Rhine Christmas Markets 2021 Scenic River Cruise
Admire festive decorations and twinkling lights along streets and squares – even your Scenic Space-Ship will be decked out in all the Christmas finery.
The aroma of glühwein and gingerbread fills the air as you cruise along the Rhine at the most wonderful time of year.
Discover Strasbourg in all its festive splendour, admire the breathtaking views of Baden-Baden’s snow-dusted Black Forest from Hohenbaden Castle, and taste the local sweet treats on offer in Heidelberg. Visit ancient Koblenz, as the festive paradise glitters on the banks of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, snack on homemade Stollen at Cologne’s Christmas markets and end your journey discovering Amsterdam on a guided cycling tour.
Fly to Basel from one of up to 16 UK airports. If you'd prefer not to fly, why not take advantage of our Eurostar No-fly option at no extra cost and travel Standard Premier Class from St. Pancras international to Brussells and onto Amsterdam in First Class? You'll then be transferred to your Scenic Space-ship. This evening, raise your glass to a fabulous cruise at this evening's welcome reception.
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 the stalls of Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik, one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe.
This morning venture inland to the charming spa town of Baden-Baden, 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 for 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 fabulous Baroque Palace in the region. 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. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Alternatively, enjoy an orientation tour of Heidelberg’s quaint old town, followed by time at leisure.
During your free time why not explore the city’s Christmas markets. Heidelberg’s Old Town radiates with Christmas spirit, walk past decorated wooden stalls, smell wafts of spice in the air from the warming glühwein and taste delicious delicacies such as traditional Gingerbread and the popular local treat of Germknödel – a spiced jam filled dumpling drizzled with a decadent vanilla sauce.
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 Koblenz, which straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Six tranquil places in the old part of the city 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 cruise of Amsterdam’s canals or take to the streets with a local guide on a walking tour including a tasting of the Dutch favourite, herring. Or if you’re feeling more active, join a guided cycling tour. Alternatively, discover charming Volendam before visiting the equally lovely village of Edam
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Zurich airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking a lifetime of wonderful memories back with you.
|13 December 2021||£4,689|
- Save £1,500 per couple & free VIP chauffeur transfers
- Return flights from a selection of up to 16 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
- Breath-taking excursions hosted by local expert guides
- Authentic local entertainment on board
- Gym & Wellness Area
- The use of e-bikes
- Cruise Directors to guide and assist
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Overseas transfers
- All tipping, port charges and airport taxes worth up to £465 per couple