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

With convenient travel by rail, join us 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, there’s no better way to make your festive season one to remember.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights cruising on a full-board basis
  • Return travel by Eurostar and high-speed train
  • Services onboard the ship of a Cruise Director & Manager
  • Welcome drink & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and Wi-Fi

5 days from £1,099pp

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  • Coach Excursions
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Travel by Eurostar from London St. Pancras International to Cologne via Brussels. On arrival, our coach picks us up and transfers us to our ship. Enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening as we sail towards Rüdesheim.

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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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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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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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We bid farewell to our captain and crew this morning before transferring by coach to Cologne Railway Station, where we travel by train to Brussels and then by Eurostar to London St. Pancras International.

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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.

Hotel Facilities

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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

When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays makes it easy with a selection of travel options to choose from.

Travel by Eurostar

Holidays by Rail

Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. On arrival in Amsterdam or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.

Overnight stays in Central London can be arranged as Eurostar departure times are generally early morning and return arrival in the evening, which our Holiday Advisors would be pleased to arrange.

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