Germany (Rhine Valley, North Rhine-Westphalia )
There is no better way to celebrate the start of the Christmas season than with a festive adventure around the Rhine Valley. These German towns really know how to create a truly magical ambience; blanketed with festive lights, markets are filled with the sumptuous aromas of cinnamon and glühwein, with live music aplenty, of course.
We’ll stay at a 3-star selected hotel in Remagen. The comfortable rooms are en suite and other facilities include a bar and restaurant.
Day 1 – Journey to Germany
We catch the ferry to Calais and journey onwards to our hotel in Remagen. Tonight we enjoy a light evening meal together at the hotel.
Day 2 – Cologne Christmas Markets
Today we spend the day in Cologne, Germany’s oldest city. There are no fewer than six separate Christmas Markets peppered across the city centre, with Cologne’s landmark gothic cathedral providing an impressive backdrop to the main market. Stalls are filled with a vast range of tempting and traditional goodies including handcrafted toys, keepsakes and ceramics. Later we return to the hotel where we enjoy dinner together.
Day 3 – Optional excursion to Koblenz Christmas Market (£12pp)
Today we have the option to visit the Christmas Market in the elegant city of Koblenz. Held in the picturesque Old Town, the Christmas Market has over 130 stalls providing a variety of hand-made goods, Christmas decorations and traditional German festive food and drink to get you in the mood for the season. Be sure to visit the Christmas bakery; with more sweet treats than Hansel and Gretel could shake a stick at! This evening we have dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 – Journey home
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and head back to Calais for our return ferry home.
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