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Christmas Markets, 11 December 2019, 5 nights
FARES FROM JUST £599 PER PERSON!
Departing London Tilbury, visiting Amsterdam, Netherlands – Hamburg, Germany – Antwerp, Belgium and returning to London Tilbury
Why not treat yourself to an early Christmas Present!
A festive cruise will certainly get you into the Christmas spirit. When December rolls around, that festive cheer can become quite infectious, and there is no better way to embrace this magical time of year than cruising to the world’s most sought-after Christmas Markets.
Seeing these special festive markets for yourself is an experience you will not want to miss.
There are so many wonderful markets to enjoy. Travellers can discover the festive Christmas Market set outside of Hamburg’s most impressive town hall, or perhaps choose to explore all kinds of festive goods and a range of food and drink at the Christmas Market in Antwerp.
The Dutch capital is both charming and quirky. Aesthetically little has changed in the centre since its 17th century Golden Age. Beautiful gabled houses and merchants’ mansions line serene, tree-lined canals, which are laid out in five concentric circles and crossed by numerous bridges. The Royal Palace, originally built as a Town Hall in the 17th century, stands on a large square in the centre of the city. Considered one of Europe’s major art capitals, Amsterdam is home to a number of superb galleries and museums including the famous Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.
In Amsterdam, there are many special Christmas events in December. Museum Square turns into a wonderful Christmas Village, where you can enjoy Dutch treats, visit the Amsterdam Christmas market and go ice skating. All December long there are Christmas markets in Amsterdam.
The Amsterdam Light Festival lights up Amsterdam in a feast of colours, best seen from the water on a special Canal Cruise on the Amsterdam canals.
Against the mesmerising backdrop of the historic City Hall the Hamburg Christmas Market is filled with hand-crafted Christmas decorations from the Erzgebirge region and looked after by woodcarvers from Tyrol, bakers form Aachen (producing their famous “printen” cookies on the scene) or gingerbread makers from Nuremberg and the pottery is made by artists from the Lausitz region. Silversmiths and many other artisans and craftsmen from all over Germany invite you to marvel, join in, taste or simply enjoy this fantastic atmosphere in Hamburg.
Old-fashioned carousels bring a gleam to everyone’s eyes, not just the children’s. Hamburg has so much to offer during the festive season. Every day at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm Santa Claus will be flying his reindeer sleigh up to the sky high above the roofs of the Christmas Market cottages telling the story of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer.
Approximately 100 stall holders can be found at the Christmas market. Fledgling designers and charities can be found at the market alongside traders offering more traditional wares and original gifts. The market stretches from Groenplaats through to the Market Square, via Suikerrui to Steenplein, The Groenplaats is adorned with festive Christmas lights with music playing in the background. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a glass of Glühwein, a real speciality of the Christmas market in Antwerp. An ice rink is not too far away from the Groenplaats.