Valkenburg, Aachen & Cologne* Christmas Markets

4 days from £359 pp.


Cologne Christmas Markets

Visit: Cologne Christmas Markets, Germany

About the Tour

Start off your fantastic festive holiday with a visit to the stunning Aachen Christmas market. Possibly one of the most picturesque in the whole of Germany, you will really get to enjoy the romantic feel of this quant town. Then, head deep down underground as we head over into Holland and to Valkenburg Christmas Markets. If you’re looking for something unique, then the most impressive of Dutch markets in the Municipal caves will be right up your street! And, why not end on a big crescendo? On our 5-day Christmas break, we’ll head to mighty Cologne to enjoy the numerous Christmas markets dotted about this incredible city.

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 your hotel in Holland for a three-night stay.

Aachen

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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Valkenburg

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 Gluhwein and hearty meals to fortify you for more shopping!

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Aachen
  • Valkenburg
  • Cologne (5-day break only)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Monschau

Notes

*Cologne included on the 5-day break only.


 

Travel Insurance from £27.00 (4 days), £27.00 (5 days). Single Room Supplement from £69.00 (4 days), £79.00 (5 days).

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

Aachen

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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Valkenburg

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 Gluhwein and hearty meals to fortify you for more shopping!

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Cologne

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.

Continue onto the Old Town where the rustic ’Home of the Gnomes’ market takes place. Traditional stall and huts, pretty lanes and hidden Heinzelmännchen (house gnomes who are said to have done the work of the people of Cologne at night), give this market its particular charm. At Neumarkt you will find the Market of Angels with its charming chalets and high quality products. Just a ten minute walk from Neumarkt is the Fairytale Christmas market at Rudolfplatz. Here the motto of the sixty huts 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 70 stalls this market is one of the largest in Cologne. Finally, there is the the dynamically artful and attractivly different Christmas market at Stadtgarten in the heart of the Belgium quarter. The Stadtgarten Christmas market traditionally only takes place in the afternoon. Whilst visiting Cologne be sure to indulge yourself is 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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Aachen
  • Valkenburg
  • Cologne (5-day break only)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Monschau

Notes

*Cologne included on the 5-day break only.


 

Travel Insurance from £27.00 (4 days), £27.00 (5 days). Single Room Supplement from £69.00 (4 days), £79.00 (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

Silver Service and Luxuria departures will stay for three or four nights at the 3-star Hotel Walram located in the centre of Valkenburg. Due to demand, we may also use the 3-star Hotel Schaepkens in Valkenburg, the 4-star Novotel Maastricht or the 4-star Novum Hotel in Maastricht.

Executive departures will stay for three nights at the 4-star Novotel in Maastricht, or similar.

Holland

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Walram

Holland

Novotel Maastricht

Novotel Maastricht

Walram


The Hotel Walram is a comfortable family run hotel, situated close to the picturesque little waterfall of the River Geul, with splendid views over the famous castle ruins of Valkenburg. The adjacent Walramplein square and swirling Geul stream provide an enchanting setting, within the ruins of the ancient city walls. All en-suite bedrooms are equipped with free wifi, tea/coffee making facilities (in room or available at reception). TV, radio and telephone; room upgrades are also available. The hotel has a lift, restaurant and bar. The Walram’s indoor swimming pool and sauna are also available to use.

  • Swimming Pool
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Bureau de Change
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Novotel Maastricht


Tour Changes

  • Monday 4th December 2017 Departure

    Tour Code: 5HVAV - You will stay for 4 nights at the 4 Star Novotel, Maastricht. Situated just outside Maastricht's historical city centre. The hotel features a bar, restaurant and lift. All bedrooms come with free Wi-Fi connection, air-conditioning, and TV.

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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