Join our fabulous festive cruise!
If you love twinkling lights and the smell of mulled wine and gingerbread, cute wooden fairy tale huts, nostalgic nativity scenes and charming squares that look like winter wonderlands, then our fabulous new German Christmas Markets cruise is for you. And while these atmospheric markets are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, nowhere does them better than Germany - home of the original and best!
Our fantastic value five-day German Christmas Markets cruise from just £695pp will take you along the mighty Rhine to explore the markets of Bonn, birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven; Koblenz, one of Germanys oldest cities; Cologne, which boasts seven glittering markets; and romantic Rüdesheim, where each year 120 beautiful stalls from 12 different countries line the chocolate-box pretty Drosselgasse.
You'll also cruise through the stunning World Heritage-listed Rhine gorge on our partner, the River Cruise Line's four-star ship MS Serenity. Plus we've invited Great British Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley and TV wine expert Ewan Lacey on board to give you some exclusive Christmas masterclasses that are not to be missed! So come with us and experience the magic of Christmas in Germany this year...
Full-board Rhine river cruise
Christmas markets galore!
Wine tasting with Ewan Lacey
Christmas baking masterclass
Perfect pre-Christmas celebration!
Captain's farewell gala dinner
Your expert guides
- Return travel from the UK on the Eurostar from St Pancras
- Four nights' full-board accommodation on board the MS Serenity
- Exclusive cooking demo with Jo Wheatley
- Wine tasting with Ewan Lacey
- Visits to Cologne, Bonn, Koblenz, and Mainz Christmas markets with an excursion in Rüdesheim
- Welcome drinks and Captain's farewell party
Day1Arrive in CologneCologne, Germany
11 December 2018
After travelling to Cologne by rail via Eurostar from St Pancras, you'll join the four-star MS Serenity and enjoy a relaxing first evening with a welcome drinks reception. Cologne is home to some of the country's most atmospheric advent markets.
12 December 2018
Begin your Christmas cruise down the Rhine this morning with beautiful Bonn as your first stop. It has an architectural heritage of more than 2,000 years and a fantastic museum for music lovers as it honours Beethoven's birthplace. You'll then stop at Koblenz, which has wonderful Christmas markets held in six of its picturesque squares.
Wine expert Ewan Lacey will put the merry into Christmas with a brilliant workshop and tasting of his favourite Christmas tipples.
13 December 2018
This morning you'll cruise along the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge and past the famous Lorelei rock, to the quaint town of Rüdesheim. Again there will be plenty of time to explore the Christmas markets here, especially the one held along the famous Drosselgasse, where as part of our Rüdesheim Delights excursion (included), you'll get a free mug of glühwein as well as visit the wonderful Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum.
GBBO winner Jo Wheatley will host an exclusive Christmas Bakes and Canapés workshop on board, giving you some great ideas to take home.
14 December 2018
Today you'll continue cruising down the Rhine to Mainz, and spend the afternoon exploring its Christmas market. Choose to print your own cards in the Gutenberg Museum or admire the nine-metre-high rotating musical box with 18 handcarved angels.
The streets are filled with the aroma of gingerbread, chestnuts and mulled wine, which you'll enjoy for the last time before joining the Captain for a farewell party on board.
Day5Return to the UKMainz, Germany
15 December 2018
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew, and disembark for the return journey by rail to the UK.
This four-star river cruise ship offers guests space, style and outstanding service
With her sleek design and claret-and-cream exterior, MS Serenity is a stylish ship - and she has fantastic cabins and facilities too.
On arrival you will enjoy a welcome drinks reception, after which you can make yourself at home. The cabins are what make this ship stand out: it's a lovely place to start each day, in your own private space with beautiful views of the river.
The panoramic restaurant ensures you miss none of the scenery during breakfast, lunch and dinner - all of which are freshly prepared by the onboard chefs. After a day of exploring, take a seat on the terrace of the Lido bar, or head up to the deck for a game of giant chess before enjoying your dinner and the evening's entertainment.
When you retire to your cabin, take a look at the daily programme to find out what the following day will bring...
- Lounge bar with panoramic windows
- Lido bar with outdoor terrace
- Restaurant with panoramic windows
- Sun deck with loungers and awnings
- Air conditioned cabins
- Gift shop
- Lift serving all areas (except Sun deck)
Panorama deck cabins: These cabins are of the highest standard. They are on the upper deck and have an en suite shower and toilet, air conditioning, twin beds, satellite TV, radio, safe and hairdryer. There's plenty of storage space and they have excellent views of the river with a french balcony.
Middle deck cabins: These cabins are on the middle deck and are the same size and layout as the panorama deck cabins. They have an en suite shower and toilet, air conditioning, twin beds, satellite TV, radio, safe, hairdryer and large sliding windows for you to enjoy the passing scenery.
Main deck cabins: These cabins are on the lower deck and are the same size and layout as the panorama deck cabins, with the same facilities. The only difference is the outside view, which is via two small windows.
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