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Overview

Join us on a fun and friendly cruise as we party to festive entertainment and live music, featuring two nights with the multi talented Keith Slater, including his 60s Celebration show and more. Enjoy the magical Christmas markets in the historic towns of Colmar and Strasbourg in France and Mainz, Germany plus the pretty Rhineside town of Breisach on our exclusive cruise from Basel, Switzerland to Frankfurt, Germany. All transfers are included so there’s no optional excursions to buy. The popular 4-star MS Swiss Pearl hosts you in style with all meals, selected free drinks and entertainment in an informal, fun and friendly atmosphere.

Highlights

  • Free Drinks
  • Live Entertainment every evening
  • Exclusive Charter
  • Full board
  • Over 40s only

Included

• Escorted Return rail travel from London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet to Basel or return flights to Basel or Zurich – see below
• 4 nights full board plus cruise on the ms Swiss Pearl sharing a Emerald Deck rear twin-bed cabin – upgrades available
• House wine by the glass (white & red), draft beer, juices, soft drinks, water, tea & coffee from the bar 10am to 1am daily, and served in the restaurant at lunch & dinner
• 4 buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners with coffee (including the Captain’s dinner)
• Afternoon coffee/tea and pastries
• Entertainment
• Transfers abroad
• Services of our Cruise Team on board

Departures

By RAIL or AIR
Dates – Prices from – Tour Code
07/12/19 – From £699pp – SP12

Travel

By Rail – Need to Know read more
By Air – See ‘Flights’ section
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Flights

Return flights are possible from Heathrow, Manchester & Edinburgh Airports to Basel or Zurich 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.

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Three Countries & Christmas Markets Rhine Party Cruise

5 days by Rail or Air, 7 December 2019, from £699 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Basel, Switzerland
Depart London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet on the early morning Eurostar to Paris where we transfer to Gare de Lyon by coach for our onward train to Basel arriving before dinner. Alternative flights to Basel or Zurich 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 Basel before the ship departs in the evening. Dinner and entertainment on-board. Overnight sailing towards Breisach.

Day 2: Breisach, Germany & Colmar, France
This morning we wake up in beautiful riverside town of Breisach and enjoy a morning at leisure to stroll around the town. After lunch on board we join our coach for the short journey to Colmar and visit the old town with cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered medieval and early Renaissance buildings. The Christmas Market is set in the heart of this beautiful town. We return to the ship by coach late afternoon. Dinner and entertainment on-board. Overnight sailing towards Strasbourg.

Day 3: Strasbourg, France
This morning we are greeted by the stunning town of Strasbourg. The ship will be docked in the modern part of the town and a transfer will be arranged into the medieval centre where we will have a guided tour of this delightful town. Afterwards the rest of the day is at leisure to explore and visit the Christmas Market. A return transfer will be arranged mid afternoon to the ship. For those who want to return to the ship for lunch the cruise director will help arrange transfers or travel by public transport at your own cost. The ship departs Strasbourg late afternoon and we enjoy gluhwein on the top deck as we sail away (weather permitting). Dinner and entertainment on-board.

Day 4: Mainz, Germany
We arrive early morning in 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. Today is free in the town. We set sail for Frankfurt just before our farewell dinner followed by entertainment.

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

Note: Order of excursions may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Keith Slater

Keith Slater has been a professional musician since 1981 and has toured extensively around the British Isles. He has recorded with well known bands such as 60’s group Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders, the nationally acclaimed folk act The Fastest Bat and Lancashire comedian Phil Cool. He has appeared on national TV shows Pebble Mill at One, The Tom O’Connor show, The Barmaids Arms and The Phil Cool Show. His music has been played on Radio one, Radio two and Local radio. He regularly works with well known artistes Carl Chinn (Birmingham historian), Malcolm Stent, Don Maclean and award winning bands Inheritance and Vivo.

Accommodation

MS Swiss Pearl

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GN Holidays & Voyages is exclusively chartering the elegant, four-star Superior MS Swiss Pearl in 2019. 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 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.
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 metres • Breadth: 11.40 metres • Passenger Capacity: 119 • Officers and Crew: 32 • Passengers decks: 2
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What Our Customers Say

We have had a wonderful 4 day stay onboard the "Swiss Pearl". Everything has been great, with Sheena and Gareth looking after us. the ship's crew and GN Voyages staff have been marvellous in providing all we need for a very enjoyable holiday. Read more “Swiss Pearl”

G Williams