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Festive days on the Rhine.

Christmas cruise: More than a Christmas story.

7 days Christmas cruise Cologne-Rüdesheim-Strasbourg-Cologne 2019

The Rhine, father of rivers, has a very special story to tell over the Christmas holidays. In the picturesque alleys of the old towns, the mood is reflective and contemplative. The Christmas spirit is everywhere, in particular in the world-famous Strasbourg Christmas market. The high point of the festivities is mass on Christmas Eve. In the famous cathedral at Speyer, this is an exceptional experience. There is also a festive mood on your river cruise ship. Cosy warmth, stylish furnishings and gorgeous views of the winter landscape sliding by are waiting for you, and the cuisine is waiting to delight your palate.

The first impressions of your trip.

Experience the most beautiful scenery on this river cruise!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 7-day cruise in an outside cabin of the booked category
  • nicko cruises full board:
    • Generous breakfast buffet with coffee / tea and juices
    • Multi-course menus served at table for lunch and dinner
    • Optional light lunch buffet
    • Coffee / tea after lunch and dinner
    • Coffee / cake or midnight snack depending on the daily itinerary
    • Festive gala dinner
    • Welcome & farewell reception with the captain
    • Tables can be reserved on board
  • nicko cruise director and local tour guides
  • Comfortable Sennheiser audio system for all excursions
  • On-board entertainment programme
  • Luggage service from landing stage to cabin for embarking and disembarking
  • All port and passenger fees

Added optional services

  • Drinks package: € 140 p. P.

Important travel information

Please note that information and excursions will only be provided in the German language for individual travellers (except dates marked with guaranteed English language). Different languages are available on request for groups and charterers. Minimum number of travellers required for this cruise by 30 days before the cruise begins: 180 persons (see Point 8.1. of our Travel Terms & Conditions).

Your itinerary

Day

1

Cologne
Casting off 4:00 pm Embarking 3:00 p.m.

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Day

1

Koblenz
Mooring 11:30 pm

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Day

2

Koblenz
Casting off 1:00 pm Guided tour of Koblenz with cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein fortress Excursion Package

Koblenz is one of the oldest towns in Germany, looking back on 2.000 years of history. The guided walk will lead you through the Old town with its romantic streets, passing the Basilica St. Kastor and the Liebfrauen Church. You will also see the famous "Schängel"-Fountain in front of the town hall. A funicular will take you above the Rhine to the fortress Ehrenbreitstein. You will enjoy this special view over Koblenz.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Day

2

Rüdesheim
Mooring 7:15 pm Casting off 10:00 pm Travel with the Winzerexpress train to “Siegfried‘s Mechanical Music Cabinet” with 350 automatically playing instruments.

Travel with the Winzerexpress train to “Siegfried‘s Mechanical Music Cabinet” with 350 automatically playing instruments.

Day

3

Mainz
Mooring 12:15 am Casting off 2:00 pm Themed tour “Johannes Gutenberg“ in Mainz, on the life and work of the inventor of book printing and including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum. Excursion Package

Themed tour “Johannes Gutenberg“ in Mainz, on the life and work of the inventor of book printing and including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum.

Day

4

Strasbourg
Mooring 9:00 am Casting off 7:00 pm City tour/walk Strasbourg with a visit to the Christmas market. Excursion Package

The border city on the Rhine fiercely fought over by two German families in the Middle Ages is today a European centre with the Council of Europe, European Parliament and European Court of Human Rights. Join us for a stroll through the historic centre, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and through the picturesque Gerberviertel (Tanners' Quarter), also known as Petit France. A special surprise is waiting for you at the cathedral of Notre-Dame: the Astronomical Clock strikes on the hour, bringing a number of figures to life.

Day

4

Strasbourg
Experience picture-postcard landscapes on an excursion to tranquil Alsace with its half-timbered buildings, wine taverns and quaint homely atmosphere.

Experience picture-postcard landscapes on an excursion to tranquil Alsace with its half-timbered buildings, wine taverns and quaint homely atmosphere.

Day

5

Mannheim
Mooring 4:00 am Tour on foot of Heidelberg Excursion Package

This city is known for its famous castle and its picturesque old town embedded in a wonderful landscape. Experience the special atmosphere in the narrow streets of Heidelberg and explore the beauty of the Electoral Palatine churches, the marketplaces and the Old Bridge. Of course, we will also visit the castle, which is the town’s major landmark. Please join us on our visit of this unique town and its castle which has already inspired poets and artists of the romanticism.

Trip duration:

02:00 h

Day

5

Mannheim
Option for attending the Christmas Eve mass in Speyer.

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Day

6

Mannheim
Casting off 4:00 am Passage der berühmten Loreley ca. 10:00 Uhr.

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Day

6

Cologne
Mooring 5:30 pm

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Day

7

Cologne
Disembarking by 9:00 a.m.

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The mooring and casting off times are approximate. The right is reserved to make changes to the itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be taken due to low/high water levels or a defect in the ship, the shipping company reserves the right to provide the guests with buses or hotel stays on this route and/or to use another route. It may be necessary to transfer to another ship.

The itinerary of your river cruise on the map

Your ship on its journey: MS RHEIN SYMPHONIE

 

Modern and elegant trip on “Father Rhine” - expect bright rooms and plenty of space for your dream river cruise on our MS RHEIN SYMPHONIE. The large panorama windows guarantee the best views of the passing shoreland, and the spacious sun deck invites you to relax. In the spacious cabins, recharge your batteries for new discoveries along the great river. In the panorama restaurant, we serve exquisite specialities, whilst the bar in the panorama saloon invites you to take a drop of the good stuff.

 

Further details about your ship
  • At a glance

    nicko modern 196 Passagiere 40 Crewmitglieder 132 m 11,4 m 2 m 220 Volt
  • Rheinkreuzfahrt Schiff MS RHEIN SYMPHONIE

20.12. - 26.12.2019

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