Christmas Markets on the Romantic Rhine

7-Night Cruise on Emerald Waterway’s Star-Ship

Day 1

DEPART THE USA:

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland
Day 2

BASEL, SWITZERLAND:

Welcome to Switzerland! Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and assisted with the transfer to the ship for embarkation. You will journey to the town of Basel where your captain and crew await to welcome you aboard your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. Enjoy time to become acquainted with your new accommodations, and this evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.
Day 3

BREISACH, GERMANY:

The day begins with a visit to a typical black forest village, full of charm, cuckoo clocks, and other German specialties. It perfectly encapsulates a traditional way of life, all amidst the backdrop of the holiday season.
Day 4

STRASBOURG, FRANCE:

With a morning arrival in Kehl, travel by coach across the river to Strasbourg, France, where a local guide leads you on a walking tour through this picturesque town. Stroll through the charming Old Quarter, ‘La Petit France’, admire the half-timbered houses and marvel at the gothic cathedral in the city center. Enjoy free time to visit the stalls of Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik, one of the largest in Europe, before returning to the ship.
Day 1

MANNHEIM, GERMANY:

Awaken this morning in the town of Mannheim located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers. Travel by coach to the medieval town of Heidelberg, where you will enjoy a guided tour. Don’t miss out on shopping for unique treasures at the Christmas Market in Heidelberg.
Day 6

KOBLENZ, GERMANY:

As the ship docks in Koblenz, there is a choice of two Freechoice activities. Explore Koblenz on a walking tour with a local guide and see this historic city which straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. In the old part of the city, six areas offer more than 100 glittering, festive, cottagestyle stands and Lebkuchenherzen (traditional gingerbread hearts) to create a magical European Christmas experience. OR, travel by coach to Cochem and discover a true medieval gem resting on the banks of the Mosel River. Feel as if you’ve stepped straight into a fairytale as you have a guided tour through town that culminates with a visit to the iconic 19th-century Reichsburg Castle. The ship departs Koblenz for Mannheim (docking site for Heidelberg). Enjoy a landscape of castles and quaint towns as you cruise through the Rhine Gorge.
Day 7

COLOGNE, GERMANY:

Enjoy a leisurely morning cruising along the river before arriving in Cologne. Upon arrival, stroll through the city on a guided tour and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy free time and visit the cathedral Christmas markets in the Domplatz, home to the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland.
Day 8

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS:

Welcome to Amsterdam! Appreciate the windmills and landscapes as you sail through the Dutch countryside. Today you’ll enjoy a glass-top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canals, passing historic merchant houses and delightful Christmas stalls along the way then return to the ship for the farewell dinner.
Day 9

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS • USA:

It’s time to bid farewell to the Captain and crew and depart for Schiphol Airport as you say goodbye to Europe and return home with lifelong memories of your Christmas Markets cruise along the Rhine River.
Christmas Markets on the Romantic Rhine
Departure Dates
9 Days
Select a date to book:
(Pricing Per Person, Double Occupancy)
Category Room Price
RIVIERA STATEROOM $3695
VISTA C BALCONY $4425
VISTA B BALCONY $4625
HORIZON BALCONY $4875
MEALS INCLUDED
Meals on ship.
AIRFARE
(from Charlotte, NC)
December 11 - $1500
Passport Required.
Passport Required.