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Christmas Markets on the Rhine

Basel to Amsterdam - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Emerald Destiny
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Experience the festive lights, and tasty food and drinks in the cheerful markets in Europe. Emerald Destiny will sail through the Rhine River to the marvelous Christmas markets. Visit the Black Forest in Germany's first stop to experience the cultural attractiveness of the region noted for its thick forests, ravines, lakes, cuckoo clocks, and traditional clothing. Then, pay a visit to Strasbourg, the historic capital of France's Alsace Region. Sail along the Rhine River, passing through Mannheim, often known as the "City of Squares," on our route to Heidelberg. A wine tasting and a visit to the ruins of Heidelberg Castle are included. Koblenz offers a magnificent backdrop of vineyards and snow-capped mountain peaks. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, where you can enjoy traditional glühwein from elaborately painted mugs. Disembark at Amsterdam, famous for its lovely canals and wonderful Christmas kiosks.
Explore CologneStop to explore MannheimRomantic evening light on the RhineRomantic evening light over BaselStroll through romantic StrasbourgEnjoy a cozy Christmas market in Cologne
Highlights
  • Discover Amsterdam's UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system
  • Visit the winter wonderland and postcard-worthy city of Cologne
  • Tour to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and have a panoramic view of Koblenz
  • Explore Grande Île, the historical center of the Strasbourg city
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Basel | Embark

Welcome to Switzerland. You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your luxurious Star-Ship in Basel, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to greet you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.
 

Day 2: Breisach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit black Germany’s Black Forest and witness the cultural charm of the region known for its thick forests, ravines, lakes, cuckoo clocks, and traditional costumes. Alternatively, embark on a guided active walk through the Black Forest region, weaving through the woodland and admiring the lush canopy of evergreens.

Day 3: Kehl | Strasbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, we will dock in Kehl and you will be transferred by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the storied capital of France’s Alsace Region. Your guided tour of Strasbourg will include the Grande Île, the historical center of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that is known for its medieval half-timbered buildings, old tanning houses, Baroque sandstone buildings and charming canal system. After your guided tour of Strasbourg, you will have the opportunity to visit one of its most charming Christmas markets.
 

Day 4: Mannheim | Heidelberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, relax on board as we cruise along the Rhine River, passing Mannheim on our way to Heidelberg. The streets of Mannheim are laid out in a traditional grid system, which is why it is also known as the “City of Squares”. Your guided tour of Heidelberg’s rich history includes a wine tasting, and a visit to the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, overlooking the Rhine River and a red-roofed skyline. Some of the most successful painters of the Romantic era drew inspiration from Heidelberg Castle, including British artist William Turner, who depicted images of the ruins in several of his paintings. Afterwards, stroll down the cobbled streets of the old town, touching on the Church of the Holy Spirit and the oldest university in Germany.
 

Day 5: Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, we will take you into the heart of Koblenz, an ancient city that looks as though it has been pulled from the pages of a German fairytale. Enjoy a picturesque backdrop of vineyards and snow-topped mountain ranges as your local guide takes you through open cobbled squares and down narrow streets. Your tour will include the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at the German Corner and idyllic panoramic views of the Rhine from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
 

Day 6: Cologne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Seven idyllic Christmas markets effortlessly transform the postcard-worthy city of Cologne into a winter wonderland over the Christmas period. Following your guided tour of the city, you will have the opportunity to explore independently, perhaps visiting the ornate stalls beneath the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, where you can drink traditional glühwein out of beautifully decorated mugs.
 

Day 7: Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Amsterdam! Board a glass top canal boat for a tour down Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system, passing historic merchant’s houses that reflect the bygone era of the Dutch Golden Age and delightful Christmas stalls, each surrounded by people in their finest knitwear drinking hot mugs of mulled wine.

 

Day 8: Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow guests as you are transferred to the airport, taking memories of quintessential German villages and emerald canopies with you.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
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  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
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  • Wifi
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