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Nostalgic Christmas Markets River Cruise

7 Day River Cruise Holiday

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7 days
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Price Includes

  • Dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Lunch while river cruising
  • Coach & ferry travel throughout
  • Full holiday itinerary
  • Welcome pack


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Departure Date Tour Reference Days Price (from) Seats Hotel Pickup Points Rooms  
Sun 1 Dec, 2019 DCRIEN7 1 7 £699.00 10 + MV Esmerelda Book Now


An ambience of Christmas past is in the air as we indulge in a magical medley of nostalgic markets on this captivating cruise. First up is ancient Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at the city’s German Corner, overlooked by a statue of Kaiser Wilhelm. We sail on to Rudesheim, home to the Middle Ages Torture Museum and a tenth century castle. Our final port is Mainz where you’ll be enchanted by the half-timbered architecture and medieval market squares.

Your Holiday Itinerary:

Day one. We make our way to Newcastle for the overnight DFDS ferry to Amsterdam enjoying dinner, entertainment and breakfast on board.

Day Two. We continue to Cologne where we board the MV Esmeralda in time to settle in before this evening’s welcome dinner.

Day Three. We set sail this morning for Koblenz, arriving mid afternoon, giving you time to explore this historic city. Here, the festive extravaganza sees the baroque town hall turned into a huge advent calendar whilst the decorated stalls are watched over by the famous “Schangel” boy fountain.

Day Four. Our cruise today glides us to Rudesheim where we moor overnight. The picture postcard old quarter is the evocative setting for the town’s Christmas spectacular. Over a hundred stalls showcase traditions and tastes from around the world – don’t miss the local coffee, deliciously laced with brandy and topped with whipped cream.

Day Five. You’ll have some more free time to enjoy Rudesheim this morning before we cruise to Mainz, arriving after lunch. The historic market square in Mainz is turned into a beautiful spectacle of lights against the backdrop of the thousand-year-old Cathedral of St Martin as the aroma of roasted almonds 
and mulled wine fill the air. Tonight is Captain’s Farewell dinner!

Day six. After breakfast we make our way to Amsterdam for our return ferry to Newcastle, enjoying dinner, entertainment and breakfast on board.

Day seven. We make our way home.

MV Esmeralda

The MV Esmeralda has comfortable public areas featuring attractive surroundings from which to discover a relaxing river cruise. The stunning views from the restaurant provide the perfect backdrop from which to enjoy your meals.

Full board on the ship including hot/cold buffet
breakfast, lunch and dinner • Morning coffee and
afternoon tea whilst cruising

Glenton customers have rated Esmeralda as good or excellent for:

Comfort & Cleanliness: 86%

Food: 76%


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