Valkenburg, Aachen & Maastricht Christmas Markets
2020 - Hotel Walram - 5 Days (OE5004)
Stay in the heart of pretty Valkenburg
Visit 3 amazing Christmas Markets!
Join us on this lovely festive tour to Holland and Germany based in the heart of pretty Valkenburg, one of the most popular bases for exploring the Christmas Markets in this region.
Whilst German Christmas Markets reign supreme, the small but extremely pretty Christmas Market in Valkenburg is unique in Holland and a lovely place to be in the run up to Christmas. The Christmas Market in Maastricht is also a great event and you will have free time to enjoy this under-discovered city on one of our included excursions. We will also visit the Aachen Christmas Markets on this tour, which are both impressive and very typically of everything a German Christmas Market is meant to be!
There is a local rumour that Santa actually comes from Valkenburg! You see, as days get shorter, Valkenburg transforms istelf into a cosy and delightful Christmas town, immersed in a magical atmosphere, with a paradise of twinkling lights and beautifully decorated Christmas trees. There is no doubt that you will see, smell, hear and taste Christmas in everything you do and see here!
But what makes Valkenburg's Christmas Markets truly unique is that it is not just held above ground! The network of caves upon which the town is built means that you can visit the unique Christmas markets in the Gemeentegrot (Municipal Cave) and Fluweelengrot (Velvet Cave). Be amazed at Mergelrijk, where dozens of informative stories about marlstone and caves are told, set against a Christmas backdrop, with beautiful marlstone sculptures, works of art, films and interactive tablets.
In the Winter Wonderland, at the Wilhelminagrot (Wilhelmina Cave), you can be amazed by beautifull sand sculptures by artist form all over the world. Be sure to be back above ground in time to watch the fascinating Christmas Parade with its illuminated floats and beautifully costumed dancers and enjoy a stroll through Santa’s Village. Feeling hungry? The culinary walking tour ‘Route d’Amuse’ takes you to the best restaurants of Valkenburg quite apart from the many stalls and other options for sampling some fabulous festive fayre..No wonder that Valkenburg is the number one Christmas town in Holland!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
This is a very cosy and welcoming hotel located in the heart of the pretty town of Valkenburg. Whilst the hotel offers all of the usual amenities including a very pleasant restaurant and bar, it is the team and the hospitality that stands out at the Walram. Be prepared to be very well looked after!
After joining the coach at one of our convenient local joining points, we head towards Dover and our short sea crossing to France. We then travel on into Holland, arriving at the lovely Walram Hotel in the heart of pretty Valkenburg in time for dinner.
Enjoy lovely buffet breakfasts every day along with free time to enjoy the delighful town of Valkenburg and its Christmas Market. Join us on our INCLUDED excursion to Aachen and its famous Christmas Market whilst also spending time in Maastricht at enjoying the festive buzz that this lovely city has to offer. Dinner is included every evening at the hotel.
After a final tasty breakfast we make our way back to France and the short sea crossing to Dover. From there we start our journey back through England home to Wales, stopping for convenient breaks along the way.
Maastricht & Christmas Market
Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in Holland, as you will quickly discover when strolling through the historic inner city. Churches, city walls, monumental merchant houses and big squares merge seamlessly with a comprehensive and varied range of shops. It is also lively and energetic with a rich Roman history which includes a maze of tunnel-caves, historical buildings and a legendary reputation from great food and drink!
Magical Masstricht will be enchanting this December. Countless little lights will shine in the trees, beautiful garlands will stretch from street to street, there will be winter fun on the city's squares, and Christmas music will be heard on almost every corner. The historic centre will shine and sparkle like never before.
The Vrijthof square will be filled with all kinds of wonderful things from all over the world. Get active with some skating on the ice rink! Marvel at the magnificent scene from the top of the Ferris wheel. Browse the Christmas market for original gifts and taste, smell, and experience that magical Christmas feeling.
Aachen & Christmas Market
Aachen is situated directly on the border with Belgium and the Netherlands and is
a great place to visit. Seat of the Emperor Charlemagne, the cathedral - the first monument in Germany to be included in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list - and the Gothic City Hall in which 32 German kings celebrated their coronations still form the heart of Aachen’s old city centre. This is a city steeped in history but full of modern touches and shops that will leave any visitor looking forward to coming back.
Every year before Christmas the squares and streets round the Cathedral and the Aachen Town Hall are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours, festive sounds and seductive smells. The carousel is a must for the children as is the mulled wine for the adults and potato fritters are eaten at all times of the day. Naturally you will find a large variety of Printen and other Christmas cakes and biscuits, "Domino Stones", gingerbread, "Spekulatius" and marzipan bread. These are distributed all over the world by Aachen bakeries but at the Aachen Christmas Market they come oven fresh and taste particularly delicious.
- Reserved coach seating throughout
- Short sea ferry or shuttle crossings
- 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
- Free time to explore Valkenburg and its Christmas Market
- Excursions to Christmas Markets in Maastricht & Aachen
This tour picks up at the following points:
- Cardiff Central
- Cardiff Gate
- Cardiff West
- Port Talbot
- Swansea Central
- Swansea West
Important NotesImportant Notes
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.
Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please contact us.
Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps.
Limited number of singles without supplement - Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a standard room.
This trip requires a valid UK passport (with at least 6 months remaining).
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