Rivera Travel to offer record number of Christmas market cruises in 2019
Plus no single supplement for solo travellers in selected cabins
In December, 2019, premium European river cruise line, Riviera Travel, will offer a record 16 Christmas market cruises on the Rhine from December 1 to 18, offering Australians a chance to soak in the traditional yuletide atmosphere and see the stunning Rhineland in its wintry splendour.
2019 will see Riviera Travel offer four more Christmas market cruises than this year, reflecting increased interest in Europe’s storybook Christmas markets with their twinkling lights, colourful decorations, baked gingerbread, hot mulled wine, handcrafted nutcrackers and alluring gifts to buy loved ones.
The five-day cruises are available from $949 per person, including for solo passengers – subject to availability, with a selected number of cabins set aside on each sailing for solo travellers.
Guests will cruise aboard one of Riviera Travel’s five-star ships – each named after a famous author or poet – which they will board in the historic city of Cologne, before cruising through the dramatic Rhine Gorge with its vineyard-covered valleys and ruined castles. A memorable afternoon will be spent in the picturesque wine town of Rudesheim with its myriad of Christmas market stalls and its year-round Christmas shop. The following day will include a guided tour of Koblenz, which has one of the largest Christmas markets in the Rhineland and is known for the famous stollen – delicious Christmas bread made with candied and dried fruit, nuts and marzipan.
The cruise will then continue to Bonn, where guests will enjoy a guided tour of its most prominent landmarks, including the pastel pink old town hall, soaring spire of one of the oldest churches in the country and birthplace of Beethoven. Guests will then return to Cologne to disembark, but not before they have had the opportunity to visit some of Cologne’s yuletide markets – of which there are seven, each with its own theme.
Perfect for Christmas lovers, the cruises showcase some of Europe’s finest scenery, alongside picturesque towns and cities at their best and brightest as they celebrate the festive season.
Fares for the 16 five-day cruises begin at $949 per person and include guided tours of Bonn and Koblenz, four nights onboard the luxury ship and all onboard meals. Sixteen departure times are available, from December 1 to 18, 2019.
Offering inclusive, five-star cruises at fares up to 50 per cent lower than river companies more established in Australia, Riviera Travel recently launched in Australia with a dedicated website and brochure – both in Australian dollars. In 2019, Riviera’s 12 luxury river ships will offer more than 327 cruises across 14 different itineraries in Europe, making it the biggest river cruise operator in the UK.
For general information on Riviera Travel’s river cruises, visit www.rivieratravel.com.au