German Christmas Markets by Rail Itinerary -
01 Dec 2018 on the ms Serenity

Day 1 UK – Cologne

We travel to Cologne, one of the main cities along the Rhine, which is set around its beautiful gothic cathedral. Here we join our ship and enjoy a relaxing evening.


Day 2 Cologne – Bonn – Koblenz

We cruise down 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 down river to 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. Enjoy a glass or red or white glüwein whilst listening to festive music playing.


Day 3 Koblenz - Rüdesheim

This morning we cruise along spectacular Rhine Gorge and past the famous Lorelei rock, to 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.


Day 4 Rüdesheim – Mainz

We continue cruising down the Rhine to Mainz, where the Rhine meets with the Main river. You can enjoy the rest of the day exploring the Christmas markets, 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.


Day 5 Mainz – UK

This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.