Rhine Advent Cruise 6 days
Round Trip Cologne
At this most contemplative time of year, you can enter a real winter fairytale. Visit the best Christmas Markets along the Rhine, explore some sleepy little towns and riverscapes, warm yourself with a delicious glass of mulled wine on board and immerse yourself in the wonderful traditions of the pre-Christmas period.
|21:00||Embarkation from 16:00
Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner in the evening
|3 Speyer||6:00||21:30||Visit thte Christmas Market in Speyer|
|4 Kehl/Strasbourg||8:30||22:00||City tour of Strasbourg|
|Wintery Alsace and Obernal|
|5 Mainz||12:00||22:00||Mainz walking tour and Gutenberg Museum|
We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1 GERMANY: COLOGNE
Welcome in the pre-Christmas atmosphere of the old Hanseatic town of Cologne! You board your festively decorated AMADEUS ship in the afternoon, after which you can enjoy a Welcome Cocktail with the cruise director and a lovingly prepared Welcome Dinner. Your floating premium hotel will then depart and head towards Koblenz.
DAY 2 KOBLENZ
One of the oldest and most beautiful in Germany, 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. Enjoy the Christmas spell of this Rhine jewel before returning to your ship for a tasty lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing on board and enjoy a spectacular view of the most beautiful section of the Rhine: the Upper Middle Rhine Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also a dream in the winter. Do not miss the passage of the fabled Lorelei Rock! Join your fellow travellers for a delightful dinner.
DAY 3 SPEYER
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. In the Middle Ages, Speyer was the sovereign heart of the Holy Roman Empire. Today, Speyer impresses with its rich cultural offerings, its Mediterranean flair and its cosmopolitanism. The visit to the traditional Christmas market will put you in a festive mood: the smell of gingerbread, mulled wine and roasted almonds will enchant you! Enjoy the contemplative Advent mood before the ship leaves for the next port-of-call after dinner.
DAY 4 KEHL/STRASBOURG
Arrive in Strasbourg in the morning and feel the Christmas flair of this city. The city is home to the most important European institutions: the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights. In the morning, you can enjoy a city tour of Strasbourg's sights and visit the traditional Christmas market. It was in Strasbourg in 1570 that the very first edition of the oldest Christmas market in Europe took place, then called the "Christkindelsmärik" (market of the Infant Jesus). Since this time, Strasbourg has continued the tradition of a traditional, authentic, warm and generous Alsatian Christmas market. After lunch, a trip to wintry Alsace and the romantic city of Obernai is offered. Late in the evening the ship leaves France again and takes course to Germany
DAY 5 MAINZ
Christmas lights are also waiting for you in Mainz, where your ship arrives at midday. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to admire the old town with its many historical buildings. 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, offers an insight into the printing technology that Johannes Gutenberg invented in the 15th century. After the excursion you will return on board, where you can expect an elegant captain's gala dinner, where our chef will spoil you with festive delicacies, before returning to Cologne at night.
DAY 6 COLOGNE
After breakfast on board, disembark and begin your homeward journey. We wish you a pleasant and safe journey, and a happy festive season! We hope to welcome you again soon!
2018 Rates in US Dollars
|City walk Koblenz||18 US$ P.P.|
|City walk Speyer||18 US$ P.P.|
|City Tour of Strasbourg||62 US$ P.P.|
|Wintery Alsace and Obernal||62 US$ P.P.|
|Mainz walking tour and Gutenberg Museum||19 US$ P.P.|
|Packages booked in advance with 15% discount:||$98||$151|
|Airport - Port $40|
|Train station - Port $31|