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Christmas Cruise on the Rhine

From £1,739 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:

  • Flights or rail from UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Fascinating river cruise in on outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with drop-down French balcony.
  • Fine 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 with every dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 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, traditional performances, and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
  • All port taxes and local taxes

Note: Optional excursion packages are available at extra cost but include a 15% discount when bought in the UK.  Or individual excursions can be purchased on board the ship.

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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.


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 & Kehl (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 & Kehl (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.



Amadeus Silver III Exterior

A trip on board the elegant AMADEUS Silver III combines the luxuries of a 5-star hotel with innovative design and the first-class service.  This, the latest ship in the AMADEUS Silver line, includes all the amenities of its sister ships.

The ship accommodates a maximum of 168 passengers, with a choice of comfortable cabins with automatically lowerable french panorama windows or generous suites with private, accessible balconies.

The glass-shielded River Terrace invites you to relax outdoors, while offering a breathtaking view of your surroundings. Enjoy the highest standards of cuisine aboard the AMADEUS Silver III in the stylish Panorama Restaurant, which offers sufficient room for all passengers at one sitting, and where our kitchen crew will ensure that you are spoilt beyond your expectations.  Coffee-lovers will enjoy the on-board Café Vienna, which offers a wide variety of authentic Viennese coffee-time specialties.

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 72 enlarged staterooms. The beautiful 188 sq ft design is loaded with high-tech hospitality and swanky décor. Escape with the view from your state-of-the-art panoramic window on the Strauss and Mozart decks that extends across the entire width of the cabin. Automatically lower the windows to make the stateroom become it’s own balcony. Included are all the necessary details: a flat screen TV, WiFi, cabinet, seating area, a safe, and the Amadeus Signature Bed.

Staterooms are located on all decks. The Mozart and Strauss Decks include the innovative French Balcony.

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. Included are the little luxuries that have earned the Amadeus Silver Series the “2013 River Ship of the Year” award as well as the Amadeus Signature Bed, a luxurious bath and separate shower, WiFi, a flat screen TV, a safe and a minibar.

Suites are located on the Mozart Deck.


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

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!

Dec 22Amadeus Silver IIICologne£1739Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckC-4172 ft², Fixed WindowsSold Was £1609 
Lower DeckC-1172 ft², Fixed WindowsSold Was £1849 
Middle DeckB-4188 ft², French Balcony£1739  
Middle DeckB-1188 ft², French Balcony£1859  
Upper DeckA-1188 ft², French Balcony£2059  
Upper DeckSuite284 ft², Outside Balcony£2449  

Optional Excursions & Packages (2019)

Price A B
Koblenz walking tour £14
Speyer walking tour £14
City tour of Strasbourg £48
Mainz walking tour with Gutenberg Museum £15
Cologne walking tour £16
Total £78 £107
Pre-purchase Package Price £66 £91

Single Occupancy: Please call for details

Flights and transfers included, Prices based on direct flights from London or standard class Eurostar. Other flight options are available, supplements may apply.

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