German Christmas Markets Quilting Cruise

Prices from £995

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1 Dec 2018 - 5 Dec 2018
Duration: 4 nights
Ref: 18085
With: Janet Clare

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Single Supplement: £175
Deposit: £250

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When it comes to Christmas markets, nowhere does it quite like Germany. Join quilting expert Janet Clare as we explore the markets of Bonn, Koblenz, Rudesheim and Mainz; each one with its unique flavour and atmosphere. On board the ship, Janet will host workshops so that we can indulge in a little (or a lot!) of stitching as we sail along the Rhine.

Janet Clare

Janet Clare is an artist, textile designer, teacher, author, quilter and all round creative thinker who is inspired by words, sayings and lovely phrases that she comes across and also by children and the joy they find in the mundane.

Janet has created a range of quilt and stitchery patterns, written five books and designed eight fabric collections in collaboration with Moda. Janet’s products retail in quilt shops across the UK and in her online ETSY store, as well as featuring on Create and Craft TV, where Janet presents a live show once a month. Her work features frequently in patchwork and quilting publications and as an experienced speaker and teacher, she regularly hosts talks and workshops at quilt shops, guilds and in her own studio focusing on the design process and the creative techniques she uses.

DAY 1: UK - COLOGNE

We fly to Cologne and transfer by coach to join our ship for a relaxing evening.

DAY 2: COLOGNE - BONN - KOBLENZ

We cruise down the Rhine to Bonn, birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, with time to explore the Christmas markets. Later on, enjoy your first stitching workshop with Janet Clare as we continue cruising down river to Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

This evening we visit Koblenz Christmas Market, with over 130 wooden stalls offering a range of Christmas decorations and handmade gifts. Enjoy a glass of gluhwein whilst listening to festive music.

DAY 3: KOBLENZ - RUDESHEIM

This morning, get your creative juices flowing with another workshop as we our cruise along the spectacular Rhine Gorge, past the famous Lorelei rock to the quaint town of Rudesheim. We have free time to explore the Christmas markets in the romantic old town and Drosselgasse which are filled with 120 stalls from 12 different countries.

You can also join our optional excursion, Rudesheim Delights, to visit the wonderful Mechanical Music Museum of Siefried. 

DAY 4: RUDESHEIM - MAINZ

Continue stitching and cruising your way down the Rhine as Janet hosts her final workshop. Our next stop is Mainz where you can enjoy the rest of the day exploring the Christmas markets; the historic market square turns into a beautiful spectacular of lights, the streets are filled with the smells of gingerbread, chestnuts and gluhwein. 

DAY 5: MAINZ - COLOGNE

After a leisurely breakfast we transfer by coach to Cologne airport for our return flight to the UK. 

PRICES:

Main deck twin room: £995 per person
Main deck single supplement: £175
Middle deck upgrade (twins only): £80 per person
Panorama deck upgrade (twins only): £120 per person
Deposit: £250 per person

Please Note: Rooms with single occupancy are available on main deck only.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return flights from London - Cologne
  • Coach travel as decribed
  • 4 nights full-board on MS Serenity in a main deck twin cabin
  • Visits to Christmas Markets in Bonn, Koblenz, Rudesheim and Mainz
  • 3 hand-stitching workshops with Janet Clare
  • Services of a Stitchtopia Tour Manager throughout the tour

NOT INCLUDED:

Single supplement, cabin upgrades, optional excursion to Rüdesheim’s mechanical Music Museum, drinks and items of a personal nature.

NON-CRAFTERS

Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
Europe - £50

WHY NOT MEET US THERE?

Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.

THE "STITCH TOGETHER" PROGRAMME

For single travellers who are interested in our trips, but don’t have a friend able to come with them why not join our "Stitch Together" programme to help with the costs of a single occupancy room? We have designed a way for you to find someone to share a room with on any of our Stitchtopia Holidays.

Find out more about our "Stitch Together" programme >>

MS Serenity****

You'll love the style, space and outstanding service that this 4 star ship offers. Take in the views of the river and beyond from the spacious restaurant, soak up the 360-degree panoramic views from the sun deck (weather permitting) or relax in the comfortable seatng and inviting ambience of the Lounge Bar.

All of the cabins aboard the MS Serenity have a bright, modern feel, are appointed with tasteful decor, twin beds, ensuite shower with wc, air conditioning, radio, satellite TV, safe and hairdryer. There's also plenty of storage space for your suitcase, along with a good size wardrobe and a small desk and chair.

CABINS

Cabins are situated over 3 decks:

Panorama deck cabins
The highest standard cabin on the MS Serenity, the showpiece is the full-length French balcony windows.

Middle deck cabins
Middle deck cabin accommodation is the same size and shape as the Panorama deck cabins and feature large sliding windows for you to fully enjoy the beautiful views.

Main deck cabins
The main deck cabins are the same size as the Middle and Panorama deck cabins with two fixed windows to provide your outside view.