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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Rhine Festive Markets

Celebrate the festive season visiting the Christmas markets in the fairytale towns and cities along the Rhine where many Christmas traditions are said to have begun. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £2549pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Strasbourg Christmas Market
  • Heidelberg
  • Rudesheim Christmas Market
  • Koblenz
  • Strasbourg
  • Heidelberg
  • SS Antoinette

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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No single supplement on 5 Dec 2019 departure! Subject to availability

Save up to 10% on 2020 departures! Save 10% on Classic, Deluxe and French Balcony cabins, and save 5% on Suites. Book by 31 May 2019

Exclusive £50pp discount on 2019 departures!

Rhine Festive Markets Special Offer

Celebrate the festive season cruising along the legendary Rhine River through three wonderful countries. Explore Basel's Christmas Market, before cruising to the fairytale city of Strasbourg which boasts one of the oldest and largest Christmas Markets in France.

Discover the magnificent Heidelberg Castle, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum from Rudesheim and pass the famous Lorelei Rock in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. There is plenty of time to explore the festive markets where you can sample local cuisine, try a glass of gluhwein or buy Christmas gifts.

This fascinating River Rhine cruise ends in Cologne, which boasts a spectacular Cathedral and several Christmas Markets.

H196 Operated by Uniworld

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Rhine Festive Markets Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Basel (Switzerland)

Fly from the UK to Basel. Meet your representative on arrival and transfer to Basel to embark SS Antoinette.

Day 2 - Basel

Your guided city walk introduces you to Basel, Switzerland's second-largest city. Delight in Basel's Christmas Market, located in the heart of historic Old Town, and visit the illuminated Christmas Street, which is beautifully decorated with over 100 Christmas trees. Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Strasbourg (France)

Situated halfway between Paris and Prague, Strasbourg is known as "The Crossroads of Europe" and home of the magnificent, single-spire Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral as well as many beautiful half-timbered houses. Enjoy the flavours of the season on a 'Taste of Christmas' walking tour. In 2020, there is also a panoramic tour taking in the Old Town and Christmas market. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Heidelberg (Germany)

Heidelberg is one of Germany's most picturesque cities and home to the country's oldest university. A tour of the city takes you past the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle and through the Old Town. Heidelberg's Christmas Markets cover five squares and offer an array of unique arts, crafts and ornaments. Alternatively, take an excursion to the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made with honey and herb-infused wine vinegars. Please note: Lunch is not included on the full day Heidelberg tour. (B,D)

Day 5 - Mainz - Rudesheim

Stroll through Mainz at leisure, perhaps through the Old Town and across the city to the Kaiserdom and Kurfurstliche Schloss. St Martin's Cathedral is the backdrop to the popular St Nicholas Christmas Market. Cruise from Mainz to Rudesheim to visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and the unique Christmas Markets with more than 120 stalls - don't miss the life-sized nativity scene which is one of the largest in Germany.

Day 6 - Koblenz

Cruise along the Upper Middle Rhine Valley and past the Lorelei Rock to Koblenz. Enjoy a guided walk through the alleyways, lined with half-timbered houses, charmingly decorated for the festive season, on your way to the delightful Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Cologne

Stroll through the narrow streets of Old Town on a guided walking tour as you make your way to Cologne Cathedral, the city's beloved landmark and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cologne boasts no fewer than eight Christmas Markets to explore at leisure. Be sure to visit the Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market, as well as Alter Markt in front of the City Hall, Neumarkt in Cologne's shopping area, and the Medieval Christmas Market in front of the Chocolate Museum. (B,L,D) Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.

Day 8 - Cologne - UK

Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK or Eurostar and overseas transfers
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and bottled water, plus many premium wines and spirits
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Shore excursions with English speaking guides
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore
  • Complimentary internet access and Wi-Fi on board, and Quietvox audio headset system on all shore excursions
  • All airport taxes, security charges, port charges and airline imposed fuel surcharge
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 28th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: SS Antoinette From: £2549
      Classic Window Cabin French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2599 Brochure Price from: £3249 Brochure Price from: £3949 Brochure Price from: £5249 Brochure Price from: £6749
      Blue Water Price from: £2549 Blue Water Price from: £3199 Blue Water Price from: £3899 Blue Water Price from: £5199 Blue Water Price from: £6699
  • December
    • Dec 5th - Basel to Cologne - Sailing on: SS Antoinette From: £2549
      Classic Window Cabin French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2599 Brochure Price from: £3249 Brochure Price from: £3949 Brochure Price from: £5249 Brochure Price from: £6749
      Blue Water Price from: £2549 Blue Water Price from: £3199 Blue Water Price from: £3899 Blue Water Price from: £5199 Blue Water Price from: £6699
    • Dec 12th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: SS Antoinette From: £2549
      Classic Window Cabin French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2599 Brochure Price from: £3249 Brochure Price from: £3949 Brochure Price from: £5249 Brochure Price from: £6749
      Blue Water Price from: £2549 Blue Water Price from: £3199 Blue Water Price from: £3899 Blue Water Price from: £5199 Blue Water Price from: £6699
    • Dec 19th - Basel to Cologne - Sailing on: SS Antoinette From: £2549
      Classic Window Cabin French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2599 Brochure Price from: £3249 Brochure Price from: £3949 Brochure Price from: £5249 Brochure Price from: £6749
      Blue Water Price from: £2549 Blue Water Price from: £3199 Blue Water Price from: £3899 Blue Water Price from: £5199 Blue Water Price from: £6699

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 28th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: SS Antoinette From: £2789
      Classic Window Cabin French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3099 Brochure Price from: £3699 Brochure Price from: £4499 Brochure Price from: £5899 Brochure Price from: £7499
      Blue Water Price from: £2789 Blue Water Price from: £3329 Blue Water Price from: £4049 Blue Water Price from: £5605 Blue Water Price from: £7125
  • December
    • Dec 5th - Basel to Cologne - Sailing on: SS Antoinette From: £2789
      Classic Window Cabin French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3099 Brochure Price from: £3699 Brochure Price from: £4499 Brochure Price from: £5899 Brochure Price from: £7499
      Blue Water Price from: £2789 Blue Water Price from: £3329 Blue Water Price from: £4049 Blue Water Price from: £5605 Blue Water Price from: £7125
    • Dec 12th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: SS Antoinette From: £2609
      Classic Window Cabin French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2899 Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4299 Brochure Price from: £5699 Brochure Price from: £7299
      Blue Water Price from: £2609 Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3869 Blue Water Price from: £5415 Blue Water Price from: £6935
    • Dec 19th - Basel to Cologne - Sailing on: SS Antoinette From: £2609
      Classic Window Cabin French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2899 Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4299 Brochure Price from: £5699 Brochure Price from: £7299
      Blue Water Price from: £2609 Blue Water Price from: £3149 Blue Water Price from: £3869 Blue Water Price from: £5415 Blue Water Price from: £6935
Map for Rhine Festive Markets