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German Christmas Markets 2017

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

4 days
from
£279
per person
  • Christmas
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  • Koblenz
  • Cologne
  • Rudesheim
  • Rudesheim
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Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

 

German Christmas Markets Itinerary 

When it comes to Christmas markets, nowhere does it quite like Germany and the city of Cologne is no exception – in the shadow of its magnificent gothic cathedral, festive stalls spread out into several areas around the city to create one of the best markets in Europe, offering a fantastic range of quality gifts. Then there’s Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest cities which is transformed into a Christmas paradise. Our cruise along the mighty Rhine takes you to both of 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 – Andernach
We travel by coach to Dover and take the ferry to Calais. We then continue by coach to Andernach and settle aboard our ship. The remainder of the evening is free for relaxing onboard or exploring this attractive walled town.

Day 2 Andernach – Oberwesel – Koblenz
An early start takes us through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Oberwesel. From here you can join our optional excursion visiting the Christmas market in Rüdesheim. Alternatively, stay onboard as our ship cruises to Koblenz, where you can spend the rest of the day enjoying the Koblenz Christmas Market.

Day 3 Koblenz – Cologne
We continue cruising down the Rhine to Cologne, where you will find a huge Christmas market that spreads out from the cathedral. Alternatively, you can join our optional excursion visiting Düsseldorf Christmas Market where there are several festive areas to explore.

Day 4 Cologne – UK
We bid farewell to the captain and his crew after breakfast and travel to Calais where we take the ferry back to Dover and continue to your local area.

German Christmas Markets

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• Start the Christmas season in style with a Rhineland cruise

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

• Sample wonderful German Christmas-time food and drink

• Have the opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts

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

• Sail through the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge

• Try some of the local wines at a family-owned cellar near Koblenz

Ships

We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Coach via Dover, Hull or Newcastle

On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and onwards to meet the ship.

Join a ferry crossing at Dover, Hull or Newcastle

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover, Hull or Newcastle, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary. Hull and Newcastle crossings take place overnight, adding 2 days to the cruise duration.

Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices for Ashford start from £59 per person per night and for Dover for £65 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and include parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

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.

On selected cruises there are rail options included in the price, whereas on other cruises it is offered alongside our coach travel option – please note a supplement will apply and transfers to the ship are not included except for cruises certain cruises.

Join at the Ship

You are of course free to make your own way to and from the ship by booking your flight/ferry or train tickets independently – a small reduction applies. With your joining instructions we will send you a map of where the ship is berthed and also a boarding time.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.

Departures

From
To

Ship

DepartureTravel optionsBooking
2017-12-01
01 December 2017
for 4 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
Join ship at Andernach
4 Days from
£279
Passengers
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2017-12-04
04 December 2017
for 4 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
Join ship at Andernach
4 Days from
£279
Passengers
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2017-12-06
06 December 2017
for 4 days


Coach
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Ferries
Join ship at Andernach
4 Days from
£429
Passengers
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2017-12-07
07 December 2017
for 4 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
Join ship at Andernach
4 Days from
£279
Passengers
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2017-12-09
09 December 2017
for 6 days


Coach
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Ferries
Join ship at Andernach
6 Days from
£429
Passengers
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2017-12-10
10 December 2017
for 4 days


Coach
Enter postcode and click go to show pick ups closest to you
Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
Join ship at Andernach
4 Days from
£279
Passengers
Select Travel options and Passengers, then click Book.
2017-12-13
13 December 2017
for 4 days


Coach
Enter postcode and click go to show pick ups closest to you
Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
Join ship at Andernach
4 Days from
£279
Passengers
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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!

Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim Christmas Market

£12

Set in the town’s chocolate box old quarter, the Rüdesheim Christmas Market brings a distinctly festive feel to the romantic old town and its popular Drosselgasse land, as 120 stalls, representing different countries, gather to present Christmas customs and traditions from around the world.

Dusseldorf Christmas Markets

Düsseldorf Christmas Market

£12

Throughout December, the city of Düsseldorf is illuminated with sparkling lights and wooden stalls that spread across the streets and squares. Mulled wine and hot chocolate tempt you to stay, whilst craftsmen and craftswomen show off their wares and will happily demonstrate their skills.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price

£19

SAVE £8 PER PERSON
Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 4 days

From: Andernach

Ends: Cologne

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover, Hull or Newcastle
  • Join a ferry crossing at Dover, Hull or Newcastle
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Join at the Ship
4 days
from
£279
per person

Customer feedback

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
  • Cologne walking tour
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

 


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