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Christmas on the Rhine

Guests enjoy a merry adventure along the Rhine over the course of 7 nights – featuring opportunities to explore a range of Christmas Markets.

Enjoy a range of tours and tastings – alongside strategic freetime to shop for festive treats on your own during this artfully crafted itinerary.

Guests enjoy the luxuries supplied by one of Viking’s superior floating hotels – crafted with stunning interior design, ecologically friendly engines and a range of modern comforts.

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  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Tialfi + 9 more
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: December (2024)
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Christmas on the Rhine Cruise Itinerary

From Amsterdam to Basel, this spectacularly festive 8-day itinerary is designed to conduct guests through a range of coveted attractions and yuletide celebrations. Explore traditional Christmas Markets, tour cultural highlights, shop for unique gifts and enjoy tasty treats over the course of your adventure.

Day 1

Amsterdam (EMBARK)

Embark your luxurious Viking Longship and spend the day getting settled in.

Day 2

Waal & Merwede (scenic sailing) / Dordrecht

Spend the morning sailing along Holland’s waterways. Upon arrival in Dordrecht, explore the city and admire its iconic Grote Kerk.

Day 3


Today, explore Cologne’s extravagant seasonal holiday markets.

Day 4

Koblenz / Middle Rhine (scenic sailing) / Rudesheim

This morning, enjoy the seasonal festivities at Koblenz’s Christmas market. Afterwards, meet up with your ship for a scenic sailing along the UNESCO-designated Middle Rhine. Finish off your day on a stroll of the vibrant Drosselgasse in Rudesheim.

Day 5

Mannheim / Speyer

In Mannheim, spend the day shopping for gifts originating around the world. Afterwards, continue onto Speyer to enjoy a range of spectacular Yuletide traditions and regional delicacies.

Day 6


Today, enjoy a Alsatian fare from a range of artisanal providers.

Day 7


Explore the stalls of the Weihnachtsmarkt in pursuit of tasty treats and festive crafts.

Day 8


Your cruise has come to a close – disembark after breakfast and begin your journey home.

Christmas on the Rhine Cruise Ships

Viking Tialfi

Visit our excellent Restaurant and unearth the Sun Deck’s organic herb garden. Browse distinctive souvenirs in our onboard store. Soak up the sun on our luxe Aquavit Terrace. Enjoy your holiday in the peak of comfort in our cabins and count on our guest services for a remarkable journey.

Aquavit Terrace & Lounge
Herb Garden
95 Outside Staterooms

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Christmas on the Rhine Deals

Enjoy more Christmastime adventures along the Rhine

7 Nights
December (2024)

Christmas on the Rhine

  • Paris (hotel)
  • Reims / Trier (EMBARK)
  • Bernkastel / Trier
  • Cochem / Winningen
  • Koblenz / Middle Rhine (scenic sailing)
  • Mainz
  • Mannheim / Speyer
  • Strasbourg
  • Basel / Zürich (DISEMBARK)
  • Zürich (hotel)
  • Zurich
£2,295pp Est. Price per person
  • Viking Tialfi + 9 more  

Christmas on the Rhine Cruise Review

“I ended up having an excellent time with my husband on this cruise. I was nervous because we’d never done a river cruise before and wasn’t sure what to look for when booking – ended up 100% satisfied. Our room was lovely and the staff extremely helpful when it came to arranging daytime activities.”

Sarah White, Doncaster

Christmas on the Rhine FAQ

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

How many suite choices are available for this cruise?

Guests may choose between the Standard, French Balcony, Veranda and Suite classes of stateroom for their cruise.

Are there any deals available for this cruise?

Up until March 31st , Viking offers guests the opportunity to save £650 on 2024 River Cruises, with £75 per person to spend on board.

Is this getaway all inclusive?

The ‘Viking Inclusive Value’ package ensures guests have access to all the necessities throughout their cruise – with no surprises or hidden fees.

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