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Join in the festivities on a Christmas to New Year River Cruise

Strasbourg with snow

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. From Christmas to New Year, you can enjoy the beautiful sights of winter across Europe, drink as much gluwein as you want on Christmas Day and see the fireworks on New Years’ Eve.

As well as romantic cruises for two, some operator’s welcome family groups including children over 12. Take a look below at the types of river cruises at New Year and Christmas you can take with the whole family:


Enjoy a week on board a cruise ship along the Danube, where you can have day visits to cities such as Linz, Bratislava and Melk, attend Christmas Eve Mass in Dürnstein and delight in the wonderful festive delicacies from the region.

Other cruises give you the chance to spend Christmas at the oldest restaurant in Europe at Salzburg, and get front row seats to Budapest’s firework display on New Year’s Eve.

Main and Rhine

Spend a week over the Christmas break enjoying the Rivers Main and Rhine, travelling from Amsterdam to Nuremberg. You will pass through the cities Cologne and Strasbourg and enjoy fine dining on board on the luxury ship, as well as being able to try the festive treats at the places you stop at.

If you want to spend New Year’s doing something extra special, spoil yourself with a cocktail reception when you arrive on the river cruise, and you can enjoy an on board party on New Year’s Eve all within sight of the beautiful German towns and cities along the Rhine.


You can enjoy seven luxurious nights on a cruise ship around Paris, Versailles and Rouen. Expectunlimited drinks every evening, fine dining on board and specially selected excursions around the region as well as Christmas Day or New Year’s in the City of Light itself.


If you want to take in as much of the beautiful wintery sights of Christmas, why not treat yourself to a whole two weeks of river cruises at New Year and Christmas? Stop at Amsterdam, Cologne, Passau, Vienna and Budapest. There will be private transfers from each location, on board entertainment and the best quality dining on board with complimentary drinks from the regions you will pass through.

A river cruise at Christmas will definitely be something to remember.

About Alex Leete

Who is Alex Leete? A passion for travel and over 15 years' experience in the industry encouraged me to set up Global River Cruising, our own family run company. Over the last few years we have been on as many river cruises, ships and seen as many destinations as we possibly can so we can rightfully call ourselves "experts". As independent specialists we work hard to find the perfect river cruise for our clients - at the very best prices too!

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