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Scenic Rhine Christmas Markets


  • Overview


    • Soak up the festive atmosphere at Mannheim Christmas Market
    • Strasbourg is the perfect Christmas Market destination
    • Visit the festive stalls at charming Mainz

    Combine a relaxing river cruise along the Rhine with the opportunity to visit some of Germany’s finest Christmas Markets along the way. Experience traditional advent atmosphere and festive decor, sample local delicacies and pick up some charming Yuletide crafts and gifts. Read More

    Great for:

    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery
    • Great for - Shopping
    • Great for - Walking

    Mainz Old Town
    Join us and experience the enchanting wonders of the Christmas markets along the mighty Rhine. Highlights of your holiday will include free time to take in the Christmas markets of the German city of Mannheim, where you’ll find around 200 stalls offering unique arts and crafts, hand-crafted toys and Christmas decorations, plus the chance to enjoy a little gluhwein, bratwurst and sweets   - creating a fantastic festive experience you’ll never forget!

    We also include a visit to the French city of Strasbourg, which holds its own amazing Christmas markets, with 300 stalls spread out over the city celebrating Christmas in true Alsatian style – a captivating experience!

    You’ll also have free time to explore Mainz, where the Christmas market is held in the historic market square, which becomes an eye-dazzling spectacle  of lights and colour, the scents, sights  and sounds of Christmas fill the air, with roasted almonds, hot chestnuts, mulled wine, and hand-carved gifts aplenty.

    So, why not combine a relaxing river cruise with the chance to soak up the festive atmosphere at some of Europe’s finest Christmas markets on this magical Scenic Rhine Christmas Markets river cruise? Your river cruise takes place on the welcoming A-Rosa Aqua, which provides a welcome escape from everyday life. On board, you’ll find it so easy to relax, as you take in the spectacular, ever-changing winter scenery along the mighty Rhine.
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  • The Ship


    MS A-ROSA Aqua

    • MS A-ROSA
    Launched in 2009, the A-Rosa Aqua provides a welcome escape from everyday life. She currently sails on the scenic waterways of the Rhine. On board, you’ll find it so easy to relax, whether you’re simply lounging on the spacious sun deck, taking a dip in the whirlpool, challenging your fellow cruisers to a game of shuffleboard, a game of giant chess, or a round on the putting green. And with the casual dress code, there’s no pressure to get dressed up to the nines, creating a truly relaxed atmosphere in which you’re sure to feel right at home!
    • Length: 135m
    • Width: 11.4m
    • Passenger Capacity: 204
    • Passenger decks: 4


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  • Excursions & Extras




    Heidelberg Market
    Heidelberg Christmas Market
    Mainz Old Town
    Mainz and the Gutenberg Museum

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What's included

  • Return travel from the UK by coach with overnight stays including dinner and breakfast in France
  • Four nights all inclusive cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • One included excursion
  • FREE Home Connect Service
  • FREE drinks on board including beer, wine, selected spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, water and speciality coffee and teas


Launched in 2009, the A-Rosa Aqua provides a welcome escape from everyday life. She currently sails on the scenic waterways of the Rhine.

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