Christmas Markets on the Rhine

8 Days
Zurich to Amsterdam
From (USD)
$ 3,195
Dates & Pricing

2021 Zurich > Amsterdam

Cruise through the heart of Europe’s finest cities, many of whom host large traditional Christmas markets. There’s nothing quite like taking a Rhine River cruise at Christmas time, as you’ll be able to take advantage of the hundreds of stalls all selling ideal Christmas presents for the folks back home.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWXZ
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Zurich
Return City:
Amsterdam

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Zurich – Basel

    Welcome to Switzerland. You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your luxurious Star-Ship in Basel, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to greet you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Breisach

    Today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the black Germany’s Black Forest and witness the cultural charm of the region known for its thick forests, ravines, lakes, cuckoo clocks and traditional costumes. Alternatively, embark on a guided active walk through the Black Forest region, weaving through the woodland and admiring the lush canopy of evergreens.

    Included Excursion

    A visit to a Black Forest destination

    EmeraldPLUS

    A Black Forest gateau presentation and tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - 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 Grande Île, the historical centre of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that is known for its medieval half-timbered buildings, old tanning houses, Baroque sandstone buildings and charming canal system. After your guided tour of Strasbourg, you will have the opportunity to visit one of its most charming Christmas markets.

    EmeraldPLUS

    A guided tour of Strasbourg

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    Tour of Riquewihr (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Mannheim – Heidelberg

    This morning, relax on board as we cruise along the Rhine River, passing Mannheim on our way to Heidelberg. The streets of Mannheim are laid out in a traditional grid system, which is why it is also known as the “City of Squares”. 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 Excursion

    A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - 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 at the German Corner and idyllic panoramic views of the Rhine from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

    Included Excursion

    A walking tour of Koblenz with visit to the Fortress

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    A Moselle and Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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 Excursion

    A guided city tour of Cologne

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    Farina Eau de Cologne tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Amsterdam

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

    Included Excursion

    A canal cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Amsterdam

    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.

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • A visit to a Black Forest destination
  • A guided tour of Strasbourg
  • A guided tour of Heidelberg
  • Walking tour of Koblenz & visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • A guided city walking tour of Cologne
  • A canal cruise In Amsterdam

EmeraldPLUS
  • A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

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