Rhine Christmas Markets 2019 Scenic River Cruise

Take a trip through time, from cosmopolitan capitals, to Medieval marketplaces. Beginning in Amsterdam, your journey through the festive splendour of Europe continues onwards to the home of the winter markets we have come to know and love. Peruse the gingerbread-like stalls of Cologne, Koblenz, Rüdesheim and Strasbourg, purchasing handmade artifacts and being swept up in the majesty of the intoxicating Glühwein, as magnificent castles act as the most fantastical of backdrops.

Amsterdam Christmas Markets

Itinerary

Fly from one of up to 15 UK regional airports. If you’d prefer not to fly, why not take advantage of our Eurostar No Fly option at no extra cost? Travel Standard Premier Class aboard the Eurostar from St. Pancras International to Brussels and then onto Amsterdam on first class rail. You’ll then be transferred to your Scenic Space-Ship. Welcome to Amsterdam. Raise your glass to a fabulous cruise at this evening’s welcome reception. Let the wonder commence.

From its quirky cafés to abundant museums, Amsterdam is a cosmopolitan hub of intrigue.

Freechoice:

With 165 canals that stretch over 100km, Amsterdam’s magnificent waterways have made the city world famous and you’ll have ample opportunity to explore them on a glass-top canal boat cruise. Alternatively, discover charming Volendam, with its unusual raised homes and quaint wooden church before heading to the equally charming village of Edam, famous for its round cheese. When the evening arrives, you’re invited to join the captain on board for a delicious welcome dinner. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow guests and enjoy a few complimentary beverages.

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 Rhineland.

One of Germany’s oldest cities is turned into a Christmas paradise in the Advent season, ideal for romantic strolls around the city.
Freechoice: Take advantage of 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 with more than 100 glittering, festive, cottage style-stands and Lebkuchenherzen, traditional gingerbread hearts, create a magical European Christmas experience. Alternatively, discover Cochem – a true medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle river. Cochem will make you feel as if you have stepped in to a fairy-tale and you’ll take a guided tour that culminates in a visit to the iconic Reichsburg Castle.

Succumb to charming Rüdesheim, where you’ll board the Winzerexpress mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Then, enjoy some free time and explore its famous Christmas Market. Set in Rudesheim’s old quarter, the Christmas market brings a noticeably festive feel to this romantic old town. Discover some of the 120 stands set up along Drosselgasse lanes, a famous street, festively decorated with sparkling lights and decorations.

Freechoice: Join a local guide on a historic tour of Heidelberg, where you’ll visit Heidelberg’s Renaissance castle. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Of join a local guide for an orientation tour of Heidelberg, followed by leisure time.
Enrich: Enjoy a private tour of a fine Baroque palace, before experiencing a sublime classical concert. It’ll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other, and a chance to create memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

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 Christkindlesmarkt, one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe.

After a hearty breakfast on board, it’s time to wave goodbye to the comfort of your Space-Ship before transferring to the airport or train station for your return journey home.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
04 December 2019 £3,439

What's Included

  • Savings of up to £1,000pp when you book before 20th December 2018!*
  • 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