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Return flights are possible from Heathrow, Stansted & Manchester Airports to Cologne or Dusseldorf 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 include 1 checked in bag per couple (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person – weight and size subject to airline rules. Flight time around 2 hrs each way.
Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.
Rhine Christmas Markets Party River Cruise
5 days by Rail or Air, 3rd December 2020, from £799 per person
Day 1: UK to Cologne
Depart London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet on the morning Eurostar to Brussels, arriving in just over 2 hours. Continue by coach to Cologne and the MPS Switzerland. Alternatively flights to Cologne or Dusseldorf can be made from regional UK airports with onward coach transfer to the ship – see flight information and options. Time to settle into your cabin or explore Cologne before the ship departs in the evening. Dinner and entertainment on-board. Overnight sailing towards Rüdesheim.
Day 2: Lorelei – Rüdesheim
This morning we enjoy breakfast whilst sailing on the Rhine and pass through the Rhine Gorge, the highlight of the Rhine, passing hilltop castles, picturesque towns, vine-clad slopes and the famous Lorelei Rock, arriving in Rüdesheim midday. After Lunch 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 – Boppard
This morning is free in Rüdesheim, the Christmas Market opens late morning. Return to the ship for lunch when we set sail and have another opportunity to enjoy the stunning journey through the Lorelei Passage and Rhine Gorge on our journey to Boppard. Arrive after lunch, 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. Dinner and entertainment on-board.
Day 4: Boppard to Koblenz
We depart Boppard during breakfast and arrive in Koblenz mid-morning. 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 Dusseldorf.
Day 5: Dusseldorf 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 Dusseldorf or Cologne airport for your flight back to the UK.
Note: Order of itinerary subject to change depending on local conditions.
MPS Switzerland I
GN Holidays & Voyages is exclusively chartering the 4-star MS Switzerland in 2020. She accommodates 106 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 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.
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 and a giant chess set. On the ruby deck you will find the small boutique and the reception which is manned 24/7.
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 have corner twin beds. All have panoramic window, TV, safe, hair dryer, individually controlled heating and cooling system, shower and WC. The Ruby deck Cabins all have French balconies.
Please note: When docking ships can be moored side by side so views from the cabin may be obscured.
RUBY DECK TWIN WITH FRENCH BALCONY- Situated on the upper deck these twin cabins all have the standard facilities and benefit from having French Balconies so you can enjoy the view from your cabin.
*French Balconies look and act like a regular balcony, with the only exception being that there is a railing placed directly behind the glass, meaning you cannot step out onto a separate space. The glass is almost full cabin width and height like a sliding patio door.
EMERALD DECK MINI SUITE – The ship has a mini suite on the Emerald lower deck. These spacious suites are 18m²on the Emerald Deck equipped with all the facilities of the standard cabins plus a queen-size double bed and a sitting area.
EMERALD DECK TWIN – Situated on the lower deck these cabins have all the standard facilities and large picture windows.
TRIPLE CABINS – The ship has three triple cabins, two on the Ruby upper deck and one on the Emerald Deck. These are 17 m², and equipped with all the facilities of the standard cabins.
Length: 100 meters • Breadth: 11.40 metres • Passenger Capacity: 106 • Officers and Crew: 26 • Passengers decks: 2