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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, Frankfurt, Koblenz and Cologne. Includes shore excursions and 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. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Frankfurt's modern buildings and medieval old town before exploring its Christmas market, one of the oldest and largest in Europe.

In Koblenz there is a guided tour of this historic town before heading back to Cologne to explore its seven beautiful Christmas markets.

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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 - Frankfurt

Enjoy a guided tour of Frankfurt, whose Christmas market is one of the largest and oldest Christmas markets in Europe. Perhaps sample a glass of Gluhwein, usually prepared from heated red wine, citrus fruits and spices and stroll through the alluring stalls. Captain's dinner on board tonight.

Day 4 - Koblenz - Cologne

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. 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. Ove

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 £59pp
Map for Yuletide Markets on the Rhine