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Christmas on the Main & Moselle

Sail the iconic Main and Moselle rivers over the Christmas period on this Viking River Cruise across 3 countries.

Masterfully mixing included excursions with freetime to explore, this festive Main River Cruise conducts guests through a range of Christmas-themed checkpoints and landmarks over the course of 12 days.

After a full day of exploring, guests return to either the Viking Idi or Viking Alsvin – longships equipped with a cosy Christmas atmosphere and a range of on-board conveniences.

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  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Idi / Viking Alsvin
  • Duration: 11 Nights
  • Departure: Nov-Dec
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Christmas on the Main & Moselle Cruise Itinerary

Over the course of 12 days, enjoy visits to Christmas Markets, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Cathedrals, Old Towns and much more. This Yuletide itinerary blends a combination of walking tours, tastings, demonstrations and free time for guests to get the most out of their experience.

Day 1

Paris (hotel)

Arrive and check into your hotel.

Day 2

Paris (hotel)

For your first day, enjoy the included ‘Panoramic Paris at Christmas’ excursion. You may also wish to pay a visit to the Palace of Versailles. In the evening, enjoy a Cabaret with dinner.

Day 3

Reims / Trier (EMBARK)

Today, check out of your hotel and onto your ship. Explore the UNESCO-designated Reims Cathedral and pay your respects to fallen US soldiers at the Luxembourg American Cemetery.

Day 4

Trier / Bernkastel

Explore Trier’s highlights and pay a visit to the festive holiday market. You may also choose to spend the evening on a Bernkastel-Kues wine tasting.

Day 5

Cochem / Winningen

Embark on a walking tour of Cochem and visit the Reichsburg Castle. Afterwards, enjoy an evening of music and wine in one of Germany’s most picturesque villages.

Day 6


Spend today on a walking tour of Mainz and visit the Gutenberg Museum. You may opt into an excursion to St. Stephen’s church.

Day 7

Heidelberg / Main River (scenic sailing), Spessart

Discover Heidelberg on today’s Christmas-themed tour. Later, reunite with your ship for a scenic sailing down the Main River.

Day 8


Tour Wurzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz and visit the town’s spectacular Christmas Markets. You may opt into the ‘Festive Rothenburg ob der Tauber’ excursion.

Day 9


Spend today on a walking tour of Bamberg, visit the spectacular Christmas Markets. Also on offer, is the ‘Nativity Scenes of Bamberg Walking Tour’ to immerse yourself in the 400-year-old yuletide tradition.

Day 10

Nuremberg / Prague (DISEMBARK)

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to your destination. Explore Nuremberg’s intriguing history and pay a visit to the Christkindlmarket.

Day 11

Prague (hotel)

Walk around Prague’s Old Town and pay a visit to the festive Christmas Market. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a Prague Folklore Dinner and Classical Music Concert.

Day 12

Prague (hotel)

Check out of your hotel and begin your journey home.

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Celebrate Christmas along the Main and Moselle

11 Nights
Nov Dec

Christmas on the Main & Moselle

  • Paris (hotel)
  • Reims / Trier (EMBARK)
  • Bernkastel / Trier
  • Cochem / Winningen
  • Mainz
  • Heidelberg / Main River (scenic sailing)
  • Wurzburg
  • Bamberg
  • Nuremberg / Prague (DISEMBARK)
  • Prague (hotel)
£3,595pp Est. Price per person
  • Viking Idi / Viking Alsvin  

Christmas on the Main & Moselle Cruise Review

“On this cruise, we were able to find plenty of presents for the kids as well as enjoying a pleasant getaway. I was very pleased with my experience – the excursions were very informative and accessible.”

Jeremy Kurt, Leicester

Christmas on the Main & Moselle FAQ

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

When is this cruise available to book?

This cruise runs in November and December – available to book for 2025.

Are there any deals available?

In 2025 and 2026, guests can save up to £1,000 per person on all European River cruises when they book before June 30, 2024.

How many types of staterooms are available?

From your Standard Stateroom to the extravagant Explorer Suite – each ship features 5 suite categories guests can choose from.

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