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Flights are currently possible from Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh 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 your flight requirements.
Three Countries & Christmas Markets Rhine Party Cruise
5 days by Rail or Air, 4 December 2022, from £899 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 Speyer.
Day 2: Speyer
We arrive early to mid-morning in the historic old town of Speyer, one of the oldest towns in Germany and known for its UNESCO listed cathedral in front of which will be the stunning Christmas Market. Today is free in the town, the Christmas Market opens at 11am. The ship departs Speyer early evening. Dinner and entertainment on-board. Overnight sailing to Strasbourg.
Day 3: Strasbourg, France
This morning we arrive in Strasbourg. The ship will be docked in the modern part of the town and a transfer is included to the medieval centre where we will have a guided walking tour. Afterwards the rest of the day is at leisure to explore and visit the Christmas Market. Return transfer to the ship mid afternoon. 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 evening. Dinner and entertainment on-board.
Day 4: Breisach, Germany & Colmar, France
This morning arrive in the 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 Basel.
Day 5: Basel to UK
After breakfast we disembark and transfer to Basel Station where we take the train to Paris Gare de Lyon where we transfer to Gare Nord Station by coach for our Eurostar to London St Pancras arriving during late afternoon. Or, transfer to Basel Airport for your flight back to the UK.
Note: Order of itinerary subject to change depending on local conditions.
MS Swiss Pearl
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.
Length: 110 meters • Breadth: 11.40 metres • Passenger Capacity: 119 • Officers and Crew: 32 • Passengers decks: 2
What Our Customers Say
Just to say how much we all enjoyed the Danube Fortunes Cruise. Our first holiday with you and our first river cruise, won't be the last. We've recommended your company to friends. Read more “‘Fortunes’ River Cruise”
The presentation of all concerned, a good attitude by all staff and crew. GN hosts were excellent. the pace of the tour was just right and very relaxing. Having never heard of GN Holidays before seeing the ad, we were very sceptical on what to expect, but we are very happy with our experience, and would book and recommend them to anybody. Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”
The holiday had a relaxed atmosphere with freedom to do as much or as little as you liked at each location. Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”
The friendliness on board and good all round entertainment was fine, not to mention the good food and wine. Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”
I, like so many other,s are only ready to make a complaint, BUT, not this time. I would like to say a big thank you and well done on the river cruise. We had never heard of GN Holidays until we saw the advertisement in the Daily Mail, we liked the itinerary, but were sceptical, and thought we would give it a go not knowing what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised, the ship and crew of the Carmen were excellent, as was the pace of the tour, the GN tour manager Sheena, the host Gareth and the singer Chris Baker all deserve special praise. Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”