Christmas Markets of the Rhineland
Enjoy the magical atmosphere of Advent
This festive mini-cruise takes you on a scenic journey along the mighty Rhine to visit four magical Christmas markets, overflowing with beautifully hand crafted toys and colourful decorations, as well as a great variety of tempting culinary treats. Enjoy the tempting aromas of roasting chestnuts, spicy gingerbread and hot mulled wine as you browse hundreds of traditional wooden stalls.
The cities of Koblenz, Bonn, Cologne and Dsseldorf provide a historic and beautiful backdrop to the winter wonderland and well provide you with interactive maps and headsets to make exploring these cities independently even better. Youll also have time to relax onboard Spirit of the Rhine and watch the winter landscapes of the Rhine Valley drift by its the perfect prelude to Christmas!
VIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
Included travel insurance
Day 1 UK to Cologne
Travel to Cologne a journey of approximately four-and-a-half hours from Calais where you embarkSpirit of the Rhine. Spirit of the Rhine will set sail for Koblenz this evening and will sail through the night.
Day 2 Koblenz to Bonn
This morning youll arrive in Koblenz, whose rich past is reflected in a wealth of monuments and historic buildings.
The picturesque old town, which is a short distance from the main shopping street, hosts the traditional Christmas Market. Over 100 highly decorated wooden stalls will tempt you with their festive goods, seasonal gifts and edible treats. Take your time to browse the fantastic array of merchandise and perhaps purchase a unique present or two.
You remain moored here until early afternoon, then your ship will cruise to Bonn, arriving in the evening for an overnight mooring.
Day 3 Bonn to Cologne to Dusseldorf
The illuminated facades of Bonns Mnsterplatz provides a festive backdrop to the charming Christmas market that fills the streets.
The old town hall is transformed into a huge Advent Calendar, with a different window being lit up each day as they city counts down to the 25th. Browse the brightly lit stalls selling beautiful handcrafted gifts and perhaps treat yourself to a glass of warming glhwein. Concerts occur on a daily basis during Advent so your visit may be accompanied by live music. After spending the morning in Bonn, Spirit of Discovery will cruise to Cologne. Spend the afternoon in Germanys fourth largest city, which is dominated by its mighty Gothic cathedral. The city is also famous for its eponymous brand of perfume, which has now become a generic term for mens aftershave.
During Advent, the air is filled with the aroma of mulled wine, hot chestnuts and gingerbread and you can often see pewter pourers, wreath binders and glassblowers demonstrating their art. Expect wooden toys, arts and crafts, colourful Christmas decorations and cheery Christmas music as you explore the market. Your ship sails to Dsseldorf in the late evening where she will moor overnight.
Day 4 Dusseldorf
This large city is a centre for trade fairs and exhibitions, and is considered the fashion capital of Germany.
During the festive period the city is home to a huge ice rink and impressive Christmas market. Youll have the whole day to explore the sights.
Day 5 Dusseldorf to UK
Disembark your ship and return to the UK.