River Cruise aboard MS Serenity 9 December 2017 (shared holiday with Richmond U3A expressions of interest required by March 30th)
Each winter, the streets and squares of Strasbourg are illuminated with light as Christmas casts its spell on this beautiful French city. With festive stalls spread across several different areas, it is one of the largest and oldest Christmas markets in Europe, and has been voted the best for the last two years running. Before spending the day here, we explore the city of Mannheim, which also hosts its own market, and there’s the chance to join our optional excursion to Heidelberg in the Neckar valley, ensuring you have a truly magical break.
4 DAYS FROM £399
YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
BY COACH Coach travel to the port from your local area Eurotunnel crossing from Folkestone Three nights’ cruise on a full board basis on our 4 star ship.
Day 1: UK – Mainz We travel to Mainz, where the Rhine and Main rivers meet, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard
Day 2: Mannheim We reach Mannheim in the early morning and have plenty of free time to enjoy the Christmas market. The city is located at the union of the Rhine and the Neckar rivers, and offers lots of sightseeing opportunities; the Mannheim Palace, a stunning baroque structure which now houses the university; the Luisenpark, noted as one of the most beautiful parks in Europe; and the Fernmeldeturm Mannheim, an impressive telecommunication tower complete with observation deck. However, the main attraction during winter months is undoubtedly the Christmas market – one of the largest in southwest Germany! Lunchtime sees us heading off on our optional excursion to Heidelberg for more Christmas markets. We set sail in the early evening, heading towards Strasbourg.
Day 3: Strasbourg Enjoy a full day in the remarkable city of Strasbourg. See the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, a gothic masterpiece; the stunning Kammerzell House which dates back to the 15th century; the Petite France district with its beautiful riverside setting; and the Church of Saint-Thomas, an excellent example of Alsatian gothic art. The Strasbourg Christmas Market is said to be the oldest and largest in Europe, dating back to the 1570s. Voted the Best European Christmas Market for the last two years running, it is spread over 11 areas of the city and features a huge Christmas tree standing at almost 100 feet.
Day 4: Mainz – London We bid farewell to the captain and his crew and set off on the return journey to the UK
Middle Deck £439.00
Single Occupancy is available at £50% extra cost
Insurance £29.95 through the River Cruise Line
For more details contact Libby Barton
email libby.barton @btinternet.com
or telephone 0208 977 9064
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST BEFORE 31ST MARCH PLEASE