Christmas Rhine Cruise 2019

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

7 days
per person
  • Cologne
  • Cologne
  • Bonn
  • Christmas presents
  • Cologne at Christmas
  • Christmas decoration
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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 Christmas with a difference and join our leisurely cruise through the Rhine valley. 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 on this very special Christmas Cruise – yule love it!

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

Day 2 Christmas Eve: Cologne – Bonn – Andernach
After breakfast we cruise to Bonn, where you can join our included excursion and spend the morning at leisure discovering the many faces of it's historic centre and the architectural heritage of more than 2,000 years. Around midday we cruise upriver to Andernach, an attractive walled town with a riverside promenade. 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: Andernach – Rüdesheim
Merry Christmas! We continue cruising upriver through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim where we will enjoy a traditional British Christmas lunch onboard. This evening you can venture into the captivating street called the Drosselgasse or relax onboard our ship and enjoy the entertainment.

Day 4 Boxing Day: Rüdesheim – Koblenz 
This morning you can join our optional excursion to Rüdesheim, which includes a visit to the wonderful Mechanical Music Museum of Siegfried and a mug of glühwein. In the afternoon we cruise back through the Rhine Gorge as far as the walled city of Koblenz, where the Moselle meets the mighty Rhine. The afternoon is free to explore Koblenz.

Day 5: Koblenz – Königswinter 
Continuing our course down the Rhine, we stop at the sleepy town of Königswinter which nestles at the foot of the Siebengebirge hills. You can explore at leisure or join our optional excursion through the Ahr valley, where we visit the oldest wine cooperative in the world for a tour and tasting.

Day 6: Königswinter – Cologne
We complete our cruise on arrival in Cologne. This beautiful city is the largest on the Rhine and is dominated by its cathedral, a gothic masterpiece which hovers above the rooftops. You are free to explore this vibrant city or you can join our optional highlights excursion

Day 7: Cologne – 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

• 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.

By Air

Air travel is included as an air inclusive option with flights and return transfers to the ship included.

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!

Rudesheim Christmas Markets

Rudesheim Delights

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 , inclined 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.

Ahr Valley

Ahr valley wine

Join our coach as we venture into the most northerly winemaking region in Germany to enjoy some wine tasting. The grapes that grow here on steep, terraced vineyards make glowing, velvety red wines which are among the best of their kind. It’s a tradition established by the Romans and one that continues to this day.

Cologne Highlights excursion

Cologne Highlights

With our cruise manager we walk to see the highlights of Cologne, a city dominated by the magnificent gothic cathedral, believed to be Germany’s most impressive building which took 600 years to complete. You can also enjoy free time to browse the famous shopping centres. In the run up to the festive season the city hosts its own Christmas market, which creates a magical atmosphere and offers a glorious array of original gifts.

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: Cologne

Travel options available:

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

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Included in the Price

  • Six nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Six visits included to Bonn, Andernach, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Königswinter and Cologne
  • Complementary tea and coffee
  • Traditional Christmas dinner
  • Services of a Cruise Manager


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