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Rhine & Moselle Christmas Cruise 2020

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

8 days
from
£749
per person
  • Christmas Markets
  • Christmas Markets
  • Boppard
  • Christmas
  • Rudesheim Markets
Christmas Markets Christmas Markets BoppardChristmas Rudesheim Markets
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.

Rhine & Moselle Christmas Cruise

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 the beautiful city of Cologne where we join our ship for a relaxing evening.

Day 2: Cologne - Andernach
This morning we sail to Andernach, an attractive walled town with a pretty riverside promenade. During the afternoon you can join our optional excursion to the picturesque town of Winningen for some wine tasting. Here you can sample delicious local wines and find out all about the cultivation and origin of the grapes and how they are made into wine. Relax on board this evening as we sail overnight to Cochem.

Day 3: Andernach – Cochem – Alken
This morning we arrive into Cochem, an idyllic town set against the stunning backdrop of the Moselle River valley. Enjoy a morning at leisure exploring this picturesque town which is dominated by the towering, 11th century Reichsburg castle, which is over 1000 years old and features incredible panoramic views from the top. Lunch is served onboard as we set sail and cruise to Alken.

Day 4 Christmas Eve: Alken – Boppard
Relax onboard this morning and enjoy the passing scenery as we cruise towards Boppard, where you have the afternoon at leisure to explore. Once a Roman fort, Boppard is made up of lively squares and quiet lanes where traces of its early Roman heritage are evident. Enjoy a relaxing stroll or indulge in a glass or two of some of the best wines the Middle Rhine has to offer.

Day 5 Christmas Day: Boppard – Rüdesheim
Merry Christmas! This morning we leave Boppard and continue cruising upriver to the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim where we will enjoy a traditional British Christmas lunch onboard. This afternoon you can join our optional excursion to Rüdesheim which includes a visit to the wonderful Mechanical Music Museum of Siegfried and a mug of Glüwein. In the evening you can join our optional excursion to see Rüdesheim at night, where you will visit the captivating street known as the Drosselgasse. Alternatively, you can stay onboard and enjoy the festivities.

Day 6 Boxing Day: Rüdesheim – Koblenz
This morning we sail to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, cruising through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and past the famous Lorelei rock. Here we have free time to explore the city at leisure.

Day 7: Koblenz – Cologne
This morning we continue our course down the Rhine arriving into Cologne during the early afternoon. 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 at leisure before we enjoy our final dinner on board this evening.

Day 8: Cologne – UK
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.

 

Enjoy a leisurely cruise through the Rhine valley

The ship is seasonally decorated, there’s a mountain of delicious festive food, a fun-filled programme of entertainment

Visit Cochem, an idyllic town set against the stunning backdrop of the Moselle River valley

Enjoy a relaxing stroll in Bonn or indulge in a glass or two of some of the best wines the Middle Rhine has to offer.

Spend Christmas day in Rüdesheim

Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge

Explore the beautiful city of Cologne

Ships

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.

Ferry crossing at Dover or Newcastle

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 start from £55 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 from London Heathrow

Air travel is included as an air inclusive option with flights and return transfers to the ship included. Regional flight options are available, call our Holiday Advisors for details.

Join at the Ship

Make your own travel arrangements at your convenience to join your selected cruise, simply board your cruise ship at the embarkation point.

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.

Departures

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2020-12-21
21 December 2020
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£924
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2020-12-21
21 December 2020
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£749
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2020-12-21
21 December 2020
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Eurostar
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£949
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2020-12-21
21 December 2020
for 0 days


Coach
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Overnight hotel
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£849
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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!

Rüdesheim Delights

Rüdesheim Delights

£19

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.

Rüdesheim by Night

Rüdesheim by Night

£26

Visit a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s best wines, before exploring the captivating Drosselgasse, which is filled with little taverns and courtyards and is the cultural heart of the town.

Winningen Wine Tasting

Winningen Wine Tasting

£24

The picturesque town of Winningen is located on the banks of the Moselle. Sample local wines and find out all about the cultivation and origin of the grapes and how they are made into wine. Enjoy wine in its simplest and most beautiful form – right there at the vineyard where it is made.

Package Price

Package Price

£69 per person

You can book our excursions individually or as a package, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Premium Package

Premium Package

£140 per person

Our Premium Package is a great way to add a touch of something special to your MS Arena river cruise experience. This exclusive package is a pre-bookable addition available across all cabin grades, and includes drinks with your meals, 10% off excursions, a welcome basket of fruit on arrival, water delivered to your cabin, a selection of complimentary toiletries and free use of the wellness and fitness suite aboard MS Arena. For more information call our Holiday Advisers.

At a glance

Length: 8 days

From: Cologne

Ends: Cologne

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover
  • Ferry crossing at Dover or Newcastle
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air from London Heathrow
  • Join at the Ship
8 days
from
£749
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Seven nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Seven visits included to Cologne, Andernach, Cochem, Alken, Boppard, Rüdesheim and Koblenz
  • Welcome drink
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and cake & late evening snack
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and Wi-Fi
  • Traditional Christmas lunch
  • Services of a Cruise Manager

 

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