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Liege, Valkenburg & Aachen Christmas Markets
11 August 2016
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this break and a specific departure.
Enjoy a trio of Christmas markets as we visit the countries of Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands on this leisurely festive break. Liège Christmas Village has become the top festive event in Belgium, enticing visitors of all ages, whilst over in Germany the quaint spa town of Aachen is transformed into a paradise of festive lights and colours, and the Velvet Cave beneath the town of Valkenburg is a unique and magical location for a Christmas market. We have plenty of time to enjoy each of these, as well as a Christmas parade in Valkenburg, before rounding off with Disney’s enchanted Ice Dreams Festival.
Day 1: Liège Christmas Village
We journey from London to Brussels by Eurostar and continue by rail to our hotel in Liège, before visiting the Christmas village. Set in the Place St Lambert and Place du Marche, you can browse all kinds of handcrafts and souvenirs as you wander around the pretty chalets. Be sure to pause and sample the local delicacies, including delicious waffles and smooth Galler chocolate which are both unique to Liège. There’s also a range of Belgian beers to enjoy and the traditional tipple for this time of year – peket, which is the Belgian version of gin. It’s a magical event with a subtle difference compared to its German and Alsatian neighbours.
Day 2: Aachen Christmas Markets
Today we travel by rail to the spa town of Aachen in Germany, where the streets and squares surrounding the cathedral are transformed into a festive paradise. The Aachen Market has a particularly friendly atmosphere, where locals and tourists enjoy the spirit of Christmas along with delicious wafts of potato fritters, sweet gingerbread and warming glühwein; plus there’s a huge array of gifts and goodies that grace the wooden chalets and make the perfect stocking fillers.
Day 3: Valkenburg Christmas Markets & Parade
In the late morning our coach takes us to the charming hillside town of Valkenburg in the Netherlands, where we find a unique Christmas market in the labyrinth of caves that run beneath the town. The soft marlstone walls display mysterious carvings, inscriptions and sculptures which will be illuminated in festive light, with stalls selling unique gifts, exquisite handicrafts and culinary delights. At 7.00pm we enjoy a magical light parade of beautifully decorated floats and costumed dancers that pass through the centre of Valkenburg.
Day 4: Disneyland® Paris Ice Dreams, Liège
This morning we visit the Disneyland® Paris Ice Dreams Festival in Liège, where dazzling ice decorations of Disney Characters offer the warmest of season’s greetings amid its incredible fantasy of snow and ice. After some free time to enjoy the ice sculptures, we set off for the return journey to London. Disneyland Ice Dreams Liege information is correct at the time of writing.
Included in the Price
- Return Eurostar from London to Brussels
- Return rail to Liege
- Three nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Liege
- Visit to Liege Christmas Village
- Visit to Aachen Christmas Market
- Visit to Valkenburg Christmas Market
- See the Valkenberg Christmas Parade
- Visit to the Disneyland Ice Dreams Festival
- Services of a Tour Manager
Excursions & Extras
Eurostar from London St Pancras
Mon 05 December 16
From £389.00 per person
Mon 12 December 16
From £389.00 per person
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