Rhine Christmas Markets 2019 Scenic River Cruise
Transporting you from the dramatic landscapes of the Swiss Alps to the elegant, canal-lined streets of Amsterdam; our Highlights of the Rhine river cruise introduces you to the unforgettable highlights of northern Europe with a flourish. Over the course of this 8-day itinerary, you’ll explore charming Strasbourg, with its iconic Alsatian wine lounges (known locally as winstubs). You’ll take a tour of wonderful Heidelberg, whose Renaissance castle is one of the finest in Germany. After passing through the exquisite Rhine Gorge, you’ll savour the medieval marvels of Cochem and Rüdesheim, before gazing in wonder at the intricate steeples of Cologne’s mighty cathedral. The Dutch capital of Amsterdam is your final call, and here, you’ll be immersed in the highlights of the city — from the Rijksmuseum to the Portuguese Synagogue.
Raise your glass to the marvellous cruise ahead of you at this evening’s welcome reception. Your journey into wonder is about to begin.
Enjoy a guided tour of Strasbourg, where you’ll discover La Petite France and stroll through the Old Town with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs. During your free time you might wish to explore stalls of Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik, one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe.
Arrive in charming Baden Baden, a popular spa town famous for its Roman baths.
Freechoice: Join a guided tour of this picturesque town and learn of its rich heritage or take an active hike to Hohenbaden Castle and take in the scenic views of the Black Forest. Alternatively, visit the Mercedes-Benz factory and learn about the fascinating history of this luxury brand.
Enrich: Enjoy a private evening concert at a fine Baroque palace. It’ll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other, and a chance to create memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Freechoice: Uncover the fascinating history of Heidelberg, including a visit to its fine Renaissance castle, or enjoy an orientation tour of Heidelberg’s quaint old town, followed by some leisure time.
One of Germany’s oldest cities is turned into a Christmas paradise in the advent season, ideal for romantic strolls.
Freechoice: Take a guided tour of this historic city, which straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Six tranquil places in the old part of Koblenz offer more than 100 glittering, festive, cottage-style stands and Lebkuchenherzen – traditional gingerbread hearts – to create a magical European Christmas experience. Alternatively, discover Cochem – a true medieval gem on the banks of the Moselle River. You’ll feel as if you’re stepping straight into a fairytale on a guided tour that culminates in a visit to the iconic Reichsburg Castle.
Stroll through Cologne on a guided city tour and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Enjoy free time and perhaps visit Cologne Cathedral markets, home to the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland.
Freechoice: Experience an iconic canal cruise. Alternatively, discover charming Volendam before visiting the equally lovely village of Edam, or take to the streets with a local guide on the walking tour including a tasting of the Dutch favourite, herring.
This afternoon, you may wish to visit one of the many Christmas markets in the Dutch capital. Perhaps sample delicious Dutch treats such as Olibol and Poffertjes, or peruse the stalls for some last minute traditional gifts, or simply wander the streets taking in the magic of Amsterdam at this special time of the year.
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Amsterdam airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking a lifetime of wonderful memories back with you.
|11 December 2019||Cat BB Balcony Suite||£2,789|
- Savings of up to £3,000 per couple
- Free Fast Track Security Pass and Free Airport lounge pass
- Return flights from a selection of up to 15 UK airports
- Seven nights on board a 5-star Scenic Space-Ship
- Complimentary premium branded beverages all day, everyday†
- Up to six dining options, from casual to fine-dining
- Butler service for all guests
- Laundry concierge
- Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring
- Authentic local entertainment
- Gym & Wellness Area
- The freedom of our e-bikes
- Cruise Directors to guide and assist
- Expert Local Guides
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Return airport transfers
- All tipping, port charges and airport taxes worth up to £465 per couple