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The festivities of Christmas on the Rhine

7 daysFrom £1,495 per person

2020 Tour code: RLX21

About the tour

Explore the fascinating towns and stunning scenery along the Rhine on a festive rail-cruise holiday. From the comfort and luxury of the 5-star MS Amadeus Silver II, you can experience an indulgent Christmas holiday on one of Europe's most beautiful waterways.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1-2 - London and Cologne

We meet at our Departure Office in London St Pancras and join the Eurostar to Brussels. We continue to Cologne, where we transfer to the Five-Star Amadeus Imperial and enjoy a cocktail reception and dinner this evening.

On Day 2 we arrive in Koblenz, situated at the northern end of the scenic Rhine Gorge, and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. During your time here you can choose to join an optional guided walking tour, discovering the sights of the city including the 'Deutsches Eck', the monument marking the point where the mighty rivers meet. After lunch we spend the afternoon cruising along the magnificent Rhine Gorge towards Rüdesheim, passing the famous Lorelei Rock and sleepy villages, overlooked by brooding hilltop castles.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Koblenz Christmas Market
Days 3-4 - Christmas in Speyer and Strasbourg

This morning we arrive in Speyer, where an optional guided walking tour gives you the chance to see the highlights of the town, including its cathedral. We stay in Speyer until the early hours, so those wishing to attend Mass after our on-board Christmas Eve celebrations can do so.

We spend the morning of Christmas Day gently sailing towards Strasbourg, giving you the opportunity to simply relax, take part in the on-board festivities, and enjoy the on-board amenities. You could indulge in a massage, or just relax in the panoramic lounge and watch the passing scenery. At lunchtime we reach the French city of Strasbourg, located on the west bank of the Rhine. Steeped in heritage, Strasbourg's town centre enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status and is a delight to explore.

Includes
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kaiserdom Cathedral, Speyer
Days 5-7 - Mainz, Cologne and London

We arrive in Mainz on Boxing Day, where you can join an optional guided walking tour, taking in the narrow streets of the Old Town and enjoying a visit to the Gutenberg Museum. Tonight we enjoy a Captain's gala dinner on our ship. On Day 6 we arrive in Cologne, where you have the full day to discover this wonderful cathedral city - either independently or on an optional guided walk. On Day 7 we disembark the ship and travel by train to Brussels, connecting with the Eurostar service to London.

Includes
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal
Mainz Christmas Market

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Train

Eurostar

Ship

MS Amadeus Imperial

Enhance your holiday

Upgrades

Extending your European holiday in Cologne
Extending your European holiday in Brussels
London Hotels
UK rail connections

Reviews

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Anonymous

Submitted 21/04/2019

Very good, just minor hitches - although I requested decaf tea this wasn't available, only fruit and green teas. Lowest deck cabin a bit noisey from splashing water and chains being hauled on docking.

Anonymous

Submitted 18/04/2019

start to finish, we were well cared for. A wonderful experience in an equally wonderful part of the world.

Ms H McComb

Submitted 19/01/2018

It was a superb holiday, cruise boat, tour manager, just to name a few things.

Anonymous

Submitted 16/01/2018

The experience of travelling along the Rhine in winter. The winter sunrises and sunsets over the river banks. The crew put such an effort in keeping everyone entertained. Nothing was too much trouble. Great Rail Tour Manager Gilly Sewell was so helpful and patient with all the travellers. Excellent cuisine. The other passengers were good company.

Anonymous

Submitted 13/01/2018

Just let down by the shore excursions.....we thought they were included in the (very expensive!) overall cost of the holiday....they were not. VERY misleading information and marketing. Still waiting for a response to my (paper) customer questionnaire.

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