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.
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Running every day during December 2017 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:
- See the giant Christmas tree in Dam Square.
- Skate on the ice rink at Museumplein between 18 November 2017 and 4 February 2018.
- Dpm't miss the ice rink and stalls at Leidseplein.
- Amsterdam's Light Festival takes place from 30 November 2017 through to 21 January 2018.
- The Flower Market gets a festive twist with Christmas trees in all shapes and sizes available to buy.
- The World Christmas Circus comes to town between 21 December 2017 and 7 January 2018.
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.