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Cologne & The Rhine Valley Christmas Markets Cruise – MS Serenade 1

Embark on a delightful Rhine River tour and immerse yourself in the festive spirit in style. Cruise through breathtaking wonderlands and experience the splendour of the Rhine Gorge whilst enjoying fantastic ports of call at some of Europe's largest Christmas markets. Explore the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage site of Rüdesheim, delve into the magic of Koblenz, and enjoy a spot of last-minute shopping in Cologne. With stylish accommodation aboard the MS Serenade 1, you're guaranteed a festive season to remember.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights cruising on a full-board basis
  • Services onboard the ship of a Cruise Director & Manager
  • Welcome drink & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and Wi-Fi
  • Local joining points

5 days from £859pp

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Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Cologne and join our ship today. Enjoy a peaceful evening as we sail towards Rüdesheim.

Includes Dinner

Relax this morning as we cruise along the Rhine through the astonishing gorge, passing by the incredible landmark of Lorelei. In the early afternoon, we arrive into Rüdesheim where you have free time to enjoy the Christmas Market, a delightful event held in the town’s chocolate-box old quarter.

Alternatively, you can join our optional excursion, 'Rüdesheim Delights', visiting 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.

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Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

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Rüdesheim Delights 2024 TBC 2025 TBC
Wine Tasting 2024 TBC 2025 TBC

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 only).

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 of glühwein whilst listening to festive music playing. Alternatively, you can explore the city’s quaint lanes and atmospheric squares filled with beautiful old buildings.

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Included Highlights


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.

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Includes Lunch

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Included Highlights


Return home.

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Single Room Supplement from £420.00 (5 days).


You will stay for four nights on a full-board basis aboard the MS Serenade 1. 

MS Serenade I

Offering the perfect synergy of luxury and intimacy, the MS Serenade 1 is guaranteed to surpass all your river cruising expectations. Boasting modern furnishings, stylish décor and beautiful artwork, this impressive vessel features four cabin types, each with outside views, climate control, and an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub. The contemporary restaurant provides delicious cuisine in a sociable setting, whilst the spacious sun deck is the perfect spot to soak up the passing scenery. With a warm, friendly and attentive crew who are always on hand, a fantastic experience is promised aboard the MS Serenade 1.

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  • 4 Star
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe Box
  • Fridge
  • Shower and Bath
  • Free Wifi
Food & Drink
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Gym
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

Travel Options

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Silver Service Coach

More than simply your method of transport, Silver Service offers a coach with added comfort and facilities, such as deluxe reclining seats with leather headrests, an onboard entertainment system, and a spacious rear lounge so you can socialise with your fellow passengers.

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Silver Service Features

  • Specially designed reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and extra legroom.
  • A spacious rear lounge where you can relax, socialise and get to know your fellow passengers.
  • Our onboard entertainment and satellite navigation system makes your journey fly by.
  • Free personal headphones mean you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs being played by your crew.
  • Personal tables so you can enjoy your refreshments in comfort as you take in the passing scenery.

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18 hours ago

Booked by phone. Sonny was extremely helpful

Wendy Thomas

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18 hours ago

The drivers were brilliant. Josh and Chris. The only downside was the staff at our Hanover hotel and lack of choice for the evening meal was very poor. over all a good first time experience

Keith Armstrong

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My husband and I made a booking by phone. The colleague was helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.


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helpful, went out of their way to find what I needed.

Mr Burt

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Leger make the holiday experience so easy, everything is done for you so all you have to do is enjoy your time away. The drivers are excellent, not only with regard to their motoring skills but also their customer relations. We felt secure in the knowledge that if any problems arose then we would have the help, experience and support of the drivers. They went above and beyond what is expected, to ensure we got the most out of our holiday.

Julie Collins

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Tour drivers were fantastic, very professional. Markets were a little hit and miss. Metz not easy to find/ navigate, and with limited time there to access all areas. Loved the Black Forest, Titisee Lake and Freiburg market. My favourite and by far the best was Colmar, this should have been included in tour price, not as an extra. Strasbourg very disappointed, we arrived an hour before market even opened and had to leave 1.5 hours later, no time to see it all and have lunch. Very long arduous journeys to unnecessarily far out hotels. German hotel was clean/ presentable but food/ menu of very poor quality. 1st French hotel was very nice and could get a meal. Last hotel (France) of the trip was clean and presentable but food situation was shocking. With no time to eat at Strasbourg, a very long journey to hotel, only restaurant a good 20 minutes walk away and food options very limited at hotel itself, really ruined this experience for me. My food at that hotel I wouldn’t have given to my dog and I did complain to staff. Going forward. Long journeys to far /out of the way hotels seriously need to be addressed. On long journeys tea and coffee should be freely available (of course expected charges for alcohol, etc) another point of note: Limited times in markets, often arriving before opening mean we never actually get to see the beautifully lit up markets as depicted in your brochures.

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