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Flights are possible from Stansted, Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham airports subject to availability at time of booking the flights, and a supplement may apply. Alternative UK departure airports may become available, we will look at all options when you book. Flights include 1 checked in bag per couple (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person – weight/size subject to airline rules. Flight time around 2 hrs each way.
Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss flight options.
Rhine Christmas Markets Party River Cruise
5 days by Rail or Air, 5th December 2021, from £949 per person
Day 1: UK to Frankfurt
Depart London St Pancras on the morning Eurostar to Brussels where we transfer to our onward train to Frankfurt arriving before dinner. Alternatively flights to Frankfurt can be made from regional UK airports with onward transfer to the ship – see flight information and options. Time to settle into your cabin or explore Frankfurt depending on your arrival time. The ship is docked within walking distance of the Christmas Markets for those arriving in time. Dinner and entertainment on-board. Overnight sailing to Mainz.
Day 2: Mainz – Rüdesheim
We arrive early morning in the historic old town of Mainz. This morning is free in the town, the Christmas Market opens at 11am. Depart early afternoon for Rüdesheim enjoy lunch on board, arriving mid-afternoon. Visit the famous Drosselgasse – a unique cobbled lane just 144 metres long, packed with bars, restaurants and live music and the Christmas Market. Dinner and entertainment on-board. Overnight in Rüdesheim.
Day 3: Lorelei – Bonn
We set sail during breakfast and enjoy a morning sailing through the Rhine Gorge passing hilltop castles, picturesque towns, vine-clad slopes and the famous Lorelei Rock. Arriving in Bonn mid-afternoon it’s a short walk to the Münsterplatz Christmas market. The façade of the Town Hall is turned into a giant Advent calendar with one new window lit each day of advent. Dinner and entertainment on-board. Overnight in Bonn.
Day 4: Bonn – Cologne
This morning we have free time in Bonn. We set sail for Cologne during lunch arriving early afternoon. This afternoon is free in Cologne, home to six Christmas Markets. The biggest and most famous is outside Cologne Cathedral, or you may prefer the Alter Markt situated in the old town on the ‘Altstadt. For those with a sweet tooth you can combine a visit to the famous Chocolate Museum with the Harbour Christmas Market. Farewell dinner and entertainment on-board. Overnight in Cologne.
Day 5: Cologne to UK
After breakfast we disembark and transfer by coach to Brussels Station where we take the Eurostar to London St Pancras arriving during late afternoon. Or, transfer to Cologne or Dusseldorf Airport for your flight back to the UK.
Note: Order of itinerary subject to change depending on local conditions.
Multi-talented Glen Leon played the guitar from the age of nine and became a professional musician and singer at the age of 16. In a career spanning 30 years he has appeared on TV, radio and in theatres. Currently with bands The Soul Survivors and New Amen Corner, Glen also performs solo as ‘The Voice of Tom Jones’, an uncanny and evocative tribute where it’s ‘not unusual’ for certain garments to be thrown on stage.
MS Swiss Pearl
GN Holidays & Voyages is exclusively chartering the elegant, four-star Superior MS Swiss Pearl in 2021. She accommodates 119 guests in spacious and comfortable cabins, furnished with quality materials in cool, colourful combinations to create a relaxing ambience
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.
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 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.
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.
DECKS & 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 All have panoramic window, TV, minibar, safe, hair dryer, air conditioning, shower and WC.
Please note: When docking ships can be moored side by side so views from the cabin may be obscured.
RUBY DECK 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.
RUBY DECK TWIN OR DOUBLE – They all have the standard facilities and have hotel-style beds which can all be configured as either 2 singles or 1 double bed.er deck these cabins have all the standard facilities and large picture windows.
EMERALD DECK TWIN OR DOUBLE – They all have the standard facilities and have hotel-style beds which can all be configured as either 2 singles or 1 double bed. We have a choice of cabins mid deck or further back closer to the engine room.
EMERALD DECK TRIPLE – A larger cabin at the front of the Emerald deck with 3 single beds and all standard facilities.
EMERALD DECK REAR TWIN – Situated at the rear of the ship on the Emerald deck. All standard facilities but can only be configured as a twin
Length: 110 meters • Breadth: 11.40 metres • Passenger Capacity: 119 • Officers and Crew: 32 • Passengers decks: 2