Christmas Time on the Rhine 2021 Crystal River Cruise

From Amsterdam's illuminated canals and Cologne's candlelit cathedral to Rüdesheim's Drosselgasse bustling with holiday cheer, revel in the magic of European winter wonderlands as they celebrate the joy and traditions of the Christmas season.

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Cologne at Christmas


Welcome to Amsterdam, you will embark the ship today

Complimentary Excursion:
Private canal boat tour & visit to Rijksmuseum

This city of Dutch Masters Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt is all the more glorious during the holidays when its iconic canals are transformed by the Amsterdam Light Festival. See the Amsterdam Christmas Tree at Dam Square, and nibble on traditional hapjes (snacks) like “Oliebollen” and appelbeignets at famed markets including Rembrandtplein and Museumplein.

Complimentary Excursion:
Living Dutch Traditions
Amsterdam & Jewish Heritage
Private canal boat tour & visit to Rijksmuseum

The entire city is transformed this time of year as hundreds of decorated buden (huts) adorn town squares, the most iconic being the market in front of the Cologne Cathedral. Others of note include the Alter Markt with its Heinzelmännchen (house gnomes said to spread Christmas cheer!) and the Heinzels Winter Fairytale featuring a famous ice rink.

Complimentary Excursion:
Cologne Walk - Cathedral visit & Christmas Markets
Cologne Jewish history & the rise of Nationalism

During Advent, this Roman city where the Rhine and Moselle converge and three mountain ranges meet, is a breathtaking sight as squares lined with medieval churches celebrate the season with festive market stalls filled with handmade crafts. Be sure to see the awe-inspiring Advent calendar, made from the 24 dormers on the Baroque Town Hall.

Complimentary Excursion:
Koblenz city walk & Jewish Quarter
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress by cable car

Rüdesheim’s scenic location on the UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge is even more enchanting when its Old Quarter is filled with holiday market stalls along the famed Drosselgasse, where the customs and traditions of 12 countries are featured. A Rüdesheim coffee is a must, made with local Asbach Uralt brandy and whipped cream, as is a visit to Market Square to see the life-size figures of Europe’s biggest nativity scene.

Complimentary Excursion:
Panoramic Rudesheim & Christmas Markets
Mechanical Music Museum & Miniature Train Ride

With its landmark Wasserturm (Water Tower) surrounded by Art Nouveau gardens and buildings, this iconic spot in Mannheim is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world… and it simply sparkles at Christmas time with a wonderful market. Nearby in Heidelberg, holiday revellers glide hand in hand on one of Germany’s loveliest ice rinks set against the backdrop of the city’s famed castle.

Complimentary Excursion:
Mannheim Baroque Palace Experience
Heidelberg Castle & city walking tour and Christmas Markets
Mannheim’s Delightful Christmas Markets

Regarded as one of the world’s most photogenic towns with its Gothic cathedral and UNESCO status, it’s easy to imagine the wonder of Strasbourg during the holidays. The city bills itself as the Capital of Christmas, with streets, houses, churches and more all donning thousands of twinkling lights. Christkindelsmärik is held on the Grande Île near the cathedral, and Place Kléber hosts the Great Christmas Tree.

Complimentary Excursion:
City walk, canal boat cruise & Christmas Markets

Here in this city of unlimited culture, the Basel Weihnachtsmarkt on Barfüsserplatz is considered to be one of the prettiest in all of Switzerland, and among the very best in all of Europe. A new market next to the cathedral on Münsterplatz, and a smaller market on Claraplatz on the banks of the Rhine, are all within walking distance of each other.

After breakfast, disembark the ship.

Price Guide

Fares displayed are cruise only. Please call for flight options

Date Price (pp) Flights
28 November 2021 £4,079 Please Call
2 December 2021^ £3,469 Please Call
3 December 2021^ £3,595 Please Call
9 December 2021 £2,975 Please Call
15 December 2021 £2,899 Please Call
16 December 2021 £2,899 Please Call

What's Included

  • 24-hour European butler service in every room category
  • Select Wines, Champagnes, Spirits and Coffees
  • Michelin-inspired dining
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi and Internet Access
  • Extensive selection of inclusive ashore experiences
  • Pre-Paid Gratuities
  • Private luxury motor coaches with free Wi-Fi
  • The largest suites on Europe’s rivers
  • Airport transfers