Christmas Cruise on The Rhine visits more than one famous German Christmas market. Our wonderful 7 days Christmas cruise on the Rhine river. Celebrate Christmas in a whole new way, on board a festively decorated river cruise ship. Enjoy the Christmas stories, decorating the Christmas tree, and a joyous celebration of Christmas Eve on board. On this day, the restaurant will prepare a special gourmet dinner, after which you will have the option of attending a traditional midnight mass.
A trip aboard the AMADEUS fleet offers you the opportunity to do everything you’ve ever dreamed of on a holiday, so you can discover exciting destinations, meet fellow passengers from all over the world, enjoy excellent food in great style and simply relax. You have everything you need on board to guarantee an unforgettable voyage from start to finish.
Your Christmas cruise along the Rhine begins in the old Hanseatic town of Cologne. After an opportunity to explore your AMADEUS ship, you are invited to join the cruise director at a Welcome Cocktail. Thereafter, enjoy the lovingly prepared Welcome Dinner on board, which will put you in the right mood for the festive time ahead. Your ship weighs anchor during the night and travels towards Koblenz.
Cruise along the snowy Upper Middle Rhine Valley
The charming town of Koblenz is situated at the confluence of the Mosel and the Rhine Rivers. Many of its cultural landmarks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which are best explored during a guided sightseeing walk. Thereafter, you will return to your ship and continue on what is probably the most beautiful section of the trip. The passing, wintery landscapes of the Wachau offer spectacular vistas, the best of which is the view of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei Rock, which you will pass on this stretch of the trip.
Christmas Party on board & Christmas mass
Before breakfast, your ship arrives in the former imperial town of Speyer, which you can explore during the course of a guided sightseeing tour in the morning. The visit to the traditional Christmas market will put you in a festive mood, ready for the Christmas celebration on board. Take part in decorating the Christmas tree to the sound of contemplative carols before the magical Christmas dinner on board. Those who wish can attend a Christmas mass at the Speyer Cathedral after dinner. Late at night, your cruise continues on its journey.
Famous Strasbourg Cathedral
At lunchtime, your ship arrives in Strasbourg, in the Alsace region where, despite the wintery weather, the French joie de vivre is palpable everywhere. Explore the picturesque half-timbered houses and, if you wish, take part in an extended city sightseeing tour in the afternoon, which will take you to Strasbourg’s most beautiful sights. In the evening you will return to your ship, which will head for Mainz.
Visit to the Gutenberg Museum & Captain's Gala Dinner
Spend the second day of Christmas in Mainz, the largest city in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, where your ship arrives at midday. This town boasts not only numerous monuments but also the Gutenberg Museum which, with its exciting collections and its history of printing, books and writing, is one of the best-kept secrets of lovers of culture and literature. During the course of a guided sightseeing walk you can admire the sights of the city, and thereafter the captain will invite you to a festive Gala Dinner on board. Your ship will then head back to Cologne.
Cologne Cathedral & free time in the afternoon
After breakfast, enjoy a fascinating city tour through this Rhine metropolis. An eventful 2,000-year history has left its mark on the city, and this “city of churches” boasts countless highlights, in particular the Cologne Cathedral, which you will visit during the course of the tour, as well as the Roman Dionysus mosaic. The afternoon is at your disposal, and you have plenty of time for a shopping spree or a leisurely stroll before dinner on board.
Unfortunately, even such a wonderful journey has to come to an end. After a generous breakfast you will disembark. We wish you a pleasant journey home and a happy New Year! We hope to welcome you again soon!
|Departure Date||Start City||Ship Name||C4 Cabin Small Pano. Window||CEK Cabin Small Pano. Window||C1 Cabin Small Pano. Window||B4 Cabin Drop Down Window||B1 Cabin Drop Down Window||A1 Cabin Drop Down Window||Suite Walk Out Balcony|
|Dec 22 - 28||Cologne||Ms Amadeus Imperial||Sold Out||-||1646||1980||2152||2439||3000|
Book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.
|Optional Excursions||Per Unit||A||B|
|Koblenz walking tour||20||y||y|
|Speyer walking tour||20||y|
|City Tour of Strasbourg||68||y||y|
|Mainz walking tour incl. Gutenberg Museum||20||y|
|Cologne walking tour||27||y||y|
The prices and dates are still to be announced. Contact us to pre-book:
The April 2020 launch Amadeus Imperial is designed to offer our guests an effortless combination of the vibrant energy of a river cruise day with an increasingly calm and intimate ship experience.
The new ship offers 72 spacious deluxe cabins (17.5m2 / 188 sq.ft.) and 12 suites (26.4m² / 284 sq.ft.) in total. As on all ships built since 2011, the Amadeus Imperial cabins on the Mozart and Strauss decks also feature lowerable panoramic windows along the entire cabin width. All deluxe cabins and suites are equipped with comfortable, spacious bathrooms, an infotainment system, a flat screen television, a telephone, a cabin safe, a minibar and individually adjustable air conditioning. The suites also have an accessible outdoor balcony with a seating area.
Strasbourg is a French city in the Alsace region located on the Rhine river. It’s also a city that takes Christmas very seriously. It’s thought to have held the earliest Christmas market in all of Europe. The city records show a Klausemarik or a Saint Nicolas market was held on the 6th December every year dating back to the late 12th century. The first Christkindelsmärik was held in 1570. Ever since then local families came together in November to make bredele cakes, to assemble their own Advent wreath and of course put up a Christmas tree. Wandering through the old city center you will find countless festive decorations illuminating the streets. You will hear local choirs singing about the spirit of Christmas “Vive le Vent”. There are around 300 brightly lit and decorated stalls ready to enchant you with authentic, locally made wares. You will even see some of the local craft guilds demonstrating their talents including carpet weaving, woodworking and the ever popular, tasting of locally brewed beers. As in any French city there is an abundance of delicious local specialities to try. In Strasbourg you must sip the hot white Alsatian wine, spiced with cinnamon and lemon. Don’t forget to taste Bredele, Alsatian Christmas cookies. These are made with only four ingredients almonds, sugar, cinnamon and egg whites and then decorated with festive icing. The Strasbourg Christmas markets will open from 22nd November to 30th December 2019. For more information: https://noel.strasbourg.eu/en/accueil
Cologne is situated on the Rhine River in Germany. The city is punctuated by the impressive Cologne Gothic cathedral which can be seen for miles around. Right in front of this imposing structure you will find the city’s beloved Christmas market with 150 “buden” or wooden stalls. Here you can watch glassblowers demonstrating the art of making the perfect festive ornament. The emphasis here is on offering quality, locally made products. This is a place where craftsmanship is revered. A large variety of gift ideas will be available, including wood carvings, children’s toys and hand-made soaps. Don’t miss the hot roasted chestnuts and the regional specialities made with certified organic produce. Christmas music and performances will entertain shoppers and a towering 82-foot Nordmann fir will proudly twinkle in the glow of 50,000 environmentally friendly LED lights! Cologne’s Christmas markets will operate from 26th November to 23rd December 2019. For more information: https://www.cologne.de/events/christmas-markets
The following cruises visit the Cologne Christmas market:
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