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New Year on the Rhine

Blend the scenic delights of the romantic Rhine with a magical New Year celebration. Enjoy four guided tours, including Rüdesheim, Cologne, Frankfurt, and Koblenz, and a spectacular New Year’s Eve gala dinner on board ship.

Relish beautifully decorated German towns and cities still basking in the glow of the festive season, and sail the spectacular Rhine Gorge before seeing in the New Year in the picturesque Rhineland town of Koblenz with its unique scenic backdrop.

This luxury cruise is the perfect post-festive present with fine wines, gourmet cuisine, and the beautiful backdrop of the Rhine River Valley clothed in its winter finery. Treat yourself to a feast for all the senses and the ultimate Christmas gift.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS Oscar Wilde
  • Duration: 5 Nights
  • Departure: December 2024
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New Year on the Rhine Cruise Itinerary

Explore the romantic River Rhine at one of the most atmospheric times of the year on this 5-night cruise. Visit picturesque German towns and cities dressed in their festive finery and savour fabulous river views. With five-star accommodation on board your luxury cruise ship, gourmet cuisine, fine wines, and a spectacular dinner, this is definitely the best way to bring in the New Year.

Day 1


Arrive by coach in historic Cologne and transfer to your luxury cruise ship moored on the banks of the Rhine River.

Day 2

Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim

Awaken to a cruise highlight, the Rhine Gorge, resplendent in its winter finery. Later, your ship moors in Rüdesheim with its pretty higgledy-piggledy houses, a delight to explore on an afternoon walking tour before an evening folklore show on board ship.

Day 3


Head along the Main River to Frankfurt, a surprising blend of modern skyscrapers and medieval buildings. See the sights on a guided tour, including the charming old town, Frankfurt’s 14th-century cathedral, and Germany’s oldest museum.

Day 4

Koblenz on New Year’s Eve

Sail to Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, a city with a rich history dating back centuries. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town before seeing in the New Year in this picturesque Rhineland city with a superb dinner on board ship.

Day 5

Cologne on New Year’s Day

Blow away the cobwebs with some fresh air on the Viewing Deck as your ship sails to Cologne, where a local guide awaits to take a fascinating tour of this spectacular city, including the famous cathedral. Enjoy the Captain’s Dinner in the evening.

Day 6


Disembark in Cologne and transfer to the airport or railway stations for the return journey to the UK.

New Year 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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2017 Build
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Welcome in the New Year on the Rhine with Crui.se

5 Nights

New Year on the Rhine

  • Cologne
  • Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim
  • Frankfurt
  • Koblenz on New Year’s Eve
  • Cologne on New Year’s Day
£1,709pp Est. Price per person

New Year on the Rhine Cruise Review

“We decided we wanted some post-Christmas relaxation and to see in the New Year in style, and we couldn’t have been more delighted with this cruise. You can enjoy all the beauty of the festive season without the hype, and the different European cities look fabulous, all beautifully decorated plus the seasonal weather adds a special touch. The tours are fascinating, and there’s a nice atmosphere on shore without all the hype of Christmas. On board ship, expect to be thoroughly spoiled with a sumptuous New Year’s Eve dinner. There is something so special about welcoming in the New Year on the water. Five nights is just the perfect length of time, too.”

Ben and Helen, Norwich

New Year on the Rhine FAQs

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

Do I need a visa for this cruise?

Currently, UK citizens do not require a visa to enter Germany however, you will need a valid and up-to-date passport. Our friendly reservations team agent can review your paperwork requirements when you book.

What is the door-to-door service?

Upgrade your holiday with our convenient door-to-door service, which offers transport from your home to a choice of train station or regional airport.

I have some mobility issues. Is this a suitable cruise for me?

Talk to your booking representative about cabin choice and access around the ship. We can put your mind at rest and discuss the cruiser’s layout and how we can accommodate your needs on shore excursions.

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