A Group Organiser's Familiarisation Cruise to Alsace for Xmas Market 2017


4 days / 3 nights duration - Departing 12th December 2017
Return Executive Coach Travel from selected UK departure points
Return Eurotunnel crossings
Three nights’ cruise on a full board basis + the services of a Cruise Manager
Excursion package as detailed below

Special Offer Group Organiser’s Price £149pp Twin share only - One Group Organiser per group / booking
Special Offer Partners Price £199pp - Only one partner booking sharing a cabin
Panorama Deck Cabin supplement £50 per cabin (3 nights) – limited availability
Payment is required in full at the time of booking.
The Organiser’s price is refundable against a group booking in 2018

Strasbourg Christmas Market aboard the MS Serenity
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 one of the best for the last two years running.

Day 1: UK – Mainz
We travel to Mainz, where the Rhine and Main rivers meet, and enjoy a relaxing evening on board our ship.

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. These include 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! Around lunchtime we depart for Heidelberg for more Christmas Markets. Extending over five historic market squares and featuring around 140 stalls, you are guaranteed to find that special gift! 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 1570’sand was 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 almost 30m high. Add to this the themed events, several hundred miles of Christmas lights and giant ice rink and this market will undoubtedly be the highlight of your cruise!

Day 4: Mainz – UK
We bid farewell to the captain and his crew and depart on our return journey to the UK.

Familiarisation trips always include a busy itinerary and are not designed as a holiday specifically but they are great fun and are an opportunity to meet like-minded Organisers from around the UK. These are promotional & fact finding tours which are open to a variety of Group Organisers, representing many group types.K. These are promotional & fact finding tours which are open to a variety of Group Organisers, representing many group types.

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