Magic of Advent on the Rhine
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Magic of Advent on the Rhine

2022

2023


CologneStrasbourg

5 Days

The dreamy landscapes of the Middle Rhine Valley await you, snowy and festively lit, as well as trips to the most beautiful Christmas markets of the region, where the scent of roasted almonds, gingerbread and glühwein fills the air.

You will see romantic towns by the water’s edge, where the pre-Christmas mood prevails. A Rhine cruise during this most peaceful time of year offers you relaxation and contemplation in dream destinations, glowing with wintery Christmas cheer.

Itinerary

Although the weather in Cologne is mild, even in December, and the thermometer rarely drops below zero degrees, nevertheless, the Rhine metropolis welcomes you with wintery charm. After embarkation in the afternoon, you will have plenty of time to explore your festively decorated AMADEUS ship, followed by a Welcome Cocktail with the on-board cruise management. Thereafter, you will savor your first culinary delights on board at our stylish AMADEUS Welcome Dinner, during which our chef will put you in an appropriately celebratory mood for your upcoming winter trip. Late at night your ship will set off for Koblenz.

Stay Cologne

Departure at 10:00pm

You reach Koblenz before breakfast and you can explore the romantic town in the northern Rhineland-Palatinate during the course of an extended sightseeing walk, allowing the Christmas flair of the old town to charm you.

Thereafter, your trip continues through the magical Middle Rhine Valley, past the legendary Lorelei rock. The enchanting landscape loses none of its charm in the winter months and this section of the Rhine is rightly considered one of the most beautiful! Late in the afternoon, you will reach the wine town of Rüdesheim, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Upper Rhine Valley. Discover this picturesque little town during a relaxed stroll and enjoy the pre-Christmas atmosphere, before your AMADEUS ship continues southwards after dinner.

Stay Koblenz

7:00am - 11:00am

Excursions

Stay Ruedesheim

5:00pm - 10:00pm

Excursions

Christmas magic awaits you again today in Speyer, where you arrive punctually at breakfast time. You can take a tour to the old imperial residence town of Heidelberg, where you can enjoy not only numerous tourist attractions, but can also admire and enjoy the regional handicrafts, as well as the gingerbread and glühwein available at the romantic Christmas market.

After lunch, you have the opportunity to explore Speyer. Here, too, a beautiful Christmas market awaits you, which you should not miss. Spend a relaxed evening enjoying the contemplative advent atmosphere before you continue to France during dinner.

Stay Speyer

8:00am - 7:30pm

Excursions

The south of France welcomes you in the morning with Christmas cheer. Visit the surrounding area and fall under the spell of the wintery Alsace and Obernai or the city of Freiburg. 

In contrast to these dreamy landscapes, during the course of a city tour, discover the most beautiful aspects of the exciting metropolis of Strasbourg. In the pre-Christmas season, the beautifully decorated shops which set the city aglow with festive light are particularly worth seeing. Of course, you will also visit the Christmas market. As your trip nears its end, round it off with some hot punch and enjoy the romantic atmosphere, before the exclusive Captain’s Gala Din</span>

Stay Strasbourg

Arrival at 7:30am

Excursions

Now it is time to say “Adieu.” After fortifying yourself at a generous breakfast, our crew will gladly assist you at disembarkation. Before you leave Strasbourg and make your way back home, our crew, in the name of the entire AMADEUS team, wishes you a pleasant journey and a joyous festive season!

Stay Strasbourg

Over Night

We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.

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:

Look forward to special AMADEUS moments:

  • Festively decorated AMADEUS ship
  • Christmas market with mulled wine and gingerbread
  • Advent concert in the Panorama Bar
  • Singing of Christmas carols & cookie baking 

Dates & Prices


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Inclusions

Suites & Staterooms

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view (except Amadeus Brilliant)
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe 
  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
  • Bottled water in cabin

Gourmet Dining

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
  • Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

Voyage of Discovery

  • Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director 
  • AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions 
  • Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians 
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration 
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
    WiFi is avaliable throughout the vessel including staterooms
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare 

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.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 160 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

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

Save up to $ 57 per person

Unlimited Excursion Package | for only $ 235 per person

Pick from our selection of unforgettable shore excursions, plus enjoy a discounted rate when purchased in advance. 
Book our unlimited excursion package prior to departure for a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port. Please note, a discounted excursion may not be exchanged for another while during your cruise.

Cologne – Strasbourg

Unit Price

Koblenz walking tour

$ 23

Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum

$ 32

OR Drosselgasse and tasting of Rüdesheimer coffee

$ 32

Excursion to Heidelberg with Christmas Market

$ 62

Speyer walking tour with Christmas Market

$ 28

Wintry Alsace and Obernai

$ 75

OR Freiburg with visit to the market

$ 44

City Tour of Strasbourg with Christmas Market

$ 72

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

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:

Cologne (Germany)

Train Station - Port $ 35

Airport - Port $ 44

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