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Christmas Markets Cruise on the Rhine: Cologne to Cologne

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,623

Celebrate Christmas on the famous Rhine River on this cruise through the picturesque cities of Cologne, Speyer, and Strasbourg along the river. On this Christmas vacation, you'll visit a Christmas Market, celebrate with a Christmas feast, and explore medieval old towns as they're transformed into winter wonderlands.


This 7-day Germany cruise takes you through the Rhineland to celebrate the Christmas season in Cologne, Speyer, Strasbourg, and Mainz.

Your Germany vacation begins in Cologne, a trading centre with over 2,000 years of history. Originally founded by the Romans, the city showcases a blend of Roman, medieval, and postmodern architecture. In Cologne, you'll board the Amadeus Silver II, your 4-star home for the next week. This 135m-long vessel is equipped with 84 large cabins and ample public areas where you can admire the views of the river and the picturesque winter landscapes you'll pass through. Park yourself in the Café Vienna and watch the winter countryside pass you by as you enjoy a hot drink.

Begin your cruise down the Rhine and make for Koblenz, at the conflux of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers. Take a guided walking tour to see the landmarks of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Basilica of St. Castor and Koblenz Fortress. Then return to the ship and pass through the breathtaking landscapes of Wachau, perhaps the most beautiful region of the Rhine River. Make for Speyer on Christmas Eve, where you'll explore this former imperial town and visit the Christmas Market to celebrate the season. After returning to the ship, you'll help decorate the Christmas tree and celebrate the holidays on board with carols and a Christmas feast. You can even head into Speyer to the Cathedral to attend evening mass if you wish.

On Christmas Day, continue your Germany cruise into Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region and a wonderful city blending French and German cultures. Experience the city's iconic atmosphere and explore the streets filled with half-timbered homes. After seeing the famous Strasbourg Cathedral, you'll return to the ship in the evening. Spend the day after Christmas in Mainz, at the meeting of the Rhine and Main Rivers. Tour the gorgeous medieval city to see the windows of St. Stephan Cathedral and the red sandstone bricks of the Romanesque Mainz Cathedral. You'll also tour the birthplace of print at the Gutenberg Musuem, where Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in the mid-15th century. That evening, return to the boat for a Captain's Gala, which celebrates the wonderful season on the river.

Close out your trip to Germany by returning to Cologne, where you'll learn about its thousands of years of history and tour the churches and ruins, including Cologne Cathedral, arguably the most popular attraction in all of Germany. After admiring the mosaic of Roman Dionysus and shopping the wonderful boutiques and stores of the old town, you'll return to the boat. The next day, say farewell after breakfast and disembark.

This Christmas vacation works well as an add-on to a larger exploration of Germany in the winter months.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,623

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Day 1

Welcome to Colonge

Your Christmas cruise along the Rhine begins in the old Hanseatic town of Cologne. After an opportunity to explore your AMADEUS ship, you are invited to join the cruise director at a Welcome Cocktail. This evening, enjoy the lovingly prepared Welcome Dinner on board, which will put you in the right mood for the festive time ahead. Your ship weighs anchor during the night and travels towards Koblenz.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration6 Nights
Accommodation

Amadeus Silver II

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    Amadeus Silver II


    The Amadeus Silver II is the second 135m vessel in the fleet and will continue the success of its sister vessel as well as implementing both new and familiar concepts: The public areas popular with the passengers, for example the classic 'Café Vienna' and outdoor ...

    The Amadeus Silver II is the second 135m vessel in the fleet and will continue the success of its sister vessel as well as implementing both new and familiar concepts: The public areas popular with the passengers, for example the classic 'Café Vienna' and outdoor glass-shielded 'River Terrace', have been incorporated into the planning of the new boat. The cabin design plans are a new and forward-thinking part of the premium focus: the original cabin number of 90 will be reduced to 84 in order to create more space for larger cabins and public areas. In future, the cabin bathrooms will offer more space and special luxury furnishings.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fitness Rooms
    • Hair Salon
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Koblenz - Cruise along the snowy Upper Middle Rhine Valley

The charming town of Koblenz is situated at the confluence of the Mosel and the Rhine Rivers. Many of its cultural landmarks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which are best explored during a guided sightseeing walk. Return to your ship and continue on what is probably the most beautiful section of the trip. The passing, wintery landscapes of the Wachau offer spectacular vistas, the best of which is the view of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei Rock, which you will pass on this stretch of the trip.

Stay Koblenz 8am - 12pm
Excursions Koblenz walking tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Speyer - Christmas Party on board & Christmas mass

Before breakfast, your ship arrives in the former imperial town of Speyer, which you can explore during a guided sightseeing tour in the morning. The visit to the traditional Christmas market will put you in a festive mood, ready for the Christmas celebration on board. Take part in decorating the Christmas tree to the sound of contemplative carols before the magical Christmas dinner on board. Those who wish can attend a Christmas mass at the Speyer Cathedral after dinner. Late at night, your cruise continues on its journey.

Stay Speyer 6am - 1.30 am / Day 4
Excursions Speyer walking tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Stasbourg, Kehl - Famous Strasbourg Cathedral

At lunchtime, your ship arrives in Strasbourg, in the Alsace region where, despite the wintery weather, the French joie de vivre is palpable everywhere. Explore the picturesque half-timbered houses and, if you wish, take part in an extended city sightseeing tour in the afternoon, which will take you to Strasbourg's most beautiful sights. In the evening you will return to your ship, which will head for Mainz.

Stay Strasbourg/Kehl 12.30pm - 10pm
Excursions City Tour of Strasbourg.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Mainz - Visit to the Gutenberg Museum & Captain's Gala Dinner

Spend the second day of Christmas in Mainz, the largest city in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, where your ship arrives at midday. This town boasts not only numerous monuments but also the Gutenberg Museum which, with its exciting collections and its history of printing, books and writing, is one of the best-kept secrets of lovers of culture and literature. During a guided sightseeing walk you can admire the sights of the city, and after that the captain will invite you to a festive Gala Dinner on board. Your ship will then head back to Cologne.

Stay Mainz 12:00 noon - 10pm
Excursions Mainz walking tour incl. Gutenberg Museum.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Cologne - Cologne Cathedral & free time in the afternoon

After breakfast, enjoy a fascinating city tour through this Rhine metropolis. An eventful 2,000-year history has left its mark on the city, and this "city of churches" boasts countless highlights, in particular, the Cologne Cathedral, which you will visit during the tour, as well as the Roman Dionysus mosaic. The afternoon is at your disposal, and you have plenty of time for a shopping spree or a leisurely stroll before dinner on board.

Stay Cologne Arrival 8 am
Excursions Cologne walking tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Cologne, Farewell

Unfortunately, even such an incredible journey has to come to an end. After a generous breakfast, you will disembark. We wish you a pleasant trip home and a happy New Year! We hope to welcome you again soon!

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Amadeus Silver II - Dec 22
2019: Amadeus Silver III - Dec22

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6-night cruise accommodation
  • Quality red and white wines from Europe's great wine regions are free-flowing and complimentary with every dinner on board
  • Superb dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee and tea, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant
  • 24 hour coffee station
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Daily music performances by our on-board musicians
  • Included features as specified in the itineraries
  • English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking allowed only on the Sun Deck)
  • Services of an experienced cruise director throughout the cruise
  • All port taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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