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Christmas Markets on the Rhine

Explore the treasures of Germany and France and visit world-famous Christmas Markets on this 7-night full-board River Rhine cruise from Amsterdam. Includes shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

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7 nights from £2295pp

River Cruise Holiday
Amsterdam Strasbourg Christmas markets
Breisach, Germany
Cologne, Germany
Koblenz Castle
Christmas markets lanterns
River Rhine

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Enjoy a unique Christmas experience as you cruise along the beautiful River Rhine past fairy-tale castles and charming villages to the historic cities and fascinating towns of Germany and France. Begin this Christmas cruise in the picturesque city of Amsterdam before heading to the historic German city of Cologne to see the magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral and visit the delightful Christmas markets.

Explore the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz and visit the majestic visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Journey through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and admire the awe-inspiring scenery as you pass beautiful hill-top castles including the Pfalzgrafenstein Castle as well as countless vineyards. Then discover the the medieval town of Heidelberg or enjoy a hike to Heidelberg Hill.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Grande Île in Strasbourg before spending time at leisure enjoying the festivities of Strasbourg's Christmas Markets which are amongst the oldest in Europe. Enjoy a visit to a typical Black forest village in Breisach before cruising to Basel where the fantastic cruise will come to an end.

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Christmas Markets on the Rhine Itinerary

Day 1 - Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam, a postcard-worthy destination of picturesque canals, cafés and innovative galleries that showcase contemporary art and the works of world-renowned artists, like Van Gogh and Rembrandt.Here, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your luxurious Emerald Cruises Star-Ship and, after boarding, will enjoy some time to explore the narrow-cobbled streets and gabled houses of the Dutch capital at leisure. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Board a glass top canal boat for a tour down the Dutch capital’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system, passing historic merchant’s houses that reflect the bygone era of the Dutch Golden Age, as well as delightful Christmas stalls, each surrounded by people in their finest knitwear drinking hot mugs of mulled wine.Included ExcursionCanal cruise

Day 3 - Cologne

Seven idyllic Christmas markets effortlessly transform the postcard-worthy city of Cologne into a winter wonderland over the Christmas period. Following your guided tour of the city, you will have the opportunity to explore independently, perhaps visiting the ornate stalls beneath the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, where you can drink traditional glühwein out of beautifully decorated mugs. Included ExcursionGuided tour of Cologne's Old Town

Day 4 - Koblenz

Today, we will take you into the heart of Koblenz, an ancient city that looks as though it has been pulled from the pages of a German fairytale. Enjoy a picturesque backdrop of vineyards and snow-topped mountain ranges as your local guide takes you through open cobbled squares and down narrow streets. Your tour will include the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers at the German Corner and idyllic panoramic views of the Rhine from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.Included ExcursionWalking tour of Koblenz & a visit to Ehrenbreitstein FortressDiscoverMOREMoselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

Day 5 - Ludwigshafen – Heidelberg

Your guided tour of Heidelberg’s rich history includes a wine tasting and a visit to the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, overlooking the Rhine River and a red-roofed skyline. Some of the most successful painters of the Romantic era drew inspiration from Heidelberg Castle, including British artist William Turner, who depicted images of the ruins in several of his paintings. Afterwards, stroll down the cobbled streets of the Old Town, touching on the Church of the Holy Spirit and the oldest university in Germany.Included ExcursionGuided tour of Heidelberg 

Day 6 - Kehl – Strasbourg

This morning, we will dock in Kehl and you will be transferred by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the storied capital of France’s Alsace region. Your guided tour of Strasbourg will include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Grande Île, the historical centre of the city, known for its medieval half-timbered buildings, old tanning houses, Baroque sandstone buildings and charming canal system. After this, you will have the opportunity to visit one of its most charming Christmas markets.Included ExcursionGuided tour of StrasbourgDiscoverMOREAlsace Wine Route with tasting (extra expense)

Day 7 - Breisach

Today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Rhine town of Breisach. Entrenched between two countries, it is also known as the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest region. In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive through the Black Forest Highlands on your way to the Hofgut Sternen complex located at the foothill of Ravenna Gorge, a place where history and tradition merge. It was here that in 1770 Marie Antoinette stopped with 52 beautifully decorated carriages on the way to her wedding to King Louis XVI. As part of your EmeraldPLUS programme you will also have the chance to see the postcard-worthy Christmas market situated underneath the 40-metre-high Ravenna Viaduct. Be amazed by the magical smell of Black Forest specialties and unique handcrafted regional products sold there.EmeraldPLUSGuided visit to the Christmas Market at Ravenna ViaductIncluded ExcursionGuided tour of Breisach

Day 8 - Basel

After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow guests as you are transferred to the airport, taking memories of quintessential German villages and emerald canopies with you. Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday. If you'd prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available.Please book your flight to depart out of Basel after 10:00 AM.This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full-board cruise
  • Return flights from up to 15 UK regional airports
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions with English-speaking guide
  • 2 EmeraldPLUS activities
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available at all times and complimentary bottled water in your cabin, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Evening entertainment on board
  • English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port charges and airport taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Additional optional shore excursions
  • Travel insurance

2023 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • December
    • Dec 9th - Amsterdam to Basel - Sailing on: Emerald Sun From: £2410
      Cat D Emerald Stateroom Cat S Grand Balcony Suite Cat SA Owner's Suite
      Blue Water price from: £2410 Blue Water price from: £3800 Blue Water price from: £4510

2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 30th - Amsterdam to Basel - Sailing on: Emerald Sun From: £3440
      Cat A Panorama Balcony Suite Cat S Grand Balcony Suite Cat SA Owner's Suite
      Blue Water price from: £3440 Blue Water price from: £4035 Blue Water price from: £4805
  • December
    • Dec 7th - Basel to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Emerald Sun From: £3286
      Cat A Panorama Balcony Suite Cat S Grand Balcony Suite
      Brochure price from: £3440 Brochure price from: £4035
      Blue Water price from: £3286 Blue Water price from: £3851
    • Dec 10th - Amsterdam to Basel - Sailing on: Emerald Sky From: £2295
      Cat E Emerald Stateroom Cat D Emerald Stateroom Cat C Panorama Balcony Suite Cat B Panorama Balcony Suite Cat A Panorama Balcony Suite Cat S Grand Balcony Suite Cat SA Owner's Suite
      Blue Water price from: £2295 Blue Water price from: £2525 Blue Water price from: £3220 Blue Water price from: £3330 Blue Water price from: £3440 Blue Water price from: £4035 Blue Water price from: £4805

Price Information

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Map for Christmas Markets on the Rhine