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Festive Cheer & Xmas Markets Rhine River Cruise

Festive Cheer & Xmas Markets Rhine River Cruise

Fully Escorted by Karen Kirby!

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Spend time discovering the fantastic Christmas Markets Germany has to offer while you cruise along the Rhine. The ship will be seasonally decorated, there will be plenty of food and enchanting music in the evenings. Opportunity to purchase a Gluhwein along the way!

Day 1

UK to Cologne, Germany.
We depart home are and travel to Folkestone for our Eurotunnel crossing then continue through France, Belgium and into Germany, making suitable comfort stops, arriving in Cologne late afternoon. We board our ship and have time to freshen up in our cabins before our welcome reception with a glass of sparkling wine followed by our evening meal.

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Day 2

Cologne - Rudesheim.
Today we cruise along the Rhine and marvel en-route at some of the Rhine Valley’s most famous landmarks including the 130m high Lorelei Rock, named after the Rhine waters siren, the legend whom is as old s time itself. In Rudesheim we visit the Mechanical Music Museum of Siegfried. It started with clocks. It was the 1960’s and the German collector Siegfried Wendel had amassed a collection of well over 100 grandfather and wall clocks. Then one fateful day, a young couple in a beaten-up Volkswagen appeared on Wendel’s doorstep to see if he might just be interested in what they had on their backseat. It wasn’t a time piece, but a gorgeous walnut-veneered, wood inlaid Polyphon. Wendel was smitten, and a love affair (or obsession) with mechanical musical instruments was born. There are approximately 350 exhibits of mechanical instruments dating from the 18th to the 20th century to look at whilst you enjoy a mug of glühwein. Visit the Christmas market with over 100 wooden chalets selling local delicacies, ornaments, Christmas gifts situated along the Rhine. Tonight, after dinner we take you to for a wine tasting. Opportunity to purchase some wine (which will be delivered back to your ship). Afterwards join Karen at one of the local bars for a drink and maybe a bit of dancing!

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Day 3

Rudesheim to Koblenz.
This morning we sail to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Here we have free time to visit the Koblenz Christmas Market, with over 130 festively decorated wooden stalls offering a range of handmade gifts and Christmas decorations. Enjoy a glass or red or white glühwein whilst listening to festive music playing. Alternatively, you can explore the city’s quaint lanes and atmospheric squares filled with beautiful old buildings.

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Day 4

Koblenz to Cologne.
After breakfast we cruise up the Rhine to discover the beautiful city of Cologne. The hive of festive activity takes place around the cathedral and the old town, where you will find a maze of pretty stalls also offering outstanding arts and crafts. There are also several smaller markets to enjoy including the Harbour Christmas Markets held on the Rhine, with snowy white pagoda tents reminiscent of a ship’s sails.

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Day 5

Cologne to UK.
After breakfast we depart for home area, making suitable comfort stops.

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B=Breakfast Included, L=Lunch Included, D=Dinner Included

MS ARENA ****

This fabulous 4-star ship has 96 cabins split over 2 decks. All the cabins on board the MS Arena feature outward-facing floor to ceiling panoramic windows with French balconies, allowing you to take in the wonderful views of the river and surroundings from the comfort of your own cabin. The spacious cabins feature en suite bathrooms with a shower and toilet. There’s plenty of space and storage for your belongings, plus air conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and a safe all come as standard. You can choose from accommodation on the Upper Deck or Main Deck; all with contemporary furnishings, providing the ideal home from home on your cruise. Dine on exceptionally fresh and delicious dishes in the Panorama Restaurant, then head up for a drink at the Ambassador’s Lounge Bar. When you’re not at port, the fitness suite, library or sun deck are just a few of the places where you can spend time indulging in the things you love. There’s also the onboard shop for stocking up on souvenirs and essentials, and for your convenience there is complimentary WiFi onboard.

 

AT A GLANCE

  • Return Eurotunnel crossing

  • 4 nights full board accommodation on board the MS Arena

  • Welcome cocktail party

  • Evening entertainment each night

  • 5 course farewell dinner

  • Free WiFi in lounge and bar on board the ship

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • In house activities on some nights such as a quiz

  • All coach excursions as listed

  • Escorted by Karen Kirby

(Please Note: Lunch is not included on Day 1 and 5)

 

Passports are required.

 

 

TRAVEL OPTIONS

Upgrade your room (subject to availability). Supplements apply, call 01268 777 777, option 1

 

GROUP BOOKINGS

If you book 20 places all together on a day excursion, short break or holiday ONE GOES FREE

 

A deposit of £250 per person is required for this holiday.

This cruise is promoted by Norman Allen Group Travel and cannot be booked via a Travel Agent.

 

Please find below our pick up points (not all pick up points will be available on all departure dates). View the pick-up point you require, then you’ll see a list of dates which are/aren’t available from your pick up point.

Please find below our pick up points (not all pick up points will be available on all departure dates). View the pick-up point you require, then you’ll see a list of dates which are/aren’t available from your pick up point.

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Barking Station Parade, IG11 8TU
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Barkingside Fullwell Cross, Bus Stop A - IG6 2EA
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Brentwood Brentwood, Outside The Dairyman
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Chalkwell Park Chalkwell Park Bus Stop, London Road
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Chelmsford Victoria Road Victoria Road CM1 1JR
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Collier Row White Hart Lane - Bus Stop out Tythe Court RM7 8LZ
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Corringham Town Centre Gordon Road, Bus Stop opposite Colbourne Close
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Cranham Front Lane/Moor Lane Junction Bus Stop RM14 1XJ
Outside Restaurant Opp. Car Park
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Dagenham Church Elm Lane, Bus Stop L - RM10 9QS
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Depot Depot, Princess Road, Rayleigh
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Hadleigh Church Hadleigh Church, Bus Layby
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Harold Wood Bus Stop A, Gubbins Lane, RM3 0DR
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Hockley Spa Hockley Spa, Bus Stop outside the Library
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Holiday Inn, Brentwood Holiday Inn Brentwood
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Hornchurch. Hornchurch Town Centre
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Hutton Hutton, Bus Stop just past the Chequers Pub
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Ilford Ilford, Bus Stop outside 6 Clements Road, IG1 1BA
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Kavanaghs Rd Kavanaghs Road/London Road, Brentwood
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Palace Theatre Palace Theatre Bus Stop
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Pitsea Outside Gala Bingo Hall, Pitsea
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Queensway Queensway Bus Stop (Behind the Odeon Cinema)
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Rayleigh Stn Rayleigh Railway Station
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Romford St Edwards Way - Bus Stop H - RM1 3DQ
Out: Romford Shopping Hall
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Sadlers Farm Bus Stop on A13, just before Sadlers Farm
roundabout, nr Romsey Road
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Shenfield Stn Shenfield Station, outside Barclays Bank
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Shepherd & Dog Crays Hill Shepherd & Dog, Crays Hill
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Shotgate Shotgate Post Office
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South Green Grange Parade Bus Stop, South Green, Billericay
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Stanford Rookery Corner Rookery Corner Stanford
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Sun Corner Sun Corner London Road - Billericay
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Thames Drive Thames Drive Bus Stop
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The Elms Bus Stop outside Elms Public House, Leigh on Sea
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The Oak Grays The Oak Public House, Lodge Lane, Grays
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Thorpe Bay Stn Thorpe Bay Station, Acacia Drive (opp Station)
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Thurrock Services, Thurrock Services Coach Park, RM16 3BG
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Trafford House Outside Trafford House, by Bus Stop, Basildon
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Upminster Bus Stop M, St Mary's Lane- Upminster
Outside St.Laurence Church RM14 2QJ
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Vic Hse Cnr, Rayleigh Rd Vic House Corner, (Rayleigh Road)
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Websters Way Websters Way, Rayleigh
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White Horse White Horse,Southchurch Road, Southend
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Whittinghams Grg Whittinghams Garage, opp Rochford Railway Station
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Wickford Halls Corner, opposite Police Station, Wickford
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Woodford Green Snakes Lane East, Bus Stop R - IG8 7HU
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