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Rhineland Christmas Markets Cruise

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(Tour code: RLM19)

A festive cruise past the Rhine's historic towns

Discover the truly special festive beauty of the Rhine river and its superb cities on this Christmas Markets cruise which takes you on a fantastic voyage through the stalls, streets and squares of this magnificent corner of the world.

  • Amadeus Silver
  • Cologne and its Christmas Market
  • Cruise along the Rhine
  • Speyer
  • Strasbourg and its Christmas Market
  • Mainz and its Christmas Market
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    4 Lunches
  • Selected Excursions
    MS Amadeus Silver

Rhineland Christmas Markets Cruise 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Cologne

To Cologne

We meet at St Pancras to board the Eurostar to Brussels. We continue by train, travelling to Cologne, and here, we board our excellent vessel, the Amadeus Silver. After we are settled into our cabins, we are treated to a welcome cocktail before dinner later tonight. The ship sets sail overnight.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Koblenz Christmas Market
Koblenz Christmas Market

Koblenz and the Rhine Gorge

This morning, the ship arrives into charming Koblenz where you are free to head into the town and discover the half-timbered houses, the ornate municipal buildings and of course, the shimmering Christmas Market. You can also join an optional walking tour here, taking in the highlights such as the cathedral and the town hall. After we return to the ship, we set sail through what is one of the highlights of the cruise: the Rhine Gorge. This ancient valley is truly beautiful, the winding river forming a perfect bend through the valley walls which are lined by vineyards. We drift pass the enormous Lorelei Rock, a famous natural structure, said to be looked over by the ghost of a woman who lures sailors to their doom. We continuing sailing overnight to Speyer.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Speyer

Exploring Speyer

This morning, we dock in Speyer. This is a classic Rhine town, and is watched over by a rather impressive cathedral which dates all the way back to 1030. You are at leisure here, and the Christmas Market beckons, with a dazzling array of festive goodies on offer including the excellent Glühwein or mulled wine which is famous across Germany. Return to the ship for lunch, and enjoy an afternoon to enjoy the sights of the Rhine as they float by.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Strasbourg Christmas Markets
Strasbourg Christmas Markets

Discovering Strasbourg

We arrive into Kehl this morning after sailing overnight. Across from this small German town, the enchanting city of Strasbourg leaps into life for Christmas, with its colourful houses rendered brighter and more cheery than ever with Christmas lights and decorations of all shapes and sizes. Here you can enjoy an optional Strasbourg city tour, or venture out into the beautiful Alsace region on a 'Winterly Alsace' excursion. Alternatively, use your time here as you wish, perhaps to visit the fantastic Christmas Market.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 5-6 Mainz Christmas Market
Mainz Christmas Market

Festive Mainz and return home

Sailing into Mainz this morning, you have the whole day to uncover this traditional German town and its chocolate-box Christmas market. You may wish to join an optional walking tour featuring the town's highlights, which include the famous Gutenberg museum.

On Day 6, the ship returns to Cologne, where we disembark and transfer to the station. We board our train to Brussels and then change for the Eurostar to London.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 5-night cruise on board the Amadeus Silver

Delicious meals included

  • 14 meals including 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Drinks with lunch and dinner

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided walking tour of Cologne
  • Free time in Mannheim, Strasbourg and Mainz to experience the wonderful Christmas Markets

Optional Excursions

  • Optional excursions including tours of Koblenz, Strasbourg and Mainz
  • Optional Alsace in the winter excursion

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys from £75 per person each way
  • Upgrade to a larger cabin with a French Balcony, or Suite with walk-out balcony and seating area.

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Kathryn Cambridge
Helen Laverack
Lynne Broadley
Julie Pacalon
Rhineland Christmas Markets Cruise

A festive cruise past the Rhine's historic towns


Winter & Spring 2018/19

A superb range of Christmas Markets, Christmas, New Year and Winter rail tours.

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