Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: Christmas Markets on the Rhine Cruise

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: Christmas Markets on the Rhine Cruise

Love Christmas and chocolates and creative gifts, but hate battling the frigid cold (even while sipping hot cocoa and mulled wines)?

Then a visit to Zürich’s indoor Christmas Market is sure to feel like a special holiday treat! Our Coon Rapids Travel Agent spotlight is featuring a girlfriends getaway in December 2018 with our Christmas Market Cruise down the Rhine River, including a stop in Zurich.  Wondering what you’ll experience in Zurich?  Read on to get a glimpse of Zurich at Christmas.

Zurich’s Hauptbahnhof Train Station

 

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight Christmas Markets Cruise Zurich

The festive Christmas Market held at Zürich’s busy Hauptbahnhof Train Station (aka Zürich’s Main Station) is one of the largest indoor Christmas markets in Europe. It may be a White Christmas and winter wonderland outside but keep cozy and warm in here — with 150 festively decorated market stalls to get in the yuletide spirit. The fragrant scent of cinnamon, Glühwein (mulled wine), Glögg (another mulled wine), traditional tirggel biscuits (which have been enjoyed here since 1461), Christstollen fruit loaf and roasted almonds waft through the station, beckoning commuting travelers and shoppers alike. Find handmade gifts full of character – including Christmas ornaments, jewelry and handmade candles as you listen to Christmas carols. But of course, the big showstopper here is the 50 foot Christmas tree decorated with between 5,000-7,000 Swarovski crystals and ornaments.

Touring the station

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Christmas Markets Cruise in ZurichWhile the Christmas market is a highlight, many tourists come to see the magnificence of the station. The market, which was originally starting in 1994, had humble beginnings starting with just a dozen stalls. While it has flourished in the relatively few years since its founding, its location of the Hauptbahnhof station lends it an older, more established feel.

The station, which opened in 1871, is a  Neo-Renaissance masterpiece which features an elegant triumphal arch at the main entrance and faces the dazzling Bahnhofstrasse. Richly decorated lobbies, atriums, restaurants, halls and a monumental fountain commemorating Swiss Alfred Escher – it is clear to see why it is listed as Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National Significance – and a must-see in its own right.

The Bahnhofstrasse

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight Christmas Markets in ZurichOf course, there are many other ways to celebrate Zürich’s holiday season. One of the most popular favorites is strolling down the vibrant and exclusive Bahnhofstrasse. This is Zurich’s most tantalizing shopping avenue and it is always at its most stunning when aglow for the holiday! Bahnhofstrasse is one of the most expensive and exquisite shopping avenues in the world, on par with New York City’s 5th Avenue – and home to stores like Bvlgari, Hermés, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Shopping here anytime is a special treat but during the holidays, the street becomes particularly magical. As if the bling in nearby Tiffany’s and Dior weren’t quite enough, 12,000 glittering LED lights are sure to keep the festive twinkle in shoppers’ eyes. The annual Santa Claus Parade also uses the Bahnhofstrasse as its annual route.

The Wienachtsdorf Market

The Wienachtsdorf is another one of Zürich’s popular markets. Set in Old Town by the spectacular Opera House, the market caters to shoppers with 100 red market stalls, delicious foods and artisanal goodies. Look for incredible fondue chalets and intricate wooden ornaments to add a something cheery and bright to the festivities.

The Market at Werdmuhleplatz

The Christmas Market at Werdmühleplatz is Zürich’s newest market. It is still notable for its sweet ‘singing Christmas tree.’ No, this is not some hokey electronic tree – but a many tiered stage (rising up in the shape of a tree), where kids line around and sing out carols. This sweet and charming small market is sure to charm you as you shop and explore the wonders of Christmas.

Ready to board our cruise and book your girlfriends’ getaway?  Coon Rapids based Riverdale Travel is ready to help!

 

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: River Cruise from Prague

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: River Cruise from Prague

AVALON RIVER CRUISE FROM PRAGUE

Did you know that Riverdale Travel, your Coon Rapids Travel Agent books cruises all over the world? In our travel agent spotlight, we uncover the beauty you can find when you travel the world.

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Prague River Cruise

River Cruising on the Rhine River

River Cruising from Prague

What better way to start an adventure than in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and one of my personal favorites, Prague.  Our journey began with 3 days in Prague. Prague is not only beautiful and romantic, but unlike other Central European Cities, it was not bombed during World War II.

Prague City Highlights

Certainly, two of the highlights were an afternoon private beer tasting tour with our favorite local guide and a sobering excursion to the Terezin Concentration Camp.  We also enjoyed seeing the Charles Bridge, the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, walking in Wenceslas Square, wondering in the Jewish Quarter and of course shopping.

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Prague River Cruise

The wedding church from the Sound of Music

Cruising and Wine Tasting

From Prague we took a motor coach to Nuremberg where we boarded our Avalon ship the Expression. Our stateroom had wall to wall panoramic windows allowing us incredible views of the Danube River. The cruise ports included, Regensburg, Passau, Melk, Vienna and Budapest.  In Passau, we did an optional excursion to Salzburg for a Sound of Music tour. It took my breath away, and brought tears to my eyes, to see and walk down the aisle of the same church where “Maria” married Captain VonTrapp in the movie.

 

Must See Stops Along the Cruise

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Prague River Cruise

Melk Abby

The Benedictine Abby in Melk is a must see – truly a magical place.  We loved strolling the streets of Melk in the quiet early morning and popping into a small church to listen to an organist practice.  Another must see stop? The city of Budapest is stunning.  We took advantage of one of Avalon’s optional excursions, a wine tasting tour in the

countryside.  We visited two quaint vineyards and loved meeting with their owners and getting to know them. And for a special bonus, the second vineyard owner took us “next door” (10 steps) to his neighbor who makes his own cheese.

Getting Started with A River Cruise From Prague

Visiting Budapest

Riverdale Travel can partner with you to create a travel package to Prague including a river cruise down the Danube River. Working together, we can help you customize your trip and include those tour stops that are a must see for you and your family.

 

Two for One Cruises and Free Airfare with Viking Cruises

Fly for free and travel to new and exciting locations in Europe and Russia with deals you won’t find elsewhere!  With Viking Cruises & Riverdale Travel

DetailsViking River Cruise

  • Deal applies to select European and Russian cruises
  • Free airfare only applies to flights up to economy class
  • Valid on bookings made August 1-31st

Applicable Sailings

  • Danube Waltz itineraries departing March 30 – April 29, 2018.
  • Grand European Tour itineraries departing March 16 – October 20, 2018.
  • European Sojourn itineraries departing May 3 – September 28, 2018.
  • France’s Finest itineraries departing May 27- October 31, 2018.
  • Paris to the Swiss Alps itineraries departing March 17 – April 28, 2018.
  • Waterways of the Tsars itineraries departing May 28 – October 9, 2018 aboard Viking Akun, Helgi, Ingvar, Truvor, and Rurik.
  • Kiev to the Black Sea itineraries departing May 27 – August 25, 2018 aboard Viking Sineus.

Combinability

  • Promotion is not combinable with standard Viking Explorer Society Travel Credits and Referral Rewards program.
  • Promotion is not combinable with Frequent Flyer programs.
  • Promotion may not be combinable with any other promotion or offer.

This offer is too good for one to pass up, so book now!

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Terms and Conditions:

Promotion is based on double occupancy.
Cruise fares are listed in U.S. dollars and are for cruise and cruisetour only.
2-for-1 cruise fares are based upon the lowest price point and category at the time of print and are subject to change without notice.
Free Economy Class Airfare is valid on all North American gateways, except Alaska, Hawaii, San Juan, and Mexico City.
Air is per person, based on the cruise/cruisetour check-in date, and include transfers plus all gov’t taxes and fees of approximately $160 and air fuel surcharges and does not need to be purchased to book an applicable sailing.
Airline baggage charges may apply, consult airline for more information.
Promotion is valid for US residents only.
Bookings must be paid in full by September 30, 2017 to qualify for promotion.
Additional terms and conditions apply; see Passenger Ticket Contract at vikingrivercruises.com/.
Promotion is subject to availability and may be changed at any time.
Promotion is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn without notice.
Other restrictions may apply.

 

2018 AVALON AIR-INCLUSIVE EUROPE RIVER CRUISE DEAL

2018 AVALON AIR-INCLUSIVE EUROPE RIVER CRUISE DEAL


2018 BOOK EARLY SALE

$299 Airfare* and Save $2500** per couple on select Europe cruises

FOLLOW YOUR HEART. NEVER THE CROWD

You’ve always forged your own path…with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. With river cruising’s only Open-Air Balcony, these wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows open wider than any other in the industry, blurring the line between outside and in, forming a spacious seating area for six, and creating an open invitation to discover and dream. Even if you’re a seasoned traveler, you’ve never seen Europe like this.

*Book a select 2018 Avalon Europe river cruise to qualify for $299/person round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CLE, CLT, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MIA, MCO, MSP, ORD, PHL, PIT. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). $299 air will be based on the lowest available priced itinerary at the time of air booking. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. Does not apply to intra-vacation air. Combinable with Journeys Club and $1250pp land promo (PRMW0554) only. Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under land and air deposit between April 5 and August 29, 2017 for travel on select cruise departures in 2018. Offer requires booking of Europe river cruise starting at $2449/person (based on WAZ80331/double occupancy) and extends to select departures in 2018. Pre-assigned seating is limited and may not be available on all desired travel dates. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air or Custom Tours. Individual members of groups can qualify, if booking is made and deposits applied within the promo window. Group air contracts are not available with this promotion. Groups of 10 or more passengers flying from the same US gateway will not be booked on same flights and could lose promotion if requesting to match flights. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to air reservations (including itineraries involving $299 round-trip trans-Atlantic air) subject to airfare differentials between originally booked airline fare and re-booked air itinerary. Airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to last travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Pre-assigned seating may not be available on all air segments. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYXA

10% off all 2017 Europe Vacations with Globus

10% off all 2017 Europe Vacations with Globus

GLOBUS Italy 2017
Time To Give Your Dreams A Whirl, VIEW ITALY TOURS
Boat Ride To Picturesque Bellagio, Italian VistaSavor A Distinct Tuscan Dinner, A Taste of Italy
Special Excursion To Cinque Terre, Italian TreasuresITALY TOURS STARTING AT $1,311* TAKE OFF IN 2017 SALES EVENT, Plus receive up to a $600 per couple air credit** VIEW SALE
Homemade Pasta Demo With A Chef, Gems of Umbria & TuscanyTasting At The Florio Wine Cellar, The Best of Italy & Sicily
COSMOS, Affordable Italy Tour Packages
The Splendors Of ItalyRome, Sorrento & Capri
† The Globus “from” price is based on the lowest price available to book and includes a 10% per person discount. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare. The Cosmos “from” price is based on the lowest price available to book and includes $50 per person discount. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

*Book and deposit a 2017 Globus Europe, North or South America vacation to save 10% per person on the land-only portion of the core tour not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes, fees, tips or supplements. Booking must be made and under deposit between September 14, 2016 and November 29, 2016 for travel in 2017. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and air credit. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Applies to new 2017 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn any time. EBD

**Book a 2017 Globus, Monograms air-inclusive Europe vacation of six nights or more on United Airlines, Air Canada, Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines or Brussels Airlines from a US point of origin to receive the $150 per person air-credit. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 14, 2016 to October 25, 2016 for travel between January 1, 2017 and October 31, 2017; not applicable to instant purchase air; not combinable with Avalon $2000 off per couple + Free air promo. Air must be purchased through Globus, Monograms or Avalon in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see our Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Offer is available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20.

Riverdale Exclusive Offers

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a gathering of friends and family, Riverdale Travel makes it easy for you to customize your dream vacation. Riverdale’s partnerships with private yachts, cruise lines, airlines, and land packages offers a wide variety of choices and Exclusive offers for you to travel in luxury and style

Riverdale Travel Exclusive Offers: November 2016

SAVE $50PP ON 2017 GLOBUS, MONOGRAMS & AVALON EUROPE VACATIONS
Booking Window:  October 1 – December 31, 2016
Applicable Departures: 
2017 Globus, Monograms and Avalon Europe vacations

Complimentary dinner for two + bonus jonny rockets dinner

Booking Window: October 1 – December 31, 2016
Sailings: Any 5 night or longer sailing Caribbean sailing in a balcony or above departing January 1 – March 31, 2017

UP TO $75 ON BOARD CREDIT

Offer: Up to $75 on board credit on select departures
Booking Window: October 1 – December 31, 2016
Sailings: 
Select sailings from September 2016 – May 2017

$200 Shipboard Credit

Oceania has granted all new bookings a $200 Ship Board Credit on SELECT SAILINGS.
Booking window: October – December, 2016

$100 Shipboard Credit

Offer: $100 shipboard credit per stateroom on select 2017 departures.
Booking Window: October 1 – December 31, 2016
Sailings: Grand European Tour, Romantic Danube, Rhine Getaway, Danube Waltz, Paris & the Heart of Normandy and Lyon & Provence.

$200 Shipboard Credit
Offer: $200 per suite Shipboard Credit on select 2016/2017 departures
Booking Window: October – December 31, 2016