The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to get away and discover charming riverside towns with their festive Holiday Markets on an unhurried river cruise through the heart of Europe.

Starting at: $2,995 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
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Holiday Markets

Featuring a Rhine River Cruise

12 days from $2,995

The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to get away and discover charming riverside towns with their festive Holiday Markets on an unhurried river cruise through the heart of Europe.

or Call 855-330-1542

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I can't say enough about my experience with Smithsonian Journeys!!

- Daniel M.

The Holiday Markets tour is a magical way to see Germany, Luxembourg, and Paris as the cities and people wonderfully display the joy of the season!

- Charles M.


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Nov 29 - Dec 10, 2016 Departure
Carol Reynolds

Carol Reynolds

Dr. Carol Reynolds weaves history, humor, and high energy into everything she does.  She has lived and taught in Germany at various times, starting in 1981.  Her research interests include German Romanticism and the musical court of Frederick the Great.  She founded and directed Southern Methodist University’s Study-in-Germany Program and enjoys leading tours, including a Rhine-Main-Danube Donors’ Tour for the University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina as well as Russian tours for The Dallas Symphony and The Dallas Opera.  She is fluent in German and Russian and maintains a home in Weimar.

After her career as professor of Music History at SMU, Dr. Reynolds and her husband Hank moved to a ranch in North Central Texas.  Surrounded by goats, dogs, and cows, she began designing multi-media Fine Arts curricula.  Her popular Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture (2009) has reached students across the world.  In 2011 she released a cross-discipline course called Exploring America’s Musical Heritage.  She is now creating a curriculum on the history of sacred music from Jewish Liturgy to 1600.  

Dr. Reynolds is a staunch advocate of Arts Education at every stage of life and speaks regularly at educational conferences across the U.S.   She is popular speaker for organizations like The Dallas Symphony, Van Cliburn Concerts, The Dallas Opera, Tulsa Symphony, Kimball Museum, Fort Worth Opera, San Francisco Wagner Society, The Davidson Institute, and The Smithsonian Associates in Washington, D.C.   Dr. Reynolds is a frequent Smithsonian Journeys Expert and has led unforgettable journeys to Russia, the Baltics, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Germany.

Dec 6 - 17, 2016 Departure; Nov 27 - Dec 8, 2017 Departure
Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning is Professor Emeritus of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and is also a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. A Fellow of the British Academy since 1990, Tim has also published extensively on the political and cultural history of Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Among his publications are The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture (2002), The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815 (2007), The Triumph of Music (2008) and The Romantic Revolution (2010).  Tim's books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hungarian, German, Polish, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Croatian and Arabic. His most recent book is a biography of Frederick the Great of Prussia and was published by Penguin/Random House.