German Christmas Markets 2019

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

5 days
per person
  • Rudesheim
  • Koblenz Christmas Markets
  • Rudesheim Christmas Markets
  • German Christmas Markets
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German Christmas Markets

Fully immerse yourself in the festive season, as you enjoy a magical Christmas market experience like no other. Cruise along the mighty Rhine's waters, pass through winter wonderlands, the breathtaking Rhine Gorge and visit beautiful cities and villages on this journey to Cologne to see some of Europe's oldest and largest Christmas markets. Our course takes us to; Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Bonn and Cologne, where you can shop and soack up the magical atmosphere, and with the ship close by you can wander back when you're ready and sit and relax onboard with a warming drink.

Day 1: UK – Mainz
We travel to Mainz, where the Rhine and Main rivers meet, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship.

Day 2: Mainz - Rüdesheim
After breakfast enjoy a free morning in Mainz before a lunch time sailing to Rüdesheim. On arrival we have free time to explore the Christmas markets, a delightful event held in the town's chocolate box old quarter or you can join our optional excursion; Rüdesheim Delights, to visit the wonderful Mechanical Music Museum of Siegfried before enjoying a delicious mug of glühwein.

Day 3: Rüdesheim - Koblenz
This morning we  sail to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, cruising through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and past the famous Lorelai rock. Here we have free time to visit the Koblenz Christmas market, with over 130 festively decorated wooden stalls offering a range of handmade gifts and Christmas decorations. Enjoy a glass of red or white glühwein whilst listening to fesive music playing.

Day 4: Koblenz - Bonn - Cologne
After breakfast we cruise up the Rhine to discover the many faces of Bonn and the architectural heritage of more than 2,000 years. Here we have some free time to explore before we continue cruising to the beautiful city of Cologne. The hive of festive activity takes place around the cathedral and the old town, where you will find a maze of pretty stalls offering outstanding arts and crafts. There are also a number of smaller markets to enjoy including the Harbour Christmas markets held on the Rhine, with snowy white pagoda tents reminiscent in the city garden.

Day 5: Cologne – UK
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.


• Start the Christmas season in style with a Rhineland cruise

• Visit a host of Christmas Markets in both Koblenz and Cologne

• Sample wonderful German Christmas-time food and drink

• Have the opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts

• Shop in beautiful surroundings – a far cry from the High Street and shopping centres

• Sail through the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge


We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

By Air

Air travel is included on selected cruises, whereas on other cruises it is offered alongside our rail or coach options – please note a supplement will apply and transfers to the ship are not included.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.




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02 December 2019
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02 December 2019
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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Rudesheim Christmas Markets

Rüdesheim Delights


The quaint town of Rüdesheim holds a particular charm during the winter months, with the wine bars, streets and narrow alleys bustling with seasonal festive fayre and sales of its regional Rheingau wines and beers. In Rüdesheim’s most captivating , inclined street called the Drosselgasse, you can seek out a souvenir bottle or two along with some local Asbach brandy. A highlight of our excursion is a visit to the marvellous Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, where fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems can be viewed. Topping off our visit will be the offer of a complimentary mug of Glühwein, with the invitation to keep our mug as a souvenir. Prost!

At a glance

Length: 5 days

From: Mainz

Ends: Cologne

Travel options available:

  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air
5 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Four nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Five visits included to Mainz, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Bonn & Cologne
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Services of our experienced Cruise Manager


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