Strasbourg Christmas Markets by Rail Itinerary -
08 Dec 2018 on the ms Serenity

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 Mannheim

We reach Mannheim in the early morning and have plenty of free time to enjoy the Christmas market. The city is located at the union of the Rhine and the Neckar rivers, and offers lots of sightseeing opportunities; the Mannheim Palace, a stunning baroque structure which now houses the university; the Luisenpark, noted as one of the most beautiful parks in Europe; and the Fernmeldeturm Mannheim, an impressive telecommunication tower complete with observation deck. However, the main attraction during winter months is undoubtedly the Christmas market – one of the largest in southwest Germany! Lunchtime sees us heading off on our optional excursion to Heidelberg for more Christmas markets. Extending over five historic market squares and featuring around 140 stalls, you are guaranteed to find that special gift! We set sail in the early evening, heading towards Strasbourg.


Day 3 Strasbourg

Enjoy a full day in the remarkable city of Strasbourg. See the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, a gothic masterpiece; the stunning Kammerzell House which dates back to the 15th century; the Petite France district with its beautiful riverside setting; and the Church of Saint-Thomas, an excellent example of Alsatian gothic art. The Strasbourg Christmas Market is said to be the oldest and largest in Europe, dating back to the 1570s. Voted the Best European Christmas Market for the last two years running, it is spread over 11 areas of the city and features a huge Christmas tree standing at almost 100 feet. Add to this the themed events, several hundred miles of Christmas lights and giant ice rink, and this market will undoubtedly be the highlight of your cruise!


Day 4 Mainz – UK

We bid farewell to the captain and his crew and set off on the return journey to the UK.