60s Rock the Rhine Christmas Markets River Cruise

5 Days

2nd Dec 2019 - From £699 pp

RX12

Exclusive Charter

Full Board-PLUS

All Info

Overview

Join us on a fun and friendly cruise as we party to live music, festive entertainment and enjoy the magical Christmas markets in the historic riverside towns of Rüdesheim and Koblenz, plus the popular town of Boppard with an attractive riverside promenade. These lovely attractions are just a stroll from the ship, so there’s no coach transfers or optional excursions to buy. The popular 4-star Mps Switzerland II hosts you in style with all meals, selected free drinks and entertainment in an informal, fun and friendly atmosphere.

Itinerary


Rhine cruise map

Rüdesheim at Christmas time
Rüdesheim at Christmas time

Koblenz Christmas Market
Koblenz Christmas Market


Day 1: UK to Cologne
Depart London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet mid-morning on the Eurostar to Brussels, arriving in just over 2 hours. Continue by coach to Cologne and the MPS Switzerland II. Alternatively flights to Cologne or Dusseldorf can be made from regional UK airports with onward coach transfer to the ship – see flight information and options. Time to settle into your cabin or explore Cologne before the ship departs in the evening. Dinner and entertainment on-board. Overnight sailing towards Rüdesheim.

Day 2: Lorelei - Rüdesheim
This morning we enjoy breakfast whilst sailing on the Rhine and pass through the Rhine Gorge, the highlight of the Rhine, passing hilltop castles, picturesque towns, vine-clad slopes and the famous Lorelei Rock, arriving in Rüdesheim midday. After Lunch your cruise director will take those who wish to the famous Drosselgasse - a unique cobbled lane just 144 metres long, packed with bars, restaurants and live music and to the Christmas Market. Dinner and entertainment on-board.

Day 3: Rüdesheim – Boppard
This morning is free in Rüdesheim, the Christmas Market opens late morning. Return to the ship for lunch when we set sail and have another opportunity to enjoy the stunning journey through the Lorelei Passage and Rhine Gorge on our journey to Boppard. Arrive after lunch, with free time to enjoy this picturesque town. The town’s treasures include romantic squares and small lanes as well as the Rhine Allee, filled with trees and decorations. Dinner and entertainment on-board.

Day 4: Boppard to Koblenz
We depart Boppard during breakfast and arrive in Koblenz mid-morning. You will be free to explore on your own, and our staff will be on hand to escort you to the Christmas Market located in the old town. Dinner and entertainment on-board. Overnight sailing to Dusseldorf.

Day 5: Dusseldorf to UK
After breakfast we disembark and transfer by coach to Brussels where we take the Eurostar to London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet arriving during the afternoon. Or, transfer to Dusseldorf or Cologne airport for your flight back to the UK.

Note: Order of excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions.

4-star MPS Switzerland II

MPS Switzerland II
MPS Switzerland II

Bar

Lounge

GN Voyages is exclusively chartering the elegant, four-star MPS Switzerland II in 2017. This beautiful ship accommodates 108 guests in spacious and comfortable cabins, furnished with quality materials in cool, colourful combinations to create a relaxing ambience.

The impressive Reception on the Ruby deck and the adjacent areas resemble a top quality boutique hotel. At the front of the ship you will enjoy the magnificent lounge with bar, spacious dance floor and easy chairs.

Restaurant
Restaurant
The restaurant on the Emerald Deck features large picture windows. It is light and airy with elegant decor and furnishings engendering a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Diners can enjoy generous buffet breakfasts, plus lunches from the buffet and served at your table. Dinner is a daily highlight with four courses served at your table.

Reception
Leisure facilities
In the centre of the ship there is a stylish library. Under the large awning on the Sun Deck there are plenty of chairs and deck chairs for guests’ comfort and a giant chess set. On the ruby deck you will find the small boutique and the reception which is manned 24/7.

Twin cabin B, D, E & G
Cabins
The Ship has two cabin decks: the upper ‘Ruby’ deck on the same level as the reception, bar, lounge, stairs to the restaurant and ship gangway entrance/exit; and the lower ‘Emerald’ deck. The cabins are decorated in warm colours and have corner twin beds. All have panoramic window, TV, safe, hair dryer, individually controlled heating and cooling system, shower and WC.

Mini Suites
The ship has two mini suites on the Ruby upper deck. These spacious suites are 14.5m²on the Emerald Deck and 16m²on the Ruby Deck and equipped with all the facilities of the standard cabins plus a queen-size double bed and a sitting area.

Suites
The ship has four suites on the Ruby upper deck. These spacious suites are 25 m², twice the size of the standard cabin, and equipped with all the facilities of the standard cabins plus a king-size double bed and a sitting area.

S Suite

Ruby Deck Mini-Suite

Ship’s stats
Length: 100 meters • Breadth: 11.40 metres • Passenger Capacity: 108 • Officers and Crew: 28
• Passengers decks: 2

Switzerland II deckplan and prices

Included

  • Escorted Return rail travel from London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet to Brussels and coach transfer to Cologne or return flights to Cologne or Dusseldorf - see below

  • 4 nights full board plus cruise on the 4-star mps Switzerland II sharing a Emerald Deck rear twin-bed cabin - upgrades available

  • House wine by the glass (white & red), draft beer, juices, soft drinks, water, tea & coffee from the bar 10am to 1am daily, and served in the restaurant at lunch & dinner

  • New Year’s Eve Drinks - all beverages as above plus cocktail of the day, sparkling wine by the glass and all standard spirits included from 10am to 1am

  • Afternoon High Tea each day

  • Buffet breakfasts, brunches and lunches as listed

  • Dinner served at your table - 4 courses

  • Captain’s/New Year’s Eve dinner

  • Entertainment

  • Transfers abroad

  • Services of our Cruise Director on board


Deposit
By rail £100pp
By air £150pp

Flight Information & Options

Flights are possible from Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow to Cologne or Dusseldorf with a choice of airline, outbound and inbound time combinations to suit your preference. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supp‘t. • Flights include 1 checked in bag per couple (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person - weight and size subject to airline rules. Flight time around 2 hrs each way. Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

Accommodation Options
  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices

Rail Travel

Eurostar – London to Brussels
From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little as 2 hours to Brussels. On board, you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffer car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.

Morning Departures
Departures from London are expected to be early to mid morning depending on the exact train departure time, confirmed to us 8 weeks before travel. Please bear this in mind when planning your journey to St Pancras. An overnight stay at a nearby hotel prior to travel may be worth considering – call for information.

Travel & Luggage
There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag⁄holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.

Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays
However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. The Tour Manager⁄Escort will not be able to provide you and⁄or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.

Please Help us to Help You
In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and⁄or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).