Cologne & Dusseldorf Christmas Markets
WITH AN ADVENT CRUISE
Staying in the heart of the Rhineland, directly on the mighty river itself in Monheim, enjoy some German Festive magic and visit two of the region’s most famous Christmas Markets. Gingerbread, baked apples, Bratwurst, candied almonds and mulled wine give off their enticing aromas once again at the ‘Weihnachtmarkt’ in Cologne and Düsseldorf. When it’s cold and dark outside, the Christmas stalls transform city centres with colourful sparkling lights and decorations, attracting visitors to linger, taste what is on offer and snap up a festive bargain. There are cribs, handicrafts, ceramic goods, jewellery, articles make of wood and textiles as well as bees' wax candles directly from the beekeeper and much more. With hundreds of stalls, everyone is bound to find something as a Christmas present. An Advent Rhine cruise is included.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Head to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Continuing via the auto-routes of France, Belgium and Germany. 3 nights hotel in Monheim with buffet breakfast. An informal buffet dinner in the hotel is included on two evenings (not on day of arrival).
Day 2 - 3 - At leisure in Monheim with two included excursions
Cologne Christmas Market
Cologne is a fantastic Christmas market and a definite must see visited by thousands of people each year. Each of the markets has something slightly different to offer. Always challenging each other to be the most creative and unique. Be absorbed in the festive atmosphere, gleaming lights and brightest decorations. With hundreds of stalls lining the streets, it's easy to see why it is one of the most popular Christmas markets in Europe. The largest Christmas tree in Rhineland competes with the dramatic cathedral to steal the show and the whole city bursts into light through the long winter nights. In a picturesque setting overlooking the Rhine, the Cologne Harbour Christmas market at the Chocolate Museum gives festive Cologne a maritime flavour.
Düsseldorf Christmas Market & Rhine Cruise
The atmospheric Christmas markets of Düsseldorf transform this Rhineland metropolis into a magical festive world. Discover all manner of Christmas delights at over 200 lovingly decorated huts and you’ll find glittering Christmas tree decorations, distinguished handcrafts and plenty of tasty seasonal treats offered simultaneously at several different locations, all within easy walking distance. Join the included 2-hour sightseeing Advent Rhine cruise and relax with tea / coffee and hot waffles with cherry sauce as you glide past the city’s waterfront sights.
Day 4 - After breakfast, we travel back through Germany, Belgium and France to Calais for our return to England
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Comfort Hotel Monheim
This contemporary 3* superior design hotel opened in May 2018 and is situated on the Rhine Promenade in Monheim (halfway between Cologne and Düsseldorf). It is an ideal modern base from which to explore the region with spacious, bright guestrooms with satellite TV and free WiFi. There is a breakfast room, spacious bar area and a lift.
*Please note that NOT all Continental Hotels have tea and coffee making facilities in the bedrooms.