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Holland Christmas Markets

Winter Wonderland in Valkenburg

Our Three Countries Markets tour allows you to experience a wider variety of Christmas markets with each country having its own unique qualities. This particular tour is the only one that takes you to an extra special Christmas Market in Holland. Situated beneath the picturesque hill town of Valkenburg, this subterranean market lays claim to being the oldest and largest in Europe. Back in the 11th century, the people of Valkenburg quarried for Marlstone to construct a hilltop castle and other buildings around the town. The excavated series of underground caves and passages that were left beneath the castle were not only used as an escape route during times of siege, but also as a hideout for the citizens of Valkenburg and American troops during World War Two. Nowadays, the underground labyrinth is home to the most enchanting Christmas Market in Holland.

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Sicily in Spring Time

Spend 8 days soaking up the beauty of the Sicilian spring, on a delightful holiday by rail. Take in ancient ruins and quaint Italian villages, circle the base of imposing Etna by train, and immerse yourself in the lively colours and long heritage of the splendid Carnival of Acireale, on this charming spring break.

Departs in February 2017.
8 days from £1,195per personView tour details
Bath & Bristol Christmas Markets

Discover the beautiful West Country in the run-up to Christmas on this exciting break. We visit the Christmas Markets of bustling Bristol and glorious Bath and enjoy a steam railway and charming Lacock Abbey.

Departs from November 2016 to December 2016.
Late departures available
4 days from £295per personView tour details
Luxembourg, Trier & Metz Christmas Markets

On this Christmas Market holiday, we stay in Luxembourg whilst enjoying the best of the festive season with visits to the Christmas Markets of medieval Trier and nearby Metz.

Departs from November 2016 to December 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £475per personView tour details
Yorkshire Christmas Markets

Based in the spa town of Harrogate, experience the Christmas Market in York, enjoy a vintage steam rail journey with a festive theme and visit the historic house of Castle Howard in its full Christmas glory.

Departs in December 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £375per personView tour details
Bavarian Christmas Markets

Sample the sights and smells of three Bavarian Christmas Markets by train. Regensburg, Rothenburg and arguably Germany's most famous Christmas Market, Nuremberg.

Departs from November 2016 to December 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £645per personView tour details
Berlin & Dresden Christmas Markets

The Christmas Markets of two unforgettable German cities await on this wonderful tour. Take in historic Berlin with its sixty separate Christmas Markets, all with their own theme, and beautiful Dresden boasting Germany's oldest Christmas Market.

Departs in November 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £695per personView tour details
Christmas on the Danube

Experience the delights of the Danube at Christmas on this fantastic tour. Chart a course along the scenic river aboard a high quality and intimate cruise ship. Explore the magical Christmas Markets of Nuremberg and Salzburg and spend Christmas Day in the breathtaking Austrian capital of Vienna.

Departs in December 2016.
9 days from £2,155per personView tour details
Colmar & the Black Forest

Ancient half-timbered houses with timeless charm clamour for attention in the beautiful Alsatian towns of Colmar and Strasbourg, which come alive with Christmas atmosphere during their annual 'Marchés de Noël'.

Departs from November 2016 to December 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £695per personView tour details
Cologne & The Kaiser's Carriage

Sample the Christmas Markets in Cologne from the comfort of our centrally-located hotel, and visit Wuppertal's Christmas Markets, connected by its unique suspended railway and its historic 'Kaiserwagen'.

Departs in November 2016.
Late departures available
4 days from £775per personView tour details
Cologne's Wonderful Markets

Cologne has five incredible bustling Christmas Markets to choose from. Sample local bratwurst, beers and mulled wine in Europe's Christmas Market capital, before we take a journey on Wuppertal's Kaiser's carriage.

Departs in December 2016.
Late departures available
4 days from £610per personView tour details
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The Dutch Christmas Market runs from the end of November to late December and each year there is a different theme. Numerous stalls and grottos with twinkling fairy lights are set up in niches along the maze of tunnels. With its location being below ground you are protected from the elements outside, making for a warm and cosy atmosphere. Resembling a scene from a fairytale, this Christmas Market in Holland is especially popular and buzzes with over 125,000 visitors each year.

As you wander around the series of tunnels you will eventually come across the Velvet Cave, or Fluweelengrot as it is known to the locals. Here you will see fascinating wall murals, sculptures and inscriptions carved into the soft Marlstone walls. Amid the sound of seasonal music you will find many stalls selling various Christmas decorations and gifts such as ornaments, handmade crafts, children's toys, candles and confectionary - you won't struggle to find presents for loved ones back home! Sampling some of the traditional Dutch food is a definite must whilst looking around this Christmas Market in Holland. Try Dutch oliebollen, similar to doughnuts or poffertjes which are tasty sweet pancakes. Then there's the delicious Dutch pea soup and mouth-watering braadworsten (fried sausage). Take time to stop at the Winter Wonderland Tavern to try out these delectable delicacies and treat yourself to a heart-warming glass of Glühwein while you're there.

Visiting this popular Christmas Market in Holland will take you to the oldest railway station in the Netherlands. All the proceeds from the market are put back into conserving the town's heritage by facilitating repair and restoration works on Valkenburg Castle and its surroundings.

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