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




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

Over Night

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 at 10:00pm


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

5:00am - 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

5:00am - 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!

Stay Cologne

Arrival at 4:00am

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:

$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 $ 198 per person

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

  • Strasbourg with visit to the Christmas Market
  • Heidelberg Castle and Christmas market
  • Rüdesheim with Music Cabinet Museum
  • Koblenz walking tour

Package B | for only $ 305 per person

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

  • Wintry Alsace and Obernai
  • Strasbourg with visit to the Christmas Market
  • Heidelberg Castle and Christmas market
  • Speyer walking tour with Christmas market
  • Rüdesheim with Music Cabinet Museum
  • Koblenz walking tour

Strasbourg – Cologne

Unit Price

Wintry Alsace and Obernai

$ 93

Strasbourg with visit to the Christmas Market

$ 89

Heidelberg Castle and Christmas market

$ 76

Speyer walking tour with Christmas market

$ 34

Rüdesheim with Music Cabinet Museum

$ 40

Mulled Wine Party on board


Koblenz walking tour

$ 28

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)

Port - Train Station $ 45

Port - Airport $ 57

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