Soak up the magic of the festive season as you embark of a wonderful river cruise along the Rhine River. Set sail aboard a 5* Scenic ship, journeying from Basel to Amsterdam. Visit age-old towns and cities where you can delve into historic landmarks and enjoy the magic of the Christmas season. Sailing to some of Europe’s most enchanting cities, experience wonderful Christmas markets that offer an array of festive treats, handmade gifts and live music to really get you in the festive spirit.

Trip highlights

Enjoy a private concert at a spectacular baroque palace in the German city of Baden-Baden.

Visit the World Heritage site of Grube Messel, a quarry renowned for its superbly preserved plant and animal fossils. One of the best-preserved primate fossils —nicknamed Ida—was discovered here in 1983, and then analysed by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jørn Hurum.

Visit some of Europe’s most incredible Christmas markets in Strasbourg, Koblenz and Amsterdam sampling festive treats and browsing the markets full of handmade gifts.

Itinerary - 8 Days

1 Basel, Switzerland

Embark our ship in the medieval city of Basel and settle into your spacious suite. This evening, gather for a welcome dinner onboard and raise your glass to the beginning of a magical trip along the Rhine. (D)

2 Strasbourg, France

Situated in the historical region of Alsace, Strasbourg is a dynamic city full of surprises. Having alternated allegiances between France and Germany several times over the course of its 2,000-year history, Strasbourg is a fascinating cultural amalgam that boasts spectacular Romanesque, Gothic, and baroque architecture.

Set out on a guided tour of the city this afternoon, including the historic Grand Île, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As you stroll the enchanting cobblestone streets, marvel at half-timbered houses and stroll across the Ponts Couverts, a trio of covered medieval bridges. Enjoy free time to explore the ornamented stalls of Strasbourg’s famous Christkindelsmärik, one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in Europe. As you take in scents of mulled wine and spices, discover why Strasbourg is known as France’s “capitale de Noël.” (B,L,D)

3 Baden-Baden, Germany

On day three of your Rhine river cruise, venture inland to the charming spa town of Baden-Baden, famous for its Roman baths. Choose between several ways to explore the city, including a guided tour of the old town or a hike to the 12th-century Hohenbaden Castle ruins, perched high above the town and offering breath-taking views of the surrounding Black Forest. Alternatively, visit the Mercedes-Benz factory to glimpse a state-of-the-art assembly line and learn the history of this iconic brand. In the evening, enjoy a private concert at a baroque palace. (B,L,D)

4 Heidelberg, Germany

Discover the rich history and romantic cityscape of Heidelberg. Weather permitting, visit the hilltop ruins of the Renaissance-era Heidelberg Castle and hike back to the old town. Alternatively, tour the city’s picturesque baroque-style streets, or enjoy an exclusive visit to the World Heritage site of Grube Messel, a quarry renowned for its superbly preserved plant and animal fossils. One of the best-preserved primate fossils in the world—nicknamed Ida—was discovered here in 1983, and then analysed by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jørn Hurum in 2009. This afternoon, we continue our cruise along the Rhine. (B,L,D)

5 Koblenz, Germany

Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers Koblenz offers travellers a unique opportunity to enjoy both the Rhine and Moselle rivers at once. Glide past the colossal equestrian statue of Emperor William I that presides over the two waterways and observe the clash of colours where the waters meet.

Disembark for a guided tour of this historic city and delve into a colourful Christmas wonderland. During the holiday season, six of the city’s old squares are utterly transformed by sparkling lights, ornamented trees, cottage-style market stalls, and an Advent calendar fashioned out of the 24 dormers in the baroque-style town hall. Listen to traditional choirs while sampling Germany’s festive “fire cup” of mulled wine, potato fritters, and the famous Lebkuchenherzen gingerbread hearts. Alternatively, explore Cochem, a medieval gem nestled in the Moselle River Valley. A guided tour culminates in a visit to the Reichsburg Castle, a fairy-tale cluster of conical towers perched high above the town. (B,L,D)

6 Cologne, Germany

Explore the historic city of Cologne - gaze up at the intricate twin spires of the city's iconic cathedral and discover the cities extensive cultural offerings, including dozens of acclaimed museums and galleries. Visit Romanesque churches and unique medieval structures, such as the stone city gates and the Town Hall. Alternatively, join an excursion to the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, located near the site where the bones of an Ice Age human were recovered for the first time. Or discover the distinctive red-roofed stalls of the Cologne Christmas market at your own pace, in search of hand-made gifts for friends and family. Set sail for Amsterdam this afternoon. (B,L,D)

7 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Your next stop on your Rhine river cruise is Amsterdam – a city filled with incredible history. after your arrival, set out to explore one of the many Christmas markets set along its picturesque canals. Sample delicious treats such as oliebollen, Dutch doughnuts, or poffertjes, small pancakes topped with butter and powdered sugar. Choose to explore the city’s medieval canals on a boat cruise, or opt for a guided tour of the Rijksmuseum, home to historical exhibitions that tell the story of the Netherlands, as well as masterpieces by famous Dutch painters from Rembrandt to Vermeer. Alternatively, head outside the city to discover the colourful fishing towns of Volendam and Edam, where vendors sell Dutch favourites such as herring and the famed Edam cheese. (B,L,D)

8 Amsterdam, Netherlands

After breakfast onboard, transfer to the airport in Amsterdam and connect with your flight home.




Itinerary subject to change. (B)

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