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Christmas Cruise along the Rhine 2014

A festive river cruise to Cologne, Rüdesheim, Frankfurt, Mainz and Koblenz

Medieval castles and historic towns lie nestled between lush valleys and fertile vineyards, lining the German banks of one of Europe's most celebrated waterways. Take a refreshing Rhine Christmas cruise and discover a multitude of attractions, from the charming wine-making town of Rüdesheim and city of Cologne to the Lorelei Rock and the famously picturesque Rhine Gorge.

Tour highlights

  • MS Bellejour
  • Rüdesheim
  • Christmas Eve in Frankfurt
  • Gala Christmas Eve dinner
  • Christmas Day in Mainz
  • THe Rhine Gorge
  • Koblenz
  • A cruise through the Siebengebirge region
  • Bonn
  • Farewell dinner on board
  • Day 1 - To Brussels and Cologne

    TC Bellevue

    We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar to Brussels. Here we change trains for our journey to Cologne, where our river cruise ship, MS Bellejour, is moored. We embark the ship and settle in for a relaxing six-night cruise.


  • Day 2 - Rüdesheim


    After sailing along the romantic Rhine Gorge, we arrive in Rüdesheim, the Rhine Valley's most popular wine town, nestled beneath the vineyards. Free time allows you to wander the quaint squares and alleys such as the famous Drosselgasse.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 3 - Christmas Eve in Worms


    On Christmas Eve, we spend the morning in Worms with an optional guided tour. Settled by Celts, Worms is one of the oldest towns in Germany. We arrive in Mainz in the afternoon for a gala dinner. You will also have the opportunity to attend Mass.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 4 - Christmas Day in Frankfurt


    On Christmas Day, we arrive into Frankfurt in the afternoon. This lively city is home to many of Germany's economic institutions. Explore Frankfurt's many attractions - such as the Römer, the spectacular medieval city hall - on an optional tour.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 5 - Rhine Gorge & Koblenz


    On Boxing Day we cruise through the beautiful Rhine Gorge - a stretch of the river marked by pretty villages and broad vineyards, overlooked by atmospheric castles. This UNESCO-protected site is also home to the striking Lorelei Rock, which had a mythical reputation for luring sailors off course. In the early evening, we reach Koblenz. Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, Koblenz has a fine collection of medieval and Baroque-style buildings including the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Days 6-7 - To Cologne & London


    We spend the morning in Koblenz, where you can join an optional guided tour. We arrive into Cologne in the early evening, and disembark the ship. On Day 7, we travel by rail to Brussels, where we join the Eurostar to St Pancras.

    Day 6 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    Day 7 - Breakfast
    These meals, where shown, are included in the price of your holiday.

  • Please note

    Itineraries may be subject to change by the cruise operator and may be affected by general river conditions.

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All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.

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Relax on our Rhine Christmas Cruise

The cruise vessel used on our tours offers quality and comfort, supplying all the facilities needed for an enjoyable and relaxing Rhine Christmas cruise including a comfortable lounge, on-board restaurant, comfortable cabins and exceptional views. There is plenty to occupy your time during a Rhine Christmas cruise and you are free to enjoy the holiday as you like, whether that is sitting on the veranda and admiring the passing landscape or sipping a glass of chilled wine at the bar with friends. In the evening, get to know your fellow travellers and celebrate the season with an exceptional gala dinner and on-board entertainment.


Rail Discoveries has more than three decades’ experience providing outstanding rail holidays.

Our escorted tours benefit from the presence of a professional Tour Manager, who will ensure that your holiday runs smoothly.


Allow Rail Discoveries to take the stress out of organising a holiday; our tours include rail travel, a range of superb accommodation, and a number of meals.

Embark on a wealth of included excursions or enjoy the complete dining experience on one of our all-inclusive tours.


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We can arrange connecting UK rail from your local station, porterage services or extra nights in a favourite city.

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