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Entrance gate to the start of main shopping street and city centre of Strasbourg on Christmas time in Strasbourg - Alsace, F…

Join us for a cruise on the Rhine River to explore the oldest, most revered Christmas markets in Europe. Let yourself be swept away by the beauty and charm of long-standing holiday traditions that include dazzling lights, soothing mulled wine, and zesty gingerbread delights.

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Itinerary

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You’ll board the ship at 17:00. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you’ll be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail.

After dinner on board, join in an evening celebrating the Alsatian holiday cookies known as bredeles, by learning how to make them yourselves. The ship will cruise through the night.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Dinner included

Cruise the Rhine to the legendary rock of the Lorelei, following the twists and turns dominated by dramatic ruins, scenic vineyards, and majestic fortresses. Join us in the lounge and learn to decorate delicious bredeles by hand!

Our next stop is Rüdesheim, a picturesque village lined with narrow, cobblestone streets and half-timbered homes. We’ll board a tourist train(1) for Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet, showcasing 350 self-playing, mechanical music instruments dating from the 18th to the 20th centuries and including delicate musical boxes and a gigantic piano-orchestrion. Then enjoy some free time on your own to discover the international Christmas market located in the city's historic downtown area. The 120 wooden chalets set the stage for an authentic German Christmas market displaying artisan objects, great gift ideas, and delicious culinary specialties such as local confections and cookies, and of course, pretzels! The city is also home to one of the largest nativity scenes in Europe.

You’ll return to the ship by walking down the infamous Drosselgasse, lined with numerous cafés and bars. We’ll enjoy dinner on board before a quick escape to the city again this evening to taste the exquisite Rüdesheimer Kaffee.*

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS All meals included

We’ll cruise to Mainz in the early morning. Once we arrive, we’ll set out for a tour on foot of the city to see many of its remarkably restored sites. This excursion includes an inside visit to the magnificent 1,000-year-old Saint-Martin’s Cathedral. We’ll then stroll down the picturesque streets of the old city to the Gutenberg Museum, which houses two copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the first major book printed with movable type in the West. Enjoy some free time on your own before heading back to the ship. Don’t miss the colorful local Christmas market near the cathedral, framed by splendid Renaissance-style buildings. Germany is known for its decorative wooden Christmas carousels, and a larger than life one is usually found at the market in Mainz surrounded by traditional chalets selling handcrafts, souvenirs, and luscious goodies. You might notice that German Christmas markets are more than just a place to buy or sell. In fact, they become a true reflection of everyday life where the locals gather for a quick bite or drink at the end of the winter day. So, join in the holiday spirit and top off your well-deserved vacation.

After the tour, we’ll have lunch on the ship and spend the afternoon cruising to Gambsheim. Feel free to join us for a bit of onboard entertainment recounting Christmas traditions.

Tonight is our festive gala evening. Our ship will cruise through the night.

  • Accommodation MS Beethoven
  • MEALS All meals included

Once we arrive in Gambsheim, we’ll leave by coach for Wingen-sur-Moder and a visit to the Musée Lalique to learn about crystalware-genius René Lalique and his successors. Lalique became one of the greatest names of his time, both as a jeweler and a master glassmaker. His instantly recognizable style was a major influence in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. Discover the company’s wide range of impressive crystal and glass designs, pieces of jewelry, tableware, lights, and vases. Admire the fabulous collections on your own, and don’t miss the temporary exhibit just for the holidays! Christmas is the perfect time to showcase the exceptional past and present work of Lalique.

We’ll return on board and enjoy lunch as we cruise to Strasbourg. Once we arrive, feel free set out on your own to admire the lights around the city near the cathedral, the Place Kléber, Carré d’Or, and Place Gutenberg. It’s quite a sight! And don’t forget to browse a few of the Christmas Markets set up across the city. We’ll greet you with a hot cup of mulled wine* as you return on board.

Enjoy an authentic Alsatian dinner this evening, followed by a quiz to test your knowledge about Alsatian Christmas Markets.

  • Accommodation MS Beethoven
  • MEALS All meals included

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.

  • Accommodation MS Beethoven
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Cruising MS Beethoven

Built in 2004 and refurbished in 2010, MS Beethoven sails on the Danube and Rhine.

Restaurant

Located on the main deck, the restaurant is where all meals are served during your cruise. It seats all guests at tables which vary in size with a panoramic view. The atmosphere is casual but elegant.

Facilities

MS Beethoven enjoys a lively and friendly atmosphere, complimented by excellent on-board facilities – enjoy views from the sun deck, There is a Gift Shop where you'll find a wide assortment of souvenirs, CroisiEurope products and post cards.

 

More Facilities

There's also the PIANORAMABAR - Unwind in this pleasurable place with a cocktail in hand while listening to the piano. And maybe we will get the pleasure to listen to your talent…

Cabins

All cabins are located above the water level and offer panoramic views of the landscape thanks to large windows or portholes (depending on the boat or deck.) They are all equipped with toilet, shower and washbasin. Towels, shower gel and shampoo are provided. They have many amenities: flat screen television, hairdryer, safe and plenty of storage space. Depending on the the ship, the cabins have 2 twin beds, a large bed or 2 separable beds. The voltage on board is 220 V. The cabins are air conditioned and have a thermostat to adjust the temperature of heating and air conditioning. The size and the configuration of the cabins vary according to the ship. Some boats have cabins specifically equipped for people with reduced mobility.

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What's Included

  • Main Deck Cabin for sole use
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
  • Drinks (Except drinks on Specials List)
  • Excursions- 4 Shore Excursions - Rüdesheim: tourist train and Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments Mainz and the Gutenberg Museum The Lalique Museum Strasbourg and its Christmas Markets
  • Welcome drink
  • Free WiFi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets for excursions
  • On-board activities
  • Port fees

What's Extra

  • Flights & transfers
  • Cabin upgrades
  • Insurance
  • Gratuities

Useful Information

Pre-Cruise Information

All you need to know about the smooth running of your cruise is listed in your travel logbook, which you will receive before your cruise departure. It will be sent directly to you by email or by post before leaving.

It will contain the following information:

The port of embarkation / disembarkation;

Boarding tickets to be handed in when you arrive on board;

Luggage tags;
A presentation of the cruise programme;
Useful information about the cruise;
The list of proposed excursions.

Embarkation / disembarkation
Boarding and check-in on the ship is indicated on your boarding pass provided in your travel log. We ask that you respect this schedule. The ship itself is held to respect the schedules of navigation envisaged for the route, in order to respect the program of navigation throughout the cruise.

If you arrive earlier in the day, you can generally leave most of your luggage on board our ships. Your agent can also inform our ships that you will be arriving earlier, when booking.

At the end of the cruise, the landing is usually scheduled for 9:00 am for all passengers.

Personal Expenses
The prices of the cruises are "all included on board", they include full board, drinks served with meals and at the bar. You are responsible for any personal expenses outside the boat, during excursions, purchases in our shop, or drinks that you choose from our special wine list and at the bar.

How to pay on board?

CroisiEurope only accepts euros on board the boats. We do not accept sterling, US dollars or any other currency. We do not accept travelers checks on board. Make sure you get euros before boarding, which will allow you to pay for all your purchases. CroisiEurope accepts American Express, Visa and MasterCard.

Service & languages
The cruise line have a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 1,600 people, whose conviviality, attentiveness and professionalism ensure that your voyage will be comfortable and pleasurable. The staff and crews speak French, English and many of them speak other major European languages as well.

Cabins

All cabins are located above the water level and offer panoramic views of the landscape thanks to large windows or portholes (depending on the boat or deck.) They are all equipped with toilet, shower and washbasin. Towels, shower gel and shampoo are provided. They have many amenities: flat screen television, hairdryer, safe and plenty of storage space. Depending on the the ship, the cabins have 2 twin beds, a large bed or 2 separable beds. The voltage on board is 220 V. The cabins are air conditioned and have a thermostat to adjust the temperature of heating and air conditioning. The size and the configuration of the cabins vary according to the ship. Some boats have cabins specifically equipped for people with reduced mobility. 

Gratuities
Tipping customs vary from country to country and culture to culture, and we understand that tipping is a way for passengers to show appreciation for services, quality and attention received during the cruise. To leave a tip, please use the envelope found in your cabin your last evening on board, and place this envelope in the specially designated box in the reception area as you disembark with the understanding that tipping is entirely at your discretion.

Passport Requirements

To travel with CroisiEurope you will need to bring a valid national identity card or passport. Depending on the destination, make sure you have an up-to-date passport. This must be valid for at least six months after the date of your landing. Visas may be necessary for distant destinations.

 

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Choose a cruise holiday with confidence. All our cruises will operate as shown - irrespective of the number of bookings taken and subject to the Cruise company’s schedule. If necessary our itineraries may be subject to change, and in the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible. All cruises that include a flight will be ATOL protected.

 

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
10 Dec 2019 14 Dec 2019 4 All Ages £ 666 Call to book

What's Included

  • Main Deck Cabin for sole use
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
  • Drinks (Except drinks on Specials List)
  • Excursions- 4 Shore Excursions - Rüdesheim: tourist train and Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments Mainz and the Gutenberg Museum The Lalique Museum Strasbourg and its Christmas Markets
  • Welcome drink
  • Free WiFi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets for excursions
  • On-board activities
  • Port fees

What's Extra

  • Flights & transfers
  • Cabin upgrades
  • Insurance
  • Gratuities

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