Celebrate Christmas in a whole new way – on board our festively decorated Amadeus River cruise ship. Enjoy the Christmas stories, decorating the tree, and a joyous celebration of Christmas Eve on board when the restaurant will prepare a special gourmet dinner, after which you will have the option of attending a traditional midnight mass at Speyer’s incredible cathedral.
A full complement of optional excursions are available and may be pre-purchased as discounted packages in advance or on an ad-hoc basis on board.
Your Christmas cruise along the Rhine begins in the old Hanseatic town of Cologne. After an opportunity to explore your elegant ship, you are invited to join the cruise director at a Welcome Cocktail. Afterwards, enjoy a lovingly prepared Welcome Dinner, which will put you in the right mood for the festive time ahead. Your ship weighs anchor during the night and travels towards Koblenz.
Day 2 - Koblenz
The charming town of Koblenz is situated at the confluence of the Mosel and the Rhine Rivers. Many of its cultural landmarks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which are best explored during a guided sightseeing walk. Return to your ship and continue on what is probably the most beautiful section of the trip. The passing, wintery landscapes of the Rhine Gorge offer spectacular vistas, the best of which is the view of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei Rock, which you will pass on this stretch of the trip.
Koblenz walking tour
Day 3 - Speyer (Christmas Eve)
Before breakfast, your ship arrives in the former imperial town of Speyer, which you can explore during the course of a guided sightseeing tour in the morning. The visit to the traditional Christmas market will put you in a festive mood, ready for the Christmas celebration on board. Take part in decorating the Christmas tree to the sound of contemplative carols before the magical Christmas dinner on board. Those who wish can attend a Christmas mass at the Speyer Cathedral after dinner. Late at night, your cruise continues on its journey.
Speyer walking tour
Day 4 - Strasbourg (Christmas Day)
At lunchtime, your ship arrives in Strasbourg, in the Alsace region where, despite the wintery weather, the French joie de vivre is palpable everywhere. Explore the picturesque half-timbered houses and, if you wish, take part in an extended city sightseeing tour in the afternoon, which will take you to Strasbourg’s most beautiful sights. In the evening you will return to your ship, which will head for Mainz.
City tour of Strasbourg
Day 5 - Mainz (Boxing Day)
Spend the second day of Christmas in Mainz, the largest city in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, where your ship arrives at midday. This town boasts not only numerous monuments but also the Gutenberg Museum which, with its exciting collections and its history of printing, books and writing, is one of the best-kept secrets of lovers of culture and literature. During the course of a guided sightseeing walk you can admire the sights of the city, and thereafter the captain will invite you to a festive Gala Dinner on board. Your ship will then head back to Cologne.
Mainz walking tour including Gutenberg Museum
Day 6 - Cologne
After breakfast, enjoy a fascinating city tour through this Rhine metropolis. An eventful 2,000-year history has left its mark on the city, and this “city of churches” boasts countless highlights, in particular the Cologne Cathedral, which you will visit during the course of the tour, as well as the Roman Dionysus mosaic. The afternoon is at your disposal, and you have plenty of time for a shopping spree or a leisurely stroll before dinner on board.
Cologne walking tour
Day 7 - Cologne
Unfortunately, even such a wonderful journey has to come to an end. After a generous breakfast you will disembark and be transferred to the station or airport for your homeward journey.
Launched in April 2020, the Amadeus Imperial is designed to offer our guests an effortless combination of the vibrant energy of a river cruise day with an increasingly calm and intimate ship experience. The new ship offers 72 spacious deluxe cabins (17.5m2 / 188 sq.ft.) and 12 Amadeus suites (26.4m² / 284 sq.ft.) in total. As on all ships built since 2011, the Amadeus Imperial cabins on the Mozart and Strauss decks also feature lowerable panoramic windows along the entire cabin width.
All deluxe cabins and suites are equipped with comfortable, spacious bathrooms, an infotainment system, a flat screen television, a telephone, a cabin safe, a minibar and individually adjustable air conditioning. The suites also have an accessible outdoor balcony with a seating area.
Explore this ship in a virtual 360 degree tour
• Panorama-Restaurant • Panorama-Bar and Lounge • Amadeus-Club • “Café Vienna” with Viennese coffee specialities • Outdoor glass-shielded “River Terrace” • Sun Deck with Lido-Bar, lounge chairs, shade awnings, giant Chess Board and Shuffleboard • Fitness Room • Hair Salon, Massage Room • Gift Shop • Laundry Service • Complimentary bicycles on board • Wi-Fi available • Lift
Stay in one of the elegantly appointed Classic Staterooms or Amadeus Suites and enjoy unexpected little luxuries.
Be transported into a realm of chic comfort in one of the 18 staterooms. The beautiful 172 sq ft design is loaded with high-tech hospitality and swanky décor. Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.
Be transported into a realm of chic comfort in one of the 54 enlarged staterooms. The beautiful 188 sq ft design is loaded with high-tech hospitality and swanky décor. Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
These 12 deliberately designed suites with a lounge area, offer outdoor seating to sip your morning coffee and 284 sq ft of space to relax. Comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom, walk-out exterior balcony, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
|Dec 22||Amadeus Imperial||Cologne - Cruise only||SAVE up to £100 pp||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||C-4||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£941||Was £991|
|Lower Deck||C-1||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£1176||Was £1226|
|Middle Deck||B-4||188 ft², French Balcony||£1420||Was £1495|
|Middle Deck||B-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£1538||Was £1613|
|Upper Deck||A-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£1714||Was £1814|
|Upper Deck||Suite||284 ft², Outside Balcony||£2109||Was £2209|
|Dec 22||Amadeus Imperial||Cologne - Flight inc.||SAVE up to £100 pp||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||C-4||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£1291||Was £1341|
|Lower Deck||C-1||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£1526||Was £1576|
|Middle Deck||B-4||188 ft², French Balcony||£1770||Was £1845|
|Middle Deck||B-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£1888||Was £1963|
|Upper Deck||A-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£2064||Was £2164|
|Upper Deck||Suite||284 ft², Outside Balcony||£2459||Was £2559|
Optional Excursions & Packages
|Koblenz walking tour||£15||•||•|
|Speyer walking tour||£15||•|
|City tour of Strasbourg||£49||•||•|
|Mainz walking tour with Gutenberg Museum||£15||•|
|Cologne walking tour||£20||•||•|
|Pre-purchase Package Price||£72||£96|
Single Cabins: These Amadeus vessels do not have single cabins but sole occupancy is available at the following supplements to the cruise price excluding flights and transfers.
Solo Supplement: Cat C4 & C1 15%; B4 30%; B1 50%; A1 60%; Suite 100%.
Flights and transfers included, Prices based on direct flights from London. Other flight options are available, supplements may apply.
Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.
The Rhine is beautiful and uncrowded at this time of year. Combine this with onboard festivities and Christmas Eve celebrations on your luxury ship with fantastic staff and like-minded travellers. You’ll wonder why you didn’t do it before. This cruise also works really well with Eurostar and onwards from Brussels, so no need to spend Christmas in an airport.