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Christmas River Cruises

Whether looking for a special family group celebration or to do something different this year, you're in the right place

Christmas & New Year River Cruises from Global River Cruising.

Escape on a luxury river cruise to a festive wonderland, most European cities and towns transform from everyday life into traditional wintery villages from mid-November until just before Christmas Eve. Even though, snow can’t be guaranteed, you can however look forward to Christmas-card settings with traditional handmade decorations which are beautifully lit during the evening. And if you’re lucky, you might even come across a local choir singing traditional Christmas songs. It can’t get any better than that.

Visiting at this time of year on a river cruise you’ll get to see beautiful towns and villages fully decorated with beautiful Christmas lights and ornaments. Excursions are specially curated to offer a wide range of choices of activity in every destination, including bike tours, late riser tours and slow walking tours, as well as the visiting some of the best festive destinations Europe has to offer, all included in the price. And then of course we come to the special celebrations that happen on your luxury ship. Join fellow passengers to decorate the tree, sing carols, exchange presents and perhaps take in midnight mass in one of Europe’s iconic churches.  All leading to the incredible gala dinners on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

Make a Christmas time and New Year river cruise part of your annual holiday calendar.  You won’t regret it.  

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Exclusive: Christmas on the Danube 2019.

Save up to £100 pp. Book by 31st August

Christmas & New Year River Cruise Reviews

“We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere onboard, the attention to detail and the celebration.  Put together with the beautiful landscape and the boundless energy of the staff who looked after us so incredibly I absolutely recommend the experience.  So much so that we have booked to go again this year, on a different river but for two weeks and not one and more friends are coming with us.” Mrs E, West Midlands  

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Exclusive: New Year on the Danube

Nearly sold out. Save £100 exclusive. Book by 31st August 2019

- Incredible AmaWaterways Christmas & New Year Cruises -

Enjoy an ultra luxury Christmas or New Year on the Rhine or Danube. 

Save £1000 pp on ALL cruises & FREE flights.  Book by 31st August.

12 nights - Classic Mekong + Vietnam's Heritage Road

Stay for 5 nights on Vietnam's Heritage Road in Saignon, Hue & Hoi and then sail for 7 nights Classic Mekong River Cruise on RV Mekong Pandaw Flight inclusive offer - Prices from £4,429 pp

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Christmas Market River Cruises

We have an extensive range of Festive river cruises on offer in Europe and Asia. Christmas market shopping trips, relaxing Christmas getaways and New Year celebration cruises. With full board accommodation and the knowledgeable services your on board Cruise Manager to look after your every need, just sit back, relax, and watch the sparkling winter wonderland scenery pass you by. Wander around the festive squares which are lit up with decorations, a light dusting of snow may cover the ground, and the Christmas markets are in full swing So, why not go during what is arguably one of the best times of the year and celebrate the holidays in Europe?

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Finding it hard to choose?

Our Global River Cruising team have been on most of our cruises and are here to advise you, so why not give them a call on 0800 471 4754


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Christmas and New Year River Cruises

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Forget Christmas Day Cooking, Book a Festive River Cruise

There is something very special about letting someone else do the shopping, cooking and washing up at Christmas. And for less than you think, that could be you this Christmas.

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The Top 5 Christmas markets on the Rhine

With so many Christmas markets to choose from, where do you start? Here is our handy guide to the best 5 markets on the Rhine which you can see by one of our fantastic river cruises.

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The Ultimate Christmas Market River Cruise

Sailing with AmaWaterways down the Rhine, this is a fantastic itinerary. Exclusive pricing through ourselves on 2nd December departure.

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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.

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What are our customers saying?

“I really like the personal touch you get from Simeon & Alex. They always have time for you & take an interest in your booking or enquiry. On my Danube cruise, when flooding caused major disruptions to the schedule, it was great to speak to them & get advice on my options. They negotiated with AMA for me to get a generous cruise credit in compensation.

Even though they specialise in river cruising, they helpfully researched Northern Lights trips for me. I’ve now booked a Great Rail Adventure with them. I could have booked direct, but I like the reassurance of knowing they’re on the end of the phone if I need them.”

  • Ms Felton, Great Rail Journeys