Rhine River Cruise Christmas Markets: Basel to Amsterdam with Switzerland

Shop one of Europe's best Christmas markets, and visit Gstaad, a holiday destination for royalty and celebrities, during this combined cruise and land tour.

12 Days
Zurich to Amsterdam
From (GBP)
£ 3,755
Dates & Pricing

2020 Zurich > Amsterdam

Tour Map
Tour Code:
XAMW
Duration:
12 days
Departure City:
Zurich
Return City:
Amsterdam

Selected Itinerary

12 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Zurich

    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

    Enrich

    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, France

    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.”

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Baden-Baden, Germany

    This morning we 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 breathtaking views of the surrounding Black Forest. Or 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - 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 analyzed by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jørn Hurum in 2009. This afternoon, we continue our cruise along the Rhine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Koblenz, Germany

    Arrive in Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Glide past the colossal equestrian statue of Emperor William I that presides over the two waterways, and observe the clash of colors where the waters meet. Disembark for a guided tour of this historic city, and delve into a colorful 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 fairytale cluster of conical towers perched high above the town.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Cologne, Germany

    Go ashore in Cologne, and gaze up at the intricate twin spires of the city's iconic cathedral—one of the only structures left standing in the city following the heavy air raids of World War II. Explore Cologne’s extensive cultural offerings, including dozens of acclaimed museums and galleries. Discover 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Arrive in the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam this morning, and 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 colorful fishing towns of Volendam and Edam, where vendors sell Dutch favorites such as herring and the famed Edam cheese.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

    Itinerary subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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