Christmas Rhine to Belgium & Dutch Waterways Cruise 2018

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

7 days
per person
  • Dusseldorf
  • Festive mince pies
  • Cologne
  • Rotterdam
  • Dusseldorf at Christmas
  • Nijmegen
  • Christmas
DusseldorfFestive mince piesCologneRotterdamDusseldorf at ChristmasNijmegenChristmas
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

Christmas Rhine & Dutch Waterways Cruise 

Enjoy a Christmas with a difference and join our leisurely cruise along the Rhine Belgian and Dutch waterways, where memories of last-minute shopping and endless cooking will soon fade away. We’ve taken care of all the traditions for this magical time of year – the ship is seasonally decorated, there’s a mountain of delicious festive food, a fun-filled programme of entertainment and with the ship’s friendly crew at your service throughout, all that’s left for you to do is relax and enjoy yourself – yule love it!

Day 1: UK – Cologne
We travel to the vibrant city of Cologne and board our ship, where you can relax and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

Day 2 Christmas Eve: Cologne – Andernach
Spend the morning at leisure or join our optional excursion for a guided tour of Cologne’s old town. Later we cruise to Dusseldorf, which is divided by the Rhine with the old town on one side and the modern city on the other. This evening we gather together for a Christmas Eve dinner, after which our Cruise Manager will accompany anyone who wants to attend midnight mass at the local church.

Day 3 Christmas Day: Dusseldorf – Nijmegan
Merry Christmas! This morning we cruise to Nijmegen which is the oldest city in the Netherlands and nestles on the banks of the Waal River. After a traditional British Christmas lunch, you are free to walk through the old town which takes you on a journey through time, starting from when the Romans first settled here.

Day 4 Boxing Day: Nijmegan – Gorinchem
Boxing Day takes us to the quaint Harbour town of Gorinchem. Here you are free to relax onboard MPS Lady Anne, or you can take a walk to explore the harbour, the towns square, the monumental building and church.

Day 5: Gorichem - Willemstad
This morning we cruise to Willemstad, known for its old town centre, with architecture buildings. Join our optional excursion to Antwerp which boasts of many attractions, including the second biggest port in Europe and an array of 16th-century architecture. Our guided tour is a great way to see the city highlights and there’s also the opportunity to visit Rubens House, where you can discover the life and work of this master painter.

Day 6: Willemstad - Rotterdam
We complete our cruise on arrival in Rotterdam, it’s known as ‘Manhattan on the Meuse’ because of its impressive skyline, which showcases cutting-edge architecture. Join our optional excursion to see some of the highlights: take a trip up the Euromast observation tower where you will have views as far as Antwerp on a clear day.

Day 7: Rotterdam – UK
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.


• Make the most of a Christmas with a difference and let us take the hard work out of the festive season

• Enjoy a festive atmosphere on board our ship

• Sail through Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands

• Experience the cultural and historical highlights of chocolate box Belgium

• The MPS Lady Anne has never sailed this unique itinerary at Christmas before

•  Explore the mighty city of Cologne


We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Coach via Dover

On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and onwards to meet the ship.

Join a Ferry crossing at Dover

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary.

Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices for Ashford start from £59 per person per night and for Dover for £65 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and include parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

Join at the Ship

You are of course free to make your own way to and from the ship by booking your flight/ferry or train tickets independently – a small reduction applies. With your joining instructions we will send you a map of where the ship is berthed and also a boarding time.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.


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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Cologne Highlights excursion

Cologne guided tour


The Cathedral of Cologne is one of Germany’s most important architectural monuments, a gothic masterpiece which boasts the highest church spires ever built. We have a visit here before we venture into the old town for an insight into the city’s 2,000 year history.


Antwerp guided tour


The age-old affair between man and diamond is evident around the world, but nowhere is it more palpable than in the city of Antwerp. With the help of our guide, we are shown around the diamond district, the 17th century Ruben house and central square in the old town.

Rotterdam Skyline excursion

Rotterdam Skyline


Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Brussels has the Atomium and Rotterdam has the Euromast! Take the superfast lift up to the viewing platform and enjoy the view – you can see as far as The Hague and Antwerp on a clear day. We also visit the curious cube houses, an architectural wonder in the heart of the city, one of which we have the chance to look around.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price


Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 7 days

From: Cologne

Ends: Rotterdam

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover
  • Join a Ferry crossing at Dover
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Join at the Ship
7 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Return travel from the UK
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together & party night
  • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MPS Lady Anne
  • Six nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Traditional Christmas lunch
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Cologne, Andernach, Dusseldorf, Nijmegen, Gorinchem, Willemstad & Rotterdam
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager


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