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Cologne & Valkenburg Christmas Markets
3 days - by Air

Price from £349.00 per person*
Departures from 24th Nov 2017 to 8th Dec 2017

Single person supplement : £80.00 per person

Flights from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham Tees Valley, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds Bradford, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich & Stansted airports

Please see Includes tab for flight times

Here's an idea that could transform your entire seasonal experience from a dreaded drudge to a festive fiesta. This year, reach for the sky instead of the high street, and fly with us across the sea to the celebrated Dutch and German Christmas markets.

These traditional markets are nothing at all like your average local fruit and veg stalls, but instead twinkling wonderlands based around historical or fairytale themes, with bands, pageants, performances, special events and mulled wine. Cologne has not one but six Christmas Markets, each with its own special character and all in walking distance of each other. The Christmas Market at Cologne Cathedral has sundry arts and crafts, unusual gift ideas and a wide range of food and drinks while in the Old Town you'll find the 'Home of the Gnomes' with tradition handicraft goods. Near St. Apostein church stands the Angels Market, and ten minutes walk to Rudolfplatz reveals the Fairytale Christmas market with a Brothers Grimm theme. The Christmas market at Stadtgarten has a relaxed village feel, while the new maritime Harbour Market on the river Rhine has about 80 stalls in sail–like tents and a 3–masted ship serving mulled wine out of its hull. With a Chocolate Museum right next door, what's not to like?

You don't see many hills in Holland, so a castle on a hill is a rarity, even if it is a bit of a ruin. Even less does one expect to find caves, but Valkenburg has several of them. Mined for marlstone since Roman times, these have acquired all manner of elaborate carved decorations and even an 18th–century chapel, and are open to visitors through the year. In December, two of these caves, the Municipal and the Velvet, are decked out in glitz and glamour for the largest underground Christmas Market in Europe, with different themes every year. A third cave, the Wilhelmina, houses possibly the largest and most astonishing display of all, a 30 metre wide and 6 metre high sand–sculptured Nativity scene.

Once you've done Christmas shopping this way, you may never want to go down your local high street again.

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return flight from your chosen UK airport to Amsterdam
  • Airport taxes and return transfer to the hotel
  • Two nights stay at the 3 star Best Western Leverkusen Hotel, Germany (Please note: this hotel is officially classified in Germany as being of a 4 star standard, but we believe a 3 star superior rating to be a fairer reflection of the hotel's facilities.)
  • Dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • Visits to the Cologne and Valkenburg Christmas Markets
  • Free time in Amsterdam with optional Amsterdam canal cruise at a supplement of £12, payable at time of booking
  • One piece of hand luggage (12 kg weight allowance. Hold luggage may be booked at extra cost, approx £45pp)
  • Services of an Omega Tour Manager
  • VAT at 20%

* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £80pp for the break.


Norwich airport:

AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT FEE (ADF)

Please note there is a £10.00 per adult (over 16 years) Airport Development Fee which is to be paid directly to Norwich Airport when departing from the airport.

Durham Tees Valley airport:

PASSENGER FACILITY FEE

Passengers at Durham Tees Valley airport are charged a passenger facility fee. Adults (16+) = £6 and children (3–15) = £2. No fee for infants under 3. This fee is payable at the airport.

Flights → Amsterdam Schiphol
Airport Outbound Return Airline
Aberdeen06:00 / 08:4021:20 / 21:50KLM
Birmingham06:20 / 08:4021:00 / 21:10KLM
Bristol06:05 / 08:3521:30 / 21:45KLM
Cardiff06:00 / 08:2521:10 / 21:30KLM
Durham Tees Valley06:10 / 08:2521:25 / 21:35KLM
Edinburgh05:50 / 08:2521:30 / 22:05KLM
Gatwick06:05 / 08:3521:25 / 21:35easyJet
Glasgow06:00 / 08:4521:25 / 21:55KLM
Humberside06:20 / 08:3021:35 / 21:35KLM
Leeds Bradford06:10 / 08:3021:45 / 22:00KLM
Luton06:35 / 09:0021:05 / 21:15easyJet
Manchester05:55 / 08:2021:45 / 22:00KLM
Newcastle05:50 / 08:1521:55 / 22:15KLM
Norwich 06:15 / 08:1521:20 / 21:10KLM
Stansted 07:15 / 09:2521:55 / 22:00easyJet
These flight times are correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change without notice

Thursday   Meet up at your chosen airport for your early morning flight to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. From here you have a short transfer to Amsterdam and then a full day at leisure. There is an optional canal boat trip (pre–book for £12) if you'd like to see the sights the easy way, or you can go it alone in search of adventure. The city is famous for having over 50 museums but if you've got your shopping head on there's a pedestrianised kilometre of shops along Nieuwedijk–Kalverstraat, the department store De Bijenkorf (The Bee Hive), Magna Plaza shopping mall, and lots more. In the afternoon we will depart for your hotel in Leverkusen (Germany), 20 km from Cologne, arriving in good time for dinner and your first night's stay.

Friday   After breakfast it's off to Cologne for a full day in the Christmas Markets. You are at leisure to shop and dine in the city until the evening when we return to the hotel for the second night's stay.

Saturday   Today we go to Valkenburg aan de Geul for something unusual, Christmas Markets in hillside caves (please note that the caves are located at the top of a steep hill which may prove difficult for passengers with mobility issues). Later we transfer back to Schiphol Airport for the evening flight home.

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

Best Western Leverkusen, Leverkusen
This hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Leverkusen with easy access to all popular area attractions.
 

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