Those looking for a different Christmas break this year should look no further and consider a festive cruise with VIVA Cruises. VIVA, the river cruise specialist, will be running seven Christmas cruises on some of Europe’s most famous rivers throughout November and December 2022 – with prices starting from just £550 per person.

There are seven different itineraries to choose from onboard VIVA ONE, VIVA TIARA, VIVA MOMENTS, and VIVA VOYAGE: either in Germany on the Rhine, Main, and Moselle; in Austria on the Danube; or in France on the Rhône.

VIVA Cruises’ first new build ship, VIVA ONE (launched in April 2022), will be doing two four-night itineraries on the Moselle and Rhine rivers. The “Moselle Advent Magic” will run entirely in Germany, visiting the cities of Coblenz, Bernkastel-Kues, Trier and Cochem – from £650 per person; while the “Rhine Christmas Cruise” will be calling at Coblenz, Boppard, Rüdesheim am Rhein, Mainz and Frankfurt – from £695 per person. The city of Coblenz, on the banks of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, offers one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. 

VIVA TIARA, with a capacity for 152 passengers, will run a variety of itineraries departing from Frankfurt. From here, the “Rhine Short Trip” itinerary will cruise along the Rhine towards Mainz, Mannheim, and Strasbourg in France (from £550 per person); while the “Main Short Trip” will visit Wertheim, Würzburg, and Miltenberg (from £550 per person). Both itineraries offer a variety of festive excursions, including visits to Christmas markets and to the idyllic half-timbered houses.

With a capacity for 176 passengers, VIVA MOMENTS will be offering two six-night cruises from Düsseldorf, one crossing the Rhine towards Strasbourg (“Rhine Advent Magic upstream”, from £695 per person) and another returning back to Düsseldorf and visiting Frankfurt, Coblenz, Bonn and Cologne (“Rhine Advent Magic downstream”, from £695 per person).

Finally, VIVA VOYAGE, with a capacity for 153 passengers, will be offering six cruises along the Rhône in France. The “Rhône Magical Advent” itinerary will start and finish in Lyon; calling at Tain-l’Hermitage, Arles, Avignon and Viviers – from £550 per person. Those visiting Lyon 8-11 December will have the chance to see the famous ‘Festival of Lights, a four-evening event that will see the city’s buildings enlightened with original light installations, creating a magic atmosphere at this time of the year.

All VIVA Cruises itineraries include VIVA Cruises’ signature VIVA All-Inclusive product, which includes snacks, full board, high-quality alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, minibar, and beauty products from the luxury cosmetic brands, Rituals, Wi-Fi, and all tips and gratuities.