Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

Travel in luxury on this 12-day cruise and tour. Take in the highlights of the Rhine & Switzerland including Lucerne, Montreux & Strasbourg.

12 Days
Amsterdam to Zurich
From (CAD)
$ 7,200
Dates & Pricing

2022 Amsterdam > Zurich

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 as you cruise along the Rhine. Visit charming Strasbourg, take in the spa resort town of Baden-Baden and Heidelberg Castle. Marvel at the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge, explore Cologne’s Christmas markets, and discover the canals of Amsterdam. Throughout your journey, you will be enchanted by the magical traditions of Christmas, including the fragrant aroma of Gluhwein, roasted chestnuts and bustling markets bursting with festive excitement.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
XAMW
Duration:
12 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Zurich

12 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - 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

  2. Day 2 - Amsterdam

    Freechoice

    Experience an iconic cruise of Amsterdam’s canals or take to the streets with a local guide on a walking tour including a tasting of traditional Dutch festive treats. Alternatively,  if you’re feeling more active, join a guided cycling tour outside of the city, or discover charming Volendam before visiting the equally lovely village of Edam.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. 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 the Rhineland. Immerse yourself in all the magical scents of Christmas, hot chestnuts, freshly baked gingerbread and mulled wine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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 Koblenz, which straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Six tranquil places in the old part of the city 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

  5. Day 5 - Heidelberg > Rastatt

    Freechoice

    Uncover the fascinating history of Heidelberg, including a visit to its fine Renaissance castle. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Alternatively, enjoy an orientation tour of Heidelberg’s quaint old town, followed by time at leisure.

    During your free time why not explore the city’s Christmas markets. Heidelberg’s Old Town radiates with Christmas spirit, walk past decorated wooden stalls, smell wafts of spice in the air from the warming glühwein and taste delicious delicacies such as traditional Gingerbread and the popular local treat of Germknödel – a spiced jam filled dumpling drizzled with a decadent vanilla sauce.

    Enrich

    Enjoy a private evening concert at the Baroque Palace of Rastatt, one of the most magnificent historic venues in the region.. It’ll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other and a chance to create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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 for scenic views of the Black Forest. Alternatively, visit the Mercedes-Benz factory and learn about the fascinating history of this luxury brand, or relax with a visit to a rejuvenating thermal spa.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Strasbourg > Kehl

    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 the stalls of Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik, one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Basel > Montreux

    Disembark and transfer to Vevey. Learn about one of the 20th centurys most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin World Museum. Stay two nights in Montreux.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Montreux

    Enrich

    Delight in a panoramic train journey to Château-d’Œx. Upon arrival witness traditional cheese-making at the Restaurant Le Chalet. The restaurant makes its own cheese, and in your private demonstration, 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

  10. Day 10 - Montreux > Bern

    Ascend the Swiss Alps to the breathtaking village of Gstaad. Then continue to the Swiss capital, Bern for your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Bern > Lucerne > Zurich

    Journey to Lucerne, overlooked by the magnificent Swiss Alps and discover this charming town on an orientation tour with your Tour Director before continuing to Zurich. Repeatedly named the city with the best quality of life, Switzerland’s largest city is home to a host of treasures, and you will enjoy them first hand on a walking tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Zurich

    After a delicious breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Zurich airport for your onward or homebound flight.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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