The Magic of Advent on the Rhine cruise celebrates this most contemplative time of year. Enjoy the Christmas period a real winter fairytale setting. Visit the best Christmas Markets along the Rhine, explore some sleepy little towns and riverscapes, warm yourself with a delicious glass of mulled wine on board and immerse yourself in the wonderful traditions of the pre-Christmas period.
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.
Join us on a fun-filled journey and experience the enchanting Rhine region in winter! The embarkation begins in the afternoon in Cologne. After exploring your festively decorated AMADEUS ship, our team will welcome you with a welcome cocktail. In the evening, enjoy the welcome dinner on board before the ship takes course on Koblenz.
One of the oldest and most beautiful in Germany, 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. Enjoy the Christmas spell of this Rhine jewel before returning to your ship for a tasty lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing on board and enjoy a spectacular view of the most beautiful section of the Rhine: The Upper Middle Rhine Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also a dream in the winter. Do not miss the passage of the fabled Lorelei Rock! Join your fellow travellers for a delightful dinner.
Visit the Christmas market in Speyer
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. In the Middle Ages, Speyer was the sovereign heart of the Holy Roman Empire. Today, Speyer impresses with its rich cultural offerings, its Mediterranean flair and its cosmopolitanism. The visit to the traditional Christmas market will put you in a festive mood: the smell of gingerbread, mulled wine and roasted almonds will enchant you! Enjoy the contemplative Advent mood before the ship leaves for the next port-of-call after dinner.
Arrive in Strasbourg in the morning and feel the Christmas flair of this city. The city is home to the most important European institutions: The Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights. In the morning, you can enjoy a city tour of Strasbourg's sights and visit the traditional Christmas market. It was in Strasbourg in 1570 that the very first edition of the oldest Christmas market in Europe took place, then called the "Christkindelsmärik" (market of the Infant Jesus). Since this time, Strasbourg has continued the tradition of a traditional, authentic, warm and generous Alsatian Christmas market. After lunch, a trip to wintry Alsace and the romantic city of Obernai is offered. Late in the evening the ship leaves France again and takes course to Germany
Captain's Gala dinner
Christmas lights are also waiting for you in Mainz, where your ship arrives at midday. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to admire the old town with its many historical buildings. 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, offers an insight into the printing technology that Johannes Gutenberg invented in the 15th century. After the excursion you will return on board, where you can expect an elegant captain's gala dinner, where our chef will spoil you with festive delicacies, before returning to Cologne at night.
After breakfast on board, disembark and begin your homeward journey. We wish you a pleasant and safe journey, and a happy festive season! 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|
|Nov 28 - Dec 02||Vienna||MS Amadeus Silver||876||-||1094||1323||1437||1622||2000|
Book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.
|Koblenz walking tour||18||y||y|
|Speyer walking tour||18||y||y|
|City Tour of Strasbourg||63||y||y|
|Wintry Alsace and Obernai||63||y|
|Mainz walking tour incl. Gutenberg Museum||20||y||y|
|Price for Package Booked in Advance|
To be announced.
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MS Amadeus Silver The advantages of an exclusive boutique hotel combined with the luxury and the boundless flexibility of a private yacht – this is the best way to describe the experience aboard the Amadeus Silver. The first 135-metre ship of the Amadeus Fleet was awarded 2013 with the coveted title "River Ship of the Year" – on the one side due to its incomparably generous space concept, on the other thanks to the warm service on board, which gives every guest the feeling to be at home.
Cologne is on the Rhine River in Germany. The impressive Cologne Gothic cathedral is visible 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. 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.
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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 Christkindelsmarik 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.
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The following cruises visit the Strasbourg Christmas market:
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