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Christmas on the Rhine

Explore the enchanting world of the Rhineland at Christmas. Join this magic 7-night cruise and experience European cities, twinkling in their festive finery, picture postcard towns and villages, and a winter wonderland of riverside scenery.

Visit Koblenz, Boppard, Cologne, and Strasbourg on Christmas Day. Enjoy some of Europe’s finest Yuletide markets with all the tastes and flavours of the season, just perfect for some last-minute gifts.

Celebrate Christmas on your luxury cruise ship with a Gala Dinner on Christmas Day, a classical music recital, and a festive folklore show, creating a magical atmosphere. Choose a stylish suite and enjoy award-winning seasonal cuisine.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS Oscar Wilde
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: December 2024
£2,109pp
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Christmas on the Rhine Cruise Itinerary

Experience the magic of a European Christmas with a 7-night cruise showcasing the best of the Rhineland. Visit imperial cities, picturesque towns, and villages, and enjoy spectacular river views in a beautiful winter landscape. Luxuriate on an elegantly appointed river cruiser with a choice of suites and staterooms, award-winning festive cuisine, vintage wines, and hand-picked on board entertainment for a Christmas you’ll never forget.

Day 1

Cologne

Board your luxury river ship moored in the heart of Cologne, beautifully arrayed for Christmas with festive decorations and a magnificent tree.

Day 2

Koblenz

Sail a festive winter wonderland and enjoy lunch on board before arriving in Koblenz, a picturesque Rhineland city with a rich history spanning 2,000 years. Enjoy a guided tour, including the Christmas market and a festive folklore show.

Day 3

Rüdesheim

Today, sail the spectacular Rhine Gorge with magnificent views of fairytale ruined castles clinging to the towering cliffs above the river. Arrive in Rüdesheim, a picture postcard Rhineland town, shop for gifts, and enjoy seasonal fare.

Day 4

Speyer on Christmas Eve

The ship berths in historic Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, where a walking tour visits landmarks like the Imperial Cathedral, the largest Romanesque church in the world. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Speyer’s bustling Christmas market.

Day 5

Strasbourg on Christmas Day

Strasbourg has a unique history, once German, now French, with fascinating architecture and a pretty old town that has remained unchanged since the 14th century. Enjoy a tour before a Christmas Gala dinner on board ship in the evening.

Day 6

Boppard

The ‘Pearl of the Rhine,’ Boppard has Roman origins, storybook, cobbled streets, and medieval architecture. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town beautifully decorated for Christmas, plus a classical music performance on board the ship in the evening.

Day 7

Cologne

Enjoy the delights of Christmas in Cologne. A local tour guide shares the city’s iconic landmarks, including the spectacular tree in Cathedral Square. A classical music concert follows the Captain’s Dinner in the evening.

Day 8

Cologne

Disembark in Cologne and make your way to the airport or train station to begin your journey back to the UK.

Christmas on the Rhine Cruise Ships

MS Oscar Wilde

MS Oscar Wilde adds an elegant, outspoken, and poetic tone to your cruise, making you feel as if you’ve stepped into an adventure novel encapsulated in the very real style and comfort commonplace aboard a Riviera Travel cruise.

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Explore the Enchantment of a Rhineland Christmas with Crui.se

7 Nights
December 2024

Christmas on the Rhine

  • Boppard
  • Cologne
  • Koblenz
  • Rüdesheim
  • Speyer
  • Strasbourg
£2,109pp Est. Price per person
  • MS Oscar Wilde  

Christmas on the Rhine Cruise Review

“We were hesitant to spend Christmas away from home, although we are regular cruisers, but I can confidently say this was one of the best holidays we’ve ever had. The towns and cities on the itinerary are just magical at this time of year, plus you get to see all the Yuletide markets. The ship is the height of luxury, and the cuisine is five-star and seasonal plus, they have on board festive entertainment, which really puts everyone in the mood for Christmas. Don’t hesitate to book, you won’t be disappointed.”

Terry and Sandra, Milton Keynes

Christmas on the Rhine FAQ

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

Is Wi-Fi available on board the cruise ship?

Complementary Wi-Fi is available throughout our cruise ships, so it’s easy to stay in touch with family and friends back home and share some spectacular festive images of your holiday. Sometimes, speeds vary due to the terrain or weather conditions, but generally, our European cruises enjoy great Wi-Fi coverage.

What is Riviera Travel’s door-to-door service?

Guests can choose a convenient and stress-free door-to-door service with transport from your front door to a regional train station or airport. This is just one of our optional extras to add to your cruise. Talk to our friendly reservations team to find out more.

I am on a restricted diet for health reasons. Will my menu requirements be a problem for the on-board catering?

We pride ourselves on our gourmet cuisine, especially at Christmas, and all the meals on board the ship are prepared fresh daily for the best tastes and flavours. Our chefs can tailor menus to suit specific guests’ requirements, and we always have a variety of vegan and vegetarian options available at every mealtime. Discuss your dietary needs with our friendly reservations team when you book.

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