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Christmas Cruise on the Rhine

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Christmas Cruise on the Rhine

From £1,219 pp

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.

What’s included:

  • River-view stateroom or suite of your choice, most with French balcony or drop-down panoramic windows.
  • Flights from the UK based on London economy.  Regional flights or rail available on request
  • Transfers to the ship from airport/railway station.
  • Elegant dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack).
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water.
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner.
  • Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar.
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles.
  • Complimentary wifi onboard
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director.
  • All port taxes and local taxes.

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.

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Day 1 - Cologne

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.

Dinner

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.

Optional Excursion:

Koblenz walking tour

Day 2 - Koblenz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Optional Excursion:

Speyer walking tour

Day 3 - Speyer (Christmas Eve)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Optional Excursion:

City tour of Strasbourg

Day 4 - Strasbourg (Christmas Day)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Optional Excursion:

Mainz walking tour including Gutenberg Museum

Day 5 - Mainz (Boxing Day)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Optional Excursion:

Cologne walking tour

Day 6 - Cologne

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.  

Breakfast

Amadeus Imperial

Launching 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 (17.5m/ 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. (Please note images featured are of a similar ship, Amadeus Imperial images will be updated once the ship building has been completed)

Amadeus Silver III Panorama Lounge

Onboard Features & Facilities

• 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

Accommodations & Amenities

Stay in one of the elegantly appointed Classic Staterooms or Amadeus Suites and enjoy unexpected little luxuries.

Classic Staterooms

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.

French Balcony Cabins

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.

Balcony Suites

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.

Balcony Suites

284 ft² – Mozart (Upper) Deck

  • Walk-out exterior balcony
  • Comfortable corner sofa
  • Luxurious bathroom en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe & hair dryer
  • Direct dial telephone
  • In-room safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Large walk-in wardrobe
  • Choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Individual climate control
Amadeus Silver III Suite
Amadeus Silver III Cabin

A-1 Stateroom

188 ft² – Mozart (Upper) Deck

  • Drop-down panoramic french window
  • Spacious en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Large walk-in wardrobe
  • Choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Individual climate control
  • Direct dial telephone
  • In-room safe

B-1  & B-4 Staterooms

188 ft² – Strauss (Middle) Deck

  • Spacious en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer
  • Drop-down panoramic french window
  • Mini-bar
  • Large walk-in wardrobe
  • Choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Individual climate control
  • Direct dial telephone
  • In-room safe
Amadeus Silver III Cabin
Amadeus Silver III Lower Deck Cabin

C-1 & C4 Staterooms

172 ft² – Haydn (Lower) Deck

  • Spacious en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer
  • Panoramic window (cannot be opened)
  • Walk-in wardrobe
  • Choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Individual climate control
  • Direct dial telephone
  • In-room safe
  • Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.

 

Amadeus Silver III Deck Plan
Amadeus Silver III - Cabin Plans
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 22Amadeus ImperialCologne£1219SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckC-4172 ft², Fixed Windows£1219 Was £1309 
Lower DeckC-1172 ft², Fixed Windows£1439 Was £1559 
Middle DeckB-4188 ft², Panoramic Window£1649 Was £1799 
Middle DeckB-1188 ft², French Balcony£1769 Was £1919 
Upper DeckA-1188 ft², French Balcony£1949 Was £2119 
Upper DeckSuite284 ft², Outside Balcony£2309 Was £2529 

Optional Excursions & Packages

Price A B
Koblenz walking tour £15
Speyer walking tour £15  
City tour of Strasbourg £49
Mainz walking tour with Gutenberg Museum £15  
Cologne walking tour £20
Total £84 £114
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.

Why Choose this Cruise?

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 travelers. 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.  Perfect!

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