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Discover the magical ambience of Germany's traditional Christmas markets with their host of unique, inspired gift ideas, plus the stunning Rhineland in its wintry splendour.
- 5 Days
- 18th December 2024
- Ship: MS Geoffrey Chaucer
- Home Port: Cologne, Germany
- From £649 per person
Day 1: Cologne
Day 2: Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim
Day 3: Rhine Gorge & Koblenz
Day 4: Bonn & Cologne
Day 5: Return Home
Date : 18/12/2024
Arrival in Cologne
Arrive at the airport for your flight to Düsseldorf or Cologne or take the Eurostar to Brussels from London St Pancras International.
On arrival, transfer by coach to your five-star cruise ship moored in historic Cologne, whose skyline is dominated by the spires of its magnificent cathedral. The dedicated English-speaking crew welcomes you on board and helps you to your cabin.
After settling into your spacious and tastefully furnished accommodation, there’s time to familiarise yourself with this splendid ship.
Date : 19/12/2024
Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim
To really get in the Christmas mood, nothing beats waking up on board to find you’re already cruising through an entrancing winter wonderland.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning and relax on board while a kaleidoscope of riverside views drifts by in all their seasonal glory. Wrap up warm and take to the deck for an invigorating breath of frosty air as we pass through the outstandingly beautiful Rhine Gorge, where the river flows a little faster, the vineyard-covered valley sides are steeper and ruined castles sit atop rocky crags
Date : 20/12/2024
During breakfast the ship effortlessly glides out of port as we commence a spectacular morning’s cruising. One of the cruise highlights will be our return passage through the magnificent Rhine Gorge so have your camera at the ready to capture some of the most stunning river views, as the captain skilfully navigates our passage between the narrow valley sides that tower above.
As we arrive in the historic city of Koblenz, dramatically located at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Moselle, take in the views over another delicious lunch in the ship’s restaurant. Koblenz is a romantic’s dream; forest-covered hillsides dominate the skyline, whilst the lower slopes are strewn with the pretty, half-timbered buildings so typical of the Rhineland.
Date : 25/12/2024
Bonn & Cologne
Rising refreshed, after breakfast there’s the opportunity to learn more about this fascinating city, which served as the capital of the West German state from 1949-1990, until the reunification of Germany which restored Berlin as the country’s capital. Bonn is also famous for being the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, and the house where he was born is one of the few old buildings in the city not to have been damaged during the war.Together with the house next door, it now houses a museum dedicated to one of the greatest composers of all time.
Date : 18/12/2024
- Free Superior drinks package (worth £400pp)
- Full Board
- Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
- 4 nights onboard a five-star ship
- Program of daily tours & visits
- Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi