Sit back, relax and look forward to a wonderful festive cruise along the majestic River Rhine, taking in the spectacular Rhine Gorge and some wonderful Christmas Markets along the way. Enjoy some of the most amazing riverside scenery anywhere, with visits to Mainz, Koblenz and Rudesheim too - it’s a fairytale combination and not to be missed!
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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- Promenade (Upper) Deck
- Main (Lower) Deck
- Free local joining points
- All coach travel
- Return Channel crossings
- Tour Manager escorted
- Cruise itinerary and sightseeing excursions as stated
- Accommodation in a twin outward facing cabin
- Full board on the ship including hot/cold buffet breakfast, set menu lunch and dinner
- Half board in overnight hotel
- Morning coffee and afternoon tea whilst cruising
- Regular entertainment on board