Magical Markets of the Rhine Valley

4 days from £279 pp.


About the Tour

Visit the magical Christmas markets of the Rhine Valley on this spectacular 4 or 5-day break. Head to picturesque towns dotted along the banks of the River Rhine and enjoy the festive atmosphere of quaint little towns such as Rüdesheim, Boppard and Koblenz. If you opt for the 5-day tour, you’ll finish your Christmas markets holiday off in style as we head to the impressive Frankfurt Christmas Market.

Tour Includes


  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 2 or 3 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

Local departure by coach, then to Assmannshausen for a three-night stay. Arrival will be late this evening.

Boppard

Boppard

Enjoy an included excursion through the Rhine Valley to Boppard, the ‘pearl’ of the Rhine. Boppard, famous for its beautiful Rhine Promenade, is situated in the Valley of the Loreley. There will be free time for you to be able to explore at your leisure. See the late Romanesque building of St Severus Church on the Market Square, the Carmelite Church originally built in 1300 or take a ride on the chair-lift for a bird's eye view of the Rhine Gorge (at own cost).

During the day there will be the opportunity to join an optional cruise along the Rhine. Our cruise, which lasts for approximately 1 hour, will take us through the Rhine gorge, famous for its ancient castles, picturesque villages and vine clad slopes. Our cruise is a perfect way to view the splendour of the Rhine.

From Boppard we head to Koblenz to see the Christmas markets. The traditional Koblenz Christmas Market is one of the largest Christmas Markets in Rhineland palatinate. More than 100 wooden stands at the Zentralplatz and the Am Plan in the Old City offer a huge selection of gift articles for the holiday table, as well as an extensive range of arts, crafts and Christmas decorations. All the flavours of Christmas are here, including spicy mulled wine and sweet smelling Christmas cakes.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Wiesbaden

Wiesbaden

Our included excursion today takes us to Wiesbaden, one of Europe’s oldest spa towns. The name Weisbaden translates as ‘meadow baths’ on account of its sprawling areas of parkland and its thermal baths. There will be time at leisure for you to explore all Weisbaden has to offer. Perhaps visit the historic old quarter home to the Old City Hall, New Town Hall and the Marktkirche.

This afternoon we head to the Rhine town of Rudesheim. Rudesheim has one of Germany’s prettiest Christmas markets with over 100 stalls representing different nations from around the world. From the heart of the historical old town, on the Market Square through the Markstrasse, over the Oberstrasse to the world-known Drosselgasse, onto the Rheinstrasse and back to the Market Square, Rudesheim’s Christmas Market circles the old town. The festively decorated Christmas stands provide lots of handmade arts and crafts; candles, decorations, wood figures, wood carvings, glass engravings, ‘schwibbogen’ arched candles, mangers, pewter casters and dolls. Of course, festive dishes from the region and the famous mulled wine will also be available.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Wiesbaden & Rüdesheim
  • Boppard & Koblenz

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Rhine Cruise
  • Frankfurt-am-Main (5-day tour only)

Notes


 

Travel Insurance from £27.00 (4 days), £27.00 (5 days). Single Room Supplement from £49.00 (4 days), £70.00 (5 days).

Local departure by coach then onward to Assmannshausen for a four-night stay. Arrival will be late this evening.

Boppard

Boppard

Enjoy an included excursion through the Rhine Valley to Boppard, the ‘pearl’ of the Rhine. Boppard, famous for its beautiful Rhine Promenade, is situated in the Valley of the Loreley. There will be free time for you to be able to explore at your leisure. See the late Romanesque building of St Severus Church on the Market Square, the Carmelite Church originally built in 1300 or take a ride on the chair-lift for a bird's eye view of the Rhine Gorge (at own cost).

During the day there will be the opportunity to join an optional cruise along the Rhine. Our cruise, which lasts for approximately 1hour, will take us through the Rhine gorge, famous for its ancient castles, picturesque villages and vine clad slopes. Our cruise is a perfect way to view the splendour of the Rhine.

From Boppard we head to Koblenz to see the Christmas markets. The traditional Koblenz Christmas Market is one of the largest Christmas Markets in Rhineland palatinate. More than 100 wooden stands at the Zentralplatz and the Am Plan in the Old City offer – in addition to an extensive range of arts and crafts as well as Christmas decorations – a huge selection of gift articles for the holiday table. All the flavours of Christmas are here, including spicy mulled wine and sweet smelling Christmas cakes.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Wiesbaden & Rüdesheim

Wiesbaden & Rüdesheim

Our included excursion today takes us Wiesbaden, one of Europe’s oldest spa town. The name Weisbaden translates as ‘meadow baths’ on account of its sprawling areas of parkland and its thermal baths. There will be time at leisure for you to explore all Weisbaden has to offer. Perhaps visit the historic old quarter home to the Old City Hall, New Town Hall and the Marktkirche.

This afternoon we head to the Rhine town of Rudesheim. Rudesheim has one of Germany’s prettiest Christmas markets with over 100 stalls representing different nations from around the world. From the heart of the historical old town, on the Market Square through the Markstrasse, over the Oberstrasse to the world-known Drosselgasse, onto the Rheinstrasse and back to the Market Square, Rudesheim’s Christmas Market circles the old town. The festively decorated Christmas stands provide lots of handmade arts and crafts; candles, decorations, wood figures, wood carvings, glass engravings, ‘schwibbogen’ arched candles, mangers, pewter casters and dolls. Of course, festive dishes from the region and the famous mulled wine will also be available.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Frankfurt-am-Main

Frankfurt-am-Main

Enjoy a day at leisure in resort or why not join our optional excursion to Frankfurt Christmas Market? Frankfurt itself is the largest financial centre in Europe and is often called ‘Mainhattan’ due to it being a high-powered finance and business hub on the banks of the Main River.

Frankfurt is also home to one of the world’s largest stock exchanges and its airport is the third largest in Europe. Despite all of this, the centre of Frankfurt is charming and traditional, with half-timbered buildings and cosy taverns. During this time of year, Frankfurt hosts one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany. The many elaborately decorated stalls, huddled around the Römerberg and St. Pauls Square make this a Christmas experience you’ll never forget.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Wiesbaden & Rüdesheim
  • Boppard & Koblenz

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Rhine Cruise
  • Frankfurt-am-Main (5-day tour only)

Notes


 

Travel Insurance from £27.00 (4 days), £27.00 (5 days). Single Room Supplement from £49.00 (4 days), £70.00 (5 days).

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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Accommodation

You will stay for three or four nights at the 3-star Hotel Alte Bauernschänke in charming Assmannshausen in the Rhine Valley.

The hotel is typically Rhineland in style, with an atmosphere to match and offers regular evening entertainment. There’s a lift, restaurant and large bar area.

Due to demand, other 3-star hotels such as the Hotel Zwei Mohren in Assmannshausen may also be used.

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Alte Bauernschanke

Alte Bauernschanke

Alte Bauernschanke


This friendly family-run hotel extends a warm Rhineland welcome to all its guests. Situated in the heart of charming Assmannshausen in the Rhine Valley, the hotel is located only a short stroll from the Rhine Promenade. The chair lift, next to the hotel, takes you to the summit of the Niederwald, from where a short walk takes you to the cable cars, which run into the bustling wine town of Rüdesheim. The Alte Bauernschanke, a wonderful half-timberered building, was originally a tavern dating back to the 15th century and has become a landmark in the town. Owned by the Berg family, all 54 bedrooms have en-suite facilities, television and telephone. Enjoy a drink on the terrace or a night of dancing and singing in the cellar bar. You may also wish to use the excellent wellness facilities (at additional cost).

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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Travel Information

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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