Sail into the Christmas spirit with Emerald Waterways

Treat yourself during Christmas with Emerald Waterways’ ( Christmas river cruises. Guests will be spoiled for choice with three festive itineraries around Europe, visiting their famous Christmas markets. Book before 31 October and save up to £1,150 per couple, plus enjoy unlimited free on board drinks with a free Premium Drinks Package and €150 per cabin to spend whilst on board.

Departing in 2019, the 15-day Christmas Markets of Europe river cruise travels from Amsterdam, visiting 17 different Christmas markets, including Amsterdam, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Miltenberg, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremburg, Kelheim, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Highlights include the traditional alpine huts at Amsterdam’s many markets, the colourful markets in Cologne that sit underneath the shadows of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, and Rüdesheim’s Christmas Market of Nations, where more than a hundred stalls represent a dozen nations. There is limited availability left on this 15-day river cruise with balcony suites starting from £4,345 per person (departing 1 December 2019) or if booking ahead for 2020: from £3,320 per person (departing 1 December 2020).

For a one week option, choose the eight-day Christmas Markets of the Rhine river cruise for 2020 which stops at Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Manheim, Kehl, Strasbourg, Breisach, and Basel. Highlights of the river cruise includes visiting seven idyllic Christmas markets in the postcard-worthy city, Cologne, and seeing them transform into winter wonderlands, as well as experiencing Strasbourg’s most charming Christmas markets that are home to the oldest in Europe. Prices for this eight-day cruise start from £1,720 per person (departing 8 December 2020 staying in an Emerald Stateroom). 

Alternatively, Emerald Waterways offers the eight-day Christmas Markets on the Danube river cruise, travelling from Munich to Budapest, visiting Regensburg, Passau, Dürnstein, Vienna and Bratislava. Highlights include venturing into the heart of Vienna’s stunning Christmas Markets, seeing the Christmas card-like cobblestone streets that weave through Passau, and visiting the quaint wooden stalls at Regensburg’s Christmas markets at Thurn und Taxis Palace. Soak up these cities in all their festive glory from only £1,670 per person (departing 12 December 2020 staying in an Emerald Stateroom).

All prices include relevant discounts, return flights, transfers, the cruises as stated above, shore excursions, all tipping and gratuities, all on board meals and selected drinks* and exclusive events and experiences.

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*Drinks on board – complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner on board. Complimentary tea and coffee is available throughout the sailing. 

About Emerald Waterways: Emerald Waterways offers a diverse range of river and ocean cruises. A multi-award winning tour operator, Emerald Waterways operates eight Star-Ships, seven sailing in Europe and the brand new Emerald Harmony sailing in South East Asia. Also, two yachts based in the Adriatic Sea and two chartered river ships in Russia and Egypt.