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Excellent festive getaways...

Christmas Markets on the Rhine

 

RŸdesheim Christmas market
  • Overview

    highlights

    • See the town hall advent calendar in Koblenz
    • Visit one of the largest traditional Christmas markets in Rudesheim
    • Cologne’s festive markets
    • Scenic beauty of the Rhine river
    • Discover the historical city of Bonn

    Journey with us along the Rhine, as we explore Germany’s festive Christmas markets for a wonderful Yuletide holiday. With free time spent at some of the best Christmas markets in the whole of Germany planned, this holiday is sure to get us in the festive spirit as we explore this superb location, all while enjoying a relaxing river cruise.  Read More

    Great for:

    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Scenery
    • Great for - Walking


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    We’ll start by travelling to Cologne, where we’ll get to explore the expansive markets in this city. With many to choose from, we’ll certainly be spoilt for choice!

    Departing Cologne early this morning, we arrive in Koblenz this afternoon, you may wish to join our optional guided walking tour of the city, as well as having free time to visit the Christmas market held in the Old Town. Staying in Koblenz overnight, we’ll sail onwards to Rudesheim in the morning, arriving after midday and taking an optional wine tasting experience in the town. We’ll also be able to visit Rudesheim’s Christmas market, where we’ll get to immerse ourselves in the customs and traditions of Christmas in this quaint location. 

    After our time in Rudesheim, we’ll journey on to Bonn, where we’ll visit the Christmas market there for festive entertainment and hundreds of stalls to peruse. From Bonn, we’ll travel back to Cologne and will then begin our journey back to the UK.

    Explore the Markets

    BONN CHRISTMAS MARKET
    Known for the giant Advent calendar that the Town Hall is transformed to each year, Bonn Christmas Market is filled with wonderful sights, sounds and smells. Try some delicious chestnuts, mulled wine or hot mead, and explore the stalls found here.

    KOBLENZ CHRISTMAS MARKET
    Explore the fantastic Koblenz Christmas Market, known for its superb location in the Old Town and with a wonderful festive atmosphere. Try some of the local foods, enjoy a traditional pastry and peruse the many stalls!

    RUDESHEIM CHRISTMAS MARKET
    Take in the magnificent Christmas markets in Rudesheim with us, as we enjoy the festive atmosphere and sample local delicacies. Be sure to pick up some unique Christmas gifts for friends and family while here!
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MPS Rotterdam

    • Rotterdam cruise ship
    • MPS Rotterdam, lounge
    • MPS Rotterdam, reception
    • Rotterdam cruise ship, bar
    Our flagship vessel, the elegant MPS Rotterdam is exclusively chartered by Shearings and enjoys a stunning design. With its traditional style, this fantastic four-deck ship has been designed to ensure passengers get to make the most of modern comforts.

    Relax and enjoy this comfortable ship, with its decor in soft tones and its grand restaurant and living areas, all crafted from high-quality materials to add an air of elegance. Travel in comfort in these stylish surroundings, seeing some of the most amazing sights during superb Europe River Cruises.

    Explore with our Rhine River Cruises, and you can also discover the Moselle rivers and the waterways of Holland and Belgium, on-board the MPS Rotterdam. You’ll also get to enjoy sumptuous meals during your River Cruise, with buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches, four-course evening meals and gala dinners to look forward to.

    Our experienced and professional staff will be on-hand to provide any assistance you may require, from meeting you on the ship following your exciting excursions, to providing waiter service at dinner time. You’ll also benefit from a knowledgeable Tour Manager, who is sure to keep you entertained as we travel in the daytime.

    There are also lots of on-board games to enjoy, and you’ll be able to make firm friends with your fellow passengers during our journey. When the sun is shining, you can always visit the sun deck to relax on one of our comfortable sun loungers, or make the most of the shaded areas while admiring the wonderful views on our fantastic scenic River Cruises.

    In the evenings, why not take in the wonderful sounds of our resident musician? Or, if you’re feeling energetic, you could always enjoy a dance or two!

    Shearings welcomes you to step aboard the elegant MPS Rotterdam.
    • Length: 75.76 metres
    • Width: 11.22 metres
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2013
    • Passenger Capacity: 107
    • Passenger decks: 4
    • Star rating: 4*

    Cabins

    • MPS Rotterdam Grade A

      Rotterdam Twin Cabin
      • A more spacious cabin to allow you to relax even further
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Table and chairs
      • Large picture window
      • Superior twin beds
      Our Grade A cabins on-board the MPS Rotterdam are our most luxurious cabins on this magnificent vessel. Relax in comfort and style during your journey, admire the views from the large picture window in your cabin and make the most of this more spacious cabin during your journey.

      These cabins include a table and chairs, so you and your companion can relax in your cabin during our scenic River Cruises, as well as enjoying the great facilities throughout the rest of the ship. 
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade B

      MPS Rotterdam cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities with toilet and either a shower cubicle or bath
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Windows can be opened
      • Folding twin beds or fixed double beds
      Enjoy a comfortable journey during your River Cruise and stay in one of our fantastic Grade B cabins. Equipped with a safe to store your important belongings in, as well as a flat screen TV for entertainment, you’ll be able to relax and make the most of your time on-board the MPS Rotterdam. Make use of the air conditioning, and be sure to admire the picturesque views from the large picture window.

      Some of our Grade B cabins are also equipped with sofas, so you can relax even further during your waterways of Holland and Belgium, Moselle and Rhine River Cruises with us!
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade B+

      MPS Rotterdam cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Folding twin beds
      • Sofa
      Make the most of a relaxing journey on-board the MPS Rotterdam and enjoy comfortable accommodation with our Grade B+ cabins. Equipped with all the facilities you could possibly need during our Europe River Cruises, you’re sure to enjoy your time on-board.

      With private bathroom facilities, as well as air conditioning to ensure you stay nice and comfortable, these cabins come with folding twin beds. You’ll also find a sofa in your Grade B+ cabin, so you can relax while watching the flat screen TV, or while admiring the beautiful views.
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade C

      MPS Rotterdam, cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Windows can be opened in cabins on Promenade deck
      • Small fixed twin beds 

      Admire the stunning views as we travel on our relaxing Rhine River Cruises and make the most of great accommodation in our Grade C cabins. Situated on the Main and Promenade decks, these cabins provide a comfortable place to retire to after an exciting day of activities and excursions.

      Enjoy refreshing air conditioning, while watching the changing landscape from the large picture window - cabins on the Promenade deck have openable windows. You’ll also find private bathroom facilities with a shower cubicle and toilet in your cabin.
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade C+

      MPS Rotterdam C+ Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet]
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Seating area
      We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay in our Grade C+ cabins, which come equipped with all of the facilities you’ll require during your excellent River Cruise with Shearings. Admire the picturesque views from the large picture window, or why not watch TV while in your cabin?

      You’ll also find a seating area in our Grade C+ cabins, and there’s also a safe, hairdryer and private bathroom facilities that you’ll be able to make use of to ensure you have a comfortable stay on-board the MPS Rotterdam during fantastic Rhine River Cruises and our many other cruises.
     
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  • Excursions & Extras

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Altes Rathaus - Town hall
    Discover Bonn

    Once the capital of West Germany, Bonn lies on the banks of the river Rhine. The city is best known culturally as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven and is often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Romantic Rhine'.

    Bonn is very much an atmospheric city with a rich culture. We explore this magnificent city on foot with our expert guide as we walk along Poppelsdorf Avenue to Bonn University, the former residence of the electors of Cologne. We see the Minster Cathedral, the Beethoven monument and the market place with the old town hall. 

    Evening wine tasting and Seigfrieds museum
    Germany is well-known for its amazing wines, and we’ll get to make the most of them during our evening wine tasting experience, after which we’ll take a trip to Seigfrieds museum.
    Koblenz
    Historical Koblenz

    Get to know one of the oldest towns in Germany on our guided walking tour around the historical Old Town. The charming and romantic streets between the St. Castor’s Basilica and 'Liebfrauenkirche' (Church of Our Beloved Lady) represent today’s main tourist attraction of Koblenz.

    Of course, the sightseeing tour would not be complete without a visit to the Monument of Emperor Wilhelm I at 'Deutsches Eck' (German Corner) and the town’s landmark, the 'Schangel' Fountain in the courtyard of the present Town Hall. 

     

    Altes Rathaus - Town hall
    Discover Bonn

    Once the capital of West Germany, Bonn lies on the banks of the river Rhine. The city is best known culturally as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven and is often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Romantic Rhine'.

    Bonn is very much an atmospheric city with a rich culture. We explore this magnificent city on foot with our expert guide as we walk along Poppelsdorf Avenue to Bonn University, the former residence of the electors of Cologne. We see the Minster Cathedral, the Beethoven monument and the market place with the old town hall. 

    Evening wine tasting and Seigfrieds museum
    Germany is well-known for its amazing wines, and we’ll get to make the most of them during our evening wine tasting experience, after which we’ll take a trip to Seigfrieds museum.
    Koblenz
    Historical Koblenz

    Get to know one of the oldest towns in Germany on our guided walking tour around the historical Old Town. The charming and romantic streets between the St. Castor’s Basilica and 'Liebfrauenkirche' (Church of Our Beloved Lady) represent today’s main tourist attraction of Koblenz.

    Of course, the sightseeing tour would not be complete without a visit to the Monument of Emperor Wilhelm I at 'Deutsches Eck' (German Corner) and the town’s landmark, the 'Schangel' Fountain in the courtyard of the present Town Hall. 

     

    Altes Rathaus - Town hall
    Discover Bonn

    Once the capital of West Germany, Bonn lies on the banks of the river Rhine. The city is best known culturally as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven and is often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Romantic Rhine'.

    Bonn is very much an atmospheric city with a rich culture. We explore this magnificent city on foot with our expert guide as we walk along Poppelsdorf Avenue to Bonn University, the former residence of the electors of Cologne. We see the Minster Cathedral, the Beethoven monument and the market place with the old town hall. 

    Evening wine tasting and Seigfrieds museum
    Germany is well-known for its amazing wines, and we’ll get to make the most of them during our evening wine tasting experience, after which we’ll take a trip to Seigfrieds museum.
    Koblenz
    Historical Koblenz

    Get to know one of the oldest towns in Germany on our guided walking tour around the historical Old Town. The charming and romantic streets between the St. Castor’s Basilica and 'Liebfrauenkirche' (Church of Our Beloved Lady) represent today’s main tourist attraction of Koblenz.

    Of course, the sightseeing tour would not be complete without a visit to the Monument of Emperor Wilhelm I at 'Deutsches Eck' (German Corner) and the town’s landmark, the 'Schangel' Fountain in the courtyard of the present Town Hall. 

     

 


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What's included

  • River cruise travel
  • Overnight stays on outbound and return journeys (Coach Only)
  • Four nights full-board cruise
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Captain's dinner on the last evening of cruise
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • Services of a Shearings resort representative
  • Three optional excursions
Rotterdam cruise ship

MPS Rotterdam

Our flagship vessel, the elegant MPS Rotterdam is exclusively chartered by Shearings and enjoys a stunning design. With its traditional style, this fantastic four-deck ship has been designed to ensure passengers get to make the most of modern comforts.

Learn more about the ship
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