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Magic of Advent along the Rhine and Moselle

Cologne →  Cologne

5 Days

Experience the special charm of our winter cruise on board the festively decorated AMADEUS Queen: let the dreamy landscape of the Middle Rhine and Moselle valleys dazzle you. Get caught up in the magic of the holidays with visits to some of the most romantic cities and postcard-perfect towns along the way. And on board cherish a magical Christmas wonderland in grand European style.

Visit our atmospheric Christmas market on board, shopping for handcrafted toys and gifts, sipping hot mulled wine and inhaling the fragrance of gingerbread and roasted chestnuts. Enjoy a unique Advent concert in the Panorama Bar, sing Christmas carols together with our crew and bake Christmas cookies with our on-board pastry chef - our timeless holiday traditions are truly a dream come true.

Itinerary

The Rhine metropolis Cologne welcomes you with wintery charm. After embarkation in the afternoon, you will have plenty of time to explore your festively decorated AMADEUS ship before you can join us for a Welcome Cocktail. In the evening, the chef will spoil you with a festive Welcome Dinner.

Stay Cologne
Departure at 6.30pm

We spend this morning on the water which gives you enough time to stroll over the decks, to visit the Amadeus Club for a hot cup of tea or to join the ship's pastry chef in baking the world's best Christmas cookies - a truly delicious treat!

After we have left the Rhine and passed the first Moselle lock, the landscape suddenly changes: the vineyards become steeper and steeper and the pitch-black slate terraces more and more impressive, before we finally reach the romantic picture-book town of Cochem around noon. The Reichsburg is a landmark that cannot be overlooked, enthroned high above the winding half-timbered alleys and shining with thousands of lights during the Advent season. Up here we enjoy a Moselle wine tasting before we go back on board. Alternatively you can visit the Christmas market in Cochem.

Stay Cochem
12pm - 4pm

Founded by the Romans in 16 B.C., Trier is considered the oldest city in Germany and boasts a large number of architectural monuments that have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Together we explore the art-historical and architectural sights on a guided tour. The city's idyllic Christmas markets are almost an insider tip. Spread over three locations in the center, you can take a delightful stroll, buy small gifts or taste local specialties. Our AMADEUS Christmas market, which opens its doors in the afternoon on board, is no less tasteful. Here, too, we spoil you with hot punch, mulled wine or with the tarte flambée so typical for the region.

In the evening the AMADEUS Queen reaches Bernkastel-Kues, located on the right side of the Mosel. Our evening walk through the romantic old town ends with a wine tasting.

Stay Trier
9am - 1pm
Stay Bernkastel-Kues
8pm - 11.30pm
Excursions

How is Christmas celebrated in other parts of the world? You will find out during an atmospheric lecture, which our cruise director will be giving this morning in the Panorama Bar.

While you are still enjoying your lunch on board, our ship has already moored in Koblenz. The 100,000 inhabitant metropolis at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers welcomes us with magnificent churches and squares, which we will admire during a city tour. Immediately afterwards, we take the gondola lift up to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress. From up here you have a fantastic view of the famous Deutsches Eck and the not seldom snow-covered hills and mountains of the Eifel and Hunsrück, stretching to the horizon.

After our festive Captain's Gala Dinner in the evening join us for an Advent concert on board, another highlight of this cruise.

Stay Koblenz
12pm - 10pm

Now it is time to say “Adieu.” After fortifying yourself at a generous breakfast, our crew will gladly assist you at disembarkation. Before you leave Cologne and make your way back home, our crew, in the name of the entire AMADEUS team, wishes you a pleasant journey and a joyous festive season!

Arrival Cologne
3am

Dates & Prices

Inclusions

  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included

Excursion Packages

Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.

Cruise Highlights Unit Price A
Visit of Reichsburg Castle with wine tasting £ 35.00
Trier Walking Tour £ 29.00
Evening walking tour of Bernkastel with wine tasting £ 28.00
Koblenz walking tour with visti to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress £ 37.00
Onboard Booking Price £ 129.00
Prices for packages booked in advance £ 109.00

Arrival & Hotel

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

COLOGNE (GER)
Airport - Port £33
Train Station – Port £26

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