German Christmas Markets- Trier & Moselle Valley

German Christmas Markets- Trier & Moselle Valley

Experience the Christmas atmosphere on this 6 day tour to Germany & Luxembourg

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Experience the Christmas atmosphere on this 6 day tour to Germany & Luxembourg

Aachen's festively illuminated Christmas market is arranged around the cathedral - Germany's first UNESCO World Heritage site - and the historical town hall. Over 100 stalls in this lovingly decorated "Christmas town" on the market square offer everything your heart could desire. If you only sample one treat here, make sure it's the Printen, the city's famous gingerbread. Look forward to a wide range of festive entertainment including music ensembles at the weekend.

 

Luxembourg

The City of Luxembourg and Luxembourg City Tourist Office's show "Winterlights," the festival of lights and animation that lights up the heart of the ancient city of Luxembourg in a magical, wonderful and romantic atmosphere with its Christmas markets, entertainment, exhibitions, shows and concerts.

To highlight the festive atmosphere at the end of the year, Luxembourg’s capital has been decorated with Christmas lights: more than 1,600m of lights with thousands of light bulbs now decorate the street lights, tree-lined streets and squares in the city

Luxembourg's multicultural markets boast a relaxed and European flavour, for example Stollen from Saxony and French Christmas log are all on sale side by side! Christmas carols in the Luxembourgish language (“An der grousser Hellger Nuecht”) will mix in with “Stille Nacht” in German, “White Christmas” in English and “Noël, Noël”.

The mixture of languages spoken defines the cosmopolitan nature of Luxembourg. Old and young alike will be delighted by the range of products on sale – handcrafted candles, heart-shaped gingerbread, toys, various Christmas tree decorations, greetings cards, CDs of Luxembourg Christmas carols and many charming gift ideas. And of course you can also try the tasty dishes and mulled wine (“Glühwein”) which are on offer.

Given its growing success the Christmas market ("Krëschtmaart") spreads out onto the Place de la Constitution, the former bastion of the fortress of Luxembourg overlooking the impressive 50- meter deep Pétrusse valley.

 

Trier

Where could you better get in the mood for Christmas than at one of the loveliest Christmas markets in Germany?

The enchanting Trier Christmas Market is held in the middle of Trier Old City on the medieval Main Market and on Cathedral Square in front of the imposing backdrop of Trier Cathedral. Both places are connected by the short Sternstrasse and are located in the pedestrian zone. 

In the 95 festively decorated wooden booths you will find Christmas articles such as Christmas decorations, wooden toys, candles, hand-blown or engraved glassware, gift articles, ceramics and much more. Good food awaits you as well: bratwurst sausages, potato pancakes, sweets, hot tea and mulled wine.

 

Maastricht

Magical Maastricht is celebrating on a grand scale this year with plenty of holiday gifts. You'll find the biggest surprises on the Vrijthof square, where a huge ice skating rink, a Christmas market, a big wheel and more will provide plenty of Christmas cheer and wintry fun.

In fact, you'll find this magical holiday mood all over the city centre, where the squares, streets, and courtyards are filled to the brim with fun activities.

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria, we have time for lunch in Harrogate before continuing on to Hull and the overnight P&O sailing to Rotterdam. Enjoy the many facilities on board. 2 berth inside cabin included

Day 2

We leave Rotterdam and head to the beautiful old town of Aachen, here we have time to explore the Christmas Village situated between the cathedral and Town Hall. Why not try some Printen - a deliclious local gingerbread. We leave mid-afternoon for the journey to Trier and our hotel the Mercure. Dinner in the hotel tonight.

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Day 3

Today we travel to the banks of the Moselle and the pretty town of Bernkastel, here the amazing medieval Christmas Market is set amongst the narrow streets and the romantic half-timbered houses, a perfect setting to explore the festive stalls with regional wines, handcrafted goods and seasonal treats. We return to Trier for dinner at the Mercure.

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Day 4

We spend the day in Germany’s oldest city Trier, the market is set amidst the stunning backdrop of Trier Cathedral, with over 100 beautifully decorated chalets selling delightful Christmas decorations, wooden toys, candles, ceramics and engraved glassware as well as gastronomic delights such as bratwurst sausages, potato pancakes and mulled wine. Entertainment is provided in the Christmas Market pavilion with brass bands, choirs and puppet theatres. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 5

We leave our hosts at the Mercure hotel and travel north to the pretty Dutch town of Valkenburg, time for lunch and to visit the Christmas Market that has a fairytale setting within a labyrinth of Roman underground caves beautifully decorated with festive market stalls selling all kinds of traditional gifts, sweets, food and drink. We complete our journey to Rotterdam and the overnight sailing to Hull.

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Day 6

A morning arrival into Hull and after clearing passport control we join our coach for the journey back to Cumbria, arriving home early afternoon. Comfort stop en-route.

B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Mercure Hotel Trier Porta Nigra

The 4-star Mercure Hotel Trier Porta Nigra is located in the historic old town opposite the Porta Nigra - one of the nine monuments within easy walking distance of the hotel that have made Trier a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

All 106 rooms are air-conditioned and have free WIFI access, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV, telephone, safety deposit box and hairdryer.

The view of the Porta Nigra and the splendid regional and international specialties on the menu will make your visit to the restaurant an experience in itself. Relax in Vis à Vis bistro bar over a drink or a glass of wine. The extensive buffet breakfast is available from 6.30am serving delicious regional specialties, which you can enjoy in the restaurant overlooking the Porta Nigra.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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