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Christmas Markets on the Rhine

Unearth the beauty of Christmas aboard a voyage across the Rhine, one of the most scenic waterways Europe has to offer, and discover a world of adventure right at your fingertips.

Immerse yourself in boundless excitement with our many excursions, from scenic cruising to exploring iconic sites – complete with explorations of the local Christmas markets, of course.

Redefine what celebration means to you and craft a unique Christmas experience filled with fun, friends and festivities aboard your AmaWaterways cruise.

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  • Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
  • Ship: AmaCerto + 3 more
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Nov - Dec
£2,273pp
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Christmas Markets on the Rhine Cruise Itinerary

Uncover traditions, history and architecture aplenty aboard your Rhine River cruise – with a twist! Enjoy the Yuletide charm of your every port of call with Christmas markets, exquisite cuisine, and an itinerary made to put you in the centre of it all.

Day 1

Amsterdam

Board your ship and enjoy your Christmas Markets on the Rhine cruise.

Day 2

Amsterdam

Enjoy a scenic Amsterdam canal cruise.

Day 3

Cologne

Embark on a walking tour of Cologne with a visit to the Christmas markets. Or, join the Cologne Architecture tour with a Cologne Cathedral visit. Alternatively, try the Cologne bike tour.

Day 4

Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim

Enjoy a wine tasting and Christmas market visit, or try a gondola ride with a Christmas market visit. Alternatively, embark on a vineyard hike, or join a guided bike tour of the Rheingau and visit the Christmas markets. Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Instrument Cabinet, or sample some iconic Rüdesheimer coffee.

Day 5

Ludwigshafen

Enjoy the Heidelberg tour and Christmas market visit, or visit Speyer and its Christmas markets. Alternatively, visit Heidelberg’s Philosopher’s Path Hike and visit the Christmas markets. Or, join the Ladenburg bike tour

Day 6

Strasbourg

Embark on the Strasbourg city tour and visit the Christmas markets, or try the Strasbourg bike tour. Enjoy the Gengenbach Christmas markets tour.

Day 7

Breisach

Try the Colmar excursion and visit the Christmas markets, or join the Freiburg excursion with a Christmas markets visit. Conversely, embark on the Breisach bike tour.

Day 8

Basel

Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home.

Day 1

Basel

Board your ship and enjoy your Christmas Markets on the Rhine cruise.

Day 2

Breisach

Try the Colmar excursion and visit the Christmas markets, or join the Freiburg excursion with a Christmas markets visit. Conversely, embark on the Breisach bike tour.

Day 3

Strasbourg

Embark on the Strasbourg city tour and visit the Christmas markets, or try the Strasbourg bike tour. Enjoy the Gengenbach Christmas markets tour.

Day 4

Ludwigshafen

Enjoy the Heidelberg tour and Christmas market visit, or visit Speyer and its Christmas markets. Alternatively, visit Heidelberg’s Philosopher’s Path Hike and visit the Christmas markets. Or, join the Ladenburg bike tour

Day 5

Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim

Enjoy a wine tasting and Christmas market visit, or try a gondola ride with a Christmas market visit. Alternatively, embark on a vineyard hike, or join a guided bike tour of the Rheingau and visit the Christmas markets. Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Instrument Cabinet, or sample some iconic Rüdesheimer coffee.

Day 6

Cologne

Embark on a walking tour of Cologne with a visit to the Christmas markets. Or, join the Cologne Architecture tour with a Cologne Cathedral visit. Alternatively, try the Cologne bike tour.

Day 7

Amsterdam

Enjoy a scenic Amsterdam canal cruise.

Day 8

Amsterdam

Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home.

Christmas Markets on the Rhine Cruise Ships

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Christmas Markets on the Rhine Deals

Experience Christmas in every shape, size and shade aboard your Rhine River voyage with Crui.se

7 Nights
Nov Dec

Christmas Markets on the Rhine

  • Amsterdam
  • Cologne
  • Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim
  • Ludwigshafen
  • Strasbourg
  • Breisach
  • Basel
£2,273pp Est. Price per person
  • AmaCerto + 3 more  

Christmas Markets on the Rhine Cruise Review

“As experienced Danube cruisers, this was our first time on the Rhine, and I have to say, it really is as magical as everyone says. If you want stunning scenery and fairytale castles, this is the cruise for you. It doesn’t hit the big capitals of Europe, but it is actually nicer to visit some new destinations that are not so well-known. Having said that, Cologne was spectacular, and so was Strasbourg. The vessel was very well-appointed, and the food was five-star, with plenty of variety and a real emphasis on local menus to reflect the different locations. The cabins are beyond comfy; all in all, a great trip.”

Leanne and Sean, Wolverhampton

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Christmas Markets on the Rhine FAQ

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

I have a special diet due to some health conditions, is this likely to be a problem for the restaurants onboard?

Our award-winning cuisine is freshly prepared daily and includes a selection of vegan and vegetarian options. Our gourmet chefs can also tailor special menus for guests with restrictions or allergies. All the food is made with the same care and attention to detail and uses fresh local ingredients to produce authentic regional dishes that highlight taste and flavour.

Are there alternatives to the planned excursions?

Cruise passengers are always free to explore on their own; all the planned tours are optional. Our expert guides are happy to share their knowledge and provide passengers with information to help them plan their own itineraries. Just make sure you are back at the port before the ship sails!

Do I need visas for this cruise?

The Captivating Rhine Cruise travels through four European countries, and passengers must arrange their own visas before boarding the vessel in Amsterdam. Our expert booking team can give you some general advice and information when you make your reservation. Just ensure you allow enough time for your visas to come through, as delays can occur during the holiday season.

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