LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 31st MARCH
JUST £25 PER PERSON*
A magical Christmastime
This wonderful holiday gives you the chance to explore Germany's enchanting Rhine and Moselle Valleys. The vine-clad hills, midstream 'robber-baron' toll-towers, and pretty towns and villages are all the more magical at Christmas. You'll also enjoy en-route visits to medieval Aachen and cultural Cologne.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- A Christmas Eve tour of Cochem and Koblenz
- A scenic Christmas Day tour of the Rhine valley
- En-route visits to Aachen and Cologne
- A welcome drink on arrival at your Christmas hotel
- A special Christmas Day meal including half a bottle of wine per person
- Two nights' en-route bed and continental breakfast accommodation in the Hotel Novotel Leuven Centrum (or similar)
- Four nights' half-board accommodation at the three-star Ellenzer Goldbaumchen (or similar)
- Return Channel crossings
- Coach travel throughout
- The services of a friendly Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Travelling by comfortable coach, leave the local area early this morning and head to the port for the Channel crossing and onward journey to a welcoming overnight hotel in the Leuven area.
Today we'll continue into Germany. We'll stop en route in Aachen, once the capital of the Holy Roman Empire, with its wonderful Christmas Market near Charlemagne's ancient cathedral, and after time to explore we'll continue to our festive hotel, where a complimentary drink awaits.
Day Three (Christmas Eve)
Take a Christmas Eve trip to historic Koblenz. Wander riverside promenades, historic squares and the picturesque alleyways that nestle beneath the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. You'll also visit pretty Cochem, a Moselle wine town in a fairy-tale setting beneath the Reichsburg castle.
Day Four (Christmas Day)
After a leisurely Christmas morning breakfast enjoy a scenic tour of the Rhine valley past ancient villages such as Boppard, with its Roman fort, and St. Goar, overlooked by the imposing Rheinfels Castle. A light lunch and a festive turkey dinner will be served at the hotel.
Today there's the chance to explore Rhine-side Rudesheim on an optional excursion. Stroll along the Drosselgasse - a narrow cobbled street lined with traditional wine bars, ride through the town's slumbering vineyards on the Winzerexpress road train and visit Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett - a fascinating museum full of perfectly preserved mechanical musical instruments. Weather permitting, we'll head up to Niederwalddenkmal for the wonderful views before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Bid farewell to your hosts this morning, journeying to your overnight hotel via Rhine capital Cologne.
Continue your journey, returning across the Channel and home after what is sure to be a memorable festive break.
Flexible travel options
To give you greater flexibility and allow you to travel on the date that suits you best, you may like to meet the coach at Folkestone Services (called Stop 24) on the M20, which is just a five-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and a 15-minute drive from Dover.
Coach seating arrangements
Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
European Christmas closing times
Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.
Joining your holiday
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Depending on your departure point, you may leave your pick-up point very early in the morning and return very late at the end of the holiday, in order to meet your scheduled Channel crossing. There will also be a stop to transfer you from a feeder coach to your main coach, on both the outward and return journeys.
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
All bedrooms have private facilities, and accommodation may be offered in 'nebenhause', which are adjoining buildings just a short walk from the main reception area.
*Low deposit of £25 per person applies to new bookings made between 7th February and 31st March 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected coach-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.