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Christmas Markets of Aachen & Valkenburg

Christmas Markets of Aachen & Valkenburg

“Picturesque Aachen holds a lovingly decorated “Christmas village” on the market square which has everything your heart could desire. One local speciality you really must try is the Aachen Printen, a kind of gingerbread. Explore the enchanted Christmas Markets in beautifully lit caves deep underground in Valkenburg. There’s no other Christmas Market quite like it! Visit mighty Cologne which boasts numerous Christmas Markets dotted about this spectacular city."

Day 1

Travel to Folkestone for the Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. Arrive at the hotel in Valkenburg, making suitable comfort stops along the way, with time to freshen up before our evening meal.

B, D

Day 2

After breakfast travel to Aachen where we explore the Christmas Market. Every year 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. This market is considered to be one of the very best in Germany! There are many cafes and restaurants for lunch to be purchased. Return to the hotel with time to freshen up before our evening meal.

B, D

Day 3

After breakfast travel to Cologne, the capital of the Rhineland and one of the largest cities in Germany (journey time approx 1.5 hrs). It is most magical at Christmas time, when the Christmas markets open and the shop windows are filled with Christmas offerings: arts and crafts, gifts and decorations not seen before, revealing another side to this historic and beautiful city. There are many restaurants here for lunch to be purchased.

B, D

Day 4

Today we have a day at leisure in Valkenburg. See, smell, hear and taste Christmas in everything. Explore the enchanted markets here in the caves deep underground. The caves’ darkest corners are lit up by bright lights and feature Christmas trees and charming decorations. The Velvet Cave is also host to an attractive and cosy Christmas Market with over 50 stalls. Enjoy the impressive mural paintings, sculptures, the unique 18th century chapel, market stalls with Christmas and gift items, ancient trades and a cosy catering establishment. Both caves in this itinerary are accessible to wheelchair users.

B, D

Day 5

After breakfast return to Calais for the Eurotunnel crossing, travelling back to home area making suitable stops along the way.

B

B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

HOTEL SCHAEPKENS VAN ST FIJT, VALKENBURG ***

This hotel is surrounded by a picturesque garden in the edge of the centre of Valkenburg. The hotel r estaurant serves a buffet dinner in the evening. There is a twice daily happy hour* at the hotel bar and live entertainment on some evenings. For drinks at the bar, guests have to pre-buy tokens.

 

AT A GLANCE

  • Exclusive coach travel with Kirbys

  • Return Eurotunnel crossing

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome drink of beer/wine/soft drink

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Live musical entertainment on 2 nights

  • *Happy hour at 10:30 (free cup of coffee) and 15:30 (free cup of tea) each day

  • Free use of the leisure facilities at the local leisure centre (Polfermolen)

  • Entrance to Velvet Cave Christmas Market

  • Entrance to Municipal Cave Christmas Market

  • Fully escorted throughout

 

Passports are required.

 

TRAVEL OPTIONS

Upgrade your room (subject to availability). Supplements apply, call 01268 777 777, option 1

 

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