Cologne

The twinkle of glittering lights: tick! That mouth-watering aroma of hot glühwein: tick! The jingle-jangle of your bag brimming with whimsical gifts and curios: tick! Welcome to our special four-day break to the Cologne and Düsseldorf Christmas markets. With endless stalls offering local delicacies and thousands of bargains in a majestic setting, experience the most famous German markets during this unmissable break!

Itinerary

Day 1 - Journey to Germany 

We catch the ferry to Calais and continue to our hotel in Germany, stopping en route for an evening meal (not included).

Day 2 - Bonn & Cologne Christmas Markets 

Today we travel to the Bonn Christmas Market, a festive hive of tasty food and spectacular gifts surrounded by the city’s Bottlerplatz and historic Minster. The ideal place to find that unique gift, the market offers an array of delightful hand-crafted treasures, including jewellery, ornaments, and knitwear. We then move on to Cologne Christmas Market to indulge in the special festive atmosphere, while enjoying roasted chestnuts and mulled wine and admiring the sparkle of Cologne’s beautiful lights and stunning cathedral. We have time for dinner at a restaurant of your choice before returning to the hotel (not included).

Day 3 - Aachen and Düsseldorf Christmas Markets

En route to Düsseldorf, we spend time in Aachen, a beautiful old city bordering Belgium and the Netherlands. This unique location is reflected in the impressive mixture of goods for sale at the Christmas market, including delicious French and Belgian foods as well as traditional German-made products. We then head to the Düsseldorf Christmas Markets, where we have time to enjoy the festivities with a scrumptious cup of glühwein in hand. We explore the Old Town quarters, adorned with rows of traditionally decorated huts and stalls offering a charming selection of unique handcrafted gifts. Later, there’s time for dinner at a restaurant of your choice before returning to the hotel (not included).

Day 4 - Journey home

We check out of our hotel and head back to Calais for our return ferry home.


Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany, situated on the picturesque landscape of the Rhine River and is known for being a media, tourism and business hotspot with various attractions to be enjoyed on our coach breaks from its gothic architecture to their brilliant Lights Festival & Christmas Markets.

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Snugly situated on the banks of the Rhine River, the German city of Düsseldorf has never kicked its provincial vibe. This fashionable and wealthy metropolis bursts with fascinating galleries and museums along with ‘the longest bar in the world’ situated in the Old Town. The first round is on you!

Every year Düsseldorf’s Christmas Market opens its ‘gingerbread houses’, with various individual themes to choose from. The streets come alive with glittering stalls decorated with huge Santa Claus hats, reindeer and coloured lights, along with chalet-style stalls selling arts, crafts and delicious food. Take a turn on the outdoor ice rink or stroll along the famous Königsallee avenue blanketed with a thousand brilliant lights.

Included

What's Included?

Includes

  • Return coach travel & ferry crossings 
  • 3 nights at a selected hotel in Germany (JG3 rating) with breakfast 
  • Excursions to Bonn, Cologne, Aachen & Düsseldorf Christmas Markets 

Accommodation

Selected Hotel (JG3 Rating) Hotel

We’ll stay at a selected hotel in Germany, such as the H+ Hotel in Cologne Brühl or Cologne Hürth.  Each hotel features comfortable en-suite rooms as well as a bar and restaurant.

Hotel accessibility information

Your hotel will be confirmed approximately 3 weeks before departure, therefore we cannot guarantee that the hotel will have a lift and/or ground floor rooms and may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility.

Hotel Rating

JG3 rating

Hotels with a JG3 rating tend to be a more formal style of hotel, often part of a hotel chain, or are very-welcoming family-owned properties. Generally, they offer a greater range of facilities and services, and bedrooms tend to be a little more spacious with additional features. Public areas are larger and include lounge seating, bar and restaurant with good quality food served either buffet style or waiter service.

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  • halesowen
  • hereford
  • hinckley
  • hopwood park services (m42)
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  • kidsgrove
  • leamington spa
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  • leek
  • leicester
  • leicester (fosse park)
  • leicester forest east services (m1)
  • leighton buzzard
  • leominster
  • long eaton
  • loughborough
  • malvern
  • mansfield
  • market harborough
  • melton mowbray
  • milton keynes
  • newcastle under lyme
  • northampton
  • nottingham
  • oswestry
  • oxford peartree services (a34)
  • pershore
  • redditch
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  • rugby
  • shrewsbury
  • solihull
  • stafford
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  • tamworth
  • telford
  • tewkesbury
  • walsall
  • warwick
  • wellingborough
  • wellington (shrops.)
  • witney
  • wolverhampton
  • worcester
  • anlaby
  • barnsley
  • beverley
  • billingham
  • bishop auckland
  • bradford
  • bridlington
  • brighouse
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  • chesterfield
  • chester-le-street
  • cottingham
  • darlington
  • dewsbury
  • doncaster
  • driffield
  • durham
  • elloughton
  • ferrybridge services (m62)
  • gateshead
  • goole
  • grimsby
  • halifax
  • harrogate
  • hartlepool
  • hessle
  • heworth
  • huddersfield
  • hull
  • keighley
  • leeds
  • malton
  • middlesbrough
  • newcastle-upon -tyne -
  • north shields
  • northallerton
  • peterlee
  • pontefract
  • rotherham
  • scarborough
  • scunthorpe
  • selby
  • sheffield
  • skipton
  • south shields
  • stockton-on-tees
  • sunderland
  • thirsk
  • wakefield
  • wallsend
  • washington
  • whitby
  • whitley bay
  • woodall services (m1)
  • woolley edge services (m1)
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  • bedford
  • biggleswade
  • boston
  • bourne
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  • corby
  • diss
  • downham market
  • gorleston
  • grantham
  • great yarmouth
  • holbeach
  • hunstanton
  • huntingdon
  • kempston
  • kings lynn
  • lincoln
  • louth
  • lowestoft
  • mablethorpe
  • march
  • newark
  • newmarket
  • norwich
  • peterborough
  • peterborough services (a1(m))
  • sandy
  • skegness
  • spalding
  • stamford
  • thetford
  • wisbech
  • altrincham
  • ashton under lyne
  • bebington
  • birkenhead
  • blackburn
  • blackpool
  • bolton
  • burnley
  • bury
  • chester
  • cleveleys
  • crewe
  • ellesmere port
  • knutsford services (m6)
  • leigh
  • leyland
  • liverpool
  • manchester
  • northwich
  • oldham
  • preston
  • rochdale
  • southport
  • st helens
  • stockport
  • warrington
  • widnes
  • wigan
  • abergele
  • colwyn bay
  • connah's quay
  • flint
  • llandudno
  • llandudno junction
  • mold
  • northop
  • prestatyn
  • rhyl
  • wrexham
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  • hinckley
  • kidderminster
  • leamington spa
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  • rugby
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  • solihull
  • stafford
  • stoke on trent
  • sutton coldfield
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  • walsall
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  • evesham
  • chester-le-street
  • sunderland
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  • heworth
  • castleford
  • dewsbury
  • durham
  • peterlee
  • middlesbrough
  • huddersfield
  • leeds
  • pontefract
  • wakefield
  • epsom
  • banstead
  • watford
  • uxbridge
  • enfield
  • wisbech
  • hailsham
  • hastings
  • didcot
  • banbury
  • polegate
  • seaford
  • sevenoaks
  • tonbridge
  • tunbridge wells
  • brighton
  • burgess hill
  • crawley
  • haywards heath
  • horsham
  • hove
  • redhill
  • shoreham-by-sea
  • worthing
  • guildford
  • portsmouth
  • aylesbury
  • bletchley
  • thame
  • high wycombe
  • oxford
  • milton keynes
  • aldershot
  • camberley
  • farnham
  • southampton
  • staines
  • woking
  • ampthill
  • dunstable
  • hemel hempstead
  • leighton buzzard
  • luton
  • maidenhead
  • reading
  • wokingham
  • bedford
  • biggleswade
  • chatteris
  • downham market
  • kings lynn
  • letchworth
  • sandy
  • bury st edmunds
  • cambridge
  • diss
  • gorleston
  • great yarmouth
  • lowestoft
  • newmarket
  • norwich
  • thetford
  • felixstowe
  • ipswich
  • sudbury
  • braintree
  • clacton-on-sea
  • colchester
  • stevenage
  • basildon
  • chelmsford
  • cheshunt
  • harlow
  • hertford
  • st albans
  • welwyn garden city
  • canvey island
  • grays
  • rayleigh
  • south benfleet
  • broadstairs
  • canterbury
  • chatham
  • deal
  • faversham
  • gillingham
  • gravesend
  • herne bay
  • margate
  • romford
  • ramsgate
  • rochester
  • whitstable
  • ashford
  • dover
  • folkestone
  • bicester
  • maidstone
  • peterborough
  • march
  • eastbourne
  • kettering
  • wellingborough
  • corby
  • northampton
  • huntingdon
  • sutton
  • bromley
  • croydon
  • dartford
  • lewisham
  • boston
  • bourne
  • holbeach
  • leicester
  • market harborough
  • spalding
  • stamford
  • daventry
  • maidstone services m20
  • littlehampton
  • stanford-le-hope
  • hunstanton
  • grantham
  • tilbury
  • newhaven
  • lewes
  • folkestone stop 24 services (m20)
  • bristol
  • bradford
  • bridgwater
  • bridlington
  • bristol cribbs causeway
  • bury
  • birmingham
  • bishop's stortford birchanger green services (m11)
  • cheltenham
  • chester
  • chesterfield
  • clacket lane services (m25)
  • chippenham
  • chieveley services (m4)
  • coalville
  • connah's quay
  • colwyn bay
  • blackburn
  • crewe
  • dover port
  • doncaster
  • driffield
  • bolton
  • ellesmere port
  • exeter services (m5)
  • fleet services (m3)
  • ferrybridge services (m62)
  • flint
  • grimsby
  • halifax
  • harrogate
  • hereford
  • hopwood park services (m42)
  • hucknall
  • hull
  • keighley
  • kempston
  • keynsham
  • kidsgrove
  • kingswood
  • gloucester
  • knutsford services (m6)
  • goole
  • ledbury
  • gordano services (m5)
  • leek
  • leicester forest east services (m1)
  • leominster
  • lincoln
  • liverpool
  • llandudno
  • long eaton
  • loughborough
  • louth
  • mablethorpe
  • malton
  • malvern
  • manchester
  • mansfield
  • melton mowbray
  • mold
  • newark
  • northwich
  • nottingham
  • oldham
  • oswestry
  • oxford peartree services (a34)
  • oxford services (m40)
  • peterborough services (a1(m))
  • altrincham
  • amesbury countess services (a303)
  • bath
  • bebington
  • beverley
  • bexhill
  • birkenhead
  • preston
  • rhyl
  • ross-on-wye
  • stroud
  • scarborough
  • scunthorpe
  • selby
  • sheffield
  • skegness
  • skipton
  • southend
  • st helens
  • stratford-upon-avon
  • swadlincote
  • swindon
  • taunton
  • tewkesbury
  • thurrock services (m25)
  • tiverton sampford peverell services (m5)
  • weymouth
  • whitby
  • wigan
  • witney
  • woodall services (m1)
  • woolley edge services (m1)
  • wrexham
  • yeovil
  • york
  • wareham
  • wellington (shrops.)
  • weston-super-mare
  • burnley
  • leyland
  • widnes
  • bodmin
  • newton abbot
  • plymouth
  • st austell
  • prestatyn
  • abergele
  • alfreton
  • sutton-in-ashfield
  • barnsley
  • rotherham
  • brighouse
  • darlington
  • south shields
  • thirsk
  • hessle
  • bishop auckland
  • northallerton
  • whitley bay
  • hartlepool
  • hythe (kent)
  • gateshead
  • leigh
  • stockton-on-tees
  • llandudno junction
  • yate
  • blackpool
  • cleveleys
  • southport
  • stockport
  • warrington
  • hatfield (herts.)
  • northop
  • rochdale
  • north shields
  • ashton under lyne
  • anlaby
  • elloughton
  • cottingham
  • acocks green
  • wallsend
  • billingham
  • leicester (fosse park)
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  • burton upon trent
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  • kidderminster
  • leamington spa
  • newcastle under lyme
  • redditch
  • rugby
  • shrewsbury
  • solihull
  • stafford
  • stoke on trent
  • sutton coldfield
  • tamworth
  • telford
  • walsall
  • warwick
  • wolverhampton
  • worcester
  • pershore
  • evesham
  • chester-le-street
  • sunderland
  • newcastle-upon -tyne -
  • washington
  • heworth
  • castleford
  • dewsbury
  • durham
  • peterlee
  • middlesbrough
  • huddersfield
  • leeds
  • pontefract
  • wakefield
  • epsom
  • banstead
  • watford
  • uxbridge
  • enfield
  • wisbech
  • hailsham
  • hastings
  • didcot
  • banbury
  • polegate
  • seaford
  • sevenoaks
  • tonbridge
  • tunbridge wells
  • brighton
  • burgess hill
  • crawley
  • haywards heath
  • horsham
  • hove
  • redhill
  • shoreham-by-sea
  • worthing
  • guildford
  • portsmouth
  • aylesbury
  • bletchley
  • thame
  • high wycombe
  • oxford
  • milton keynes
  • aldershot
  • camberley
  • farnham
  • southampton
  • staines
  • woking
  • ampthill
  • dunstable
  • hemel hempstead
  • leighton buzzard
  • luton
  • maidenhead
  • reading
  • wokingham
  • bedford
  • biggleswade
  • chatteris
  • downham market
  • kings lynn
  • letchworth
  • sandy
  • bury st edmunds
  • cambridge
  • diss
  • gorleston
  • great yarmouth
  • lowestoft
  • newmarket
  • norwich
  • thetford
  • felixstowe
  • ipswich
  • sudbury
  • braintree
  • clacton-on-sea
  • colchester
  • stevenage
  • basildon
  • chelmsford
  • cheshunt
  • harlow
  • hertford
  • st albans
  • welwyn garden city
  • canvey island
  • grays
  • rayleigh
  • south benfleet
  • broadstairs
  • canterbury
  • chatham
  • deal
  • faversham
  • gillingham
  • gravesend
  • herne bay
  • margate
  • romford
  • ramsgate
  • rochester
  • whitstable
  • ashford
  • dover
  • folkestone
  • bicester
  • maidstone
  • peterborough
  • march
  • eastbourne
  • kettering
  • wellingborough
  • corby
  • northampton
  • huntingdon
  • sutton
  • bromley
  • croydon
  • dartford
  • lewisham
  • boston
  • bourne
  • holbeach
  • leicester
  • market harborough
  • spalding
  • stamford
  • daventry
  • maidstone services m20
  • littlehampton
  • stanford-le-hope
  • hunstanton
  • grantham
  • tilbury
  • newhaven
  • lewes
  • folkestone stop 24 services (m20)
  • bristol
  • bradford
  • bridgwater
  • bridlington
  • bristol cribbs causeway
  • bury
  • birmingham
  • bishop's stortford birchanger green services (m11)
  • cheltenham
  • chester
  • chesterfield
  • clacket lane services (m25)
  • chippenham
  • chieveley services (m4)
  • coalville
  • connah's quay
  • colwyn bay
  • blackburn
  • crewe
  • dover port
  • doncaster
  • driffield
  • bolton
  • ellesmere port
  • exeter services (m5)
  • fleet services (m3)
  • ferrybridge services (m62)
  • flint
  • grimsby
  • halifax
  • harrogate
  • hereford
  • hopwood park services (m42)
  • hucknall
  • hull
  • keighley
  • kempston
  • keynsham
  • kidsgrove
  • kingswood
  • gloucester
  • knutsford services (m6)
  • goole
  • ledbury
  • gordano services (m5)
  • leek
  • leicester forest east services (m1)
  • leominster
  • lincoln
  • liverpool
  • llandudno
  • long eaton
  • loughborough
  • louth
  • mablethorpe
  • malton
  • malvern
  • manchester
  • mansfield
  • melton mowbray
  • mold
  • newark
  • northwich
  • nottingham
  • oldham
  • oswestry
  • oxford peartree services (a34)
  • oxford services (m40)
  • peterborough services (a1(m))
  • altrincham
  • amesbury countess services (a303)
  • bath
  • bebington
  • beverley
  • bexhill
  • birkenhead
  • preston
  • rhyl
  • ross-on-wye
  • stroud
  • scarborough
  • scunthorpe
  • selby
  • sheffield
  • skegness
  • skipton
  • southend
  • st helens
  • stratford-upon-avon
  • swadlincote
  • swindon
  • taunton
  • tewkesbury
  • thurrock services (m25)
  • tiverton sampford peverell services (m5)
  • weymouth
  • whitby
  • wigan
  • witney
  • woodall services (m1)
  • woolley edge services (m1)
  • wrexham
  • yeovil
  • york
  • wareham
  • wellington (shrops.)
  • weston-super-mare
  • burnley
  • leyland
  • widnes
  • bodmin
  • newton abbot
  • plymouth
  • st austell
  • prestatyn
  • alfreton
  • sutton-in-ashfield
  • barnsley
  • rotherham
  • brighouse
  • darlington
  • south shields
  • thirsk
  • hessle
  • bishop auckland
  • northallerton
  • whitley bay
  • hartlepool
  • hythe (kent)
  • gateshead
  • leigh
  • stockton-on-tees
  • llandudno junction
  • yate
  • blackpool
  • cleveleys
  • southport
  • stockport
  • warrington
  • hatfield (herts.)
  • northop
  • rochdale
  • north shields
  • ashton under lyne
  • anlaby
  • elloughton
  • cottingham
  • acocks green
  • wallsend
  • billingham
  • leicester (fosse park)
47 places remain