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German Christmas Markets with Jo Wheatley & Ewan Lacey 2018

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

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  • Cologne Christmas Markets
  • Cologne
  • Koblenz
  • Rudesheim
  • Christmas market stall
  • Christmas market stall
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German Christmas Markets with Jo Wheatley & Ewan Lacey

When it comes to Christmas markets, nowhere does it quite like Germany. Our journey along the Rhine takes in the Christmas Markets of Bonn, the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, with time to explore before we continue to Koblenz, one of Germanys oldest cities which is transformed into a Christmas paradise. Then we cruise along the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim’s romantic old town and the Drosselgasse which are filled with 120 stalls from 12 different countries. Our cruise along the mighty Rhine takes you to these destinations, where you can shop alfresco style and enjoy the magical atmosphere; and with our ship close by, you can just wander back when you’ve done all your shopping and sightseeing, relax in the cosy lounge and enjoy a warming drink served by the crew. It’s seasonal shopping at its best!

Day 1: UK – Mainz
We travel to Mainz, where the Rhine and Main rivers meet, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship.

Day 2: Mainz - Rüdesheim
After breakfast you can enjoy the day exploring the Christmas markets in Mainz, where the historic market square turns into a beautiful spectacular of lights. The streets are filled with aromas of gingerbread, chestnuts and mulled wine. The backdrop of the thousand year old cathedral is where the showmen and craftsmen offer Christmas specialities. This evening we sail towards Rüdesheim our wine expert Ewan Lacey will put the merry into Christmas with a brilliant workship and tasting of his favourite Christmas tipples.

Day 3: Rüdesheim – Koblenz
This morning you are free to explore the quaint town of Rüdesheim. We have free time to explore the Christmas markets, a delightful event held in the town’s chocolate-box old quarter. You can also join our optional excursion; Rüdesheim Delights, to visit the wonderful Mechanical Music Museum of Siegfried and topping off our excursion we will be offered a mug of glühwein. After lunch we cruise along spectacular Rhine Gorge and past the famous Lorelei rock, to reach Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, this evening we visit the Koblenz Christmas Market, with over 130 festively decorated wood stalls offering a range of handmade gifts, Christmas decorations and gifts. Today GBBO winter Jo Wheatley will host an exclusive Christmas Bakes and Canapés workshop in board, giving you some great ideas to take home with you.

Day 4: Koblenz – Bonn – Cologne
We cruise up the Rhine to discover the many faces on Bonn and the architectural heritage of more than 2,000 years. We have free time to explore the Christmas markets. We continue cruising to 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 Markets held on the Rhine, with snowy white pagoda tents reminiscent in the city garden.

Day 5: Cologne – UK
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.

Your special Christmas experts:
JO WHEATLEY rose to fame after winning the second series of The Great British Bake Off. Since then she’s set up her own cookery school and written two books, A Passion for Baking and Home Baking. Wine writer and drinks expert EWAN LACEY is the resident expert on The Gaby Roslin Show for BBC Radio London and on Channel 4’s The Cookery School, as well as Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose on Channel 4.

• Start the Christmas season in style with a Rhineland cruise

• Visit a host of Christmas Markets in both Koblenz and Cologne

• Wine expert Ewan Lacey will be doing a workshop and tasting of his favourite Christmas tipples

• HGreat British Bake off winner Jo Wheatley will host an exclusive Christmas Bakes and Canapes workshop on board

• Shop in beautiful surroundings – a far cry from the High Street and shopping centres

• Sail through the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge

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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Rüdesheim Delights

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The quaint town of Rüdesheim holds a particular charm during the winter months, with the wine bars, streets and narrow alleys bustling with seasonal festive fayre and sales of its regional Rheingau wines and beers. In Rüdesheim’s most captivating , inclined street called the Drosselgasse, you can seek out a souvenir bottle or two along with some local Asbach brandy. A highlight of our excursion is a visit to the marvellous Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, where fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems can be viewed. Topping off our visit will be the offer of a complimentary mug of Glühwein, with the invitation to keep our mug as a souvenir. Prost!

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Length: 5 days

From: Mainz

Ends: Cologne

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    Included in the Price

    • Return travel from the UK
    • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together & party night
    • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Serenity
    • Four nights’ cruise on a full board basis
    • Exclusive cooking demo with Jo Wheatley
    • Wine tasting with Ewan Lacey
    • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
    • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
    • Visits to Mainz, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Bonn & Cologne
    • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

     


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