Day 1: Depart from local pick-up point and travel to Hull for overnight sailing to Rotterdam.
Day 2: Arrive Rotterdam ferry port following morning.
Transfer by coach to MS Esmeralda River Cruiser in Cologne, stay overnight.
Day 3: Cruise to Koblenz, stay overnight.
Day 4: Cruise to Rudesheim, stay overnight.
Day 5: Cruise to Mainz, stay overnight.
Day 6: After breakfast disembark Esmeralda River Cruiser in Mainz, transfer by coach to Rotterdam ferry port for overnight sailing to Hull.
Day 7: Arrive Hull following morning, transfer by coach to your local drop-off point.
Rudesheim Christmas Market
More than 20 nations from six continents bring and offer their goods, specials, customs and celebrations of the season:
Good and thoughtful things, gifts and delights from Orient and Occident, from Europe and from overseas.
Guests from all over the world and locals together celebrate within the ancient historical landscape of the Rhine Gorge, creating an unique flair and atmosphere.
Enchanting Stalls & Glowing Lights Homes and mansions, decked with lights, greenery and ornaments, show the festive spirit of the season.
Vendors and craftspeople invite, offer goods, gifts and delights, in colours, spices, scents the comfort and joy.
The number one attraction in Cologne is the Cathedral, with visitors of around 6.5 million visitors per year. The Gothic towers are approximately 157 metres high and were finally finished in 1880. Due to the architecture in the impressive Gothic style, the three Wise Men shrine, stained glass windows and works of art, the Cathedral has been declared a Unesco World Heritage SITE IN 1996.
With more than 40 museums Cologne offers a multifaceted scape, the Romano Germanic, Ludwig and Wallraf Richartz are the most important museums.
The Chocolate Museum been the most visited in Cologne.
The historic Rheinauhafen maritime harbour quarter promenade with international flair was built combined with historical and modern facets of Cologne. The three 60 metre high Crane Houses are the centre of attention and are combined with modern apartments and office accommodation together with restored old buidings. This is all an eyecatcher on the skyline of the left bank on the Rhine River. This quarter is an attractive spot with numerous café bars, restaurants and galleries.
Visit the fragrance museum where Eau de Cologne was borne, A guided tour will explain a three hundred year history of Farina. In the chamber you immerse yourself in the world of fragrances from Johann Maria Farina who developed the original Eau de Cologne, and take in the smell of different essences.
Boutiques are situated in Ehrenstrabe and Breite Strabe, an exciting and funky area of fashion and shoe shops, modern cafes and specialised shops. The Belgian Quarter which has small and individual shops plus young designers and cosy café restaurant bars is another great place to shop. The shop of Madame Miammiam is not to be missed with yummy fancy cakes.
Surrounded by four low mountain ranges, and situated in the picturesque landscape of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, is the 2000 year old town of Koblenz. Its cosy lanes and narrow alleyways with an abundance of cultural historic monuments and buildings, with happy and relaxed atmosphere of its squares and the river promenade making Koblenz a town where guests can feel home.
Esmeralda River Cruiser
The Esmeralda offers a high level of comfort and a family atmosphere. Trans River Lines’s flagship sails primarily on the Danube. The bar and the spacious, inviting lounge were recently completely renovated. Relaxing on the partially covered sun deck is a genuine pleasure.