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German Christmas Markets 2020

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

5 days
from
£399
per person
  • German Christmas Markets
  • Cologne
  • Koblenz
  • Rhine
  • Rudesheim Coffee
German Christmas MarketsCologneKoblenzRhineRudesheim Coffee
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

Fully immerse yourself in the festive season, as you enjoy a magical Christmas market experience like no other. Cruise along the mighty Rhine’s waters pass through winter wonderlands, the breathtaking Rhine Gorge, and visit beautiful cities and villages on this journey to see some of Europe’s oldest and largest Christmas Markets. Our course takes us to; Rüdeshiem, Koblenz and Cologne where you can shop and soak up the magical atmosphere, and with the ship close by you can wander back when you’re ready and sit and relax on board with a warming drink.

Day 1: UK – Cologne
We travel to Cologne where we join our ship and enjoy a relaxing evening as we sail towards Rüdesheim.

Day 2: Rüdesheim
Enjoy a leisurely morning as we cruise along the mighty Rhine, passing the legendary Lorelei and continuing through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. In the early afternoon we arrive into Rüdesheim where you have free time to enjoy the Christmas Markets, a delightful event held in the town’s Chocolate-box old quarter, or you can join our optional excursion; Rüdesheim Delights, to visit the wonderful Mechanical Music Museum of Siegfried before enjoying a delicious mug of glühwein. This evening there is also the opportunity to join our excursion to a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s delicious wine.

Day 3: Rüdesheim – Koblenz
This morning we sail to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Here we have free time to visit the Koblenz Christmas Market, with over 130 festively decorated wooden stalls offering a range of handmade gifts and Christmas decorations. Enjoy a glass or red or white glüwein whilst listening to festive music playing. Alternatively you can explore the city’s quaint lanes and atmospheric squares filled with beautiful old buildings.

Day 4: Koblenz – Cologne
After breakfast we cruise up the Rhine to discover 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 also 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 of a ship’s sails.

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

 

Fully immerse yourself in the festive season.

Enjoy Cruise along the mighty Rhine’s waters, pass through winter wonderlands, the breathtaking Rhine Gorge, and visit beautiful cities and villages

See some of Europe’s oldest and largest Christmas Markets

Soak up the festive atmosphere in Rüdeshiem, Koblenz and Cologne.

With the ship close by you can wander back when you’re ready.

Join an optional visit to the Mechanical Music Museum of Siegfried before enjoying a delicious mug of glühwein

Visit Cologne’s Harbour Christmas Markets, held on the Rhine.

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

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.

Ferry crossing at Dover

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover 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.

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 start from £55 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.

By Air

Regional flight options are available, call our Holiday Advisors for details.

Join at the Ship

Make your own travel arrangements at your convenience to join your selected cruise, simply board your cruise ship at the embarkation point.

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

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2020-12-01
01 December 2020
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2020-12-01
01 December 2020
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01 December 2020
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2020-12-01
01 December 2020
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2020-12-05
05 December 2020
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Coach
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2020-12-05
05 December 2020
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Eurostar
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£599
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2020-12-05
05 December 2020
for 0 days


Join ship at Cologne
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£399
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2020-12-05
05 December 2020
for 0 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Cologne
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£499
Passengers
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2020-12-09
09 December 2020
for 0 days


Join ship at Cologne
from
£399
Passengers
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2020-12-09
09 December 2020
for 0 days


Coach
Enter postcode and click go to show pick ups closest to you
Flights
Join ship at Cologne
from
£574
Passengers
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2020-12-09
09 December 2020
for 0 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Cologne
from
£599
Passengers
Select Travel options and Passengers, then click Book.
2020-12-09
09 December 2020
for 0 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Cologne
from
£499
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 Delights

Rüdesheim Delights

£19

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.

Rüdesheim by Night

Rüdesheim by Night

£26

Visit a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s best wines, before exploring the captivating Drosselgasse, which is filled with little taverns and courtyards and is the cultural heart of the town.

Package Price

Package Price

£45 per person

You can book our excursions individually or as a package, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Premium Package

Premium Package

£80 per person

Our Premium Package is a great way to add a touch of something special to your MS Arena river cruise experience. This exclusive package is a pre-bookable addition available across all cabin grades, and includes drinks with your meals, 10% off excursions, a welcome basket of fruit on arrival, water delivered to your cabin, a selection of complimentary toiletries and free use of the wellness and fitness suite aboard MS Arena. For more information call our Holiday Advisers.

At a glance

Length: 5 days

From: Cologne

Ends: Cologne

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover
  • Ferry crossing at Dover
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air
  • Join at the Ship
5 days
from
£399
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Four nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Three visits included to Cologne, Rüdesheim and Koblenz
  • Welcome drink
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and cake & late evening snack
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and Wi-Fi
  • Services of a Cruise Manager

 

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