France, Belgium, Netherlands
Pretty Valkenburg has long been a favourite with Crusader at Christmas time and now you can enjoy a summer time break here too in one of Holland's most popular resorts in the undulating hills of the 'Dutch Alps'. Explore the town and Holland's only hilltop castle (lift access), take a ride on the vintage South Limburg Steam railway and spend a day in picture perfect Monschau. After a busy day, relax in the hotel's courtyard garden with a different summer vibe each evening.
Just a short walk takes you into the centre of town where a visit to the 11th century hilltop castle ruins and entrance to the famous Velvet Cave is included. Wander from the Great Hall to the defence towers, from the dungeon to the old chapel. Underneath the castle remains is the Velvet Cave, the labyrinth of secret passages and escape corridors used by the knights and soldiers of yore. The castle can be reached by lift but due to the historic nature of the ruins, some areas are uneven and not suitable for those with limited mobility.
In the evenings at the hotel enjoy a Jukebox night (choose your favourite music from a free jukebox all night), a Cocktail night (one cocktail per person included) and a live music night.
HERITAGE STEAM & WORLD GARDENS
Steam back in time with a short ride on the heritage South Limburg Steam Railway, known as the Million Line (due to the cost of restoring the track) from Simpelveld to Schin op Geul. It operates on double track preserved lines (as does England's Great Central Railway with which it is twinned). Continue to the unique Mondo Verde World Gardens where you can visit themed gardens from Japan, Morocco, Russia, the Tropics and the Alps to name but a few. Mondo Verde is a park known for its fabulous collection of gardens but it also features a zoo, an amusement park with rides and family attractions. Entrance also includes an 'All You Can Eat' selection of sandwiches, pasta, snacks, soup and a hot drink
Historic Monschau, in the pristine Eifel, is an idyllic town of narrow steep-roofed, romantic cobbled lanes and half-timbered houses and inns clustered along the banks of the River Rur. Largely unchanged for hundreds of years, Monschau, 'the Pearl of the Eifel' is a dreamy place for a stroll. With over 300 buildings listed as monuments, you can't but help be captivated by the Altstadt (Old Town) with its quaint shops, colourful window boxes and tempting cafes.
Walram Hotel, Valkenburg
The 3* Walram Hotel is a traditional Dutch hotel with 106 en-suite bedrooms, all equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea / coffee making facilities. Featuring a typical South Limburg limestone façade, the hotel enjoys an excellent location on the banks of the Geul River, within walking distance of Valkenburg centre. There is an indoor swimming pool and small sauna. There is a lift.
*5% discount applies to holidays of over £150 per person - Prices on the website include all available discounts - Insurance not included - Subject to availability - Single supplements may applyDownload Booking Conditions - Crusader Holidays 2020