Rhine Christmas Markets River Cruise
Thompson Travel Holidays
The Rhine by River Cruise with Christmas Markets
DATE: 25 November 2018 – 29 November 2018
DURATION: 5 days
DEPARTURE: DUBLIN (other airports available)
TOUR ESCORTED BY: Sharon Fleming
PRICE: £695pp sharing based on window cabin
(upgrade to Juliette balcony for £100pp – limited availability)
25 November 2018
Depart Dublin with Aer Lingus at 07.00am (check in at 05.00am) for your onward flight to Dusseldorf.
Short transfer to Cologne Germany with free time to explore Germany’s largest city before boarding the A Rosa AQUA.
26 November 2018
Arrive in Mannheim (Heidelberg) Mannheim is a city in the south-western part of Germany, the third-largest in the German state of Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. Take a stroll around Mannheim with its many shops and Christmas Markets or join an organised coach to Heidelberg.
28 November 2018
Your river cruise takes you on the meandering river to arrive in Mainz at 12 mid-day. Under the light canopy on the market square, the wonderful Mainz Christmas Market shines out in front of the impressive backdrop of the 1,000-year-old St. Martin’s cathedral (Martinsdom) and the picturesque Renaissance facades of the historic market houses. Handmade specialities, the useful and the curious, typical "Meenzer" specialities – there is something for everyone here. Enter between the glittering beams of light and marvel at the glowing, rotating Christmas pyramids with figures from Mainz. A few metres further on, in front of the cathedral, the life-size Nativity figures present a marvellous impression, and, finally, the nine-metre-high, rotating musical clock, with 18 hand-carved angel figures. Take some time in between to listen to the atmospheric concerts in front of and inside the cathedral, enjoy the colourful stage programme and print out your own Christmas cards in the print shop of the Gutenberg Museum, behind the cathedral. Directly in front of this, you can immerse yourself in the campfire romance in the cosy Weinfasshütten (wine barrel cabins) of the cosy Christmas village. In this way, you can enjoy Christmas in Mainz with all your senses. Depart Mainz at 9.00pm for your overnight journey back to Cologne.
29 November 2018
Morning Transfer to Dusseldorf airport for your Aer Lingus direct flight to Dublin
- Direct Return Flight from Dublin
- 15kg luggage
- In resort transfers
- 4 Nights onboard A Rosa Aqua
- All Food & Drinks