German Christmas Markets by Rail Itinerary -
02 Dec 2019 on the ms Serenity

Day 1 UK – Mainz

We travel to Mainz, where the Rhine and Main rivers meet, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship.

Day 2 Mainz – Rüdesheim

After breakfast enjoy a free morning in Mainz before a lunch time sailing to Rüdesheim. On arrival we have free time to explore the Christmas markets, a delightful event held in the town’s chocolate-box old quarter or you can join our optional excursion; Rüdesheim Delights, to visit the wonderful Mechanical Music Museum of Siegfried before enjoying a delicious mug of glühwein.

Day 3 Rüdesheim – Koblenz

This morning we sail to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, cruising through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and past the famous Lorelei rock. Here we have free time to visit the Koblenz Christmas Market, with over 130 festively decorated wood stalls offering a range of handmade gifts and Christmas decorations. Enjoy a glass or red or white glüwein whilst listening to festive music playing.

Day 4 Koblenz – Cologne

We cruise up the Rhine to discover the many faces on Bonn and the architectural heritage of more than 2,000 years. We have free time here before we continue cruising to 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 offering outstanding arts and crafts. There are also a number of smaller markets to enjoy including the Harbour Christmas Markets held on the Rhine, with snowy white pagoda tents reminiscent in the city garden.

Day 5 Cologne – UK

This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.