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

Yuletide Markets on the Rhine

Visit some of the best Christmas markets in Germany on this cruise along the River Rhine visiting the fairytale towns and cities of Rudesheim, Koblenz, Bonn and Cologne. Includes shore excursions and return flights from the UK or return Eurostar from London St Pancras

No Fly Cruise
4 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • Cologne
  • Rhine Gorge
  • Rudesheim
  • Frankfurt
  • Koblenz
  • Cologne

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Discover the magical atmosphere of Germany’s traditional Christmas markets and experience the stunning Rhine Gorge in its wintry splendour.

Cruise from Cologne through the dramatic Rhine Gorge before arriving in the famous wine-making town of Rüdesheim to explore its quaint Christmas markets. In Koblenz there is a guided tour of the town with time to discover the Christmas market in the atmospheric old town.

Enjoy a guided tour of Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven, and explore the festive market at leisure before heading back to Cologne to explore its seven beautiful Christmas markets.

RT114 Operated by Riviera Travel


Yuletide Markets on the Rhine Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Cologne (Germany)

Take the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels or fly from the UK to Dusseldorf or Cologne and transfer to your ship, moored in Cologne. The dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your five-star floating hotel.

Day 2 - Rudesheim

Cruise through the winter wonderland of the Rhine Gorge this morning before arriving in the quaint town of Rudesheim. The medieval streets and half-timbered houses form the perfect backdrop for its magical Christmas market twinkling with hundreds of fairy lights. Why not try a traditional Rudesheim coffee with its shot of local Asbach brandy and whipped cream.

Day 3 - Koblenz - Bonn

Sail back through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and arrive in historic Koblenz for a guided tour of this romantic city’s half-timbered buildings, ancient squares and beautifully restored historic houses. Koblenz’s Christmas market is set in the atmospheric old town and the famous Christmas bakery makes stollen and other traditional German Christmas cakes and biscuits. Enjoy the Captain's Dinner whilst sailing to historic Bonn this evening.

Day 4 - Bonn - Cologne

Enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating city's highlights including its huge Romanesque minster and the colourful Rococo old town hall. There will be free time to explore the Christmas market and the chance to try a glass of warming Gluhwein. This afternoon there will be free time to explore Cologne's seven traditional markets, each with their own unique theme and beautifully decorated festive stalls.

Day 5 - Cologne - UK

Disembark ship and transfer to the airport or Brussels train station for the return journey home.

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

Price Includes

  • 4-night full board cruise
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels. Flights are available at a supplement
  • Overseas transfers between the airport and the ship
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Complimentary tea and coffee facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Special Features

  • A drinks package including draught beer, house wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner can be purchased for £69pp
Map for Yuletide Markets on the Rhine