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Magic of Advent on the Rhine

Strasbourg →  Cologne

5 Days

Experience the pre-Christmas magic of the Rhine by diving into this unique and contemplative travel experience! Commencing in Strasbourg, our advent cruise will take you through the romantic Middle Rhine Valley and to the imposing Rhine metropolis of Cologne, which is as fascinating in winter as in any other season.

During the course of the cruise, you visit the most beautiful Christmas markets of the region and discover magical destinations along the riverbanks, aglow with Christmas charm. Relax and enjoy this most peaceful time of the year on board the Amadeus fleet with us.


Welcome to the south of France! In the afternoon, you board your festively decorated AMADEUS ship and you have plenty of time to familiarize yourself with your floating hotel before the Welcome Cocktail with the on-board cruise management.

Thereafter, allow yourself to be spoilt at the Welcome Dinner with selected specialties prepared by our chef, which will put you in an appropriately festive mood for your advent cruise. During the night, the ship will remain anchored in Strasbourg.

Stay Strasbourg

Today you can enjoy the Alsace river city of Strasbourg. The surroundings are also well worth a visit: Those who wish to do so can take a morning expedition into the wintery Alsace and Obernai, and can admire the landscape of southern France.

In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to explore Strasbourg, where the festively decorated facades and shops invite you for a stroll, while enjoying the pre-Christmas atmosphere. You will, of course, also be able to experience the romantic ambience of the Christmas market before returning to the ship. After dinner, your ship will set sail for Germany.

Stay Strasbourg
Departure 10pm

Early in the morning you arrive in Speyer, which was once one of the most important cities of the German Holy Roman Empire. From here, you can take a trip to the old imperial town of Heidelberg, which looks particularly charming at this time of year. Apart from the other tourist attractions, don’t miss the Heidelberg Christmas market, in order to enjoy its enchanting advent atmosphere.

After lunch, the festive mood continues and you will have the opportunity to enjoy Speyer during the course of a relaxed stroll. Here, too, a beautiful Christmas market awaits you, which you should not miss! At dinner time, your ship continues downriver to Rüdesheim.

Stay Speyer
05.00am - 8.00pm

You reach Rüdesheim early in the morning and, after a generous breakfast, you can start exploring this fascinating wine town which, together with Bingen on the opposite side, forms the southern gateway to the Middle Rhine Valley. The picturesque little town is best discovered on a leisurely walk, after which you will continue to Koblenz for lunch.

On the way, you pass what is probably the most beautiful section of your trip – the dreamy, wintery Middle Rhine Valley and the mysterious Lorelei rock, which is associated with countless legends. In the afternoon you will reach Koblenz. This romantic town in the northern Rhineland-Palatinate is best discovered during an extended walk. In the evening, the festive Captain’s Gala Dinner awaits you. Your ship leaves Koblenz in the evening.

Stay Ruedesheim
05.00am - 11.00am
Stay Koblenz
3:30pm - 9:59pm

Early in the morning, you reach the Rhine metropolis of Cologne, where your trip ends. Enjoy a relaxed and generous breakfast before disembarkation, with which the crew will gladly assist you. The entire AMADEUS team wishes you a safe journey home and a joyous festive season with your loved ones!

Reverse direction itinerary

Would you like to start your journey from the current disembarkation port? Then follow the link to the itinerary in reversed direction:

Cologne →  Strasbourg

Dates & Prices

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included

Excursions and excursion packages

Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.

Unlimited Excursion Package | for only $ 235.00 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 160.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 4 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • City Tour of Strasbourg with Christmas Market
  • Excursion to Heidelberg with Christmas Market
  • Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum
  • Koblenz walking tour

Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

Cruise Strasbourg - Cologne Unit Price
Wintry Alsace and Obernai $ 75.00
  OR Freiburg with visit to the market $ 44.00
City Tour of Strasbourg with Christmas Market $ 72.00
Excursion to Heidelberg with Christmas Market $ 62.00
Speyer walking tour with Christmas Market $ 28.00
Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum $ 32.00
  OR Drosselgasse and tasting of Rüdesheimer coffee $ 32.00
Koblenz walking tour $ 23.00

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

Airport - Port $ 44
Train Station – Port $ 35