A Christmas Markets Cruise Liege, Maastricht, Valkenburg & Leuven 07.12.17

4 days / 3 nights’ duration departing Thursday 7th December 2017
Return Executive Coach Travel departing from selected UK departure points
Return short channel crossings to Calais
3 nights full board accommodation on board the MS Princess – all ensuite cabins
Included visits to Liege, Valkenburg, the city of Maastricht & Leuven.
1 free place for every 20 paying persons i.e. 21st + 42nd free – based on twin share cabins

Price from £349pp Twin share
Single cabins are very limited and will incur a supplement – these are on request only
Deposit £ 75pp (non-refundable) Balance due in full by the 09.10.17
Insurance available at £30pp – NO upper age limit but condition apply.
There is no overnight cruising during this holiday. The ship will be berthed in Liege for one night and Maastricht for 2 nights.

Sample Itinerary
Day One - Embarkation in Liege early evening – Dinner included on board
Day Two - Morning in Liege before departing by boat to Maastricht, arriving this evening in Maastricht. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included on board
Day Three - Morning excursion to Valkenburg returning to the ship for lunch. Afternoon free to explore Maastricht. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included on board
Day Four - Disembarkation after Breakfast in Maastricht. Stop en route in the Flemish city of Leuven where the town-centre will be steeped in Christmas atmosphere. Free time to purchase an early lunch before continuing on to the port for your late afternoon crossing to the UK and onwards to your original departure point(s).
Please note that the Captain of the Princess reserves the right to make changes to the scheduled sailings due to water levels and for the safety of all passengers.

The Christmas Village of the City of Liège (Village de Nöel) is not only the largest of its kind in Belgium it is also the one with the longest pedigree. Building on the long-standing Germanic legacy of Christmas markets, the Christmas Village of Liege turns the city centre into a place filled with the magical and enchanting spirit of the Christmas festivities. True to its Latin roots, as reflected in its various chalets offering a myriad of culinary delights, the Christmas Village has broken new grounds by creating a warm and festive atmosphere.

Valkenburg Christmas Markets are very different to many others as they are held in caves. Be amazed by this wonderful setting and decor which are in harmony with the numerous stands offering Christmas gifts and other luxuries. The spacious and long galleries, which are typical of this cave, is especially magical and will be a visit to remember. There is also the cosy Christmas Market in the Velvet Cave with its lights, Christmas trees and wonderful decorations. A visit here is more than beautiful decorations alone as you can also enjoy the impressive mural paintings, sculptures, the unique 18th century chapel and market stalls with Christmas and gift items (local entrance charges).

Maastricht - All year round Maastricht is a wonderful city, with just that atmosphere that bon-vivants love but around Christmas the city takes on that extra spellbinding edge. Under the moniker of "Magical Maastricht", the city goes into full Christmas mode when you can visit the Christmas market, go skating on the ice rink and see the sea of lights from the top of the Ferris wheel. During Magical Maastricht, the historic inner city is lit up in spectacular fashion. See the chandeliers at Plein 1992 and on the Markt square and follow the special light path across the river Meuse via Sint Servaasbrug Bridge and the Hoge Brug. Be sure to stop to admire the light animation of the 200 mistletoes in the trees as the beautiful lighting joins all of the squares and streets, together with the Christmas atmosphere at the centre of everything.

The MS Princess was last renovated in 2010 and is an extremely warm and welcoming ship. Whether you relax in the bar, lounge or restaurant you will feel at home on board this ship almost instantly.
The vessel has a length of 80m and a capacity for 98 passengers across 49 cabins. In addition, as a result of its special dimensions, the Princess can cruise many of the smaller rivers.
The Lounge/Bar is the ideal place to relax and socialise whilst enjoying a drink. It is also a wonderful location to admire the passing scenery, thanks to its panoramic windows.
The Restaurant is a light and airy room with panoramic windows where diners can enjoy an enticing buffet breakfast, with a range of hot and cold options. Lunch and dinners are four-course meals.
Cabins are air-conditioned and have picture windows, which cannot be opened. The cabins are approximately 10.5m² and have twin beds that fold away in order to maximise space. They are also ensuite and are equipped with a TV, telephone, hair dryer and mini safe.

Simply Groups reserve the right to make minor changes to the itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.

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