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Traditional Christmas Markets on the Rhine

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Traditional Christmas Markets on the Rhine

From £899 pp

Along the beautiful, undulating valleys of the Rhine, Germany holds some stunning towns which embrace the spirit of Christmas with an abundance of tradition. Spend time in the cities of Koblenz, Frankfurt and Rüdesheim and stroll through old cobbled streets and magnificent squares full of wooden stalls, glowing under thousands of tiny lights and exuding the inviting aromas of roasting nuts, traditional bratwurst and glühwein.

Browse for gifts that stem from intriguing local customs, or relive your youth on an old carousel and see the figurines that create Rüdesheim’s life-size nativity scene.

What’s Included:

  • 4 night cruise on the MS Serenade 1
  • 11 meals: 4 breakfasts (days 2-5), 3 lunches (days 2-4), 4 dinners (days 1-4)
  • Welcome reception party and gala dinner
  • Unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks and mineral water during lunch & dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary VOX portable headset system for cruise excursions
  • 1 included excursions: Mainz walking tour
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service to London Heathrow and return
  • Check-in service by Titan Staff
  • All port taxes, security charges, and fuel surcharges included
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Day 1 - UK to Cologne

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Dover, where we take a break before boarding our coaches, for the Channel crossing to Calais and onward journey to Cologne.

Upon arrival, embark MS Serenade 1 (4T), where light refreshments are available. There may be an opportunity to spend time at a Christmas market in Cologne – there are several to choose from through the city, including one in the shadow of the glorious Cologne Cathedral – before a welcome cocktail and dinner this evening before we set sail.

Dinner

Day 2 - Koblenz

Koblenz is a beautiful town whenever you go, but in December, the half-timbered dwellings look even more romantic under the glow of Christmas lights. Located amongst some of the best vineyards in Germany, Koblenz offers some delicious wines, and equally delicious red or white Glühwein to accompany your Christmas market experience.

The market is one of the largest in the area, and includes a bakery where German Christmas cakes and biscuits, including stollen, are available. Be sure to look out for the Schängel Fountain and see the Baroque town hall, which is turned into a unique advent calendar.

You may like to take a break from the festivities with a visit to a charismatic castle or Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Europe’s second largest military garrison sits high above Koblenz, offering beautiful views of the town and river, and holds interesting museums on history and folklore. We sail late evening.

Day 2 - Koblenz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Frankfurt - Mainz

A leisurely morning as we sail to Frankfurt, docking as we enjoy lunch. This large city is known for modern skyscrapers housing powerful business hubs, however the city’s heart still cherishes tradition.

Amidst the historical sights of Frankfurt’s beautiful old town, wooden stalls and elaborate decorations, the music from an historic wooden carousel, the scent of baked apples and the taste of chestnuts, gingerbread and marzipan treats create a wonderful Christmas atmosphere. Try honey wine on St Paul’s Square, find unique arts at the Roemerhallen (Roman Halls) and search for the unusual Quetschemännchen, colourful figures made of nuts and dried fruit which young men used to send to the girls they admired.

We return to our ship to take dinner as we sail to Mainz, docking here later tonight.

Day 3 - Frankfurt - Mainz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Mainz - Rüdesheim

In modern times, Mainz is home to the parliament and the prime minister of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. But it has also preserved a small, but charming old town, full of winding alleys and beautifully crafted half-timbered houses.

We take an included walking tour to learn about this 2,000-year-old town and its most influential citizen, Johannes Gutenberg, whose introduction of movable type printing to Europe is widely considered a world-changing invention.

We return to MS Serenade 1 to take lunch while we sail to Rüdesheim. Docking early this afternoon, you have the remainder of the day to explore this stunning, traditional town.

 

Day 4 - Mainz - Rüdesheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Cologne to UK

After breakfast we board our waiting coaches for the return journey to Calais and Channel crossing. Upon arrival in Dover, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

Breakfast

The four-star plus MS Serenade 1 was built in 2005 and refurbished in 2015. This comfortable vessel creates a synergy between the luxury of an ocean liner and the intimacy and coziness of a river cruise ship. All bathrooms are equipped with both a shower and a bath tub, a unique feature in the river cruise industry.

The MS Serenade 1 is 110 m and offers 68 cabins across three decks with a maximum of 136 guests. Passengers can relax in the lounge, dine in the panoramic restaurant, make use of the library and the Captain’s Club, or simply enjoy the passing scenery on the sun deck while playing giant chess. A cruise on the MS Serenade 1 ensures an unforgettable holiday on the European waterways.

The ship offers three cabin types – all of which include a shower and bath tub. All cabins have outside views, climate control and an en-suite bathroom. In addition, cabins include a phone, TV, safe, hair dryer, mini bar, plus tea and coffee facilities.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 68 cabins across three decks, comfortable outside staterooms and suites, most with French Balconies
  • Boutique
  • Lift between Mozart and Chopin Deck
  • Gym and Sauna
  • Library
  • Lobby
  • Lounge and Bar
  • Mini Bar
  • Reception
  • Stairlift to Sun Deck
  • Sun deck with Loungers and Chess
  • WiFi

Accommodation & Amenities

This lovely 4 star river cruise vessel, features comfortably furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony.

68 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and including 2 suites range in size from 172 – 215 ft². Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Suites

215 ft² – Chopin (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)
  • Full sit out private outdoor verenda
  • Indoor seating area with table and chairs
  • Hotel standard beds, which can be converted into twins or remain as double.
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & bathtub & separate shower enclosure
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Satellite television
  • Phone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

C, B & A Grade Superior Cabins

172 ft² – Middle (Mozart) & Upper (Chopin) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & bathtub & separate shower enclosure
  • Hotel standard beds, which can be converted into twins or remain as double.
  • Indoor seating area with table and chairs
  • Satellite television
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Phone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

D- Grade Standard Cabins

172 ft² – Lower (Beethoven) Deck

  • Head Height fixed window
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & bathtub & separate shower enclosure
  • Hotel standard beds, which can be converted into twins or remain as double.
  • Indoor seating area with table and chairs
  • Satellite television
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Why Choose This Cruise?

Titan is the only escorted tour operator to offer free home transfers on every itinerary and every departure date with no mileage supplement to pay.

Titan are also our number one choice for low or no single supplements.  As Titan now charter their own ship, the MS Serenade 1, not only as a solo traveler do you get picked up from home, but you can look forward to knowing that there will be a group of single travelers onboard with you. Or you can cruise with a companion, but you both have a cabin for only a small supplement, subject to availability.

As a long established, multi-award winning touring company, Titan have brought their friendly expertise to their comfortable, 4 star river cruising. Your fellow travelers on board will be from the UK and Ireland.

We have worked with Titan and their friendly staff for a number of years and are very happy to recommend their overall experience from start to finish.  Celebrating 40 years in business, they are definitely doing something right.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 10Serenade 1Cologne£899Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckD172 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Middle DeckC161 ft², French BalconySold  
Middle DeckB161 ft², French Balcony£899  
Upper DeckA161 ft², French Balcony£949  
Upper DeckSuite237 ft², Outside Balcony£949  

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service

Our VIP door-to-door travel service is included in the price of your tour. We will pick you up from your front door and take you to the airport for your flight, and then pick you up at the airport on the return leg of your journey, and take you home.


Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

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