Exclusive for MoS readers: See Germany’s Xmas markets and Aled Jones

Exclusive for MoS readers: See Germany’s best Christmas markets – and enjoy a magical cruise plus a special concert from Aled Jones

The historic German city of Cologne is magical at any time of year but during the festive season it has an even more enchanting atmosphere. With the backdrop of a stunning Gothic cathedral, you will explore Cologne’s famous Christmas markets, complete with the sights, sounds and smells emanating from the traditional stalls.

During an exclusive five-day cruise along the Rhine, you will also have the chance to do your Christmas shopping at markets in Bonn, Rudesheim and Koblenz.

And to make this trip truly unmissable, it will end with a fitting festive finale: an exclusive concert by the much-loved singer and broadcaster Aled Jones in the 19th Century Trinitatiskirche in Cologne.

Christmas cheer: The famous market in Cologne, with the Gothic cathedral in the background

You will board the four-star MS Serenity in Mainz before making your way along the Rhine. During the adventure, you will stop in Rudesheim, Koblenz and Bonn to wander around the markets to browse the unique, handmade gifts, foodie treats and decorations.

Your trip will conclude in Cologne, where you’ll find one of the largest and most spectacular Christmas markets, before your exclusive evening concert with Aled Jones.

Aled is one of the UK’s favourite entertainers and he has recorded 31 albums over a 34-year career, which started when he was just 15. Readers who book this trip will also receive a signed copy of his latest album.

Sweet treats: A stall selling delicious gingerbread

Your home for this trip will be The River Cruise Line’s flagship MS Serenity, which will transport you through the spectacular scenery in comfort and style.


Exclusive Aled Jones concert

In the stunning surroundings of Cologne’s beautiful Trinitatiskirche, you will enjoy an exclusive performance from the world-famous singer, including a spine-tingling rendition of Walking In The Air.


You will be joined by Aled Jones, above

Aled Jones shot to fame at the age of 15 thanks to his wonderful version of Walking In The Air, which featured in the film The Snowman. Aled has since recorded more than 30 albums spanning the classical music repertoire. He has presented the BBC’s Songs Of Praise since 2004 and has his own radio show on Sunday mornings on Classic FM.

Christmas markets

Germany is famous for its festive markets and you’ll be able to pick up original handmade gifts for putting under the tree on visits to the markets in Bonn, Koblenz, Rudesheim and Mainz. The local gingerbread and mulled wine will, of course, help keep you in the festive spirit.

Experience Cologne

With a skyline dominated by its magnificent Gothic cathedral, the stunning city of Cologne is a wonderful place to end your trip. You’ll explore the city and some of the smaller markets by the Rhine and the impressive main Christmas market, which is overlooked by the cathedral. In the evening, you will be there to see Aled perform an intimate concert.

Free Aled Jones CD

Guests who book this trip will receive a complimentary signed copy of Aled Jones’s latest album (one per booking) to take home and listen to and remind you of your amazing festive holiday.

Sail on MS Serenity

The River Cruise Line’s flagship vessel, the stylish MS Serenity, is like a floating four-star hotel. Your home for the duration of the trip features air-conditioned cabins with a bright, modern feel, en suite bathrooms, and excellent river views so that you can enjoy the beautiful scenery.


  • Return travel by air or rail.
  • Four nights’ full board on MS Serenity.
  • Exclusive Aled Jones concert in Cologne.
  • Visits to Mainz, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Bonn and Cologne.
  • Signed copy of Aled Jones’s latest CD*.
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board.
  • The services of a cruise manager throughout.
  • All port taxes and fees.


The dates: December 10-14, 2019. The price: From £895pp**.

Call 01858 589 511 to find out more, or visit mailtravel.co.uk/aledjones, quoting reference MOSAJ0706.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *One copy per booking. ** Offer price based on two people sharing the lowest grade cabin. Itinerary subject to change. Single supplements may apply. This trip is exclusive to Mail Travel and selected media. Our travel partner, The River Cruise Line, is fully bonded and this trip is ATOL-protected. For full Ts&Cs, go to mailtravel.co.uk/aledjones.

Credit: Exclusive for MoS readers: See Germany’s Xmas markets and Aled Jones