Day 1: We cross the Channel to join our ship in Cologne for a late dinner.
Day 2: This morning we cruise the Rhine to reach Koblenz by mid-afternoon, and visit the excellent Christmas Market.
Day 3: A highlight today as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to reach the ever-popular town of Rudesheim by the afternoon. Here you have time to explore the Christmas Market and perhaps sample the local wines in the famous Drosselgasse.
Day 4: A short cruise this morning to Mainz at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Main. Here the Christmas Market in front of the cathedral is a delight to explore.
Day 5: We head for home.
The Esmeralda is a spacious, superior, river cruise ship with 63 outward facing cabins on two decks with a homely friendly atmosphere. The vessel has air-conditioning throughout.
Public areas include: > Forward lounge/bar on Promenade Deck > Restaurant on the Main Deck > Partially covered Sun Deck
All cabins include: > Picture window > Shower & toilet > Satellite television > Safety deposit box > Twin beds at floor level > Continental electricity socket (220 volts)
Please note: Prices reflect cabin location. Promenade Deck cabins are higher above the waterline and have better views. There is a stair lift between Main and Promenade Deck and Promenade Deck and Sun Deck. Whilst there is a stair lift on board wheelchair access to and from ship is not possible.
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