Departs: 7th December 2018 | 4 Days
Valkenburg Christmas Markets
Tour Price: £375.00 per person
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Uniquely situated on the borders of three countries - Holland, Germany and Belgium Valkenburg is not only the perfect destination for a fabulous festive break, but it is also the most popular holiday resort in Holland.
Dispelling the myth that everything in Holland is flat and below sea level, Valkenburg sits up amongst the South Limburg Hills, surrounded by rolling countryside and meadows. It's a bustling place with parks and gardens, lively bars, excellent restaurants and Roman Grottoes.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Valkenburg's spectacular limestone caves are transformed into glittering festive grottoes. Add to this a myriad of shops festooned with sparkling fairy lights and you have the perfect destination for a seasonal shopping spree.
- All coach travel
- 3 nights half board
- Courier escorted
- The currency you will need for this tour is the Euro.
- A valid passport.
- An EHI card (European Heath Insurance Card).
- To ring back to England you dial: - +44 then minus the 0 from your code, followed by your number.
- There are no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms (Best bring your own).
- European 2 pin adapter plugs will be needed.
- Please inform us of any dietary need (diabetic, gluten free, vegetarian, etc).
- Your request is put forward to the hotel, and they will do their utmost to accommodate your needs.
- Itinerary could be subject to change.
- Exchange Rate: The price is NOT guaranteed against any alterations as a result of currency fluctuations. We have done our best to calculate in advance.
- Price Per Person
Single Room Supplement: £60.00
Schaepkens van St. Fyt
Nieuweweg 40-44, 6301 EV Valkenburg, a/d Geul.
Tel: +31 (0) 43 6012000
If you want to enjoy real Limburg hospitality, we can guarantee an unforgettable stay. This hotel, which was founded in 1885, is surrounded by a picturesque garden in the centre of the historic town of Valkenburg.
Hotel Schaepkens van St Fijt is a 5-minute walk from the city centre. It also features bicycle rental and packed lunch services. Guests can make use of the indoor and outdoor swimming pools only 800 metres away from the hotel.
The hotel restaurant serves a buffet dinner in the evening. All rooms have amenities such as a bath/shower, WC, TV and a free safe.
Day 1: Depart Local Area
After boarding your luxury coach, we head straight down to Dover for our morning ferry to Calais. We drive through France, Belgium, with comfort stops en-route, then into the Limburg region of the Netherlands. Arriving in Valkenburg late afternoon, where we will spend the next 3 nights with dinner, bed & breakfast at the Hotel Schaepkens van St Fijt. There is a token payment system in place for all drinks. These can be purchased at reception.
Day 2: Valkenburg Xmas Markets
Enjoy a full day in the pretty Dutch town of Valkenburg to enjoy all the festivities of the Christmas markets, which are held in the underground Marlstone caves (Fluweelengrot, the Velvet Cave), the oldest and largest underground Christmas market in Europe. (A small admission charge is payable upon entering the Valkenburg Grottos approx €5). With its many shops boutique’s and cafe's, lining the narrow cobbled streets. Feel the atmosphere, smell the Gluehwein and spicy biscuits, hear the music. Visit the ruins of the Castle with commanding views of the town and countryside. Returning later to the hotel to relax before your evening meal.
Day 3: Aachen City Christmas Market
After breakfast we will travel to the ancient city of Aachen. We will first go to 'Drielandpont' the three land point where Germany Belgium and Nederland's meet. There will be time for coffee & cake. Aachen's brightly lit Christmas market is set around the cathedral and town hall. This lovingly decorated 'Christmas village' on the market square has everything your heart could desire. One local speciality you really must try is the Aachen Printen, a kind of gingerbread. Every year before Christmas the squares and streets round the Aachen Town Hall are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours, festive sounds and seductive smells, especially the mulled wine. Potato fritters are eaten at all times of the day. Naturally you will find a large variety of Printen and other Christmas cakes and biscuits, 'Domino Stones', gingerbread, 'Spekulatius' and marzipan bread. These are distributed all over the world by Aachen bakeries. However in the Aachen Christmas Market they come oven fresh and taste much more delicious. We return back to our hotel to relax before our evening meal.
Day 4: Depart Valkenburg
After breakfast and the cases have been loaded on the coach, we say farewell to our hosts at the Schaepkens van St Fijt Hotel and depart for Calais. We will make stops along the way for coffee and lunch. Arriving at Calais for our late afternoon ferry crossing to Dover. Arriving home mid to late evening.