60s Rock the Rhine Christmas
Markets River Cruise

5 Days

5th Dec 2017 - From £699pp

SP12

GN Exclusive Charter

Full Board-Plus

All Info

Overview

River Cruising



Join us on a fun and friendly cruise down memory lane as we party to 60s sounds, with a star tribute artiste and GN’s entertainment team, along the magnificent Rhine. Our cruise takes in magical Christmas markets in the historic riverside towns of Koblenz, pictured above, Rüdesheim and Mainz, plus the popular town of Boppard with an attractive riverside promenade and a Christmas shop open 12 months of the year. These lovely attractions are just a stroll from the ship, so there are no coach transfers or optional excursions to buy.
Our home for this festive cruise is the 4-star superior MS Swiss Pearl which boasts a heated indoor pool and sauna, plus spacious cabins with hotel style beds. Add to this free drinks throughout, delicious food and a fun-packed entertainment programme on board, and this is the perfect start to the festive season.

Itinerary


Koblenz Christmas Market
Koblenz Christmas Market



Mainz Christmas Market
Mainz Christmas Market

Cruise map

Rudesheim
Rüdesheim

Rudesheim coffee
Rüdesheimer coffee


Day 1: UK to Cologne
Depart London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet mid-morning on the Eurostar to Brussels, arriving in just over 2 hours. Continue by coach to Cologne and the MS Swiss Pearl. Alternative travel to and from Cologne can be made from regional UK airports – see flight information and options. Time to settle into your cabin or explore Cologne before the ship departs early evening. Dinner and entertainment on-board. Overnight sailing to Boppard.

Day 2: Boppard to Rüdesheim
Early morning arrival in Boppard, with free time to enjoy this picturesque town. The town’s treasures include romantic squares and small lanes as well as the Rhine Allee, filled with trees and decorations. Midday the ship departs Boppard and we journey through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim, the highlight of the Rhine, passing hilltop castles, picturesque towns, vine-clad slopes and the famous Lorelei Rock, arriving late afternoon. On arrival your cruise director will take those who wish to the famous Drosselgasse - a unique cobbled lane just 144 metres long, packed with bars, restaurants and live music and to the Christmas Market. Dinner and entertainment on-board.

Day 3: Rüdesheim to Mainz
This morning is free in Rüdesheim, the Christmas Market opens late morning. Return to the ship for lunch when we set sail for the historic old town of Mainz. At this time of year the market square is a blaze of lights against the imposing back-drop of the thousand-year-old Cathedral of St Martin. Showmen and craftsmen offer Christmas specialities and original presents. Captains dinner and overnight in Mainz.

Day 4: Mainz to Koblenz
This morning we sail from Mainz and have another opportunity to enjoy the stunning journey through the Lorelei Passage and Rhine Gorge on our journey to Koblenz. Festive entertainment on board. We arrive in Koblenz mid-afternoon. You will be free to explore on your own, and our staff will be on hand to escort you to the Christmas Market located in the old town. Dinner and entertainment on-board. Overnight sailing to Cologne.

Day 5: Cologne to UK
After breakfast we disembark and transfer by coach to Brussels where we take the Eurostar to London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet arriving during the afternoon. Or, transfer to Cologne airport for your flight back to the UK.

4-star MS Swiss Pearl

Swiss Pearl

GN Voyages is exclusively chartering the elegant, four-star Superior MS Swiss Pearl in 2017. This beautiful ship was renovated to a high standard in 2012. She accommodates 119 guests in spacious and comfortable cabins, furnished with quality materials in cool, colourful combinations to create a relaxing ambience

Reception

The impressive Reception on the Ruby deck and the adjacent areas resemble a top quality boutique hotel. At the front of the ship you will enjoy the magnificent lounge with bar, spacious dance floor and easy chairs. The ship also has an indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool.

Indoor pool and sauna (inset)


Swiss Pearl Standard cabin
Standard cabin made up as a double

Restaurant

Bar


Restaurant
The restaurant on the Emerald Deck features large picture windows. It is light and airy with elegant decor and furnishings engendering a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Diners can enjoy generous buffet breakfasts, plus lunches from the buffet and served at your table. Dinner is a daily highlight with four courses served at your table. On one of the nights of the cruise guests are invited to a special Captain’s dinner.

Leisure facilities
In the centre of the ship there is a stylish library. Under the large awning on the Sun Deck there are plenty of chairs and deck chairs for guests’ comfort. On the Emerald deck you will find the wellness centre with swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool.

Cabins
The Ship has two cabin decks: the upper ‘Ruby’ deck on the same level as the reception, bar, lounge, stairs to the restaurant and ship gangway entrance/exit; and the lower ‘Emerald’ deck. The cabins are decorated in warm colours and beautiful fabrics and have hotel-style beds which can all be configured as either 2 singles or 1 double bed, except for the Emerald deck rear cabins with 2 singles only format. All have panoramic window, TV, minibar, safe, hair dryer, air conditioning, shower and WC.

Suites
The MS Swiss Pearl has two mini suites on the Ruby upper deck. These spacious suites are equipped with all the facilities of the standard cabins plus a queen-size double bed.

Ship’s stats
Length: 110 meters • Breadth: 11.40 metres • Passenger Capacity: 119 • Officers and Crew: 32
• Passengers decks: 2

The lounge



Good views from the lounge windows



The Swiss Pearl decorated for Christmas



Ready for Christmas in the lounge


Included

Rail Travel

Eurostar – London to Brussels
From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little as 2 hours to Brussels. On board, you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffer car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.

Morning Departures
Departures from London are expected to be early to mid morning depending on the exact train departure time, confirmed to us 8 weeks before travel. Please bear this in mind when planning your journey to St Pancras. An overnight stay at a nearby hotel prior to travel may be worth considering – call for information.

Travel & Luggage
There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag⁄holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.

Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays
However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. The Tour Manager⁄Escort will not be able to provide you and⁄or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.

Please Help us to Help You
In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and⁄or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).

Flights

Flight Information & Options
AIRPORTS: Heathrow • Stansted • Manchester
Flights are possible from these airports with a choice of airline, outbound and inbound time combinations to suit your preference. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supp‘t. Flights from Heathrow will be to Dusseldorf return and flights from Stansted and Manchester will be to Cologne return.
Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person – exact weight and size of each subject to airline restrictions.

  • Flight time around 2 hours each way

  • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements


DEPOSIT:
By rail £100pp
By air £150pp