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Christmas on the Main & Moselle

This 12-day cruise-and-stay getaway takes you from Paris to Prague on a show-stoppingly festive journey. Featuring two nights at a hotel in Paris to begin, and two in Prague to conclude, this magical 8-day cruise is sandwiched in between classy and comfortable pit-stops to make your transition into festivity-mode as easy as possible.

Knock out some shopping from the various bustling markets and shopping centres we’ll pass along the way, or relax knowing everything is taken care of so that you can enjoy your vantage point over some of the most gorgeous illuminations in the world.

Take advantage of this opportunity to make your mark on this Christmas season; shop in style, recline in comfort and learn from the local artisans how to both appreciate and create more beauty around the world.

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  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Longship Hild / Herja
  • Duration: 11 Nights
  • Departure: Nov-Dec
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About Viking Longships

Better by design, Viking’s award-winning longships partner signature Scandinavian design with innovative engineering, including low-vibration, environmentally friendly engines and solar panels. Fllled with light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, the luxurious lounge features a clinker-built bar echoing the design of the original Viking longships centuries ago. Exquisite cuisine complements the open-seated arrangement in the restaurant or dine al fresco in the Aquavit Terrace and Lounge, with its unique indoor/outdoor viewing area located in the bow of the ship. Elegantly appointed and spacious staterooms present private verandas and offer the ultimate luxury accommodation for privacy and peaceful slumber.

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Christmas on the Main & Moselle Cruise Itinerary

From Paris to Prague, this 12 day cruise-and-stay getaway will keep you on your toes this Christmas with a variety of first-class memorable sights and events. Keep your Christmas classy on a peaceful cruise down the Main and Rhine rivers whilst our crew do their utmost to nurture your festive spirit.

Day 1


Arrive in Paris and check into your hotel.

Day 2


Independently explore the twinkling lights of Paris as leading department stores present their seasonal displays during hotly-anticipated grand openings.

Day 3

Remis & Trier (EMBARK)

Check out of your hotel and head into Reims to explore more than 140 stalls on the Christmas market in front of Reims Cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Continue your journey to Trier to view the Romanesque Cathedral, 20,000-seat amphitheater, Roman Bridge, Port Nigra and the many forests and vineyards surrounding the picturesque town.

Day 4

Trier & Bernkastel

Spend the first half of your day on a wander through Hauptmarkt, the city’s main gathering place and the center of holiday festivities, enjoy its cozy Christmas market.
Enjoy half in Bernkastel, marvel at the region’s largest Advent Calendar, displayed in the window of a local pharmacy and the arrival of Santa Claus (by boat), accompanied by swimmers carrying torches.

Day 5

Cochem & Winnigen

Walk through a wintery fairy tale at Cochem; enjoy festive lights lining the river Moselle, savour a riesling stollen, yeast dumpling, white mulled wine and many other regional delicacies. Then top it all off with an evening at Winnigen, nursing a drink of the valley’s famed riesling in one of the city’s wine taverns.

Day 6


The famous Mainz Cathedral boasts 6 towers reaching up into the heavens and you’ll have an amazing view of them on this day-rip to the heart of Rhine’s wine region.

Day 7

Heidelberg / scenic sailing down Main river (Spessart)

Shop through Heidelberg’s Marktplatz and marvel at the Hedidelberg Tun (a replica of the world’s largest wine barrel) by morning. Enjoy scenic sailing by afternoon.

Day 8


Visit the Advent Market to enjoy traditional food and sweets and get involved with local artisans to witness their creative process for decorating for the holidays.

Day 9


Pay a visit to Maximiliansplatz, featuring a large Franconian half-timber nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ and enjoy the creations of various artists at the Elisabeth Church.

Day 10

Nuremberg (DISEMBARK)

Disembark your ship to explore one of the oldest Christmas markets in the world, enjoy a variety of homemade treats before transferring to your hotel.

Day 11


Spend your day in the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ at the twin steeples of Týn Church and the Church of St. Nicholas at the Old Town Square. Take a stroll across Charles Bridge and wander the bustling Christmas markets.

Day 12


After breakfast, check out of your hotel and begin your journey home.

Christmas on the Main & Moselle Deals

Get into the Christmas spirit cruising two beautiful rivers

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Christmas on the Main & Moselle

This magical 8-day cruise is sandwiched in between classy and comfortable pit-stops to make your transition into festivity-mode as easy as possible, taking bookings for 2023/2024

Christmas on the Main & Moselle Cruise Review

We were worried about being away from the grandkids this Christmas, but I really think that a peaceful time away is exactly what we needed. We had the opportunity to purchase some really amazing gifts, definitely wouldn’t have been able to come up with such an impressive spread back at home. It was really serene. Amazing planning.

Annabelle James, Bristol

Christmas on the Main & Moselle FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What is the lowest price for a room?

Our standard suite can be booked for prices starting from £3,845.

How many days of the cruise are spent at a hotel?

The cruise begins with two nights spent at a hotel in Paris and ends with two nights spent at a hotel in Prague.

Will there be an option to take a picture with Santa Claus?

Depending on the date of your departure, Santa Claus may arrive by boat, accompanied by swimmers carrying torches during your time in Bernkastel.

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