Christmas Markets River Cruise with Amsterdam

$3399 per person
10 days
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TOP VALUE Christmas Markets River Cruise with Amsterdam

Experience an extraordinary river cruise and and magical European festive season. Begin in Frankfurt and cruise through Germany to the Netherlands. Explore the world-famous Christmas markets along the way and enjoy all the extra trimmings of a stunning river cruise!
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Treat yourself to a festive season with all the traditional trimmings on this special European Christmas Markets River Cruise. Sail from Frankfurt to Amsterdam, via the beautiful cities and markets of Mainz, Koblenz, Cologne and Dusseldorf. Then enjoy an Amsterdam hotel stay for 2 nights with guided sightseeing to explore more of the amazing city.

What's included

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Departure Location
Frankfurt, Germany
Return Location
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tour Start Date & Time
December 9, 2024 3:00 pm View other Times
Additional Information
Booking Code: CMRCAG10M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Activities as per the itinerary
  • Cruise as per itinerary
  • Cruise meals and non-chargeable entertainment
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance tickets to sites on tour
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Porterage (up to two bags per person)
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Any items or services not specified
  • Cruise gratuities
  • Cruise transfers
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • International flights from Australia
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Additional Prices
Solo Travellers: Please contact us for the single supplement to have a private cabin Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential for this tour - please ask us for a quote.

Christmas Markets River Cruise Overview

Experience a European river cruise at the most festive time of the year!

River cruising offers the unique opportunity to visit Europe’s historic cities and charming villages as you sail the world’s most beautiful waterways. Cruise aboard a sleek, modern floating hotel, equipped with features and amenities to make your voyage comfortable and enjoy celebratory entertainment on board.

Board the purpose-built ship in Frankfurt for a 7-night cruise on the Rhine River. Sail to Mainz, Koblenz, Cologne and Dusseldorf. At each picturesque stop, visit the colourful markets that are always a highlight of the Christmas season. After disembarking in Amsterdam, enjoy two more nights at a first class hotel and a guided city tour with a can’t-miss canal cruise.


River Cruise Deal

Hurry, book by 12 January 2024 to save up to $800 per person on a special Christmas Markets river cruise!

  • Departs in 2024: 09 December & 18 December
  • From $3399 per person – based on an outside Cabin E with upgrades available

Note: All prices are subject to confirmation and currency fluctuations or change at time of booking. Prices are per person, based on twin share and single supplement applies for solo occupancy. Contact us for current rates and cabin availability. Booking conditions apply. Booking Code CMRCAG10M.

Inclusions at a glance

  • 9 nights accommodations
    • 7 nights outside cabin aboard Monarch Queen or Monarch Baroness
    • 2 nights Amsterdam
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise porterage
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

Want to see more of Europe and add flights? Email [email protected] or phone 1300 168 910 for information on other travel options!

Special features

  • Enjoy Christmas-themed entertainment onboard
  • Explore Frankfurt, a city of contrasts with both modern and historical influences
  • Cruise the Rhine in Mainz with stunning vistas of hilltop castles and villages
  • Visit Koblenz, located at the confluence of the “German Corner” where the Rhine & Moselle Rivers meet
  • Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of the Rhineland
  • See symbolic Rheinturm Tower in Dusseldorf, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city
  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals

River cruise features & amenities

  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits (charges apply)
  • Fitness centre
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English

Do you have another trip to Europe in mind? We can help find you the perfect travel package. Call 1300 168 910 or email [email protected] for a personal travel quote!

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Arrive in Frankfurt, Cruise Embarkation

Arrive in Frankfurt and make your own way to the port. Embarkation begins at 2 PM. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. This evening, meet your Cruise Director, and enjoy a dinner as it sets the festive mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner


Frankfurt City Tour & Christmas Market

This morning, take a walking tour of the city with your local guide. Frankfurt is home of the European Central Bank and financial heart of Germany. Situated on the banks of the River Main, Frankfurt is a city of contrasts. Its famous modern skyline is a striking backdrop of the historic town center, or Römerberg, where you'll find wonderful examples of traditional half-timbered houses. Spend the afternoon at the Frankfurt Christmas market. Held for over 600 years, this traditional market is the highlight of the holiday season. A variety of stalls feature unique decorations and holiday gifts. A visit to the market is not complete without a glass of mulled wine and some local delicacies before you set sail for Mainz
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Mainz City Tour & Christmas Market

This afternoon, explore the city of Mainz. Founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany's oldest, with a history spanning almost 2000 years. Walk through the restored historic center, site of the market square. Free time to explore the local Christmas markets
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Koblenz City Tour & Christmas Market

Continue cruising this morning and take in the tranquil scenery of the iconic Rhine River. Upon arrival to Koblenz in early afternoon, join a local guide for a walking tour of the city. Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, French influence is evident in the architecture and culture of the area. Before returning to the ship, be sure to check Koblenz's picturesque Christmas market, located in the Old Town
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Cologne City Tour & Christmas Market

Depart for dynamic Cologne, with its 2000 year-old history, often called the capital of the Rhineland. Embark on a walking tour of the city, most famous for its Roman origins. Linger at the striking 13th century Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its soaring twin spires. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. Later, discover the delights of Cologne on your own. A perfect opportunity to visit the city's Christmas market. In the evening, enjoy some well-known Christmas tunes by a popular local artist
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Dusseldorf City Tour & Christmas Market

Admire the quaint scenery along the banks of the Rhine River before arriving in Dusseldorf this morning. Dusseldorf is a bustling city, with more than 100 galleries and numerous museums, a renowned opera house, and famous for its carnival, nightlife and shopping. See symbolic Rheinturm Tower, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the city's lively Christmas markets before setting sail this evening
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Amsterdam City Tour

Experience Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands with its renowned museums and historical sites. Board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historical homes, 16th century warehouses and charming churches. Continue on foot to view the Anne Frank House, the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, and the Dutch National Museum dedicated as a memorial to victims of WWII. Rejoin the ship for lunch on board and spend a leisurely afternoon in Amsterdam
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Disembarkation in Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Tour

Meet your local host as you disembark from the river cruise. Begin with a visit to the world-famous Rijksmuseum. On the guided tour you will explore the vast collection of works from some of the world's greatest artists including the Dutch masters Vermeer and Rembrandt. This afternoon is free for personal exploration. As you walk through the city, sample some of the much-loved local dishes like fresh herring, salty fries, local cheeses, or stop at a lively pub for a sampling of some of the renowned Dutch beers
Overnight: Amsterdam
Meals: Breakfast


Full Day in Amsterdam

Today is free to further explore Amsterdam on your own. Perhaps, experience a taste of real Dutch life by renting a bike to discover the little alleyways, hidden courtyards and canal-side treasures, or shop for some last-minute Dutch souvenirs. Tonight, treat yourself to dinner at a fabulous restaurant, or join the effervescent night scene in this city filled with theaters, nightclubs, and spirited cafes
Overnight: Amsterdam
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10

Depart Amsterdam

This morning check out of your hotel and make your way to the airport if you have a departure flight.
Meals: Breakfast

More about Germany

Germany is one of the most densely populated counties in the world, but it doesn't feel that way thanks to its forested mountains, magnificent rivers and well-planned cities. Berlin is a vibrant capital with a lively art scene and cafe culture. Munich is renowned for its annual Oktoberfest beer festival and Frankfurt is a fascinating blend of historic buildings and modern skyscrapers. Cruising the mighty Danube River you'll experience the charm of regional villages and rich culture of cities like Cologne and Nuremberg. There's so much to discover about this country that has its own strong personality as well as influences from its nine neighbouring countries.

More about Netherlands

Think of the Netherlands and immediately tulips, windmills and canal cruises in Amsterdam spring to mind. All this is true, and even more delightful in real life! The capital of Amsterdam is home to the impressive Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. It's a great city to explore by bike, thanks to the extensive bike paths and lack of hills, and for a truly local experience you can try herring from a food cart vendor, but you might want to wash it down with a beer at a historic brewery. Also, if you're wondering whether you should call it 'the Netherlands' or 'Holland', the Netherlands covers the country's 12 provinces, and Holland is an area that consists of two provinces. In January 2020 the Dutch government officially dropped the nickname ‘Holland’ and now refers to itself as The Netherlands.
Treat yourself to a festive season with all the traditional trimmings on this special European Christmas Markets River Cruise. Sail from Frankfurt to Amsterdam, via the beautiful cities and markets of Mainz, Koblenz, Cologne and Dusseldorf. Then enjoy an Amsterdam hotel stay for 2 nights with guided sightseeing to explore more of the amazing city.

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Adequate Travel Insurance
All tour travellers will be required to show proof of adequate travel insurance before embarking on tour. Your policy of insurance is required to cover you and your party against the cost of cancellation by you; the cost of assistance (including repatriation - medical and non-medical) in the event of accident or illness; loss of baggage and money; protection against any Covid-related claims and other expenses.

Travel guidelines are subject to change as the global situation evolves. The enforcement of certain measures (i.e. social distancing and mask-wearing) will vary in different regions. Tour operators will defer to local health authorities for best practices in their region.

It's your responsibility to check with your overseas destinations and home country's policies on testing and post-trip self-isolation as well as the latest travel advisories.

Know before you go...

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise.

While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels.

When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, the tour operator will endeavour to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge and refunds are not applicable in the event of itinerary amendments.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day tour descriptions are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, river conditions, road accessibility, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

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This special deal is valid until 12 January 2024 and may change without notice.

Lead price was correct as of 10 January 2024. Please contact us for current rates.

Advertised price is based on lead-price departure(s) and rates will be advised for your preferred travel date prior to any payment being required.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

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