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Christmas Markets on the Rhine

Amsterdam - Zurich - 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. First is Amsterdam, famous for its picturesque canals where shopping can be had at their delightful Christmas stalls. Then tour in the city of Cologne and taste traditional glühwein. In Koblenz, visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and panoramic views of the surrounding area. Don't miss the last Christmas market in Strasbourg before heading to Breisach. Explore a Black Forest village that perfectly encapsulates a traditional way of life. Disembark in Basel and transfer to the airport to reach Zurich. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Amsterdam | Embark
Day 2 : Amsterdam
Day 3 : Cologne
Day 4 : Koblenz
Day 5 : Mannheim | Heidelberg
Day 6 : Kehl | Strasbourg
Day 7 : Breisach
Day 8 : Basel | Disembark | Zurich

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

Ship

Emerald Destiny

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Enjoy a cozy Christmas market in Cologne Explore Cologne Stop to explore Mannheim Romantic evening light on the Rhine Romantic evening light over Basel Stroll through romantic Strasbourg

Day 1 Amsterdam | Embark

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fantastic city to explore the many joys of Europe at Christmastime in. Here, intricate networks of picturesque canals are adorned by world-class museums, theatres, and quaint cafés.

Arrive at the airport and transfer to the luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This evening, join fellow travelers for dinner on board.

Day 2 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, 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. Tonight, enjoy a Captain's welcome gala and dinner on board.

Day 3 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. Join a locally guided tour of the city with opportunities to explore independently. Consider visiting the ornate stalls beneath the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, and drink traditional glühwein out of beautifully decorated mugs.

Day 4 Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, relax on board as the ship cruises into Koblenz, a town that sits straddling the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. On a guided tour of Koblenz, visit Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area.

This afternoon, return to the comfortable Star-Ship to sail through the Rhine Gorge, passing countless castles, vineyards and ruined monasteries.

Day 5 Mannheim | Heidelberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, continue enjoying time on board as the ship sails towards Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. Here, enjoy a chance to visit the medieval town of Heidelberg.

Day 6 Kehl | Strasbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning wake up in Kehl and transfer by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the storied capital of France’s Alsace Region. A guided tour of Strasbourg includes 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 the guided tour of Strasbourg, enjoy the opportunity to visit one of its most charming Christmas markets.

Day 7 Breisach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, visit a Black Forest village that perfectly encapsulates a traditional way of life, where craftspeople carve cuckoo clocks and other iconic figures that are part of Germany’s intangible cultural heritage.
 

Day 8 Basel | Disembark | Zurich

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport. 

Emerald Destiny

Per person starting at
$2,995
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Panorama Balcony Suite (C)
180 sq ft. 19 cabins located on the Vista Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
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Panorama Balcony Suite (B)
180 sq ft. 18 cabins located on the Vista Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
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Panorama Balcony Suite (A)
180 sq ft. 23 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Grand Balcony Suite
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Grand Balcony Suite (S)
210 sq ft. 8 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, outdoor private balcony with the open-air system, in-suite mini-bar available at own expense, a complimentary Nespresso machine and bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hairdryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes, and slippers
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Owner's Suite (SA)
315 sq ft. 4 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin beds, an outdoor private balcony with the open-air system, a separate bathroom and lounge area, a walk-in wardrobe, an in-suite mini-bar, restocked daily with wine, beer, and soft drinks

Notes

Single accommodations are available on some tours for an additional single supplement rate. Contact us for details of pricing and availability.

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Glass Top Canal Boat Tour in Amsterdam
  • Tour of Cologne’s Old Town
  • Tour of Koblenz and Visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Guided Tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting
  • Visit to a Black Forest Village
EmeraldPLUS
  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Strasbourg’s old town
  • Black Forest Cake Assembling demonstration
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
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