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Christmas on the Rhine

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Viking Longship Alruna

from $2,299 pps
Amsterdam to Basel 17 - 24 December 2022 7 nights

Cruise on board Viking Longship Alruna from Amsterdam to Basel for 7 nights.

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas as you journey through storybook villages. Sample tasty yuletide treats and regional delicacies as you browse colorful stalls for handcrafted ornaments and unique gifts. Admire the twinkling lights of Cologne and revel in the merry atmosphere of the Rhine Valley, as storefront displays, wine cellars and markets embrace the holiday season. This 8-day voyage is a joyful celebration of festive cheer.

Ship & Staterooms

Viking Longship Alruna

Viking Longship Alruna Viking's small, modern Longships are elegantly designed for discovery and comfort. Each longship is identical and features all outside staterooms, serene Scandinavian spaces and light-filled public areas. Learn more

Cruise Itinerary

Amsterdam17-12-2022
Waal & Merwede & Dordrecht18-12-2022
Dusseldorf & Cologne19-12-2022
Koblenz & Rudesheim20-12-2022
Mannheim & Speyer21-12-2022
Strasbourg22-12-2022
Breisach23-12-2022
Basel24-12-2022
Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Embark: 17 December 2022
Strikingly beautiful, this city is famed for its concentric canals crossed by humpbacked bridges, and cyclist-friendly avenues of tall trees and gabled houses. Savour the charming sites of this beautiful city on foot, a canal boat tour or get a bike for the most authentic experience. Known as The Venice of the North', Amsterdam's bustling canals, world-famous museums and historical sights are a must-see.
Waal & Merwede & Dordrecht

Waal & Merwede & Dordrecht

In Port: 18 December 2022
Sail the bucolic waters of the Rhine, deep into the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt Delta, classic Dutch landscapes unfurl all around. Flat farmland, charming windmills and svelte poplar trees line the shores, and vast tracts of land stretch in all directions, growing all manner of bounty, from tomatoes to tulips. Dordrecht is the oldest city in Holland. Throughout the city, there are hundreds of historic monuments and landmarks, including the Grote Kerk and the 13th-century Augustinian monastery known as Het Hof. The picturesque waterways and decorative bridges of Dordrecht exude a bygone era and are best explored on foot.
Dusseldorf & Cologne

Dusseldorf & Cologne

In Port: 19 December 2022
The yuletide season in Düsseldorf is a feast for the senses. The air carries the scent of candied roasted almonds, a mouth-watering sweet snack, popular over the festive season. There are several Christmas markets located throughout the city. In the Old Town, burgher-style huts, modelled on the city’s traditional architecture, offer a range of tasty treats, from bratwurst to stollen, a cake-like bread filled with fruits, spices and nuts. Themed winter markets feature across Cologne during the holiday season, inviting visitors to browse colourful market stalls for handmade gifts, beautiful artwork and colourful crafts. The towering Gothic Cologne Cathedral provides a stunning backdrop to the city’s festivities and array of offerings from its red wooden stalls.
Koblenz & Rudesheim

Koblenz & Rudesheim

In Port: 20 December 2022
Sip on a warming glühwein and enjoy the seasonal festivities of Koblenz's Christmas market. Centered around the Schängel fountain, the Koblenz Christmas market offers all the flavours of the yuletide season from its famous Christmas bakery. Sail passed hilltop castles along the Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will pass vineyard-blanketed hills whose steep slopes require vintners to pick grapes by hand, keeping a centuries-old tradition alive. Picturesque Rüdesheim is brimming with festive cheer. Enjoy a taste of the local brew, Weihnachtsbier, and stroll the vibrant Drosselgasse, a narrow alleyway lined with decorated restaurants and bars, is the perfect place to explore and immerse in the spirit of the holiday season.
Mannheim & Speyer

Mannheim & Speyer

In Port: 21 December 2022
Mannheim’s Christmas market is a holiday season shopping extravaganza, centered around the city’s iconic water tower. One of Germany’s oldest and largest markets, more than 160 booths host vendors from around the world, offering handicrafts and handmade items. Speyer’s Old Town transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. With the historic Old Gate as a stunning backdrop, market stalls are brimming with yuletide treats, serving Christmas cookies and steaming mugs of aromatic glühwein. Revel in Christmas traditions and sample tasty regional delicacies.
Strasbourg

Strasbourg

In Port: 22 December 2022
Strasbourg is said to be the capital of Christmas in France, with the city’s cathedral square taking centre stage as it is transformed into a winter wonderland. The city’s Christkindelsmärik is the oldest in France, dating back to 1570. Hundreds of stalls are brimming with colourful wares, fine food and mulled wine, bringing festive cheer in abundance. Alsatian specialties feature an array of hearty classics, from bretzels (soft, bread-like pretzels) to bredele (star-shaped spiced cookies), and knacks (sausages) to pain d’epices (gingerbread).
Breisach

Breisach

In Port: 23 December 2022
Breisach is located in one of the warmest parts of Germany, across the river from French Alsace, which is famous for its wine-growing. But Breisach, too, can boast about its wine: it is home to Europe’s largest cellars, with a storage capacity of more than 160 million liters. The most prominent landmark of Breisach is the Romanesque-Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. Its two towers are visible from throughout the city and from the Rhine.
Basel

Basel

Disembark: 24 December 2022
A delightful blend of old and new, Basel is Switzerland’s best-kept secret. During the holiday season, the medieval Old Town is transformed into a magical yuletide affair. Cobblestone streets are lined with wooden chalet-style huts selling all manner of festive treats and gifts. Visitors to the Christmas market can enjoy a warming cup of aromatic glühwein in a decorated boot-shaped mug. Hand-carved tree decorations, cheerfully painted ceramics and delicious food are sold from stalls throughout the city.