With the cold weather settling in and fashionistas taking to the NYC streets donning this season's chicest furs, I am reminded of the approaching holiday season and the gift-giving that goes along with it. My family and friends are usually delighted by the special somethings I pick up during my international romps – handmade lamps from Marrakech, precious jewels from Rajasthan, or scents crafted by the London's most famous "nose." This year I'm thinking of doing things a touch differently – bringing my mates to a stunning destination, instead of the other way around.
Around this time last year I jetted off to Germany to get into the holiday spirit; traipsing through the country's enchanting Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas markets) is absolutely something everyone must do at least once in their lives. Picture yourself bundled up, Hermés scarf artfully askew, and sipping the ubiquitous (and sinfully sweet) Glühwein while admiring hand carved wooden toys, traditional pastries and the occasional pair of lederhosen. Simply wunderbar.
My penchant for exploring Europe's charming Christmas traditions was made all the more fabulous by the luxurious river boat cruise with A-ROSA Cruises that sailed me (and my ever-growing souvenir pile) from magnificent port to magnificent port. As you might envision, I was wined and dined in the most luxurious of all-inclusive fashions and loved standing on the deck watching rolling landscapes and small villages pass by, the crisp winter air creating the perfect holiday atmosphere.
This holiday season, A-ROSA Cruises put together a gorgeous offer (not to mention, the best deal you could possibly find!) for the generous gift-giver – or avid traveler – among us. Starting at $1,499* per stateroom, guests booking the holiday offer will sail A-ROSA Silva on a 7-night Christmas or New Year's all-inclusive river cruise through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Each day brings a new adventure, wandering through cobblestone streets shopping for handmade ornaments and sampling seasonal treats including Stollen (German Christmas cake) or my personal favorite, Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread cakes).
The best gift of all? Guests sailing back-to-back on the Christmas and New Year's cruises receive $800-$1,800* per stateroom from A-ROSA to help with holiday expenses. It's the gift that keeps on giving, and now that I think about it, I might just have to treat myself…
The holiday offer ends November 15 so email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (714) 619-3751 for more information – you are one step closer to going down in history as the world's best gift-giver.
*Conditions apply, enquire at time of booking.