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Rhineland Christmas Markets Cruise

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(Tour code: RLM20)

A festive cruise past the Rhine's historic towns

Discover the truly special festive beauty of the Rhine river and its superb cities on this Christmas Markets cruise which takes you on a fantastic voyage through the stalls, streets and squares of this magnificent corner of the world.

  • MS Beethoven
  • Rüdesheim
  • Mainz
  • Strasbourg
  • Cruise through the Rhine Gorge, seeing Lorelei Rock
  • Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet
  • Lalique Museum
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Selected Excursions
    MS Beethoven
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Rhineland Christmas Markets Cruise 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 MS Beethoven
MS Beethoven

To Strasbourg

We meet at St Pancras to board the Eurostar to Paris. We continue by train, travelling to Strasbourg, and here, we board our excellent vessel, the MS Beethoven. After we are settled into our cabins, we are treated to a welcome cocktail before dinner later tonight. The ship sets sail overnight.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Rüdesheim Christmas Markets
Rüdesheim Christmas Markets

The Rhine Gorge and Rüdesheim

Today we set sail through what is one of the highlights of the cruise: the Rhine Gorge. This ancient gorge is truly beautiful, the winding river forming a perfect bend through the valley walls, which are lined by vineyards. We drift pass the enormous Lorelei Rock, a famous natural structure said to be looked over by the ghost of a woman who lures sailors to their doom. In the lounge, you are invited to learn how to decorate bredeles, tasty biscuits local to the region, by hand. This afternoon, we moor at pretty Rüdesheim where we pay a visit to the charming and eccentric Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet, where we see over 350 mechanical instruments playing music by themselves. You are free later to head to the fantastic Christmas market here.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Mainz Christmas Market
Mainz Christmas Market

Exploring Mainz

Sailing into Mainz this morning, you have a tour then the rest of the day to uncover this traditional German town and its chocolate-box Christmas market. Our walking tour tells the story of Mainz, and visits several important locations including the famous Gutenberg Museum and magnificent Saint-Martin's Cathedral. You are free afterwards to discover Mainz's Christmas market.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Strasbourg Christmas Markets
Strasbourg Christmas Markets

Discovering Strasbourg

We arrive into Kehl this morning after sailing overnight. Across from this small German town, the enchanting city of Strasbourg leaps into life for Christmas, with its colourful houses rendered brighter and more cheery than ever with Christmas lights and decorations of all shapes and sizes. Here you can enjoy an optional Strasbourg city tour, or venture out into the beautiful Alsace region on a 'Winterly Alsace' excursion. Alternatively, use your time here as you wish, perhaps to visit the fantastic Christmas Market.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Eurostar

Return home

Today we disembark and transfer to the station. We board our train to Paris and then change for the Eurostar to London.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 4-night cruise on board the MS Beethoven

Delicious meals included

  •  11 meals including 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Visits to Rüdesheim, Mainz and Strasbourg
  • Daytime cruising through the Rhine Gorge, seeing Lorelei Rock
  • Visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet
  • Excursion to the Lalique Museum

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers


Yung-Mei Choi
Vaugnel Fletcher
Dimitri Zgonis
Rhineland Christmas Markets Cruise

A festive cruise past the Rhine's historic towns