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Christmas & New Year Luxury River Cruises

Spend this Christmas & New Year on the rivers of Europe

Spoil yourself with a festive river cruise

Looking for something different to try this Christmas or New Year?  Then why not try one of our luxury European river cruises? A snowy Christmas tableaux awaits on the heart of the Rhine, Danube or Seine where your floating hotel will transport you to some of the most iconic Christmas markets.  Stalls full of presents, local crafts and Christmas faire are to be explored.  Close your eyes and smell the cooking bratwurst and roasted chestnuts. All to be enjoyed with the warming properties of traditional Glüwein. Or how about a Christmas time cruise that means that you will be in Vienna on Christmas Day after your incredible gala celebration and meal on Christmas Eve.  Or enjoy a midnight mass.  Or fireworks on New Year’s Eve in Switzerland with the Alps as a backdrop. Families are welcome if the children are 12 years old or older, so you can share together an unforgettable seasonal celebration.  

Enjoy Christmas 2019 cruising the magical Rhine onboard the festively decorated Amadeus Silver III. Enjoy a relaxed European Christmas with all the trimmings on your luxury river cruise ship where the Amadeus staff and crew will spoil you. Available with rail from St Pancras or London flights.  Regional flights available on request.


Enjoy Christmas 2019 cruising the iconic Danube river onboard the festively decorated Amadeus Star. Enjoy a relaxed European Christmas with all the trimmings on your luxury river cruise ship where the Amadeus staff and crew will spoil you. Prices include London Heathrow flights to Munich.  Regional flights and options available on request.

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Exclusive offer only at Global River Cruising

Highly Recommended. Here at Global River Cruising we love the idea of Christmas on a European river so much, that we are offering exclusive prices on our favourite Rhine and Danube Christmas cruises with Amadeus for a limited time only.

Our Global River Cruising team have been on the Amadeus ships and Amadeus river cruises and can tailor-make your holiday to yours and your group’s requirements, so why not give them a call on 0800 471 4754


Amadeus Diamond Restaurant

Included with an Amadeus Luxury River Cruise:

Return Flights or Rail (Rhine only) travel from London and overseas transfers.  Regional flights available on request. Accommodation on a luxury river cruise ship, many with French balconies or verandas Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner 24-hour complimentary coffee/tea station Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner Special on board entertainment including talks, cooking demonstration, on board music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama-Bar Complimentary Wi-fi Complimentary use of on board bicycles Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck) All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees

New Year Cruise on the Rhine

8 Days   |  Cologne, Rüdesheim, Mainz, Strasbourg (Kehl), Basel, Speyer, Mannheim, Oberwesel, Koblenz Celebrate New Year in a whole new way – on board a festively decorated Amadeus cruise ship.

From £1,819 pp

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AmaWaterways LogoEnjoy AmaWaterways for less with our fantastic early booking offers.  Rated as the best river ships on the European rivers by Berlitz guide, you will spend your Christmas or New Year celebration in the height of luxury.  Fine dining and free flowing wine with meals and special celebration evenings and gala meals for both Christmas and New Year, you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried it before.   Limited Availability – call now to book on 0800 471 4754.  

Save upto 25 % off

Magical Christmas Markets

8 Days   |  Nuremberg, Regensburg, Pasau, Linz, Melk, Wachau Valley, Dürnstein, Krems, Vienna Throughout your Danube cruise, delight in the combination of pageantry and timeless traditions at the magical Christmas markets.

From £2,194 pp

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Christmas & New Year on the Rhine & Moselle

12 Days   |  Basel, Breisach, Strasbourg, Ludwigshafen, Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge, Trier, Moselle Valley, Bernkastel, Cochem, Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam Pages from fairytales come to life as you find inspiration along the castle-laden Rhine and its breathtaking tributary, the Moselle. Spend Christmas Eve in Strasbourg and New Year's Eve in Amsterdam with an optional extra night in Amsterdam to leave on 2nd Jan 2019.

From £3,112 pp

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Classic Christmas Markets

8 Days   |  Frankfurt, Wertheim, Würzburg,Kitzingen (Rothenburg), Schweinfurt, Bamberg, Nuremberg, A journey that will make you believe in holiday magic all over again.

From £2,599 pp

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Danube Holiday Markets

8 Days   |  Passau, Munich, Saltzburg, Linz, Steyr, Melk, Krems, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest Celebrate the season in the birthplace of many beloved holiday traditions. Budapest has celebrated Christmas for a thousand years, since the reign of St. Stephen.

From £2,799 pp

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European Christmas Markets

8 Days   |  Vienna, Dürnstein, Cruising the Wachau Valley, Linz, Passau, Deggendorf, Regensburg, Roth, Nuremberg, Experience Europe’s old-world charms during the most magical time of the year.

From £2,599 pp

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Grand Christmas & New Year’s

13 Days   |  Nuremberg, Regensburg, Deggendorf, Passau, Linz, Salzburg, Durnstein, Vienna, Budapest Discover heaven on earth on the ultimate holiday river cruise, if you’re looking to celebrate the holidays and welcome the New Year in incredible style, this special cruise is for you.

From £5,099 pp

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Parisian Royal Holiday

8 Days   |  Paris, La Roche-Guyon, Vernon, Rouen, Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles), A celebration of French festivities and royalty, northern France and its “City of Light” sparkle even more during the holidays.

From £2,699 pp

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Christmas cruise reviews

Forget Christmas Day Cooking on a Festive River Cruise

We all know that instead of it just becoming routine, Christmas can be celebrated in so many different ways. The idea of actually spending Christmas in the snow with the church bells ringing, choirs singing and lights twinkling, without the washing up was our recommendation as the whole family could come too.

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Rhine Christmas Markets River Cruises. What are they like?

Taking a Christmas markets river cruise is an amazing and easy way to immerse yourself in the ambiance of Germany’s traditional Christmas festivities with their host of unique gifts. Together with the stunning Rhine scenery it really is a winter wonderland.

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River cruising at Christmas

We are already looking ahead to the Christmas season at Global River Cruising and we are excited about the river cruises at New Year and Christmas that we have available.

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Find the river cruise of your choice and either send us an enquiry online or give our Global River Cruising team a call on 0800 471 4754.

  Terms and conditions apply, all offers are subject to availability and operator booking conditions. All savings are included in the fares shown and were correct at time of print, but are subject to change. Prices are per person based on two passengers sharing and economy flights from London unless otherwise stated. Please note all excursions mentioned in the itineraries are not included but can be purchased pre-cruise.  Global River Cruising ABTA P6713.

What are our customers saying?

“not been on our holiday yet so no feedback on the cruise yet, but the preparations have been so efficient and our main contact Simeon Leete so friendly that we are seriously considering kidnapping him to take with us for his humour!
Let’s hope the holiday lives up to our expectations. We are SO excited!

  • Ms Nowell & Mr Price, Avalon Waterways – Burgundy & Provence