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Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

Enjoy the magic of Christmas on a luxurious 12 day river cruise from Zurich to Amsterdam. Visit the iconic Christmas markets & soak up the atmosphere.

12 Day
From (AUD)
$ 7,840
  • 2019 Zurich > Amsterdam

    Christmas markets delight

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

    Delight in the charms of a European Christmas in Switzerland before embarking your cruise along the Rhine. Visit charming Strasbourg, explore Heidelberg Castle, take in the spa resort town of Baden Baden and visit Koblenz, then explore Cologne’s Christmas markets. Marvel at the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge before discovering the canals of Amsterdam. Throughout your journey, you will be enchanted by the magical traditions of Christmas, including the fragrant aroma of glühwein, roasted chestnuts and bustling markets bursting with festive excitement.

    Tour Code:

    AMSW

    Duration:

    12 Days

    Departure City:

    Zurich

    Return City:

    Amsterdam

  • 12 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Welcome to Zurich

      Start your journey with an overnight stay in Zurich.

    • Day 2 - Zurich > Lucerne > Bern

      Repeatedly named the city with the best quality of life, Switzerland’s largest city Zurich is full of treasures and you’ll have the chance to discover them first-hand. Travel to Lucerne, overlooked by the magnificent Swiss Alp peaks of Mounts Pilatus and Rigi, before arriving in Bern for your overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Bern > Montreux

      Ascend the Swiss Alps to the charming alpine village of Gstaad. Continue to Montreux for a luxurious two night stay, located on the shores of picturesque Lake Geneva

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 4 - Montreux
      Enrich

      Delight in a panoramic train journey to Château-d’Œx. Upon arrival witness traditional cheese-making
      at the Restaurant Le Chalet. The cheesemaker will transform 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, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Montreux > Basel

      Journey to neighbouring Vevey, home to Charlie Chaplin once he’d fled the United States. Learn about one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin’s World Museum. From there, it’s on to Basel where a warm welcome awaits you from the crew of your Scenic Space-Ship. Your luxury cruise is about to begin and you’ll have the chance to raise your glass to the occasion at the evening’s welcome reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - 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 7 - Baden Baden

      Arrive in charming Baden Baden, a popular spa town 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 and take in the 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 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 8 - Mannheim
      Freechoice

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Koblenz

      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 this historic city, which straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Six tranquil places in the old part of Koblenz 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - 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 the Rhineland.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Amsterdam
      Freechoice

      Experience an iconic canal cruise. Alternatively, discover charming Volendam before visiting the equally lovely village of Edam, or take to the streets with a local guide on the walking tour including a tasting of the Dutch favourite, herring.

      This afternoon, you may wish to visit one of the many Christmas markets in the Dutch capital. Perhaps sample delicious Dutch treats such as Olibol and Poffertjes, or peruse the stalls for some last minute traditional gifts, or simply wander the streets taking in the magic of Amsterdam at this special time of the year.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Amsterdam

      After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Amsterdam airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking a lifetime of wonderful memories back with you.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-inclusive highlights
    • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
    • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 10 Scenic Freechoice activities
    • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
    • 26 meals – 11 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D)
    • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
    • Butler service for all guests
    • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
    • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
    • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
    • Expert local guides
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
    • All tipping and gratuities