Christmas River Cruises

Christmas River Cruises 2023/2024

Get in the Christmas spirit on a festive break. Experience them on a cruise along the Rhine or Danube, just one of the ways to discover these magnificent rivers this winter.

For something a little more festive, take a look at our Christmas cruises, where you’ll be sipping spiced wine and nibbling fresh-baked gingerbread as you stroll around some of Europe’s prettiest towns.

Christmas River Cruises

A Festive Fairy Tale

A Festive Fairy Tale

This seven-night Rhine cruise is packed with festivities and includes Christmas Day. The itinerary features modern-meets-Medieval Frankfurt, the cobbled streets of Mainz, and the French city of Strasbourg.
Sailing on TUI Maya
Departs 22 Dec 2023
7 Night cruise from £1278pp


Rhine Christmas Celebrations

Rhine Christmas Charms

This seven-night sailing packs in plenty of festivities, like Frankfurt’s twinkling Christmas markets and Rudesheim’s festive fayre. Plus, you’ll stop in wine-growing hotspot Koblenz for a taste of the local tipple.
Sailing on TUI Isla
Departs 22 Dec 2023
7 Night cruise from £1348pp


Christmastime in Alsace & Germany (Southbound)

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany (Southbound)

This Christmastime river cruise is a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate the season! Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Frankfurt, Germany, then sail up the Rhine River to Basel, Switzerland, passing beautiful views and quaint villages festively lit and decorated.
5 days from £1,312 per person


Each year, festive stalls form a carpet of colour in many of the squares and cobbled streets of towns and cities across Europe, each selling unusual gifts and trinkets that you just can’t resist.

Join us for a Christmas cruise or a voyage to Germany’s festive markets.
When it comes to Christmas, the towns and cities along the Rhine really go to town – expect twinkling lights, plenty of glühwein and festive markets in almost every square.

Discover beautiful landscapes and picturesque towns as you meander through some of Europe’s most breathtaking waterways on a festive river cruise. From Christmas markets to New Year celebrations, make magical memories to last a lifetime from the comfort of a stylish and elegant ship. A truly relaxing way to enjoy the holiday season…


If you want to spend Christmas on a river cruise ship, book onto our Rhine Christmas Charms or A Festive Fairy Tale itinerary. You’ll join the ship for a week-long cruise a few days before Christmas Day, and tick off a handful of German ports – with Strasbourg in France thrown in for good measure. In the spirit of the season, you can expect festive treats like mulled wine and Christmas carols throughout your sailing. On our Rhine Christmas Charms itinerary you’ll spend the big day in Koblenz, where you can see the meeting point of the Moselle and Rhine rivers. Meanwhile, on A Festive Fairy Tale, you’ll be in Mainz on the 25th, which is home to a huge nativity scene.

Christmas River Cruise Holidays