Xmas Market River Cruise 2020

27th November 2020 - 30th November 2020

From £399.00pp

River cruising is the best way to experience the fantastic German Christmas Markets and this Advent Mini Cruise provides you with no less than three to explore, the first in Rudesheim, the second in Koblenz and the third and best in Cologne. All this plus cruising downstream on the River Rhine passing Boppard, Oberweissel and the enchanting Lorelei rock through the Rhine Gorge on board your very own floating Hotel the 3* plus Mps Esmeralda. So get your Christmas started with our ‘3 Christmas Markets & Lorelei, Advent River Cruise’

Mps Esmeralda

The Esmeralda offers a high level of comfort and a friendly atmosphere. She can accommodate 126 passengers on two decks and is air-conditioned throughout. It has a lift between the promenade deck and main deck, also a stair lift between the promenade deck and sun deck. Her 63 en-suite cabins are smaller than ocean ships and hotel rooms however very practical and have a satellite TV, (reception is not always good on the rivers), and a safety deposit box. Her crew create a truly happy atmosphere and you’ll see that nothing is too much trouble. She sails under the Dutch Flag and is compliant with European River Cruise Ship Safety Standards.

Day One: After an early morning pick up we head to Folkestone and ‘Le Shuttle’ for a morning crossing to France. Once in France we head toward the German border making ample stops along the way, You can enjoy the ever changing scenery en-route and late afternoon we will arrive in Rudesheim on the banks of the river Rhine. With time to settle in to your cabin before dinner, why not stretch your legs after dinner and head to Rudesheim’s wonderful Christmas Markets. Mps Esmeralda Overnights in Rudesheim

Day Two: We sail around 08.00am but don’t worry you can watch the world go by from your large cabin window if you decide to lie in. After Breakfast head up to the large sun Deck, wrap up warm because this is where the scenery becomes fabulous, passing Boppard and Oberweissel we head into the famous Rhine Gorge, the deepest, narrowest and fastest flowing part of the entire river. Around mid to late morning we pass the Lorelei Rock where many a sailor met their fate. Passing many a fairy tale castle along the way soon we will see the beautiful town of Koblenz. Docking around 13.00 there is plenty of time to enjoy another Christmas Market and the wonderful town itself. Don’t forget to head back for dinner on board. Mps Esmeralda overnights in Koblenz

Day Three: After a hearty breakfast, we sail from Koblenz downstream to the majestic city of Cologne, you’ll see the Cathedrals twin spires before you see anything else. Docking around 14.00 there is plenty of time to visit the many attractions of the city, the fantastic Cathedral, the Chocolate Factory, the bustling shops and the eau de Cologne shop where perfume originated. Save the Christmas Markets until after your last dinner on board as the evening is where the true atmosphere of Colognes Christmas Markets really shows itself. With the laughter of the shoppers and the smell of the Gluewein you’ll want this to last for ever.

Day Four: After a beautifully prepared Breakfast it’s time to say farewell to the Captain and ship’s crew who have taken care of you over the last few day. There’ll be a tear in your eye as you say goodbye to the Esmeralda. On the journey back to the UK there will be many a mind thinking of all the wonderful sights sounds and smells you will have witnessed over the last few days, before long we will have got you back to your home town safely, you’ll all be saying that is the best way ever to start Christmas, Merry Christmas Everybody!!