Aachen, Cologne and Valkenburg Markets

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  • 4 nights, daily breakfast, 3 dinners
  • Explore Aachen Christmas Market
  • Visit Cologne, boasting 6 Christmas markets and an impressive cathedral
  • Enjoy Valkenburg’s unique underground markets

Come with us as we discover the delights of Germany’s Christmas markets during this exciting holiday. We’ll take in the festivities found at some of Germany’s best markets, and will be able to enjoy the atmosphere, local delicacies and stalls selling all kinds of gifts while we’re there.

From enjoying a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate, to admiring the attractive Christmas decorations, there will be lots to do during this break. We’ll begin our holiday by travelling to Bad Aachen, a popular town in Germany, and will discover the Christmas market here. Take in the town’s colourful Christmas lights and superb stalls selling all manner of festive items.

Next, we’ll take a trip to the famous Christmas markets to be found in Cologne, and will also spend some time exploring this beautiful German city.

From here, we’ll make a short stop at the Valkenburg Christmas markets, known for being one of the most unusual out there - it’s held in the majestic Velvet Caves. This underground cave system runs beneath the ruins of Valkenburg Castle and makes a unique setting.


Full Day: Cologne Markets (Included)

The city of Cologne offers six Christmas markets in total, with the market set in front of the imposing cathedral being the most impressive. Beneath the largest Christmas tree in Rhineland, you will find 160 attractively designed pavilions. Here, you can choose from numerous sweet delicacies, watch artisans at work, and enjoy the 'original Christmas mulled wine'.

Cologne Guided City Tour

Uncover Cologne’s greatest sights with a guided city tour, which will see us travelling around Cologne to further explore the area. During the city walk, explore the famous cathedral and the old town, the town hall and the old town with large Romanesque Church of St. Martin. Get a feel for of the city's vibrancy and history as you walk the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town and the busy squares of the old market and the hay market. Our guided tour concludes with a visit inside Cologne Cathedral. The Cathedral is the town's major landmark and the most visited attraction in Germany.

En Route: Valkenburg Christmas Market (Included)

When en route, we call at the quaint Dutch town of Valkenburg, where the wonderful underground Christmas Market is the largest and oldest of its kind in Europe. Enjoy this unique setting as we soak up the seasonal atmosphere and browse the stands.

Half Day: Aachen Christmas Market (Included)

Every year four weeks before Christmas the square and streets around Aachen town hall and cathedral are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours, festive sounds and seductive smells. A strong atmosphere of Christmas dominates one of Germany's largest and most beautiful festive markets.


Hotel Buschhausen (primary)

This friendly hotel is set in the suburb of Bad Aachen. You are assured of a warm welcome by our hosts, Petra and Roger, who have been accommodating our clients for many years.

  • Europe
  • Cologne
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Valkenburg
  • Aachen
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  • 50 plus
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  • Cultural
  • History
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  • Shopping
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  • Seniors
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Day 1 - UK to Bad Aachen

We start our journey as we travel to Bad Aachen, making our way via Calais and then arriving at the Hotel Buschhausen, which will be our base for three nights. 

Day 2 - Aachen
Enjoy an included transfer to Aachen, for chance to explore the city and browse the popular Christmas Market. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 - Cologne

We head to Cologne for a full day excursion today, enjoying all this city has to offer and exploring the festive stalls. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4 - Bad Aachen to France

Sadly, it is time to say goodbye to Bad Aachen and the Hotel Buschhausen, as we make our way to northern France. On the way, we’ll visit the unique underground Valkenburg Christmas Market, before continuing our journey to our overnight hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 - France to UK

In the morning, we’ll travel back to the UK via Calais and will then return home. (Breakfast)

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
29-Nov-2020 for 4 Nights Visit Website
06-Dec-2020 for 4 Nights Visit Website

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