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Christmas on the Moselle

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


Day One

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.

Day Two

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.

Day Five

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.

Day Six

Bid farewell to your hosts this morning, journeying to your overnight hotel via Rhine capital Cologne.

Day Seven

Continue your journey, returning across the Channel and home after what is sure to be a memorable festive break.
Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Dover Port, Hull Port, Newcastle North Shields Port
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Berkshire Bracknell, Chieveley Services M4, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Slough, Wokingham
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Cambridgeshire Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, Peterborough, St Neots, Wisbech
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Cumbria Carlisle, Kendal, Penrith
Derbyshire Chesterfield, Derby, Ilkeston
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County Durham
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Dyfed Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli
East Sussex
East Sussex Bexhill On Sea, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Newhaven
East Riding Of Yorkshire
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Merseyside Birkenhead, Liverpool, Southport, St Helens
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Northamptonshire Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden, Wellingborough
Northumberland Morpeth
Nottinghamshire Hucknall, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Retford, Sutton In Ashfield, Worksop
Oxfordshire Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Oxford, Oxford Services M40, Witney
South Glamorgan
South Glamorgan Cardiff, Cardiff West Services M4
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Woodall Services M1
Shropshire Shrewsbury, Telford
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Tyne & Wear
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West Midlands
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West Sussex
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West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Bradford, Dewsbury, Ferrybridge Services A1 M62, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Pontefract, Shipley, Wakefield, Woolley Edge Services M1
Warwickshire Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, Warwick
West Glamorgan
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Worcestershire Bromsgrove, Evesham, Hopwood Services M42, Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Redditch, Worcester

Ellenzer Goldbaumchen (and stopover Hotel) 

You will be staying at a comfortable hotel in the Leuven area, and the three-star Ellenzer Goldbaumchen in Ellenz, Germany.

Further Information

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.

Your journey

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.

Meal arrangements

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.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Hotel accommodation

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.

Christmas in the German Valleys reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Christmas in the German ValleysScores 7.0 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
(8 out of 10)


abergavenny Family
Wonderful time with a smashing tour guide called Eddie, he was always helpful and kept everyone amused with jokes and stories. driver was fantastic and the bus was spotless and gave a lovely ride. The moselle was magical indeed and i would recommend a trip down there to see the river and vine yards. On a down side the hotel I felt let us down, when we arrived it was freezing and all hell let loose, the hotel did do all to rectify it but it took a long while for the rooms to come upto temperature. The bar for xmas was as dead as a dodo.. The rooms were clean and basic and the food was nice enough but the staff didn't seem to engage or smile alot even though it was the festive period. That said the Belgium hotel was brilliant and the tour came up to my expectations, I would use Newmarket again and would recommend a trip down the Rhine..
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2016
Published on: 17 January 2017
(5 out of 10)

F sivell

basildon Couple
We thought the standed of the hotel was very poor. The breakfast was very good but the evening meal was very basic as was the Christmas day dinner. And we did not like fact that the hotel was lockup at night, so you could not get in or out of it. We were put in the annex
And when went across in the morning for breakfast and the door was still locked we had to stand out in the cold until it was unlocked, so all in all the holiday was very disappointing.

Mr f r Sivell.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2016
Published on: 17 January 2017
(7 out of 10)


The transport was well organised and efficient, the courier and driver both excellent. The main hotel lets things down, we were in the main building where the heating was OK, in the annex, where the heating had not been on for 7 weeks , the people took 2 days to warm up. The hotel staff did their best but it really is a summer hotel, there were terraces which must be lovely when sunny and vine draped, with the lovely position by the river. Inside there was no lounge as such, just a cramped bar, there were no fires, in fact nothing cosy and wintery. The drinks were expensive compared with local provision , the food OK but fairly basic although the Christmas night meal was much better The trips out were good - luckily, there would have been nothing to do in the immediate vicinity of the hotel- and the visits to cities while going to and fro well organised and informative (and we were lucky with the weather!) So wouldn't mind visiting the same interesting area in the summer, but would not return in winter
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2016
Published on: 16 January 2017
(8 out of 10)


Caistor Lincoln. Couple
Exceptionally good,unfortunately there was a cold virus on board and most of us got it,but we made the most of it,as it could not be helped,the hotel in Germany could have done with abit of TLC,the driver and courier were excellent nothing was to much trouble for them,the location of the hotel was out on a limb and there was nowhere nice you could go for a walk.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2016
Published on: 15 January 2017