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Christmas Markets of the Rhine 2024

Savour the excitement of Advent on this magical festive mini cruise on the majestic Rhine. Experience breathtaking and atmospheric winter landscapes with twinkling lights and beautifully decorated German cities, the home of Christmas.

Explore the famous festive markets of Düsseldorf, Bonn, and Cologne with an array of tempting crafts and traditional handmade gifts. Interactive maps and headsets accompany your tours; the aroma of chestnuts and mulled wine is never far away.

Cruise in luxury on board the Spirit of the Rhine with spacious and well-appointed suites and staterooms, offering a five-star boutique hotel experience. Savour seasonal fare and enjoy spectacular views from the panoramic lounge and bar.

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  • Cruise Line: Saga
  • Ship: Spirit of the Rhine
  • Duration: 4 Nights
  • Departure: December 2024
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine 2024 Cruise Itinerary

Explore the magical winter wonderland landscape of the Rhine at Christmas with picturesque and atmospheric river vistas and excursions to some of Germany’s most famous Christmas markets. This four-night mini-cruise is perfect for last-minute shopping, with busy stalls packed with artisan and handmade gifts and delicious seasonal fare. Sail in style on board the Spirit of the Rhine, with luxury accommodation and award-winning festive cuisine.

Day 1


Fly to Düsseldorf Airport and transfer to the luxury cruise ship Spirit of the Rhine.

Day 2


Explore the fashion capital of Germany decked for the festive season. Düsseldorf is home to seven unique themed Christmas markets, each one decorated in a different way. Guests can explore the city, and there is a huge ice rink worth a visit.

Day 3


Cruise to Bonn and enjoy the beautiful lights of the iconic Münsterplatz, creating the perfect seasonal backdrop to Bonn’s Christmas markets, packed with stalls selling gifts and seasonal fare. The old Town Hall is transformed into a beguiling Advent Calendar.

Day 4


This morning, arrive in Cologne, famous for its magnificent twin-spired cathedral and a beautiful festive market in the shadow of its walls. Explore the city and find other seasonal markets like the Angels Christmas Market and the Harbour Christmas Market.

Day 5


Overnight, sail back to Düsseldorf and transfer to the airport for flights to the UK.

Christmas Markets of the Rhine 2024 Cruise Ships

Spirit Of The Rhine

This exclusive vessel brings our boutique cruise experience to the riverways of Europe. Enjoy access to French balconies, panoramic lounges, splash pools and so much more when you travel with us.

4 Passenger Decks
Buffet Breakfasts
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine 2024 Deals

Explore Germany’s legendary Christmas Markets on a Festive Mini Break with Crui.se

4 Nights

Christmas Markets of the Rhine 2024

  • Düsseldorf (EMBARK)
  • Düsseldorf
  • Bonn
  • Cologne
  • Dusseldorf (DISEMBARK)
£1,196pp Est. Price per person
  • Spirit of the Rhine

Christmas Markets of the Rhine 2024 Cruise Review

“As seasoned summer Rhine cruisers, we were totally unprepared for how very different this river is in winter. The landscapes were breathtaking, and the atmosphere in the cities was just magical. There were lots of Christmas markets to visit, packed with gifts and delicious food. The interactive maps and headsets were the perfect guide, meaning you could go where you wanted but always had plenty of information. The Spirit of the Rhine was luxurious as always. This mini break is the perfect start to the Christmas season.”

Peter Atkinson, Hemel Hempstead

Christmas Markets of the Rhine 2024 FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Are there medical services on board the ship?

The Spirit of the Rhine has one fully trained first aider for guests who need medical assistance during their holiday. If you take regular medication, keeping a written record of it – type and dosage – in your cabin in case staff need this information if you are taken ill is useful.

Do I need travel insurance?

Saga includes optional Saga Cruise Travel Insurance in your holiday price with enhanced cancellation rights detailed in the booking conditions. If you don’t want our optional insurance, we will offer an opt-out price reduction. In this event, Saga recommends that you take out your own fully comprehensive travel insurance to cover the total value of your cruise and the scheduled destinations.

When is the final payment due for my cruise?

You must pay the balance for your cruise no later than 90 days before you sail. You can call and pay over the phone or pay online by clicking on ‘Manage My Booking’ on the website. Saga does not retain card details, so the final payment won’t be taken automatically.

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