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The Christmas Markets of Cologne & Rüdesheim 2014

The Rhine Valley and its Christmas Markets by rail

Indulge in the spirit of Christmas with a trip to some of Germany's most famous festive markets. From the traditional markets of Cologne to the 'Christmas Market of Nations' at Rüdesheim, Germany truly is the home of exciting festive celebrations. Set against some of the country's finest scenery, these Christmas markets open up every year and sell everything from unique handmade gifts to delicious local delicacies and warming Glühwein (mulled wine). Areas of natural beauty such as the incredible Rhine Gorge and the mighty River Rhine are seen on these tours as well as many other seasonal and cultural highlights.

Tour highlights

  • Remagen
  • Cologne and its Christmas Markets
  • Rüdesheim's 'Christmas Market of Nations'
  • The services of a Tour Manager
  • Day 1 - London to Remagen

    Remagen

    We begin our journey on a Eurostar departure from St Pancras International to Brussels, and then continue on to Cologne by high-speed train. We change to a local service and travel alongside the Rhine to Remagen and our hotel, the family-run 3* Hotel Pinger, for a three night stay.

    Dinner

  • Day 2 - Cologne

    Cologne

    Today we head to Cologne, renowned for many years for its wonderful traditional Christmas Markets, which can be found across the city. The oldest of Cologne's Christmas Markets is ironically located at Neumarkt in the heart of the shopping district. With its beautifully decorated stands and mouth-watering fare, the 'Market of Angels' at Neumarkt is considered one of Europe's best markets. The charming Alter Markt, famed for its local crafts, is a firm favourite with children because of its fairground rides and puppet theatre. The Cathedral Christmas Market, so called because it is set against the backdrop of Cologne's magnificent landmark, is the most elaborately decorated with great attention to detail. There are over 150 illuminated wooden pavilions as well as the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland, and many stalls sell sweet delicacies and glühwein (mulled wine) from festively decorated Christmas mugs. The Rudolfplatz Christmas Market, found at the Hahnentor city gate, has a fairytale theme, and on the Rhine itself is a Maritime Market.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 3 - Rüdesheim's Market of Nations

    Rüdesheim

    Today's excursion is by train to the magical Christmas Market in Rüdesheim. Our journey takes us through the most scenic part of the Rhine Gorge, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and past the famous Lorelei rock. Rüdesheim annually welcomes for the festive season more than 120 stands from 12 nations offering their products, delicacies and traditions in a beautiful market atmosphere. In addition, many shops have an excellent selection of Christmas decorations and presents. The Rüdesheim wine growers open their cellars to visitors with winter specialities on offer, while the town's cosy restaurants welcome weary shoppers with sumptuous local cuisine. Europe's largest nativity scene can be found on the market square, complete with life sized figures, and there are numerous events throughout the festive pre-Christmas season, from concerts and parades to nativity plays and other Advent celebrations. We stay for a while to see the wonderful Christmas lights and to give you time to explore, before returning to Remagen in time for dinner at our hotel.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 4 - Remagen to London

    Eurostar

    We leave Remagen by local train heading north to Cologne, where we connect with the onward high-speed service through to Brussels. On arrival in the Belgian capital we change for a Eurostar back to St Pancras International in London.

    Breakfast
    These meals, where shown, are included in the price of your holiday

  • Please note

    Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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Explore the Rudesheim and Cologne Christmas Markets

Browsing the Rudesheim and Cologne Christmas Markets at your own pace is a real delight. There are also many other places of interest for you to explore and enjoy, such as Europe's largest nativity scene and a floating Christmas market which is set aboard a ship. The friendly locals add to the joyful atmosphere of this time of year with their costumes from the Middle Ages, concerts and nativity plays. Each market setting has its own unique attractions, such as Santa's grottos, backdrops of magnificent cathedrals and fairground rides. There is no better way to shop for unique gifts and enjoy the festive spirit than on a visit to Rudesheim and Cologne Christmas Markets.

Quality

Every aspect of every tour is meticulously planned ensuring a quality experience for our customers

  • Hand-picked hotels
  • Carefully planned itineraries
  • The best rail travel
  • Professional Tour Managers

Value

So much is included in the price maximising your enjoyment and guaranteeing value for money

  • Rail travel and transfers
  • City centre hotels
  • Full programme of excursions
  • Many meals

Pedigree

As part of the GRJ Group, we’ve been the market leading operator of escorted holidays by rail for over 30 years

  • Specialist Tour Advisors
  • Professional, trained Tour Managers
  • Experienced local guides
  • Market-leading holidays

Promise

Book with confidence as your money is protected and we won’t apply any surcharges after you have booked

  • AITO and ABTA members
  • ATOL protected flights
  • No surcharges after you book
  • No late discounts – everyone pays the same
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