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Christmas Markets of Aachen and Valkenburg

Christmas Markets of Aachen and Valkenburg

Picturesque Aachen holds a lovingly decorated "Christmas village" on the market square which has everything your heart could desire.

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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.

 

Passports are required.

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.

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=Evening Meal Included

WALRAM HOTEL, VALKENBURG ***

Situated on the square at the banks of the river De Geul, this comfortable, modern and cosy hotel is just a 2-minute walk to the town centre. There is a bar area to relax in with a drink before your evening meals.

En-suite, Lift, Restaurant, Bar, Pool, Wi-Fi, Hairdryer, Telephone, TV, Tea/coffee, Air Con

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Name Address Contact Details
Ardleigh Crown Ardleigh Crown Public House
Bramford, Angel PH Bramford, Angel Public House
Brentwood George & Dragon George & Dragon PH, Roman Road, Mountnessing
(B1002) CM15 0TZ
Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Chelmsford Services Chelmsford Springfield Services
Lorry Park (Off A12)
Claydon Crown Claydon Crown Public House Lay By
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Combs Bus Shelter Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage)
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
Debenham Angel Debenham Angel Public House
Diss Bus Station Diss Bus Station
Eye Town Hall Eye Town Hall
Felixstowe Coach Park Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe,
IP11 7SJ
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Kelvedon - The Tavern Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road
Long Stratton Long Stratton Police Station
Mendlesham Kings Head Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House,
Mendlesham, Denters Hill Mendlesham, Denters Hill
Needham Market - Swan Needham Market, Swan Public House,
Norwich - Castle Meadow Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office)
Redenhall/Station Road Junction of Redenhall Road/Station Road Harleston
(Old Duke William PH) IP20 0LB
Scole - Scole Engineering Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole
Sproughton Sproughton, Wild Man Public House
Stowmarket Railway Stn. Stowmarket Railway Station.
Stowupland Dents Corner Stowupland, Dents Corner,
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Witham Old Post Office Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office
(NOT McColls Store)
Woolpit Church Woolpit Church

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