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Valkenburg, Aachen & Cologne* Christmas Markets

Europe
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEGHVA

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach
Get into the festive spirit with a trip to Aachen, Valkenburg and Cologne*, as you enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the Christmas markets.
PRICE FROM ? £399 per person
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Itinerary

4 Day Tour

  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach, then to your hotel in Holland for a three-night stay.

  • Day 2 - Aachen

    Today we cross the border into Germany and travel to Aachen to visit the Christmas Market. Every year in the weeks prior to Christmas, the squares and alleys around Aachen’s town hall and cathedral are transformed into a festive Christmas Market. The range of goods offered is overwhelming, from grand objects to the modest trinket and from the most impressive gifts to everyday utensils. Enjoy free time visiting the many stalls whilst sipping a warming cup of mulled wine and sampling the delicious potato fritters. Be sure to try ‘Spekulatius’ or traditional Christmas spice cookies.

    In order to enhance your tour, you may wish to join an optional half day visit to the lovely German town of Monschau, the ‘Gem of the Eifel Region’. Centered on the banks of a small river and overlooked from opposite hillsides by the ruins of a stone watchtower and an old palace, Monschau is a classically pretty town. Linked by a series of bridges, the town’s restaurants and shops lead up to the town centre where a charming church proudly stands.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 - Valkenburg

    Spend today in the charming town of Valkenburg. Experience the festive excitement of the Christmas market in the Town Cave (Gemeentegrot); the oldest and largest underground Christmas market in Europe. The ancient galleries are filled with Christmas music and decorated with lights and traditional stalls selling all kinds of festive gifts creating a truly magical atmosphere.

    You may also wish to visit the Christmas market in the Velvet Cave (Fluweelengrot- entrance extra approximately €7 per person). This Christmas market leads you on a circular route through an underground pathway lined with stalls, all tucked into niches in the rock. They’re bursting with Christmas gifts or why not enjoy a warm welcome at the Winter Wonderland Tavern, which serves Glühwein and hearty meals to fortify you for more shopping!

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

5 Day Tour

  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach, then to your hotel in for Holland or Belgium, for a four-night stay.

  • Day 2 - Aachen

    Today we cross the border into Germany and travel to Aachen to visit the Christmas Market. Every year in the weeks prior to Christmas, the squares and alleys around Aachen’s town hall and cathedral are transformed into a festive Christmas Market. The range of goods offered is overwhelming, from grand objects to the modest trinket and from the most impressive gifts to everyday utensils. Enjoy free time visiting the many stalls whilst sipping a warming cup of mulled wine and sampling the delicious Potato fritters. Be sure to try ‘Spekulatius’ or traditional Christmas spice cookies.

    In order to enhance your tour, you may wish to join an optional half day visit the lovely German town of Monschau, the ‘Gem of the Eifel Region’. Centered on the banks of a small river and overlooked from opposite hillsides by the ruins of a stone watchtower and an old palace, Monschau is a classically pretty town. Linked by a series of bridges, the town’s restaurants and shops lead up to the town centre where a charming church proudly stands.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 - Valkenburg

    Spend today in the charming town of Valkenburg. Experience the festive excitement of the Christmas market in the Town Cave (Gemeentegrot); the oldest and largest underground Christmas market in Europe. The ancient galleries are filled with Christmas music and decorated with lights and traditional stalls selling all kinds of festive gifts creating a truly magical atmosphere.

    You may also wish to visit the Christmas market in the Velvet Cave (Fluweelengrot- entrance extra approximately €7 per person). This Christmas market leads you on a circular route through an underground pathway lined with stalls, all tucked into niches in the rock. They’re bursting with Christmas gifts or why not enjoy a warm welcome at the Winter Wonderland Tavern, which serves Glühwein and hearty meals to fortify you for more shopping!

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 - Cologne

    Today we visit Cologne and its Christmas market on our included excursion. Cologne’s history traces back more than 2,000 years when it was founded as a Roman colony. Today it has developed into a beautiful cosmopolitan city.

    Advent magic spreads throughout Cologne at this time of year, when six idyllic Christmas markets open their gates to visitors. More than 160 stalls offer traditional goods and handcrafted gifts. Wonderful spicy aromas of cinnamon stars, baked apples and roasted almonds will fill the air and local wreath binders, glassblowers and blacksmiths will demonstrate their art.

    Start at the Christmas market in Cathedral Square where you will find a fascinating array of high-quality arts and crafts, many gift ideas and delicious food and drinks, and a huge Christmas tree.

    Continue onto the Old Town where the rustic ’Home of the Elves’ market takes place at the Heumarkt and Alter Markt. Traditional stalls and huts, pretty lanes and hidden Heinzelmännchen (house gnomes who are said to have done the work of the people of Cologne at night), and craftspeople demonstrating their skills, give this market its particular charm.

    At Neumarkt you will find the Market of Angels with its charming chalets, twinkling lights shining from the trees, and high quality products. Just a ten minute walk from Neumarkt is the Village of St Nicholas at Rudolfplatz. Here the theme is the St. Nicholas Village which makes this market particularly popular with younger visitors.

    In a picturesque setting overlooking the Rhine, the Cologne Harbour market at the Chocolate Museum will bring a maritime flavour to Christmas. With around 80 stalls this market is one of the largest in Cologne. Take in the lively atmosphere, and why not sample fish specialities or fine food and drink from around the world.

    Finally, there is the the dynamically artful and attractively different Christmas market at Stadtgarten in the heart of the Belgian quarter. The Stadtgarten Christmas market traditionally only takes place in the afternoon. Whilst visiting Cologne be sure to indulge yourself in some typical culinary delights such as the famous ’Christstollen’ yeast cakes, ’Lebkuchen’ soft gingerbread cookies and Marzipan almond confections. Also try the mandatory ’Gluhwein’ a hot spiced wine in mugs perfect to warm chilly hands.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 5

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Accommodation

You will stay for three or four nights at the 3-star Hotel Walram, located in the centre of Valkenburg.

Due to demand, we may use other hotels of a similar standard, such as the 3-star Hotel Schaepkens in Valkenburg, the Select Hotel Apple Park in Maastricht or the 3-star Hotel Riche in Valkenburg on the Geul.

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