Christmas Cruise on the Rhine
7 Days
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Christmas Cruise on the Rhine




7 Days

Celebrate Christmas in a new way – on board our festively decorated AMADEUS cruise ship. Experience a special Christmas atmosphere — be enchanted by the local Christmas markets with their smells of gingerbread and Gluhwein, where traditional handicrafts meet sweet memories of childhood.

On Christmas day, the restaurant will prepare a special gourmet dinner, after which you will have the option of attending a traditional midnight mass.


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.

Stay Cologne

11:30am - 10:00pm

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 Middle Rhine Valley 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.

Stay Koblenz

8:00am - 12:00pm


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.

Stay Speyer

Arrival at 6:00am


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.

Stay Speyer

Departure at 1:30am

Stay Strasbourg

12:30pm - 10:00pm


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.

Stay Mainz

12:00pm - 10:00pm


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.

Stay Cologne

Arrival at 8:00am


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!

Stay Cologne

Over Night

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

$150 per person Early Booking Discount

Book now and save $150per person for all bookings made until 30 November 2024.

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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 every stateroom

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 red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard  
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

An Array of Amenities

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare

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
  • 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.

Package A | for only $ 173 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Koblenz walking tour
  • Speyer walking tour
  • Strasbourg with canal boat tour
  • Cologne walking tour and Kölsch tasting

Package B | for only $ 197 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Koblenz walking tour
  • Speyer walking tour
  • Strasbourg with canal boat tour
  • Mainz walking tour with Gutenberg Museum
  • Cologne walking tour and Kölsch tasting

Cologne – Cologne

Unit Price

Koblenz walking tour

$ 28

Speyer walking tour

$ 34

Visit to the Christmas Mass in the Imperial Cathedral


Strasbourg with canal boat tour

$ 89

Mainz walking tour with Gutenberg Museum

$ 28

Cologne walking tour and Kölsch tasting

$ 52

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services


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 $ 45

Airport - Port $ 57

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