About the tour: Cruising the Christmas Markets of the Rhine Valley by Air

Sail into the spirit of Christmas on this scenic cruise along the River Rhine, with visits to some of Germany’s most magical markets. Fly from a range of airports in the U.K. to Cologne or Düsseldorf, then it’s on to Remagen, where we join our cruise ship, the MS Rhine Princess. Combining a relaxing river cruise with the festive atmosphere of the Rhineland Christmas markets, this delightful tour takes in the historic town of Rüdesheim, the lively spirit of Koblenz and the magic of colourful Cologne.

Tour Includes


  • 3 or 4 nights' accommodation on board the MS Rhine Princess with full board
  • Return flights to Cologne or Düsseldorf on selected dates and travel by executive coach
  • Airport transfers in Germany
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Captain's Dinner and Party Night

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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Fly to Cologne or Düsseldorf, then to Remagen, Germany to join our cruise ship, the MS Rhine Princess, for a three-night cruise.

  • Included meals: Light Supper

We cruise from Remagen to Oberwesel, then travel by coach to Rüdesheim for an included visit to the Christmas market. We continue by coach to Koblenz where we rejoin our cruise ship and where there's time to enjoy the lively festive spirit of the delightful market. Tonight is Captain's dinner and party evening!

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Rüdesheim
  • Koblenz

We cruise from Koblenz to Cologne where you can explore the city’s colourful Christmas markets. The festive stalls will be overflowing with seasonal bargains and gift ideas.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Cologne

Transfer to Cologne or Düsseldorf for your return flight to the U.K.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

 Cabin Upgrades (per person)4 Days 5 Days 
 Middle Deck Cabin£45£55
 Middle Deck Superior Cabin  £55£65
 Upper Deck Cabin£75£485


 

Fly to Cologne or Düsseldorf, then to Remagen, Germany to join our cruise ship, the MS Rhine Princess, for a four-night cruise.

  • Included meals: Light Supper
We cruise to Koblenz. Why not join our optional coach excursion along the Moselle Valley, visiting the riverside village of Alken, where you’ll enjoy wine-tasting at the popular House of Anton Hammes. The Moselle River is the longest tributary of the Rhine. It is a gentle river valley that boasts some stunning scenery as the river meanders between the hills of the Hunsruck and the Eifel.

During our tour we will visit the charming wine town of Cochem, dominated by the ancient and mighty Reichsburg Castle, dramatically perched on a hillside overlooking the town. The Moselle Valley is a famous centre of German white wine production and during our excursion we will have the chance to sample this local wine at the House of Anton Hammes. As well as the wine-tasting you will have the opportunity to purchase the wine should you wish to do so. We return to Koblenz for some free time to enjoy the festive spirit of the Christmas market before re-joining our ship.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Koblenz

Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
  • Moselle Valley & Wine Tasting
The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.
We cruise to Rüdesheim, home of the Drosselgasse, lined with traditional German bars and shops. Explore the Christmas market or why not join our optional ‘Highlights of Rudesheim’ excursion, enjoying sightseeing by little road train and visiting Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. The museum is home to one of the largest collections of self-playing mechanical musical instruments in the world and our visit provides a spectacle of fascination. You will see the various instruments and have the chance to listen too many of the instruments and fairground organs play their different tunes.

We return to the Rhine Princess for tonight’s Captain’s dinner and party evening!

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Rüdesheim

Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
  • Highlights of Rudesheim
The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

We cruise to charming Cologne where you can browse the city’s colourful Christmas markets. The festive stalls will be overflowing with seasonal bargains and gift ideas, and the magic of Christmas can be felt throughout the festively decorated city. Enjoy the aromas of baked apples, cinnamon, and mulled wine wafting through the alleys.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Cologne Christmas Markets

Transfer to Cologne or Düsseldorf for your return flight to the U.K.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

 Cabin Upgrades (per person)4 Days 5 Days 
 Middle Deck Cabin£45£55
 Middle Deck Superior Cabin  £55£65
 Upper Deck Cabin£75£485


 

Accommodation

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

Once again we have exclusively chartered the MS Rhine Princess for our Christmas market cruise breaks.

The ship's onboard facilities are located over four decks and include a large lounge bar with a small dance floor around which daily entertainment takes place. There is also an outside sun deck, ideal for viewing the passing scenery, and a small quiet lounge with a library. The ship also has a restaurant and shop with small gifts, souveniers, postcards and Rhine river maps for sale.

Cabins are located on three decks and all have twin beds and air-conditioning.
 

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