Strasbourg Christmas Market
Start the day with a two-hour boat tour of Strasbourg, where you will learn about the history of the region – from the Middle Ages to the Neustadt to the modern European institutions. Next, you will visit the historic wine cellar of Strasbourg Hospital, where you can see the oldest barrel-stored wine in the world and enjoy a tour and a tasting.
After a hearty Alsatian lunch, you will tour the famous Strasbourg Christmas market, the Christkindelsmärik, which has been set up near the Strasbourg cathedral every year for over 450 years making it the oldest in Europe. Sip vin chaud (mulled wine) as you get a head start on your holiday shopping. If you get peckish, you can nosh on Alsatian specialties found at the market, from bretzels (pretzels) to tarte flambée (Alsatian pizza). Whilst shopping, you can also sample some of the unique Alsatian specialties which can be found all around the central part of the city.
In Strasbourg it is de rigueur to make a stop inside the enormous Gothic cathedral of Strasbourg, which dates back nearly 1000 years, and light a candle. You can also choose to climb to the top of the church to enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
Tonight, you will get a chance to marvel at the lights on the 100-ft. Christmas tree in the Place Kléber before having dinner at a modern French gastronomic restaurant in town.