Get a dose of festive cheer by visiting Christmas Markets in Europe on a P&O Ferries mini cruise.
Visit the wonderful Belgium market in Bruges or check out the markets in Amsterdam.
Running every day during December 2016 are the Christmas Markets in Bruges' Grote Markt. They are open daily from around 10.30 am until as late as 11 pm.
Book a two day mini cruise ° from Hull to Zeebrugge (Bruges) and enjoy two nights' accommodation onboard a comfortable ferry. Sail overnight while you sleep and arrive in Belgium the next morning. Take the coach transfer to Bruges and it will drop you off near the train station. Head over to Grote Markt to experience these wonderful Christmas Markets.
You'll have the day to experience the markets before you'll need to catch the bus transfer back to the ship.
The markets take on a lovely wintry feeling at night. A two-night mini cruise means you won't be able to experience this. If you have time available, book a three day mini cruise ° from Hull to Zeebrugge (Bruges) instead. You will need to book a one-night hotel stay in Bruges separately, but this gives you the flexibility to stay wherever you choose. There are plenty of hotels around Bruges to suit all budgets and tastes.
If you'd rather head to The Netherlands then you will also find a variety of festive attractions in Amsterdam. These are available later in December, with the key dates as follows:
- 17 November - The city's festive lights are switched on at Amsterdam's luxury department store, Fe Bijenkorf.
- 10 December 2016 to 5 February 2017 - Ice artists host a show of amazing sculptures at Arena Boulevard Amsterdam.
- 11 December to 18 December - The Pure Winter Market is available in Amstelpark.
- 17 December to 30 December - Head to Museumplein for the Christmas Village on Ice, complete with stalls and an ice rink.
As you can see, festivities are completely different to those in Bruges. For the best experience with the most amount of attractions head to Amsterdam between 11 and 30 December. The sweet spot would be 17th and 18th December when both the Pure Winter Market and Christmas Village on Ice attractions should be open.
As with the sailings to Bruges, the majority of the sea voyage happens overnight as you sleep. Book a two day mini cruise ° from Hull to Amsterdam (via Rotterdam) and enjoy two nights' accommodation onboard a comfortable ferry. Sail overnight while you sleep and arrive in The Netherlands the next morning. Take the coach transfer to Amsterdam and it will drop you off near to Amsterdam Centraal Train Station. From here it is easy to visit the festive attractions using public transport.
You'll have the day to experience the festive attractions (and to cram in some last minute Christmas shopping) before you'll need to catch the bus transfer back to the ship.
To experience Amsterdam's nightlife in winter, book a three day mini cruise ° from Hull to Rotterdam (via Amsterdam) instead. You will need to book a one-night hotel stay in the city separately, but this gives you the flexibility to stay wherever you choose.
The sailings above are based on P&O Ferries' 'Mini Cruises Mini Prices' promotion, where two-night mini cruise fares start from just £40 per person, based on two sharing an inside cabin. Daily sailings are available, meaning you can choose the dates best suited to you. Certain days incur a surcharge, and all dates are subject to availability. The dates and times of festive attractions are subject to change. Transport, and entrance fees where applicable, to the festive attractions, are not included in the mini cruise fare. If you book a mini cruise offer, your return transport from the port to the city centre is included in the price.
The dull-but-necessary small print
All deals are subject to availability and can be withdrawn by the operator without prior notice. The lead-in prices (otherwise known as the 'from' prices) are, unless otherwise stated above, based on two adults sharing the cheapest available cabin on the cheapest available date. Typically the best prices are available at the start of any promotion period so the earlier you book the better choice of sailing dates and cabin availability you should have. Mid-week sail dates are likely to be cheaper than weekend sail dates.