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Christmas Markets along the Rhine 2018

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

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Christmas Markets along the Rhine Itinerary

Set sail along the Rhine, soak up the wintery scenery passing you by before you disembark to visit some to the best Christmas markets in Europe. Visit Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest cities which is transformed into a Christmas paradise, the city of Cologne – in the shadow of its magnificent gothic cathedral, with festive stalls around the city, offering a fantastic range of quality gifts. And, there’s the option to take a trip to the Christmas markets in Rüdesheim - this is a cruise for sightseeing and seasonal shopping at its best!

Day 1: UK – Andernach
We travel to Andernach and settle aboard our ship. The remainder of the evening is free for strolling through the delightful streets and along the riverside promenades of this attractive walled town.

Day 2: Andernach – Oberwesel – Koblenz
An early start takes us through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and past the famous Lorelei rock, to the picturesque town of Oberwesel. From here you can join our optional excursion visiting the Christmas market in Rüdesheim, a delightful event held in the town’s chocolate-box old quarter. Alternatively, stay onboard as our ship cruises to Koblenz, where you can spend the rest of the day enjoying the Koblenz Christmas Market, with its festive wooden stalls offering a huge range of seasonal gifts.

Day 3: Koblenz – Cologne
We continue cruising down the Rhine to our final destination, the beautiful city of Cologne. The hive of festive activity takes place around the cathedral and the old town, where you will find a maze of pretty stalls offering outstanding arts and crafts. There are also a number of smaller markets to enjoy including the Harbour Christmas Market held on the Rhine, with snowy white pagoda tents reminiscent of a ships sails, and there’s the idyllic market held in the city garden. Alternatively, you can join our excursion visiting Düsseldorf Christmas Market. The Marketplatz in front of the town hall hosts the most stalls; there’s also the Little Angel Market, Little Star Market and several more festive areas to explore.

Day 4: Cologne – UK
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.

Christmas Markets along the Rhine

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Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

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Length: 4 days

From: Dusseldorf

Ends: Kobelnz

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover or Hull
  • Ferry crossing at Dover or Hull
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Meet at your cruise ship
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Included in the Price

  • Executive return coach travel from your chosen departure point
  • Return ferry crossing
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get together and Party Night
  • En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the MPS Lady Anne
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Andernach, Oberwesel, Koblenz & Cologne
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager