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Christmas on the Rhine & Moselle

Celebrate the festive season with a delightful Christmas Cruise along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers – with plentiful opportunities to immerse yourself in Yuletide traditions.

Providing the best of both worlds – this itinerary allows guests to enjoy visits to a range of show-stopping Christmas Markets, alongside a choice of provided tours and excursions diving into local culture.

For this particular journey, you’ll float between ports aboard either the Viking Hild or Viking Herja – fantastic members of Viking’s fleet of longships. From onboard, guests enjoy access to spacious common areas, multiple eateries and a range of modern features.

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  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Hild / Viking Herja
  • Duration: 11 Nights
  • Departure: Nov - Dec (2025)
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Christmas on the Rhine & Moselle Cruise Itinerary

Travel along the Rhine and Moselle for a festive Christmas adventure with Viking. Enjoy an itinerary mixed with spectacular tours, tastings and workshops over the course of 11 nights. Guests enjoy access to included excursions as well as paid additions and alternatives.

Day 1

Paris (hotel)

Your adventure begins – arrive and check into your hotel.

Day 2

Paris (hotel)

Kick off your journey exploring the festive Parisian Markets. Choose between excursions offering a festive drive through the city’s sights, a visit to Montarte Hill or an outing to The Palace of Versailles. After, enjoy an unforgettable Cabaret alongside dinner.

Day 3

Reims / Trier (EMBARK)

After breakfast, journey to your embarkation city.
In Reims, enjoy the opportunity to explore its stunning UNESCO-designated cathedral and visit the Luxembourg American Cemetery.
Later, in Trier, spend the afternoon settling into your stateroom.

Day 4

Trier / Bernkastel

Explore Trier’s highlights and expansive Christmas Markets on today’s excursion. After, we continue to Bernkastel, where you’ll enjoy the opportunity to sample local wines.

Day 5

Cochem / Winningen

Embark on a walking tour of Cochem to view its coveted Reichsburg Castle and Christmas Market. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a celebration with music and wine.

Day 6

Koblenz / Middle Rhine (scenic sailing)

Enjoy a festive stroll around Koblenz to learn about its history, visit the iconic Christmas Market and potentially pay a visit to the medieval Marksburg Castle.
Later, relax during a scenic sailing through Middle Rhine.

Day 7


Today, take a tour of Mainz and the Gutenberg Museum. You may also wish to discover the Jewish Mainz – famed for its Chagall stained-glass windows, pay a visit to one of Germany’s oldest winemakers for a tasting or step behind the scenes of Opel – a car manufacturer.

Day 8

Mannheim / Speyer

This morning, discover the history and culture of Mannheim on a guided excursion with free time to explore the Yuletide Market. Later, you may opt to explore Heidelberg and Worms and visit their festive Christmas Markets.

Day 9


Spend today exploring the Festive Markets. You may also wish to embark on an excursion to Alsace to view Europe’s oldest market or enjoy a wine tasting.

Day 10

Basel / Zürich (DISEMBARK)

In Basel, explore festive highlights – including the Christmas Markets – on foot and by motorcoach. Alternatively, you can opt to spend a day immersed in the culture of alpine Switzerland.

Day 11

Zürich (hotel)

Start your day with a walking tour and lake cruise. Later, you may choose to join a Lindt Exclusive Chocolate Workshop in Kilchberg.

Day 12


Your holiday is coming to a close – check out of your hotel and begin your journey home.

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11 Nights
Nov - Dec (2025)

Christmas on the Rhine & Moselle

  • Paris (hotel)
  • Reims / Trier (EMBARK)
  • Bernkastel / Trier
  • Cochem / Winningen
  • Koblenz / Middle Rhine (scenic sailing)
  • Mainz
  • Mannheim / Speyer
  • Strasbourg
  • Basel / Zürich (DISEMBARK)
  • Zürich (hotel)
  • Zurich
£3,095pp Est. Price per person
  • Viking Hild / Viking Herja  

Christmas on the Rhine & Moselle Cruise Review

“My room was so lovely – better than expected! So bright and clean; the housekeeping staff really do a diligent job. I had lots of fun on the excursions too.”

Melanie Jamerson, Salford

Christmas on the Rhine & Moselle FAQ

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

Will there be visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites included?

Yes, this itinerary takes you up close to UNESCO-designated sites with a range of excursions and scenic sailings.

Will guests have access to an internet connection?

Yes, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for the duration of your cruise. There is also free Wi-Fi provided at the hotel.

How many nights are spent aboard the ship?

For this trip, 7 nights will be spent aboard your ship and the other 4 at hotels in Paris and Zurich.

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