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Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

Enjoy the spirit of Christmas on a luxurious 12 day river cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich. Soak up the atmosphere & visit the iconic Christmas markets.

12 Day
From (AUD)
$ 7,645
  • 2018 Amsterdam > Zurich

    Christmas markets delight

    Admire the festive decorations and twinkling lights along the streets and town squares – even your luxury Scenic Space-Ship will be decked out in all the Christmas finery.

    Discover the canals of Amsterdam and marvel at the highlights of the legendary Rhine during your cruise through the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. Visit Rüdesheim and explore Cologne's Christmas markets. Take in Koblenz, explore Heidelberg Castle and venture on to charming Strasbourg, before discovering the charms of a European Christmas in Switzerland. Thrill at the magical traditions of Christmas with the fragrant aroma of glühwein, roasted chestnuts and bustling markets bursting with festive excitement.

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    12 Days

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  • 12 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Welcome to Amsterdam

      Your journey into wonder begins in this fascinating and compact harbour city. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Amsterdam

      Experience an iconic canal cruise. Alternatively, discover charming Volendam, with its unusual raised homes and quaint wooden church before visiting the equally charming village of Edam.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Cologne

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Koblenz

      One of Germany's oldest cities is turned into a Christmas paradise in the Advent season, ideal for romantic strolls around the city.


      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’re stepping straight into a fairy tale and you’ll take a guided tour that culminates in a visit to the iconic Reichsburg Castle.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Rüdesheim

      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 Rüdesheim’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 lane, a famous street, festively decorated with sparkling lights and decorations.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Mannheim

      Uncover the fascinating history of Heidelberg, including a visit to its fine Renaissance castle, or enjoy an orientation tour of Heidelberg's quaint old town, followed by some leisure time.


      Enjoy a private evening concert at a fine Baroque palace. It’ll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other, and a chance to create memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Strasbourg

      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 Christkindelsmärik, one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Basel > Montreux

      Disembark and transfer to Vevey. Enter the world of Charlie Chaplin as you meet one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin’s World Museum. This afternoon you'll get the chance to discover Montreux Christmas market, featuring over 160 decorated and illuminated chalets along Grand-Rue and the quays of Lake Geneva. Tonight, luxuriate at your hotel where you’ll be staying two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 9 - Montreux
      Panoramic Train Journey

      Today you’ll take a panoramic train journey to Château-d’Œx. Upon arrival you’ll view traditional cheese-making in rustic ambience at the Restaurant Le Chalet. The Restaurant Le Chalet makes its own cheese, 'Le Chalet Bio'. The cheesemaker transforms milk into a hard cheese right in front of your eyes. At the end of the demonstration you’ll have an opportunity to taste the freshly made cheese.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 10 - Montreux > Lucerne
      Christmas Markets

      Upon arrival to Lucerne enjoy your free time and perhaps explore one of the three famous Christmas markets. The Lucerne Christmas market on Franziskanerplatz, the Christkindlimarkt in the railway station and the craft market are absolute highlights and not to be  missed. Enjoy an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 11 - Lucerne > Zurich
      Zurich Walking Tour

      Repeatedly named the city with the world’s highest quality of life, Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and home to a host of treasures. Take a walking tour and discover them for yourself. Then, you might wish to discover the city's oldest Christmas market in the picturesque Niederdorf quarter, or the romantic Christmas markets in the Old Town districts of Winterthur or Rapperswil – the choice is yours. Tonight relax and enjoy the amenities in your luxury hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Zurich

      After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Zurich Airport for your onward or homebound flight with memories of a truly unforgettable trip.

      Meals included: Breakfast