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Christmas Cruise along the Rhine 2014

A festive river cruise to Cologne, Rüdesheim, Frankfurt, Mainz and Koblenz

Medieval castles and historic towns lie nestled between lush valleys and fertile vineyards, lining the German banks of one of Europe's most celebrated waterways. Take a refreshing Rhine Christmas cruise and discover a multitude of attractions, from the charming wine-making town of Rüdesheim and city of Cologne to the Lorelei Rock and the famously picturesque Rhine Gorge.

Tour highlights

  • MS Bellejour
  • Rüdesheim
  • Christmas Eve in Frankfurt
  • Gala Christmas Eve dinner
  • Christmas Day in Mainz
  • THe Rhine Gorge
  • Koblenz
  • A cruise through the Siebengebirge region
  • Bonn
  • Farewell dinner on board
  • Day 1 - To Brussels and Cologne

    TC Bellevue

    We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar to Brussels. Here we change trains for our journey to Cologne, where our river cruise ship, MS Bellejour, is moored. We embark the ship and settle in for a relaxing six-night cruise.

    Dinner

  • Day 2 - Rüdesheim

    Rüdesheim

    After sailing along the romantic Rhine Gorge, we arrive in Rüdesheim, the Rhine Valley's most popular wine town, nestled beneath the vineyards. Free time allows you to wander the quaint squares and alleys such as the famous Drosselgasse.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 3 - Christmas Eve in Frankfurt

    Frankfurt

    On Christmas Eve we arrive in Frankfurt, a lively city home to many of Germany's economic institutions. Free time here allows you to explore its many attractions - such as the Römer, the spectacular medieval city hall - or perhaps join an optional city tour. Tonight we celebrate Christmas on board with a gala dinner, and afterwards you might like to visit Christmas Mass at Frankfurt's impressive Cathedral.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 4 - Christmas Day in Mainz

    Mainz

    Christmas Day morning is spent cruising leisurely towards Mainz, a city established by the Romans at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers. Home of the printing pioneer, Johannes Gutenberg, whose Bible was the first major printed work, Mainz has a carefully restored Old Town of half-timbered houses and narrow alleyways, and the magnificent cathedral of St Martin - a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 5 - Rhine Gorge & Koblenz

    Koblenz

    On Boxing Day we cruise through the beautiful Rhine Gorge - a stretch of the river marked by pretty villages and broad vineyards, overlooked by atmospheric castles. This UNESCO-protected site is also home to the striking Lorelei Rock, which had a mythical reputation for luring sailors off course. This afternoon we reach Koblenz. Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, Koblenz has a fine collection of medieval and Baroque-style buildings including the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. You can join an optional tour of the town, or take in the sights at your own pace.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Days 6-7 - To Bonn & London

    Eurostar

    Today we cruise through the stunning Siebengebirge region, an area of undulating hills also referred to as "the Seven Sisters", as we cruise towards Bonn. The town is known both as Beethoven's birthplace and as the former capital of West Germany. Here you can discover the celebrated Beethoven Haus, or simply wander the attractive streets of this charming city. Tonight we enjoy our final dinner on board. On Day 7 we return to Cologne and disembark the ship. We travel by rail to Brussels, where we join the Eurostar to St Pancras.

    Day 6 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    Day 7 - Breakfast
    These meals, where shown, are included in the price of your holiday.

  • Please note

    Itineraries may be subject to change by the cruise operator and may be affected by general river conditions.

Availability & Booking

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.

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Relax on our Rhine Christmas Cruise

The cruise vessel used on our tours offers quality and comfort, supplying all the facilities needed for an enjoyable and relaxing Rhine Christmas cruise including a comfortable lounge, on-board restaurant, comfortable cabins and exceptional views. There is plenty to occupy your time during a Rhine Christmas cruise and you are free to enjoy the holiday as you like, whether that is sitting on the veranda and admiring the passing landscape or sipping a glass of chilled wine at the bar with friends. In the evening, get to know your fellow travellers and celebrate the season with an exceptional gala dinner and on-board entertainment.

Quality

Every aspect of every tour is meticulously planned ensuring a quality experience for our customers

  • Hand-picked hotels
  • Carefully planned itineraries
  • The best rail travel
  • Professional Tour Managers

Value

So much is included in the price maximising your enjoyment and guaranteeing value for money

  • Rail travel and transfers
  • City centre hotels
  • Full programme of excursions
  • Many meals

Pedigree

As part of the GRJ Group, we’ve been the market leading operator of escorted holidays by rail for over 30 years

  • Specialist Tour Advisors
  • Professional, trained Tour Managers
  • Experienced local guides
  • Market-leading holidays

Promise

Book with confidence as your money is protected and we won’t apply any surcharges after you have booked

  • AITO and ABTA members
  • ATOL protected flights
  • No surcharges after you book
  • No late discounts – everyone pays the same
Secured by ThawteSagepayABTA No. V2170ATOL 3278AITOCLIASustainable Tourism - 3 starIIC

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