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
A festive sailing through the impressive Rhine Gorge
Explore Speyer independently or on an optional walking tour
Discover Strasbourg’s quaint Old Town on Christmas Day on an optional tour
Enjoy free time in Mainz on Boxing Day, or join an optional sightseeing tour that includes entrance to the Gutenberg Museum
6-night cruise on the Five-Star MS Amadeus Imperial in 2-berth cabins
Excursions & Entertainment
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
Food & Drinks
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
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.
Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.
Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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.
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.
MS Amadeus Imperial
Enhance your holiday
Extending your European holiday in Cologne
Extending your European holiday in Brussels
UK rail connections
100% of travellers would recommend this tour
Based on 5 verified reviews
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.
start to finish, we were well cared for.
A wonderful experience in an equally wonderful part of the world.
Ms H McComb
It was a superb holiday, cruise boat, tour manager, just to name a few things.
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.
The other passengers were good company.
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.
Escorted Cruise in Europe 2021
Experience the unique waterways of Europe and the UK.