Christmas Markets on the Rhine plus Switzerland


Christmas Markets on the Rhine plus Switzerland

  Nov 29, 2023 - Dec 7, 2023 ( 9 Days )
The Price :   $3,995.00
Spots Remaining  17/17
Travel Date :  2023-11-29 - 2023-12-07

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Name Price
($500 deposit to book)
Christmas markets category E $3,195.00
Christmas markets category D $3,395.00
Christmas markets category C $3,795.00
Christmas markets category B $3,995.00
Christmas markets category A $4,195.00

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Single upgrade CAT E and Dand $1,000.00

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Join us as we cruise the Rhine River aboard the MS Amadeus Imperial to take in the great Christmas markets of Switzerland, France, and Germany. Enjoy this magical time of year as Europe’s countries hold steadfastly onto Old World holiday tradition and transform into fairy-tale Christmas settings. The sights and sensations of the holiday season are everywhere: locals and guests savor the tastes of chocolate covered Lebkuchen (gingerbread), sizzling grilled sausages and spiced hot “Gluehwein” (mulled wine). People also delight in the festively decorated markets and shopping for ornaments, crafts, candles, nutcrackers, winter hats, roasted nuts and other traditional items.

The Ship – MS Amadeus Imperial

The innovative 168-passenger Amadeus Imperial launched in 2020 and features all the amenities of a floating 5-star hotel while offering the effortless combination of vibrant energy & intimate small ship experience. This Premium cruise ship features the most modern furnishings that blend masterfully with the architecture of the ship and a luxurious design that is the hallmark of the Amadeus fleet. The extensive Restaurant and the Panorama Bar offer divine views of the passing riverscapes, and the glass-shielded River Terrace allows you to relax in the open air regardless of the weather. The attentive English-speaking onboard service staff will see to your comfort with typical European hospitality. The cabin design plans are forward-thinking, bright & modern, all part of a premium focus with 72 large Staterooms & 12 Suites. The beauty of river cruising is that the most interesting destinations come to you. This Imperial charter features English-only onboard commentary with inclusive shore excursions balanced with choice to simply relax onboard, get a spa treatment or add sightseeing with optional excursions.

Category E and D – Hayden Deck
Category D, C, and B – Hayden Deck
Category A and Suite – Mozart deck

Staterooms – 172 or 188 sq ft
All staterooms feature 2 twin beds that can be separated or put together, flat screen TV, private bath with shower, hair dryer, closet, phone, desk, chair & safe. Mozart & Strauss Staterooms feature Drop Down Panoramic Window with 188 sq. ft. of floor space. Haydn Deck Staterooms feature a fixed window with 172 sq ft.

Highlights and Excursions

• 6 Night Cruise – Amadeus Imperial
• Lucerne Walking Tour
• 5 Christmas Market Experiences
• Strasbourg City Tour & Christmas Market
• Speyer Walking Tour & Christmas Market
• Koblenz Walking Tour & Christmas Market
• Cologne Walking Tour & Christmas Market
• Cochem Walking Tour & Christmas Market
• Reichsburg Castle & Wine Tasting
• Rudesheim Visit
• Strasbourg Afternoon at Leisure
• Cologne Afternoon at Leisure


• Roundtrip Airfare from most Southeastern hubs. Slight upcharge for others
• 1 Night Hotel – Lucerne, Switzerland
• 6 Night Cruise – Outside Cabin
• 18 Meals (7-B, 5-L & 6-D)
• Tour Director
• English Speaking Ship Staff
• Regional Wines & Beer with Dinners
• Welcome & Farewell Dinners
• Int’l Air Taxes/Fuel/Port Charges
• Baggage Handling at Hotel/Ship
• Roundtrip Hotel/Ship Transfers
• Wifi Onboard

Day 1, November 29 2023: Depart US
Take overnight Flight to Zurich, Switzerland

Day 2, November 30: Arrive
We’ll arrive mid-morning in Zurich and meet our tour director, Betty, for the week at the airport. From there we’ll take a shuttle to our hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Overnight – Lucerne

Day 3, December 1: Lucerne – Strasbourg – Board the Amadeus Imperial
In the morning we’ll meet our guide for a Lucerne Walking Tour. You’ll learn the history of this amazing city and it’s beautiful lake. In the afternoon we’ll travel to Strasbourg, France via motorcoach and Board the MS Imperial for our 6 Night Rhine River Cruise. After settling in we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner onboard
Meals – B & D Overnight – Amadeus Imperial

Day 4, December 2: Strasbourg
In the morning we’ll take a guided Strasbourg city tour of this medieval, followed by an extended visit to the Strasbourg Christmas Market. That afternoon Leisure time in Strasbourg. Or take the optional tour to Alsace & Obernai. The ship will be docked in Strasbourg into late evening.
Meals – B,L,S & D Overnight – Amadeus Imperial

Day 5, December 3: Speyer – Mannheim
After breakfast we take a Speyer Walking Tour followed by the Speyer Christmas Market. In the afternoon we’ll cruise to Mannheim for time at Leisure. Or you can take the Heidelberg Optional Excursion.
Meals – B,L,S & D Overnight – Amadeus Imperial

Day 6, December 4: Rüdesheim – Rhine River Gorge – Koblenz
In the morning we arrive in Rüdesheim and walk into town on own to explore. We’ll have lunch onboard as we sail through the Rhine River Gorge, a UNESCO Heritage Site. In the afternoon we arrive in Koblenz and take a guided walking tour followed by free time at the Christmas Market.
Meals – B,L,S & D Overnight – Amadeus Imperial

Day 7, December 5: Cochem
In the morning we’ll cruise up the Moselle River to see miles of Chardonnay grapes, castles, and more. In the afternoon we arrive in Cochem and take a guided walking tour and visit Reichsburg Castle. Then we’ll enjoy a Wine Tasting & followed by the Cochem Christmas Market.
Meals – B,L,S & D Overnight – Amadeus Imperial

Day 8, December 6: Cologne
In the morning we arrive in Cologne and take a Walking Tour and visit the Christmas Market. Afternoon is at your leisure in Cologne. In the evening we’ll enjoy a Gala Farewell Dinner Onboard. The Ship is docked overnight in Cologne.
Meals – B,L,S & D Overnight – Amadeus Imperial

Day 9 Cologne – Frankfurt Airport – Flight Home
Morning transfer to the Frankfurt Airport for your flight home
Meal – Breakfast Hotel/Onboard • S – Snacks Onboard afternoon and/or evening
L – Lunch Onboard • D – Dinner Onboard with Regional Wines & Beer

Places You’ll See :

1AMADEUS Elegant Koblenz


What type of Electric plug do Germany and Switzerland have?

All the countries on this cruise use the standard EU two prong plug. We recommend purchasing a universal power adaptor such as this one.

What are the COVID requirements to Europe

Europe, along with nearly all other areas, have dropped nearly all COVID requirements. You no longer need to get tested, nor even show a vaccination card.

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What's Included

  • Due to fluctuating airfares, air will be booked for you at the prevailing rate
  • Meals as provided by the ship
  • Accommodations as shown on itinerary
  • all admissions as shown in itinerary
  • English-speaking guided tours each day
  • Airport transfers and all transportation in country

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Trip Information

  • Activity Level: 1/2 (see rating)
  • Trip Curator: Jim Peacock
  • Trip Leader/CSR: Betty Glass
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