European Christmas Market River Cruise – review of AHI Travel’s Holiday Markets Cruise
European Christmas Market Rhine River Cruise – review of AHI Travel’s Holiday Markets Cruise ~ The Festive Rhine River. 8 days, 7 nights cruising down the Rhine and visiting the Christmas markets. Basel, Switzerland; Freiburg, Germany; Colmar, France; Strasbourg, France; Heidelberg, Germany; Rüdesheim, Germany; Cologne, Germany. This was the trip of a lifetime!
Holiday Markets Cruise ~ The Festive Rhine River
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we took an amazing trip to Europe. We went on a Rhine River cruise through Switzerland, Germany, and France and visited the Christmas Markets. It was a dream trip! I’ve had the Christmas markets on my list of places to go for years. I was THRILLED to finally make the trip. It was everything I hoped for and more.
I shared a little about the trip on Instagram, but today I am sharing much more. I am sharing photos from each stop. I took over 2,000 photos. I had the HARDEST time narrowing them down. Don’t worry – there aren’t 2,000 photos in this post! I tried to limit it to just a few for each city.
We took the Holiday Markets Crusie – The Festive Rhine River with AHI Travel. It was INCREDIBLE. All of the excursions are included in the price of the trip. We were divided into small groups for the excursions. We had an AHI Travel guide and a local guide on the excursions. That being said, the excursions are optional. You can take the bus to the destination and do your own thing or you can stay on the boat.
If you book your air travel through AHI Travel, the transfers to and from the airport are included. You can book your own airfare and buy the transfers with AHI Travel or handle getting to and from the airport on your own. We just booked the airfare through AHI Travel. It was a little cheaper than doing it ourselves and we didn’t have to pay extra for the transfers.
We sailed on the Amadeus Silver III. We went all out and booked the Suite Mozart. It was on the top floor with a balcony. The room was large with a sitting area and a big bathroom (for a ship). We both loved it. The food on the ship was delicious. They served breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Beer and wine were included with lunch and dinner. Dinner was 5 or 6 courses every night. The best thing was that they offered plain chicken at every meal, so I never went hungry!!
Keep reading for all the details of our trip. I would LOVE to do another Christmas Market Cruise. It was one of the best trips we’ve ever taken.
After our morning in Rüdesheim, we set sail down the Rhine.
We passed the famous Loreley Rock.
The rock produces an echo and is associated with the legend of a beautiful maiden who threw herself into the Rhine in despair over a faithless lover and was transformed into a siren who lured fishermen to destruction.
Our final stop on the cruise was in Cologne, France.
Most of Cologne was destroyed in WWII.
The Cathedral was the only thing left standing.
This shrine is said to hold the bones of the Three Kings.
I loved this stained glass window.
After checking out the Cathedral, we walked around the Christmas market.
We skipped lunch on the ship and sampled some of the local fare at the market.
A ham and cheese stuffed bread, potato cakes, steak sandwich, and some fresh amaretto candied almonds. I wish I could eat them all again right now!
The booths were all same design at the Cologne market, unlike the other markets we went to.
After a cold and windy day at the market, we headed back to the ship to watch the sunset.