Christmas Markets on the Rhine & Amsterdam

10 Days
Balalae to Amsterdam
From (CAD)
$ 4,606
Dates & Pricing

2023 Balalae > Amsterdam

Cruise through the heart of Europe’s finest cities, many of whom host large traditional Christmas markets. There’s nothing quite like taking a Rhine River cruise at Christmas time, as you’ll be able to take advantage of the hundreds of stalls all selling ideal Christmas presents for the folks back home.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ECAX
Duration:
10 days
Departure City:
Balalae
Return City:
Amsterdam

10 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Basel

    Welcome to Switzerland. You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Cruises 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.

  2. Day 2 - Breisach

    Today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Rhine town of Breisach. Entrenched between two countries, it is also known as the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest region. In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive through the Black Forest Highlands on your way to the Hofgut Sternen complex located at the foothill of Ravenna Gorge, a place where history and tradition merge. It was here that in 1770 Marie Antoinette stopped with 52 beautifully decorated carriages on the way to her wedding to King Louis XVI. 
    As part of your EmeraldPLUS programme you will also have the chance to see the postcard-worthy Christmas market situated underneath the 40-metre-high Ravenna Viaduct. Be amazed by the magical smell of Black Forest specialties and unique handcrafted regional products sold there.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Guided visit to the Christmas Market at Ravenna Viaduct

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Breisach 

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    Excursion to Riquewihr (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Kehl – Strasbourg

    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 UNESCO World Heritage-listed Grande Île, the historical centre of the city, known for its medieval half-timbered buildings, old tanning houses, Baroque sandstone buildings and charming canal system. After this, you will have the opportunity to visit one of its most charming Christmas markets.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Strasbourg

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    Evening concert at Bruchsal Palace (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Ludwigshafen – Heidelberg

    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.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Heidelberg 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Koblenz

    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 rivers at the German Corner and idyllic panoramic views of the Rhine from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Koblenz & a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

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    Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Cologne

    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.

    Included Excursion

     Guided tour of Cologne's Old Town

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    Visit to Eau de Cologne Museum (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Amsterdam

    Board a glass top canal boat for a tour down the Dutch capital’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system, passing historic merchant’s houses that reflect the bygone era of the Dutch Golden Age, as well as delightful Christmas stalls, each surrounded by people in their finest knitwear drinking hot mugs of mulled wine.

    Included Excursion

    Canal cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Amsterdam

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel in Amsterdam for a delightful two-night stay in the city. Enjoy the afternoon on own by strolling along the famous canals or visiting a local market. Amsterdam is full of surprises awaiting to be discovered around every corner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Amsterdam

    Celebrate the holiday season in Amsterdam, a fairy-tale mix of twinkle lights, city sparkles with bright lights, fun markets, snowy scenery and festive good cheer!  The Dutch do know how to make the most of the holiday season so come join them in this special time of the year.
    This morning, your local guide will take you on a tour of Amsterdam, introducing you to a place of fascinating stories, spellbinding art and remarkable architecture. Amsterdam is considered one of the greatest small capitals in the world where your destination is never too far away. Your carefully planned walking tour will take you to one of world's greatest museums, the Rijksmuseum, hosting a collecting of over 8000 works including those of Dutch masters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens.

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Amsterdam with Rijksmuseum visit

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Amsterdam

    After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow passengers as you leave your accommodation for your transfer to the airport, taking memories from a fascinating journey on the Rhine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided tour of Breisach
  • Guided tour of Strasbourg
  • Guided tour of Heidelberg
  • Walking tour of Koblenz & a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Guided tour of Cologne's Old Town
  • Canal cruise

EmeraldPLUS
  • Guided visit to the Christmas market at Ravenna Viaduct

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

EXTENSION INCLUSIONS
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Amsterdam
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam with Rijksmuseum visit
  • Transfer from the ship and to the airport
  • 2 Breakfasts (B)

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