Strasbourg Christmas Markets 2018

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

4 days
per person
  • Christmas
  • Christmas Markets
  • Christmas Markets
  • Christmas
  • Heidelberg
  • Mulled Wine
  • Strasbourg
  • Strasbourg
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Strasbourg Christmas Markets

Visit Strasbourg for a truly festive experience! Founded in 1570, Strasbourg Christmas Market is undoubtedly the most well-known of all due to its size and location. Stroll along whilst enjoying treats, pastries and mulled wine, as you choose from a huge selection of decorations and gifts from the vast array of stalls. Enjoy a number of events, concerts and exhibitions which add to the seasonal atmosphere. We also offer an included visit to Mannheim and an optional visit to Heidelberg, ensuring you have a truly magical break.

Day 1: UK – Mainz
We travel by coach or rail to arrive in Mainz early evening. Settle into your cabin aboard the beautiful ms Serenity and meet the crew who will be taking exceptional care of you.

Day 2: Mannheim
Arriving in Mannheim in the early morning, we have plenty of free time to enjoy the Christmas market. The city is located 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. The main attraction during winter months is undoubtedly the Christmas market - one of the largest in south west Germany!

Lunchtime sees us heading off on the 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 early evening, heading towards Strasbourg.

Day 3: Strasbourg
We disembark at the remarkable city of Strasbourg, a UNESCO World Heritage site for a full day of exploring. See the cathedral of Notre-Dame, a gothic masterpiece; the Kammerzell house, 15th century merchant quarters; the Petite France district from the 16th and 17th century; 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’ last year, the event is spread over 11 areas of the city. Complete with the ‘Great Christmas Tree’ standing at almost 100 feet, themed events, several hundred miles of Christmas lights and a giant ice rink - this market will undoubtedly be the highlight of your holiday!

Day 4: Mainz – London
We bid farewell to the Captain and his crew and commence the return journey to the UK.


• Time to enjoy the festive atmosphere in Strasbourg Christmas Market, voted ‘Best European Christmas Market 2014’

• A chance to see the huge Christmas tree at Strasbourg Market which stands almost 100 feet tall

• A chance to see the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Kammerzell House and many other sights

• A Visit Manheim to enjoy the Christmas markets and see famous sights such as Mannheim Palace, the Luisenpark and the Fernmeldeturm Mannheim

• An opportunity to visit Heidelberg Christmas Markets which has around 140 stalls


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 Folkestone

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 Folkstone

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

Overnight hotel in Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices for Ashford start from £98 per room 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.

Join at 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.


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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!

Christmas Market

Heidelberg Christmas Market


Extending over five historic market squares and featuring around 140 stalls, the Christmas Markets of Heidelberg are a delight to explore and with the huge range of gifts on offer, you are sure to find all those stocking fillers and more!

At a glance

Length: 4 days

From: Mainz

Ends: Mainz

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Folkestone
  • Ferry crossing at Folkstone
  • Overnight hotel in Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Join at Ship
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Included in the Price

  • Executive return coach travel from a departure point near you
  • Return Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get together and Party Night
  • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Serenity
  • Full board during your cruise
  • Entertainment every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Mainz, Mannheim and Strasbourg
  • Services of our Cruise Manager & Cruise Director


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