It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas, which is why our minds are thinking ahead to the famous Christmas Markets in Germany. Luckily, our lovely friends behind the Stitchtopia Holidays have put together a knitter’s dream trip to visit the markets across Germany.
Join Juliet Bernard for a series of Christmas themed workshops on board the MS Serenity, stopping off at Cologne, Bonn & Rüdesheim for a spot of festive shopping.
Juliet says: “Germany really knows how to bring out the magic of Christmas which I well remember from my childhood – my mother is from Berlin. As well as visiting Cologne, Bonn & Rüdesheim we will have plenty of time to knit some decorations for your Christmas tree and a last minute Christmas gift.”
The splendid cruise includes a well-planned itinerary for each day:
Day 1: London to the Rhine (Cologne)
Catch a midday flight from Heathrow to Düsseldorf, where you will then board the MS Serenity in Cologne. Travel up the Rhine towards Rüdesheim, settling into your floating home with dinner and a welcome.
Day 2: Rhine cruise and Rüdesheim
After breakfast, take in the sites and stories surrounding the Middle Rhine. At lunchtime, explore Rüdesheim and its Christmas markets. Take advantage of an optional excursion to visit the wonderful Siegfrieds’ Mechanical Music Museum, including a warming mug of local Gluhwein. Round the day off with a trip to the famous little street Drosselgasse and take the chance to enjoy the special Rüdesheimer coffee.
Day 3: Rhine cruise: Bonn & Cologne Christmas Markets
After arriving in Bonn in the morning, freely explore the birthplace of Beethoven and look out for the giant advent calendar in the Town Hall. Mid-morning, wander around the Christmas markets. Around lunchtime, depart to Cologne and visit possibly the biggest and best Christmas market in the whole of Germany. The hotel is within walking distance of the markets so you can really shop till you drop!
Day 4: Cologne to London
After breakfast, depart from the MS Serenity and transfer to Dusseldorf for your return flight to London Heathrow.
For a full breakdown of the trip’s itinerary, simply click here.
Prices for the trip are as follows:
Twin room: £795 per person
Single supplement: £125
Middle deck upgrade (twins only): £50 per person
Panorama deck upgrade (twins only): £100 per person
Included in the price:
- Return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Düsseldorf
- Return transfer between Düsseldorf and Cologne
- 3 nights onboard MS Serenity, full board in a main deck twin cabin
- 2 Christmas themed Workshops lead by Juliet Barnard during the cruise
- Rhine Cruise visiting Cologne, Bonn & Rüdesheim
- Visit to Cologne & Rüdesheim Christmas Markets
For a full list of what is and is not included in the price, click here.
Want to bring a non-crafting friend or partner?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays: Europe - £50
If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.
For single travellers who are interested in our trips, but don’t have a friend able to come with them why not join our "Stitch Together" programme to help with the costs of a single occupancy room? We have designed a way for you to find someone to share a room with on any of our Stitchtopia Holidays.
For more information or to book your trip, visit www.arenatravel.com or call Arena Travel at 01473 633506.