sweepstakes. Multiple entries are not valid. The prize includes one double occupancy cabin, cruise fare and port charges. Airfare and any relevant taxes are not included.