Christmas Markets “Land Cruise” Now Released

A central city square in Lille, the city our ‘land cruise’ will be based in this December.

We’ve been enjoying Christmas Market river cruises for almost 15 years – sometimes on the Rhine, sometimes on the Danube.  Sometimes upstream, sometimes downstream.  Don’t get us wrong – all are wonderful experiences, and hundreds of Travel Insiders have happily shared them with us over the years.

Vineyards around Reims in the Champagne region. We include a Champagne tasting session on the day we visit Reims.

The time has now come to offer you a very different type of Christmas Markets experience.  We’ve taken the best elements of a river cruise, and then added extra features, flexibility and freedom – things that are unavoidably impossible when you’re on a boat, limited to rivers and its schedule.  The result is what we are calling a ‘land cruise’.

Although we have coach travel (as do river cruises on many days too) this is not a coach tour.  Just like a river cruise, we spend a full week in one place – but we’ll be staying at a lovely boutique hotel rather than onboard a small river cruise boat.

Rather than cramped cabins on a small boat, you can enjoy spacious hotel rooms in a central city boutique hotel.  Rather than just having the one ship’s restaurant, fixed dining times and limited menu choices, we’ve a city full of dinner choices – even Michelin starred restaurants for the foodies in our group.  We will be visiting different towns all around the region for varied lunch choices.

We have chosen Lille in northern France as our touring base.  Lille is distinctive for being on the Eurostar and other high-speed rail lines, making it really easy to get to (40 minutes from Brussels, 70 minutes from Paris, 90 minutes from London), and allowing you a lot of choices for where you fly in and out.  Lille is a lovely city itself, and also has a rich variety of lovely nearby places to visit, so each day we will radiate out from Lille to experience selected nearby towns, including over the border in Belgium too.  Most of the places we visit have lovely Christmas Markets.

After the one week ‘land cruise’ we offer a three-day extension to Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland and even Lichtenstein.

Evening gently descends upon lovely Ghent, an often overlooked treasure of a town in Belgium.

Pricing is also much better than a river cruise.  Rates start at $2495 per person, share twin.  Like a cruise, we have two categories of room upgrade offered.

But, unlike a river cruise, there are no port fees to be added to the tour price, and we don’t distribute two envelopes per person for ‘suggested tips’ at the end, either!

Again unlike river cruises, single supplements have been kept to a very fair 25%, so as to make it easy for our many single travelers to join the tour, too.  We also have a matching/share program for singles.

We have even created a ‘quantity discount’ program if you bring other people with you.

The cruise/tour starts on Sunday 9 December and ends one week later on Sunday 16th.  If you’d like to stay a bit longer, we suggest various pre-tour options and offer a three night post-tour option too.

Full details of this wonderful tour are here, and a day by day itinerary is here.

The Christmas Markets we’ll visit are generally situated in beautiful historic surroundings, such as this one in Calais.

Whether you’ve enjoyed a Christmas river cruise or not, and whether you’ve visited these areas at other times of year or not, you’ll find lots to love on this wonderful tour at a charming time of year.

Please do come and join a group of your fellow Travel Insiders on this lovely experience this December.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Scroll to Top

Free Weekly Emailed Newsletter

Usually weekly, since 2001, we publish a roundup of travel and travel related technology developments, and often a feature article too.

You’ll stay up to date with the latest and greatest (and cautioned about the worst) developments.  You’ll get information to help you choose and become a better informed traveler and consumer, how to best use new technologies, and at times, will learn of things that might entertain, amuse, annoy or even outrage you.

We’re very politically incorrect and love to point out the unrebutted hypocrisies and unfairnesses out there.

This is all entirely free (but you’re welcome to voluntarily contribute!), and should you wish to, easy to cancel.

We’re not about to spam you any which way and as you can see, we don’t ask for any information except your email address and how often you want to receive our newsletters.

Newsletter Signup - Welcome!

Thanks for choosing to receive our newsletters.  We hope you’ll enjoy them and become a long-term reader, and maybe on occasion, add comments and thoughts of your own to the newsletters and articles we publish.

We’ll send you a confirmation email some time in the next few days to confirm your email address, and when you reply to that, you’ll then be on the list.

All the very best for now, and welcome to the growing “Travel Insider family”.






David.