Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

Enjoy the magic of Christmas on a luxurious 12 day river cruise from Zurich to Amsterdam. Visit the iconic Christmas markets & soak up the atmosphere.

12 Days
Zurich to Amsterdam
From (GBP)
£ 4,095
£ 3,095
Dates & Pricing

2019 Zurich > Amsterdam

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.
Join us for an enchanting festive journey through the heart of Europe, travelling from the alpine wonder of the Swiss Riviera to Amsterdam via the weaving passage of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The continent is transformed into a veritable wonderland at Christmastime, and you’ll experience the magic of the season in an extraordinary array of destinations, from Montreux, Strasbourg and Rüdesheim to the ancient city of Koblenz, whose streets are lined with the lodge-style stalls of the traditional German Christkindlmarkt. As well as these festive encounters, your journey includes a wonderful collection of Scenic Freechoice and Enrich experiences – perfectly showcasing the cultural tapestry of Central Europe. This special Christmas itinerary includes overnight city stays in Zurich, Bern and Montreux and a luxurious eight-day river cruise between Basel and Amsterdam, for the perfect seasonal adventure. Amid the splendour of the Swiss Alps, enjoy a Scenic Enrich railway journey to Château-d’Oex, where you’ll discover the heritage of the town’s beloved cheese, before tracing the footsteps of Charlie Chaplin in Montreux, one of the most captivating cities of the Swiss Riviera. Taking to the waters of the Rhine in Basel, explore the Alsatian capital of Strasbourg and visit the city’s Christkindelsmärik, one of the largest festive fares in Europe. The festive magic endures in fairy-tale Heidelberg, before being transported to the elegant Rastatt Palace for an enchanting evening of entertainment courtesy of Scenic Enrich. After experiencing the Christmas magic of Cologne, your journey ends in Amsterdam, where more cultural highlights await.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
AMSW
Duration:
12 days
Departure City:
Zurich
Return City:
Amsterdam

12 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK > Zurich

    Fly from one of up to 16 UK regional airports.

    Start your journey with an overnight stay in Zurich.

  2. Day 2 - Zurich > Lucerne > Bern

    Repeatedly named the city with the best quality of life, Switzerland’s largest city Zurich is full of treasures and you’ll have the chance to discover them first-hand. Travel to Lucerne, overlooked by the magnificent Swiss Alp peaks of Mounts Pilatus and Rigi, before arriving in Bern for your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Bern > Montreux

    Ascend the Swiss Alps to the charming alpine village of Gstaad. Continue to Montreux for a luxurious two night stay, located on the shores of picturesque Lake Geneva

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Montreux

    Delight in a panoramic train journey to Château-d’Œx. Upon arrival witness traditional cheese-making
    at the Restaurant Le Chalet. 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

  5. Day 5 - Montreux > Basel

    Journey to neighbouring Vevey, home to Charlie Chaplin once he’d fled the United States. Learn about one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin’s World Museum. From there, it’s on to Basel where a warm welcome awaits you from the crew of your Scenic Space-Ship. Your luxury cruise is about to begin and you’ll have the chance to raise your glass to the occasion at the evening’s welcome reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Strasbourg

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Baden Baden

    Arrive in charming Baden Baden, a popular spa town famous for its Roman baths.

    Join a guided tour of this picturesque town and learn of its rich heritage or take an active hike to Hohenbaden Castle and take in the scenic views of the Black Forest. Alternatively, visit the Mercedes-Benz factory and learn about the fascinating history of this luxury brand.

    Enjoy a private evening concert at a fine Baroque palace. It’ll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other, and a chance to create memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Mannheim

    Uncover the fascinating history of Heidelberg, including a visit to its fine Renaissance castle, or enjoy an orientation tour of Heidelberg’s quaint old town, followed by some leisure time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Koblenz

    One of Germany’s oldest cities is turned into a Christmas paradise in the advent season, ideal for romantic strolls.

    Take a guided tour of this historic city, which straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Six tranquil places in the old part of Koblenz 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

  10. Day 10 - 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Amsterdam

    Experience an iconic canal cruise. Alternatively, discover charming Volendam before visiting the equally lovely village of Edam, or take to the streets with a local guide on the walking tour including a tasting of the Dutch favourite, herring.

    This afternoon, you may wish to visit one of the many Christmas markets in the Dutch capital. Perhaps sample delicious Dutch treats such as Olibol and Poffertjes, or peruse the stalls for some last minute traditional gifts, or simply wander the streets taking in the magic of Amsterdam at this special time of the year.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Amsterdam > UK

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport or train station for your return journey home. Travel from one of up to 16 UK airports.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 10 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 26 meals – 11 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

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