Christmas Markets on the Rhine

From $2199 (was $2449)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

10 Days

Passport Required

View Dates and Prices

This program is currently sold out but new dates are coming soon! Call 877-332-6185 for more details.


Immerse yourself in the festive traditions of Germany at Christmastime, where the air is perfumed with the tempting aromas of mulled wine and gingerbread, the streets are colorfully aglow in glistening lights, and the angelic Christkindl holds court in a country bedecked in Christmas regalia.

Trip Includes

  • Munich
  • Nuremberg
  • Cologne
  • Rüdesheim
  • Mainz
  • Frankfurt
  • Koblenz
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Rhine Valley
Cruise Accommodations
  • 4 Nights
  • River cruise aboard A-ROSA's Silva
Hotel Accommodations
  • 4 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • All meals onboard ship
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • Select meals on land portion
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your  tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Click here for full details.

Trip Highlights

  • Cruise down Germany’s scenic Rhine River during the peak of the festive Christmas season
  • Visit several of Germany’s most popular Christmas Markets and discover the magic of the holidays as you explore the spectacular displays of lights, gifts, and music
  • See the highlights of Munich, Nuremberg, Cologne and Düsseldorf on city tours

Onboard Credit, Premium Beverage and Onboard Discount Set Sail Offers

*Web prices reflect instant rebate pricing. All Set Sail offers are available for all cabin types, Onboard discount valid on all spa treatments. Click here to view offer details. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Offer may be cancelled at any time. Please follow the steps below to price your vacation with YMT. When you complete all the steps, please click "Reserve" next to the date.

Step 1

Airfare to tour:

Step 2

Number of travelers:

Step 3

Cabin Type:

This cabin type is sold out, but other cabin types are still available. Please select a different cabin type or call a travel consultant at 877-332-6185 to book this tour.
This cabin type is sold out, but other cabin types are still available. Please select a different cabin type or call a travel consultant at 877-332-6185 to book this tour.

(Click the map to enlarge)

Christmas Markets on the Rhine

Tours Starts: Munich, Germany

Tours Ends: Dusseldorf, Germany

Day 1

Depart for Europe

Your journey begins on an overnight flight to Germany.

Day 2

Arrive in Munich

Arrive in Munich at the peak of the Christmas Market season. If you purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations, a YMT representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to your hotel. This evening, relax on your own and then get to know your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner at your hotel, where you will learn about the exciting days ahead. (D)

Hotel Feringapark, Unterföhring or similar

Day 3

Munich City Tour and Nuremberg Christmas Market

This morning, enjoy a city tour of Munich, known for its hearty German cuisine, beer specialties and the original Oktoberfest; it also has a vibrant art scene, and much of its beautifully preserved architecture will be lit up in colorful Christmas lights. Your tour continues to Nuremberg's Christmas Market, Germany’s biggest and arguably its best. It's the quintessential German market—a festive event full of music, colorful lights, and yuletide treats like flavorful mulled gluehwein, gingerbread, and Nuremberg's bratwurst sausages. The market is presided over by a local teenager who is elected into the high office of Christkindl. It’s her job to recite the Christkindlesmarkt’s famous Christmas speech to open the market, and make appearances throughout the market’s run in full regalia—visitors, especially children, love to spot her long blond curls, towering golden crown, and flowing white and gold gown. (B)

Hotel Intercity Nuremburg or similar

Day 4

Cologne City Tour and Christmas Market

Enjoy an informative city tour of Cologne, a former Roman province and influential medieval and Renaissance era trade base that was nearly wiped out during WWII. Virtually all of Cologne’s buildings were built after the war, and the landscape is characterized by simple and modest post-war buildings, with just a few pre-war buildings that were either rebuilt or miraculously untouched during Allied air raids. Marvel at the spectacularly spired Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Germany’s most visited landmark. It is ornately decorated during Cologne’s outstanding Christmas market, and one of the most breathtaking sights of the whole tour. (B)

Hotel Eden Früh am Dom or similar

Day 5

Leisure Day and Embarkation in Cologne (Depart 5:00 PM)

Today is at your leisure until an afternoon embarkation. We recommend partaking in Kölsch, Cologne’s official beer, served in a traditional 200ml glass called a Stangen. “Zum wohl” means “to your health,” and is a very common toast in Cologne. Board the Silva in the afternoon, where you will be greeted with a perfect red rose from the ship’s crew, per A-ROSA tradition.

Day 6

Rüdesheim (9:00 AM–1:00 PM) and Mainz (3:00 PM–11:00 PM)

Surrounded by gently sloping vineyards, Rüdesheim is famous for its local wine, brandy, and specialty coffee. The Drosselgasse, with its taverns and restaurants, makes for a very lively pit stop and provides ample opportunity to enjoy the local goods and 25-year-old Christmas Market. Your next stop is ancient Mainz, best known for three outstanding features: its Romanesque cathedral, two original Gutenberg bibles, and the Rhineland carnival. Find the charming Christmas Market by searching for Mainz’s 30-foot-tall Christmas pyramid.

Day 7

Frankfurt (8:00 AM–11:00 PM)

This charming international city is full of museums, shops, and restaurants that cater to English speakers. But perhaps the best highlight of Frankfurt during this time of year is its famous Christmas Market. First started in 1393, it is one of the world’s oldest and a spectacular must-see during your tour.

Day 8

Koblenz (3:00 PM–10:00 PM)

With over 60 medieval castles overlooking its winding banks, the River Rhine valley is one of Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quaint villages are nestled alongside the majestic river, while never-ending vineyards flank the hillsides. Visit Koblenz’s older areas, Münzplatz, Plan, Rathausplatz, Liebfrauenkirche, Jesuitenplatz, and Zentralplatz, to see an especially charming Christmas Market that features over 100 festive stands, styled to look like adorable Christmas cottages.

Day 9

Disembarkation in Cologne and Transfer to Düsseldorf (6:00 AM)

Say goodbye to the crew of the Silva in Cologne before continuing on to Düsseldorf and its enchanting Christmas market. Düsseldorf is a riverfront village that over the past century has transformed into one of Germany’s most sophisticated cities; it is heart of the country’s media and fashion industries, and you will see many sharply dressed locals in your time in the seven unique Christmas markets, each one differently themed and distinctly charming. Your day ends with a farewell dinner back at the hotel, which gives you the perfect opportunity to bid auf wiedersehen to your new friends and Germany’s delightful Christmas traditions. (D)

Leonardo Royal Hotel Düsseldorf Königsallee or similar

Day 10

Depart for Home

Return home with plenty of memories from Germany’s breathtaking Christmas Market season. You’ll always remember the Weihnachtsfreude, or Christmas Joy, from your time in Deutschland! (B)

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Outside Cabin

French Balcony Middle

French Balcony Upper

Watch a short video about this tour!

You might also like:

Rendezvous on the Rhone


Sightseeing in Paris followed by a river cruise through the heart of Provence and French wine country, as made famous in the works of Vincent Van Gogh. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? This picture-perfect vacation is designed to give travelers a complete experience of France in just 8 nights: Paris, Versailles, Dijon, Lyon, Avignon, and more!
View this tour

Enchanting Iceland


Iceland, “The Land of Ice and Fire,” is as dramatic as it is beautiful. You will never forget the impressive displays of Mother Nature’s might that still dominate the landscape of this remote country, the home of ancient Vikings, friendly locals, and stunning nature.
View this tour

Norwegian Fjords Explorer


Slowly cut over thousands of years by mighty glaciers, Norway’s stunning fjords radiate from the sea. Surrounded by cliffs, they have stood as the playgrounds of Norse gods, the proving grounds of Viking kings, and the home to a modern people with a friendly culture and colorful heritage.
View this tour