Christmas Rhine Cruise 2017

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

7 days
per person
  • Bonn
  • Christmas
  • Cologne
  • Cologne
  • Koblenz
  • Rudesheim
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 Cruise Itinerary 

Enjoy a fantastic Christmas Rhine Cruise this winter from The River Cruise Line. Whether you’re looking to escape the usual stresses of the festive season, or perhaps you simply want to experience something new, on this seven-day trip through Germany we will take care of everything for you. As you sail aboard your floating home-from-home, the mps Lady Anne, the ship’s friendly crew will be on hand, while you watch the spectacular Rhineland scenery glide by. You can also visit the romantic Rhine towns on one of our optional excursion tours. So, while the hillside vineyards along the Rhine and Moselle may be in slumber, their earlier grape harvests have been bottled into delicious wines for you to raise a toast to your best Christmas ever. Read more about this Christmas Rhine river cruise 2017 in our complete itinerary below.

Day 1: UK – Bonn
We travel to Bonn and enjoy a relaxing evening on board our ship.

Christmas Eve: Bonn – Andernach
Explore at leisure or join our optional coach tour of Bonn. In the afternoon we cruise to Andernach and enjoy some free time before your traditional German Christmas dinner. Later, our cruise manager will accompany anyone who wants to attend midnight mass at the local church.

Christmas Day: Andernach – Rüdesheim
Merry Christmas! We cruise through the Rhine gorge and stop at Rüdesheim. After a traditional British Christmas lunch, you can join our optional excursion visiting the Mechanical Music Museum of Siegfried. This evening you can relax on board our ship and enjoy the entertainment.

Boxing Day: Rüdesheim – Koblenz
We cruise back through the Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Here you can join our optional scenic excursion through the Lahn valley. The remainder of the day is free to explore Koblenz.

Day 5: Koblenz – Königswinter
Today we cruise to Königswinter at the foot of the Siebengebirge hills. Here you can join our optional excursion to the Ahr valley for a tour and tasting at the oldest wine cooperative in the world.

Day 6: Königswinter – Cologne
Cologne is our final port of call where you can explore at leisure or join our optional walking tour followed by a refreshing kölsch beer.

Day 7: Cologne – UK
After breakfast we bid farewell to our Captain and crew and disembark for the return journey.

Christmas Rhine Cruise

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• 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

• Sample wonderful German Christmas-time food and drink

• Spend time in attractive Rhineland towns

• Visit the birthplace of Beethoven

• Sail through the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge

• 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.

On selected cruises there are rail options included in the price, whereas on other cruises it is offered alongside our coach travel option – please note a supplement will apply and transfers to the ship are not included except for cruises certain cruises.

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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23 December 2017
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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!


A taste of Cologne old town & Kölsch beer


A great many sights are concentrated around the old town of Cologne and our guided walking tour is a great way to see the highlights as we lead you around the narrow, cobblestone streets and bustling squares. Along the way you get a good feeling of life in this cathedral city, both yesterday and today, and we round off our tour with a refreshing Kölsch beer in a brauhaus.

A taste of Christmas

A taste of Christmas in Rüdesheim


The quaint town of Rüdesheim holds a particular charm during the winter months, with the wine bars, streets and narrow alleys bustling with seasonal festive fayre and sales of its regional Rheingau wines and beers. In Rüdesheim’s most captivating street called the Drosselgasse, you can seek out a souvenir bottle or two along with some local Asbach brandy. A highlight of our excursion is a visit to the marvellous Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, where fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems can be viewed. Topping off our visit will be the offer of a complimentary mug of Glühwein, with the invitation to keep our mug as a souvenir. Prost!

Lahn Valley – Bad Ems & Nassau

The Lahn Valley – Bad Ems & Nassau


Join our scenic tour through the Lahn Valley on the opposite side of the Rhine. This beautiful region offers miles of unspoilt countryside, along with places of cultural and historical interest. During our tour we visit Bad Ems, an outstanding spa town which has welcomed emperors, tsars, monarchs, artists and scholars.We also visit the town of Nassau with its beautiful castle.

Ahr Valley wine

Mayschoß & Ahr valley wine


This delightful excursion takes you through the Ahr Valley to the town of Mayschoß. Here we visit the oldest wine cooperative in the world at Winzergenossenschaft, where we have some free time to look around the museum and wine cellar before tasting four of the wines.

Bonn tour by coach

NEW Bonn tour by coach


From the comfort of our coach, we are shown the many faces of Bonn along with the unique panorama of the Siebengebirge hills at the gateway to the Rhine and the flair of the former spa and residence town Bad Godesberg with its beautiful villas.

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: Bonn

Ends: Cologne

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
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Included in the Price

  • Executive return coach travel from your chosen departure point
  • Return ferry crossing
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get together and Party Night
  • En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the mps Lady Anne
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Traditional Christmas Lunch
  • Visits to Bonn, Andernach, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Königswinter and Cologne
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager


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