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Christmas Markets on the Rhine Pilgrimage Cruise

A 7-night December Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel on the Majestic Rhine River
Experience the deep-rooted Christmas traditions of France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland at a holy and festive time of year and get caught up in the beauty of the season with visits to some of the world’s most iconic Christmas Markets. Warm up with a mug of steamy glühwein while at the Cologne Christmas Market located in front of its famous Gothic cathedral. Let the “Capital of Noël,” Strasbourg, the oldest and largest Christmas Market in France, captivate you the way it has for so many others for centuries. Meander through Heidelberg’s majestic Christmas Market nestled idyllically amongst the historic squares of the Old Town. And while in Gengenbach, marvel at the world’s largest Advent calendar, where every evening at 6:00 PM, the brightly lit windows of the neo-classical town hall open, and behind each one is a picture by a famous artist, such as Andy Warhol. Cherish all the glory of the Advent season in grand European style as you cruise along the Rhine.
Tour Details Christmas Markets on the Rhine Pilgrimage Cruise

Departure & Return Location

Your local airport of choice — Or you can choose land only and make your own flight arrangements.

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares - Round trip airfare listed below Airfare is included for most major airports
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • 1 Checked Bag with the Airlines
  • Meals - Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Daily on Cruise!
  • Entrance Fees - Sightseeing and Shore Excursions as per itinerary
  • Daily Mass and Spiritual Activities Coordinated
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

Price Excludes


  • Name and Luggage tags
  • Neck Wallet
  • Travel Bag
Itinerary Christmas Markets on the Rhine Pilgrimage Cruise

Day 1Depart

Day 2Arrive Amsterdam - Board Cruise Ship

Board the ship in Amsterdam for your Christmas Markets on the Rhine River Pilgrimage Cruise.  Dinner and overnight.

Day 3Amsterdam

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 4Düsseldorf, Germany

Enjoy a scenic cruise into Düsseldorf. In the afternoon, take a brief trip to the nearby city of Cologne on a guided tour of its enchanting Old Town, where you will see sites such as the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall; the Fishmarkt, which dates back to the 12th century and the Great St. Martin Church. Then visit one of Europe’s largest and most renowned Christmas Markets. Or explore historic Düsseldorf on foot with a knowledgeable local tour guide. Then, be treated to a tasting of Altbier, a clean and crisp beer developed in Düsseldorf that is crafted using traditional brewing techniques. Conclude the tour with a visit to the local Christmas Market. Alternatively, cover more ground with an active bike tour of the city. (B,L,D)


Cruise through the castle-laden Rhine River Gorge before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Once in Rüdesheim, you will have four choices of morning excursions. Wine connoisseurs will want to go to a wine cellar for a wine tasting followed by a Christmas Market visit to enjoy holiday traditions from around the world. Or go on a hike through the vineyards. Alternatively, you can take a peaceful ride over the vineyards on Rüdesheim’s gondola followed by a visit to the Christmas Market. You may also opt to join a guided bike tour through the town and along the Rhine River before visiting the Christmas Market. Later in the day, you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Instrument Cabinet, or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee. (B,L,D)




You have the choice to explore two of Germany’s historically rich cities, along with their festive Christmas Markets. Visit Heidelberg, a city that will capture your heart with its mighty castle and historic university. While here, wander along one of Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping streets, the Hauptstrasse, soaking up the Yuletide celebrations at the town’s Christmas Markets. Or hike along the Neckar River on the historic Philosopher’s Path followed by free time to enjoy the Christmas Markets. Alternatively, you can bike along the Neckar River to the medieval town of Ladenburg and visit its Marktplatz, or explore one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also have time to visit its Christmas Market in front of the “Old Mint” (Alten Münze) in the famous Maximilianstrasse, with a view of the romantic Imperial cathedral (Kaiserdom). (B,L,D)



Strasbourg is even more alluring during the season of Advent. The Christkindelsmärik dates back to 1570, making it the oldest Christmas Market in France. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour that takes you past the Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, walk through the historic town center on the Grande Île, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and through the lovely “La Petite France” district, where you will see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock and then visit the town’s famous Christmas Market. You can also choose to explore Strasbourg’s different districts by bicycle. Later in the day, opt to visit Gengenbach’s Christmas Markets and the town’s famous illuminated town hall Advent calendar. (B,L,D)


Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions. Journey into medieval Colmar, located in the enchanting Alsace region of France. Delight in the half-timbered houses lining the cobblestone streets as you take in the whimsical blend of French and German culture and the town’s wonderful Christmas Markets. Alternatively, head to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Then enjoy free time at the Freiburg Christmas Markets. Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through Breisach’s countryside. (B,L,D)


Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Basel as you prepare for your return flight home. (B)

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Dates, Pricing, Booking for Christmas Markets on the Rhine Pilgrimage Cruise
Make a Deposit to reserve your place.
  Christmas Markets on the Rhine River Cruise 2024  

December 4 – ??, 2024

Cruise only from $3,699

Window, Balcony or Suite

  Christmas Markets on the Rhine River Cruise 2025  

December 3 – ??, 2025

Cruise only $3,899 approx.


Single Room Supplement: $TBA unless otherwise specified.

See the airports that we serve.  A few airports have an additional charge.

Contact us if you don’t see your airport. 


Pre-Stay in Amsterdam – Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

Double Room w/breakfast only per person $249 · Single Room w/breakfast only one person $425 · Private Airport Transfer per person $125

Post Stay in Basel, Switzerland – Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

Double Room w/breakfast only per person $TBA · Single Room w/breakfast only one person $TBA · Private Airport Transfer per person TBA

Upgrade to Premium Economy 

An upgrade to premium economy is available for $1,850 per person roundtrip with the following conditions:  the pilgrimage tour must be 1) paid in full more than 90 days before departure and 2) Guest Information Completed in order to guarantee the price and schedule.

Call for a quote if less than 90 days before departure for an expected higher price.

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Travel Insurance for Christmas Markets on the Rhine Pilgrimage Cruise
If you encounter a flight cancellation, baggage delay, medical emergency or more during your Pilgrimage to Europe, travel insurance is here to help.

Travel Insurance is available for Europe and – recommended!

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FAQ for Christmas Markets on the Rhine Pilgrimage Cruise
Frequently Answered Questions for our Christmas Markets on the Rhine Pilgrimage Cruise

Do I need an electrical adapter in Europe?  No, you will not need an adapter for the ship.

Do you have other pilgrimage tours to Europe?  Yes.  See our Europe Pilgrimages.

Do you have FAQs for airlines, passports, vaccinations, travel insurance, tipping, packing, mobility, and others?  Yes. FAQ for all Catholic Journeys Pilgrimage Tours

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