Father Rhine at Christmas

7-days Cologne-Rüdesheim-Strasbourg-Cologne

Fares From £1,465 pp

Single Supplement 15%

No-fly rail options from the UK are available on this river cruise

Father Rhine at Christmas – Cruise Summary


A Christmas cruise filled with festive magic, from the castles of the Rhenish Slate Mountains and the legendary Loreley Rock to Strasbourg’s world-famous Christmas Market and the picturesque old quarter of Mainz. There will also be the chance to experience a very special Christmas Eve Mass inside the atmospheric UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral of Speyer. Aboard your modern and elegant riverboat, more festivities await, as the serene winter landscape drifts by outside and the kitchen spoils you with culinary delights.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Cologne river cruises nicko cruises uk


Fly or rail from London to Cologne and transfer to vessel. Embarkation from 15:00 to 16:00


Day 2: Koblenz

Departure 11:15

Guided tour through Koblenz on the “Deutsches Eck” (German Corner) where the Rhine and Mosel meet, for sights including the Town Hall, Schängel Fountain and the Church of Our Lady.

In Rüdesheim, admire the artistic and musical inventions of the past over a glass of wine in “Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet.”


Arrival 17:30


Day 3: Mainz middle rhine valley river cruise nicko cruises uk

Arrival 06:00 – Departure 12:00

Mainz city tour with the magnificent St.Augustine’s Church and visit to the Grand Mainz Saint Martin Cathedral.


Day 4: Strasbourg / Kehl

Arrival 09:00 – Departure 19:00

City tour/walk through Strasbourg, including a visit to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

Enjoy the picture perfect landscapes, half-timbered houses, welcoming wine taverns and quaint atmosphere of Alsace.


Day 5: Mannheim / Ludwigshafen

Arrival 04:00

Excursion to the picturesque old town squares, Electoral Palatine churches and breathtaking ruined castle of Heidelberg.

Possibility to join Christmas Mass at Speyer Cathedral.


Day 6: Mannheim / Ludwigshafen mannheim

Morning passage of the famous Loreley Rock, with a full day of river-cruising to relax unwind as you enjoy all your onboard facilities.


Day 7: Cologne river cruises nicko cruises uk

Disembarkation until 09:00 and transfer to airport/train station for return journey home. Alternatively extend your stay in Cologne with a city stay (prices available on request).

The excursions marked in blue are included in your cruise package. The excursions marked in red can only be booked on board. Mooring and casting off times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.


  • Cruise through the World Heritage Site of the Middle Rhine Valley to the most beautiful corner of Germany
  • Traditional Christmas market in Strasbourg
  • Included city tours with expert local guides
  • Celebrate Christmas Mass inside Speyer Cathedral
  • Passage of the famous Loreley Rock

Sailing Dates

Fares from £1,465pp

Single Supplement From 15%

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01223 568907

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  • Economy flight/rail from London and overseas transfers to and from vessel
  • 6-night cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Welcome and farewell reception with the Captain
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • 4 Guided Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Services of the Cruise Director and local guides
  • Sennheiser audio headsets on all excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Full ATOL financial protection
  • Baggage handling fee
No-fly rail options from the UK are available on this river cruise.

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