Christmas on the Rhine
FRC-183455/183371 Rhine
7 Nights
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Cruise prices are per person

Airfare: Please call for airfares

Single cabin supplement per person for all dates: C-4+C-1: 15% · B-4: 30% · B-1: 50% · A-1: 60% · Suite: 100% of cruise price

Excursions and excursion packages: additional £72 - £99 per person - call for details. Save 15% when you book prior to your cruise.

At A Glance

What's Included

  • Six night's on board in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balcony or drop-down panoramic windows
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Gourmet 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, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea station
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, onboard music performances and nightly music by the AMADEUS Duo in the Panorama-Bar
  • Fitness room (open 24 hours)
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees
  • Bottled water in every stateroom
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard

What's Not Included

  • Shore excursions - excursions packages are available to purchase per guest to allow you to tailor-make your perfect itinerary
  • International & domestic air fares
  • Overseas transfers
  • Parking
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees, medical expenses, airport departure tax, travel insurance etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
Itinerary
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Day 1
Cologne, Germany

As the fourth largest city in Germany and the largest city on the Rhine River, Cologne is regarded as the historic, cultural and economic capital of the Rhineland. It is highly regarded for its trade fairs, cathedral, perfume, and Koelsch beer. It was also once a significant part of the Roman Empire, and the remains of many Roman buildings and town walls are still visible today. There is a range of Roman artefacts on display in the Roemisches Germanisches Museum, which is well worth a visit.

Cologne is also home to the French Gothic style Kolner Dom Cathedral, for which construction began in 1248 but remained unfinished for 600 years. The structure - which can still be visited today - is made up of two 157 metre-high spires, buttresses, pillars and arches – which collectively support the central nave. The remains of the kings who followed the star to Bethlehem are believed to have been contained within the south tower.

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Day 2
Koblenz, Germany

Originally founded as a Roman town in 9 BC, Koblenz is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Situated at the junction of the Rhine and Moselle River, it is surrounded by spurs of the Eifel, Hunsrück, Westerwald, and Taunus mountains. The point at which the two rivers meet is known as “Deutsches Eck (German Corner), which is the site of a settlement, founded in 1216 by German Knights, and today, it features an impressive monument dedicated to Kaiser Wilhelm I. Koblenz is home to a series of squares and statues which make for a pleasant stroll. There are also many historic structures in the city including the 13th century fortress, 18th century Electoral Palace and a series of medieval churches.

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Day 3
Speyer, Germany

Located on the banks of the Rhine River in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany is the town of Speyer. Founded by the Romans around the year 10 BC, Speyer is one of Germany’s oldest towns. One of the town’s main attractions is its Romanesque cathedral founded in 1030 but the Holy Roman emperor Conrad II. Though it has been gutted and rebuilt several times over the centuries, it is still a sight to behold and contains a crypt and the tombs of eight German emperors and kings and three empresses.

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Day 4
Strasbourg, France

Located along the banks of the Rhine River close to the border with Germany, is the capital city and largest city of the Grand Est region, Strasbourg. The historic Grande Île city centre of Strasbourg has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is immersed is Franco-German culture.

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Day 5
Mainz, Germany

Situated on the left bank of the Rhine is the west-central German city of Mainz, which is opposite Wiesbaden – where the River Main joins the Rhine. It is home to one of the oldest and most unique Roman style cathedrals in Germany, which was built of red sandstone in 1000 AD and rebuilt in 1136 following a fire. Inside, you will find many murals depicting the life of Christ, as well as 60 memorial tombs of archbishops.

The Gothic St Stephen’s Church houses nine mesmerising stained glass windows, designed by Marc Chagall. There are three Baroque churches in Mainz, which collectively illustrate the transition from Rococo to Neoclassicism. The city is also renowned for the Gutenberg Museum, where you can find out more about the invention of the moveable type printing press, which aided the worldwide distribution of many books including the Bible.

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Day 6
Cologne, Germany

As the fourth largest city in Germany and the largest city on the Rhine River, Cologne is regarded as the historic, cultural and economic capital of the Rhineland. It is highly regarded for its trade fairs, cathedral, perfume, and Koelsch beer. It was also once a significant part of the Roman Empire, and the remains of many Roman buildings and town walls are still visible today. There is a range of Roman artefacts on display in the Roemisches Germanisches Museum, which is well worth a visit.

Cologne is also home to the French Gothic style Kolner Dom Cathedral, for which construction began in 1248 but remained unfinished for 600 years. The structure - which can still be visited today - is made up of two 157 metre-high spires, buttresses, pillars and arches – which collectively support the central nave. The remains of the kings who followed the star to Bethlehem are believed to have been contained within the south tower.