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Enchanting Rhine and Yuletide Markets River Cruise

Sail the wintry Rhineland and uncover the magic of Germany’s traditional Christmas markets with breathtaking scenery and visits to some of Germany’s most picturesque towns and famous cities.

See Koblenz, Bonn, Cologne, and Rüdesheim in their festive splendour with fascinating guided tours plus free time to explore the legendary Christmas markets, perfect for festive cheer, seasonal food and drink, and those last-minute presents.

This cruise also includes the famous Rhine Gorge with a perfect view from the deck of your luxury cruise ship. Enjoy stylish and elegant accommodation, award-winning cuisine, seasonal fare, and entertainment that captures the true magic of Christmas.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS Oscar Wilde + 2 more
  • Duration: 4 Nights
  • Departure: December 2024

Enchanting Rhine and Yuletide Markets Cruise Itinerary

Discover the joy of a Rhineland Christmas on this 4-night festive cruise that showcases some of the Rhine’s most famous cities with stunning riverside scenery cloaked in winter finery and two sailings through the world-famous Rhine Gorge. Visit Koblenz, Cologne, and Rüdesheim, all decorated for Christmas, and explore their spectacular Yuletide markets. Relax on board a luxury river cruise ship with elegant suites and staterooms, award-winning cuisine and wines, and seasonal entertainment for a voyage that captures the true spirit of Christmas.

Day 1


Embark your luxury river cruise ship moored in the heart of historic Cologne.

Day 2

Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim

Wake to a winter wonderland cruising the magnificent Rhine Gorge with its fairytale scenery before mooring in Rüdesheim. Wander the pretty cobbled streets and Christmas market before dinner on board and a live folk music performance.

Day 3

Rhine Gorge & Koblenz

Enjoy a second chance to view the spectacular Rhine Gorge before arriving in Koblenz, a picturesque town at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers. The historic old town has one of the largest Christmas markets in the Rhineland.

Day 4

Bonn & Cologne

Discover Bonn, West Germany’s former capital and a historic and fascinating city, and also the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven with a dedicated museum. Enjoy the festive market before setting sail for Cologne, a city with seven Yuletide markets.

Day 5


Depart your luxury ship in the heart of Cologne and transfer to airports and train stations to begin your journey back to the UK.

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4 Nights

Enchanting Rhine and Yuletide Markets River Cruise

  • Cologne
  • Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim
  • Rhine Gorge & Koblenz
  • Bonn & Cologne
£909pp Est. Price per person
  • MS Oscar Wilde + 2 more

Enchanting Rhine and Yuletide Markets Cruise Review

“We’ve cruised the Rhine several times but never in the winter and never at Christmas. Seeing this winter wonderland and all the towns and cities so beautifully dressed for Christmas was breathtaking. The Yuletide markets are as good as everyone says and have a great atmosphere with festive food and entertainment, a theme which is carried through on board ship. The vessel was up to RT’s usual standards, beautifully decorated with fabulous seasonal food, on board entertainment, and lovely comfortable accommodation. What a great way to start Christmas!”

Alan and Maddie, Hemel Hempstead

Enchanting Rhine and Yuletide Markets FAQs

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

What documentation will I receive after I have made a booking?

If you book over the phone with one of our team, you can receive your booking confirmation by post or email. If you book online, an email confirmation is sent immediately. Your booking documents contain passenger information which is the details you have provided about each guest at the time of booking. This must be completed for each traveller and can be done by completing the form you find in the paperwork received by post or logging into your booking online.

When do I pay the outstanding balance for my holiday?

Your booking confirmation will tell you the date that the balance is due to be paid. You can make the payment securely online by clicking on ‘My Account,’ send a cheque, or call our customer service team who can take a debit or credit card payment over the phone.

I am on a restricted diet for medical reasons. Can the on-board cuisine be adapted to suit my requirements?

Guests enjoy exceptional cuisine on board Riviera Travel ships with fresh seasonal menus that highlight the local areas you are sailing through. There are always vegan and vegetarian options, and with all food cooked fresh daily, the ship’s chefs will be able to tailor meals to accommodate limited or restricted diets. Just let us know your specific requirements team when you book.

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