ABTAATOLTravel Awards 2015

01904 734 939

Open 7 Days A Week
ViewHide Gallery

Christmas Markets Rhine Cruise

(Tour code: 17RFR)Visit four of the Rhine Valley's Christmas Markets

Relax on board the terrific MS Bellejour and meander peacefully down the Rhine Valley. With all on-board meals included, indulge in visits to the splendid towns and their Christmas Markets on the Rhine's pretty banks.

Tour Highlights
  • MS Bellejour
  • Free time in Mainz
  • Explore the Christmas Markets of Koblenz and Strasbourg
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • 4* Cruise Ship
    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day

Itinerary & Map

top ^
Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Day 1

MS Bellejour

Depart St Pancras after meeting at our dedicated Departure Office, travelling to Brussels on the Eurostar. Continue to Cologne where your river cruise ship, the MS Bellejour, awaits you with a glass of mulled wine on board, ready to take you on a four-night adventure.

  • Dinner
Day 2


After sailing along the commanding Rhine Gorge, arrive in Mainz, a city established by the Romans at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers. Home of the printing pioneer, Johannes Gutenberg, Mainz has a carefully restored Old Town of halftimbered houses. Here there is an optional guided tour, providing an introduction to the city's sights. Alternatively, perhaps visit the Mainz Christmas Market, to get you into the spirit of festive shopping.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3


This morning you will cruise along the stunning Rhine Gorge. Travel past legendary Lorelei Rock and pretty little villages, nestled beneath hilltop castles and sweeping vineyards. This afternoon you reach Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven which was West Germany's capital - a position it held until reunification in 1990. You have time to discover Bonn's Christmas Market - the main squares are filled with illuminated stalls, offering warming glühwein and other Rhineland specialities.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4


Arrive into Koblenz on this afternoon. You can explore the historic city on an optional guided tour, or enjoy exploring the Koblenz Christmas Market at your leisure, taking in the bedecked stalls or enjoying the festive local treats on sale here. To explore the city further, perhaps visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, a stunning sample of Prussian architecture that dates back to the 19th century. Alternatively, you may wish to view the splendid architecture of the Scholoss Stolzenfels mansion.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

Cologne to London

Today the MS Bellejour returns to Cologne. After breakfast you disembark, taking the high-speed train to Brussels. In the Belgian capital, connect with the Eurostar to London, where on arrival, your tour concludes.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.


Sign up for our free newsletter


Rail Discoveries has more than three decades' experience providing outstanding rail holidays.

Our escorted tours benefit from the presence of a professional Tour Manager, who will ensure that your holiday runs smoothly.


Allow Rail Discoveries to take the stress out of organising a holiday; our tours include rail travel, a range of superb accommodation, and a number of meals.

Embark on a wealth of included excursions or enjoy the complete dining experience on one of our all-inclusive tours.


Call us on the dedicated phone number above or speak to one of our award-winning Tour Advisors in person at our offices in York.

We can arrange connecting UK rail from your local station, porterage services or extra nights in a favourite city.

Fully Protected

Payments are covered by Verified by Visa, MasterCard SecureCode or American Express SafeKey℠, and protected by Thawte technology.

We are members of ABTA and AITO. All our tours are ATOL-protected and backed by the Rail Discoveries Price Promise.

SagepaySecured by ThawteAmerican ExpressMasterCardVisaATOL 3278ABTA No. V2170AITO
Order Brochures Contact Us View Shortlist 0