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German Christmas Markets Cruise 2018

Koblenz | Rudesheim | Heidelberg
5 Days / 4 Nights

When it comes to Christmas markets nobody does it quite like Germany.  There are a range of festive stalls offering a fantastic range of quality gifts.  Our itinerary takes in Koblenz – one of Germany’s oldest cities which is transformed into a Christmas paradise.  We cruise along to the enchanting riverside town of Rudesheim.  Here you can discover festively decorated Christmas stalls offering handmade arts and crafts such as candles, decorations and wood figures.  Our final visit is the magnificent city of Heidelberg.  The Christmas market here extends to no fewer than 5 squares.  There are stunning views of the old castle and old quarter.

Price Includes:

  • Coach travel and Channel crossing either by ferry or Eurotunnel
  • 4 nights full board accommodation on board the MS Johannes Brahms, starting with dinner on day of arrival and ending with breakfast on departure day
  • Visits as detailed
  • Live music every night

Not Included:

  • Personal expenditure, gratuities, any admission charges or excursions other than specified
  • Any extra charges made by the ship for use of facilities
  • Any drinks with meals
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Single room supplement

Important Note: If any aspect of the cruise is changed due to weather conditions etc. no comepnsation will apply.  If Christmas Markets are not operating on these dates or any elements not available no compensation will be payable.  There is no lift on board the vessel.  The on-board currency is Euros.  Visa/MasterCard accepted on board. For navigational and passenger safety the cruise company and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary if necessary.  Sailing times are dependent on how busy the numerous locks are.  At some ports of call, a degree of walking will be involved to join our coach.  Due to limited docking facilities it may be necessary to dock alongside another ship to access the shore.


Your Itinerary:

Our cruise along the mighty Rhine and Neckar takes you to all of these destinations where you can shop al fresco style and enjoy the magical atmosphere:  and with our ship closeby you can just wander back when you are done with all your shopping and sightseeing, relax in the cosy lounge and enjoy a warming drink served by the crew.  It is seasonal shopping at its best!

Day 1 – Koblenz.  We depart by coach and take you via France to Koblenz.  Here we join the ship.  The evening is free for you to stroll around the magnificent streets and along the riverside promenades of this attractive town. 

Day 2 – Koblenz – Rudesheim.  The morning is at leisure in Koblenz. At approximately 04.00 hours we cast off and cruise up river through the spectacular Rhine gorge to the pretty town of Rudesheim.  We plan to arrive at around 13.30 hours.  Lunch and dinner are served on board the ship.

Day 3 – Rudesheim – Heidelberg.  Morning in Rudesheim, departing at around 12.30 for Heidelberg, arriving in the early hours of day 4.

Day 4 – Day at leisure in Heidelberg.  Take advantage of the Christmas markets.  Why not take the short funicular ride from the historic old town to Heidelberg castle for spectacular winter views. 

Day 5 - This morning we bid a fond farewell to our captain and crew and disembark for the return journey by coach to the UK. 

Your Cruise Ship

The MS Johannes Brahms.  This 3* superior vessel offers top class accommodation with a service to match.  You can relax in style whether you are conversing with your friends or enjoying a quiet moment in your own company.  All cabins have modern comforts including fixed beds, (no bunk or foldable beds).  All cabins have large picture windows and are equipped with individually controlled air conditioning, mini bar, hair dryer and safe.

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