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Enjoy seven Christmas Markets in one city

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2019 Tour code: KOM20

About the tour

Cologne has seven incredible bustling Christmas markets to choose from. Sample local bratwurst, beers and mulled wine in Europe's Christmas market capital, before we pay a visit to West Germany's former capital, the magnificent city of Bonn.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Cologne

We depart St Pancras after meeting at our exclusive Departure Office, travelling by Eurostar to Brussels. On arrival, we continue our journey to Cologne. Arriving in the city, we transfer to the Hotel Mondial am Dom. The hotel is ideally located close to the railway station, the Rhine, the city's magnificent Gothic cathedral and some of the city's most spectacular Christmas markets.

Cologne
Day 2 - Cologne’s Christmas Markets

We embark on a guided tour this morning to discover the many highlights of Cologne, home to a number of elegant squares and beautiful Romanesque churches. During our explorations, we admire the tall and narrow pastelcoloured houses set out along the winding streets of the city's Old Town, as well as the incredible twin-spired Gothic cathedral, which was one of the tallest buildings in the world at one point. Our tour ends at one of the many traditional brewery taverns close to the Rhine, where we sample the excellent Kölsch beer - unique to Cologne.

Later, you are free to enjoy the wonderfully festive atmosphere of Christmastime in Cologne. The city is Europe's unofficial Christmas market capital, boasting seven individual Christmas markets, each with its own unique character. Festive chalets offer a special selection of gifts, decorations, arts and crafts as well as traditional stalls selling sausages, waffles, wine and beer. Perhaps make visits to the Maritime-themed market, next to the Rhine and the city's Chocolate Museum, the market at Rudolfplatz, held at the Hahnentor city gate, or the market in Roncalliplatz beneath the cathedral, which has the biggest Christmas tree in the Rhineland.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Cologne Christmas Markets
Day 3 - Exploring Bonn

A short ride away by regional train is the elegant city of Bonn, famous as the birthplace of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Classical and Romantic composer. Our visit here features a guided city tour which reveals the many sites of significance in Bonn such as the birthplace of Beethoven, the wonderful Bonn Minster and charming town square. This city was known as the capital of West Germany after the Second World War, and as such, its history tells a fascinating story which we learn during our time here. You are free after the tour, perhaps take in the impressive Christmas markets on offer here. Upon our return to Cologne, we enjoy a meal together in a traditional brauhaus on the banks of the Rhine.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Bonn Beethoven Statue
Day 4 - To Brussels and London

We leave Cologne and make our journey home, travelling by high speed train to Brussels. On arrival, we join up with our connecting Eurostar service which will transport us back to London St Pancras International.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Eurostar Winter

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Please note

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

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Hotel Mondial am Dom

Hotel Mondial am Dom, Cologne

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Mr C Woodhead

Submitted 08/01/2018

i was impressed with the way Janet Thomas dealt with our 41/2hr delay on German Railways.

Mr K Parsons

Submitted 04/01/2018

Travel to Cologne was fine except family with new born baby created delays and extra burden on the Rep. Stay in the city was good. Excursion was problematic for Rep due to the baby/pushchair etc and this delayed fellow travellers. Walk to the train station for the excursion was too far for some of the guests. Return trip from Cologne delayed 5 hours when train broke down in Belgium. Subsequently whilst we did get a Premium Seat on Eurostar, we did not get the refreshments we paid for as part of our upgrade for this trip.

Mr G King

Submitted 30/12/2017

An enjoyable time in Cologne, excellent hotel and the markets were really nice. Apart from the trip on the Kaiser wagon, the market in Wuppertal was disappointing and wasted part of the day.

Mrs L Colledge

Submitted 29/12/2017

Wonderful trip. Our tour guide was excellent especially during the eventful trip home when we were stuck on a train for 5 hours. Lovely hotel great location. I would recommend it.

Mrs H Underwood

Submitted 29/12/2017

It was a great trip which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Mrs C Kear

Submitted 22/12/2017

It was a wonderful experience despite some wet weather. Super hotel, good food, excellent location and good train travel.

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