Cutting deeply into mountains and winding its way through valleys, rolling hillsides and terraced vineyards, the River Rhine winds its way through many countries including Switzerland, Austria, France and Germany before reaching the North Sea. Throughout history, it has captured the imagination of such names as JMW Turner, Richard Wagner and Lord Byron. The Upper Rhine travels through Basel, Alsace and the Black Forest and is known for its alpine scenery, forested slopes and winelands. The Middle Rhine is a 65-mile stretch of UNESCO-listed scenery known for its dramatic beauty, dotted with fairy-tale castles and red-roofed medieval towns. In the Lower Rhine, the landscapes soften into the lowlands of the Netherlands.
Rhine river cruises offer an added attraction each December, when Christmas markets spring up in all the riverside towns. Whether you’re doing a turn on the twinkling ice rink of Heidelberg or browsing the stalls in Strasbourg’s town square with a warming glühwein, our Rhine Christmas cruises are sure to put you in the festive spirit.