Christmas Rhine Cruise by Rail Itinerary -
23 Dec 2018 on the ms Serenity

Day 1 UK – Bonn

We travel to the beautiful city of Bonn and board our ship, where you can relax and enjoy the festive atmosphere. If you fancy an evening stroll around Bonn, the historic centre is within easy reach and is where you can admire the town hall which is transformed into a giant advent calendar.

Day 2 Christmas Eve Bonn – Andernach

Spend the morning at leisure or discover the many faces of Bonn 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. After a traditional British Christmas lunch, you can join our optional excursion which includes a visit to the wonderful Mechanical Music Museum of Siegfried and a mug of glühwein. 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

Boxing Day takes us 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.