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All Inclusive Christmas Rhine River Cruise

All Inclusive Christmas Rhine River Cruise

Those looking for a different Christmas break this year, look no further. VIVA Cruises invites you to experience the very best of Europe, the way it was meant to be discovered: with good company, unique perspectives and awardwinning service and amenities. Enjoy a variety of festive excursions, including visits to Christmas markets and to the idyllic halftimbered houses, as Viva Tiara cruises along the Rhine towards Mainz, Mannheim and Strasbourg, in France.

Holiday Inclusions

• Overnight Return North Sea Ferry Crossings

• 7 nights Full Board on MS Viva Tiara • Multicourse gourmet menus

• All Inclusive Drinks Package from 10ammidnight

• Wellstocked minibar in each cabin (refilled daily) • High Tea on one day

• Onboard entertainment • Frankfurt City Walk "Neue Altstadt"

• Koblenz City Walk • Mainz "Gutenberg Trail" City Walk

• Mannheim City Walk • Speyer City Walk & Brezel • Strasbourg City Tour

• Strasbourg Alsace Panorama Bus Tour • DoortoDoor Service

• Coach Travel throughout

 

Our Accommodation

Overnight Ferry

2 nights

Our ship offers a variety of entertainment whilst we sail to Europe from either Newcastle or Hull. Your lower birth cabin, dinner, and breakfast are included.

MS Viva Tiara

4 nights

Freshly renovated in 2020, our cruise ship boasts a modern and spacious design. It has the main Riverside restaurant serving gourmet food and VIVA's Bistro, an alternative restaurant offering classic dishes. You can relax in the whirlpool on deck, treat yourself to a quiet moment in the sauna or steam bath, or challenge yourself and your opponent with a game of chess on the sun deck. After an eventful day, the panoramic lounge invites you to enjoy a drink with a beautiful view. On board entertainment includes enrichment lectures, piano music nightly, in-room movies, culinary demos, local entertainment and “themed” fun! All cabins are equipped with flatscreen TV, fully-stocked minibar (re-filled every morning), Nespresso machine, hairdryer, safe, air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. There is a lift between Ruby and Diamond Deck, however, there are 12 steps to Emerald Deck and Sun Deck.

 

Additional Information

Price is based on an Emerald standard cabin, upgrades to Ruby & Diamond standard cabins may be available on request. This holiday requires a full UK Passport with at least 6 months of validity from the date your holiday returns to the UK.

Ferry & Hotel

Overnight Ferry & Hotel - Day 1 takes us to Hull for our overnight crossing to Rotterdam with cabin, dinner & breakfast included. On day 2 we journey to Frankfurt to board MS Viva Tiara. Your all-inclusive package entails multi-course gourmet menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, high-quality alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks served from 10am until midnight, and a free minibar in each cabin (re-filled every morning).

B, D

Frankfurt

- Your enchanting Christmas journey begins in Frankfurt, with its striking skyline. Explore the 'Neue Altstadt' adorned with holiday decor and visit one of Germany's oldest Christmas markets. Return to the ship in time for departure at 18:30, and sail along the festively adorned Rhine with a cocktail in hand.

Mannheim City Walk

Mannheim City Walk - Awake in Mannheim on day 3, known for its 18th-century Baroque Palace. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and stroll through illuminated city squares, explore the city centre and festive market, or partake in the optional Mannheim City Walk. Numerous sights along the way from the Augustaanlage to the "Electoral Palatinate Mile of Innovations" in front of the baroque palace form a fitting backdrop to the stories of Bertha Benz, who gave her husband's invention, the automobile, the decisive marketing push with her trip to Pforzheim.

Strasbourg City Tour

- Cross into France and explore the 'Christmas Capital of the World' on day 4. A sightseeing tour will guide you through the decorated town towards the UNESCO-protected Grand Ile, with its stunning Cathedral de Notre Dame and France's oldest Christmas Market. Our tour begins with a one-hour route past the most important sights, before we get off the bus and discover the famous Petite France district, which is very popular with visitors, on foot. See the covered dam bridge Barrage Vauban, which was already built in the 17th century, stroll through the cobbled streets, enjoy views of the idyllic canals and discover details on the well-preserved half-timbered houses. The narrow streets here are lined with countless cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops.

Speyer City Walk

Speyer City Walk & Brezel - On day 5 we discover the most important and beautiful sights of this 2000-year-old imperial city. Step back in time with the impressive Speyer Cathedral and its large Romanesque columned hall crypt. Enjoy the 'national baked good' of Speyer, a Brezel (pretzel) on a guided city walk.

Koblenz City Walk

Koblenz City Walk - We arrive in Koblenz on day 6. Uncover historical treasures at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. A guided city walk will lead you through the charming streets of this city, sharing stories and anecdotes about Koblenz's past and present. During the tour, you'll uncover the historical treasures that Koblenz has to offer, including impressive monuments, well-preserved buildings, and hidden gems. Stroll through the festive town as over 100 rustic stalls fill the air with scents of gingerbread, roasted almonds and mulled wine. Don't miss the Deutsches Eck, with its Kaiser Wilhelm statue.

Eltville

- Savour the morning in Eltville, a cosy town on the banks of the Rhine. Stroll through the old town past the 13th-century remnants of Electoral Castle, and visit the illuminated market square.

Mainz

- On day 8, we depart Eltville and continue to Mainz to enjoy the historical charm of the Old Town dressed up for Christmas. Get to know the most important man of the city, Johannes Gutenberg, as you pass by famous sights. Enjoy your last night on board with a Farewell Gala before returning to Frankfurt.

Overnight Ferry

Overnight Ferry - On day 9 we return to Frankfurt to disembark our floating premium hotel. We then journey back to Rotterdam, ready for an overnight crossing back to Hull. Again, dinner, breakfast and lower berth cabins are included. We disembark our overnight ferry on 10 day and return home by coach.

B=Breakfast included, D=Dinner included

Deposit & balance payment

Unless otherwise stated, deposits are £60.00 per person for UK holidays, £150.00 per person for EU holidays, and £250.00 per person for Channel Island holidays. Please be aware that all deposits are non-refundable in the event of cancellation. Upon completing your booking, a confirmation/invoice will be sent to your email address. This may land in your ‘spam’ or ‘junk’ folder so please check all of your folders. This document will show all the relevant information regarding your holiday, including your booking reference number (displayed on the top left-hand corner) which you will be asked to quote if you need to discuss any aspect of your holiday with us. Please check all of the details, such as spelling and contact information, and advise us promptly if any changes are required. We do not send out reminders for balance payments, so please note your balance due date and contact us to settle your balance on or before the date stated.

 

Travel documents

Your travel documents should arrive with you approximately 7 days before departure. This pack will contain your home collection time, your luggage labels, a feedback form, and a day-by-day itinerary for your holiday. Please read through these carefully before your departure day and ensure you are ready to depart promptly at the departure time stated.

 

Luggage

Due to space limitations, unless otherwise stated, your luggage allowance is one small carry-on bag, and one medium-sized suitcase. Please consider that your luggage has to be handled by our staff and possibly porters, and therefore we recommend that your hold luggage should have dimensions of no more than 26 inches in length and 20 inches in height, and weigh no more than 18kgs. Luggage allowances may vary for EU holidays and flight packages, this will be advised in your travel documents.

 

Coaches & seating

Due to operational circumstances, on rare occasions we may be forced to amend seating allocation, however, this will be notified to you in a timely manner. Once all passengers are on board, if there are any spare seats on the coach and you wish to move, please feel free to do so. When the vehicle is in motion, the wearing of seatbelts is a mandatory requirement, as is our Non-Smoking policy (including electronic e-cigarettes). We kindly ask that mobile phones be used in emergencies only whilst the vehicle is in motion. For the comfort of our passengers, we will include regular comfort breaks throughout the journey. All of our coaches have a toilet on board.

 

Hotels & dining

All of our hotels are carefully selected and you should expect to find all bedrooms with private en-suite facilities. The board basis will be either DB&B (dinner, bed and breakfast) or B&B (bed and breakfast), and items such as leisure facilities, entertainment, etc, are described where applicable.

 

Special requests

Any special request should be advised to us at the point of booking, especially so in the case of those with limited mobility. Please consider that, as most of our customers book by telephone, if this information is not forthcoming our staff cannot ascertain if a chosen holiday is suitable for your mobility level and ensure your holiday is successful. Whilst we will endeavour to do all possible to satisfy any special request, please be aware that this is a ‘request’ only, unless it has been guaranteed in writing with the hotel.

 

Itineraries & attractions

All holiday inclusions are listed on our website and then re-confirmed to you when you receive your travel documents. As the holidays are packaged many months, and sometimes over a year, in advance of departure, on rare occasions we may be forced to amend an itinerary or change an attraction. In such instances, we will always do our best to provide a ‘like for like’ alternative and advise you as soon as possible.

 

Contact information

If you become lost whilst on tour, we advise that you contact our office on 01253 725999 so that we can inform your driver and help you relocate the coach (listen to the end of the answering machine message for our emergency contact number if calling outside of office hours). We request that you provide us with a mobile phone number in advance of travel and keep your mobile phone switched on for the duration of the excursion so that we can contact you in this event. We kindly request that you also provide us with your emergency contact details. This is the name and telephone number of a friend or family member (somebody who is not travelling with you) that we could contact in the event of an emergency whilst you are on tour.

 

Identification

We recommend that you take some form of Photographic Identification with you on holiday (i.e. Passport, Bus Pass, or Driver’s License). In some cases, Photo ID will be a requirement, for example, where there are ferry crossings, flights, EU travel, or visits to RAF bases or royal residences. This will be advised to you in writing when you receive your booking confirmation.

 

Cancellation terms

Our cancellation terms are available to view on our website under Booking Conditions. All of our holidays operate subject to a minimum number of passengers being achieved. If these are not met, the tour may be cancelled by us, and a full refund will be issued. However, if you wish to cancel your holiday, a cancellation charge will be incurred.

 

Insurance

Regardless of your chosen destination, we recommend that you consider taking out a comprehensive Travel Insurance policy, to cover you in the event of cancellation. BP Insurance Brokers offer competitive prices to patrons of G-Line Holidays and can be contacted on 01253 747258.

 

Gratuities

Gratuities are not included as part of your excursion cost and are also not compulsory. However, much in the same way as good service in a local restaurant may be rewarded, if you feel you have received a service worthy of reward from your coach driver, we would encourage you to show your appreciation personally.

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