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A Christmas Cruise Along the Rhine

(Tour code: 17RMX)A festive river cruise through the Rhine Valley

The romantic Rhine carries you past cliff-top castles and quaint villages on this Rail Discoveries tour. Travel in style on the MS Bellejour and visit an exciting collection of famous cities, each rich in their history.

Tour Highlights
  • MS Bellejour
  • Mainz
  • Strasbourg
  • Christmas Day in Koblenz
  • Cologne
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • 4* Cruise Ship
    All Meals During Cruise

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

MS Bellejour
Day 1

To Brussels and Cologne

Depart St Pancras after meeting at our dedicated Departure Office for Brussels on the Eurostar. Continue to Cologne where your river cruise ship, the MS Bellejour, awaits you with a glass of mulled wine on board, ready to take you on a four-night adventure.

  • Dinner
Day 2


After sailing along the commanding Rhine Gorge, arrive in Mainz, a city established by the Romans at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers. Home of the printing pioneer, Johannes Gutenberg, Mainz has a carefully restored Old Town of half-timbered houses. Here there is an optional guided tour.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3


On Christmas Eve, spend the morning in Strasbourg with an optional guided tour. The attractive city has changed hands several times, and the German and French influences can be seen in abundance throughout the city. The UNESCO-listed Grande Île is the ancient heart of the city, with the vast main square, Place Kléber, at its centre. In the afternoon and early evening in Strasbourg, you will have plenty of time to experience the city's historic Christmas Market, which has been held outside the cathedral since 1570.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4


Arrive into Koblenz on Christmas Day afternoon. You can explore the historic city on an optional guided tour, before enjoying a traditional Christmas dinner, festivities and entertainment aboard the ship. The scenic Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz is particularly stunning and certainly worth a visit. Alternatively, you may wish to view the splendid architecture of the Scholoss Stolzenfels mansion.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5


On Boxing Day, the MS Bellejour returns to Cologne, and you depart after breakfast. You embark on a guided tour of this charming city, which includes the breathtaking Cologne Cathedral, said to hold the remains and the iconic Cologne Tower. You stay overnight in Cologne, enjoying dinner at the hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 6

Return to London

Depart Cologne after breakfast and take the high speed train to Brussels. In the Belgian capital, connect with the Eurostar to London.

  • Breakfast

Please note

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


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