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The Christmas Markets of Cologne & Rüdesheim

(Tour code: 17REM)The Rhine Valley and its Christmas Markets by rail

From your base in the Rhine Valley contrast two great Christmas Market destinations. Cologne is home to five lively and differing markets, and Rüdesheim plays host to enticing stalls from twelve nations.

Tour Highlights
  • Remagen
  • Cologne and its Christmas Markets
  • Rüdesheim's 'Christmas Market of Nations'
  • The services of a Tour Manager
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Day 1

London to Remagen

Your tour starts today with a journey on the Eurostar to Brussels. From here continue by rail via Cologne and alongside the Rhine to Remagen and your hotel - the family run 3* Hotel Pinger, following check-in you enjoy a glass or two of warming mulled wine.

  • Dinner
Day 2


Today head to Cologne, renowned for many years for its wonderful traditional Christmas Markets, which can be found across the city. The oldest of Cologne's Christmas Markets is ironically located at Neumarkt, in the heart of the shopping district. With its decorated stands and mouth-watering fare, the 'Market of Angels' is considered one of Europe's best. The charming Alter Markt, famed for its local crafts, is a firm favourite due to its fairground rides. The Cathedral Christmas Market, so called because of its magnificent location below this Gothic landmark, is the most elaborately decorated; there are over 150 wooden pavilions as well as the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland, and many stalls sell sweet delicacies, and glühwein from festively decorated Christmas mugs. The Rudolfplatz Christmas Market, found at the Hahnentor city gate, has a fairytale theme, and on the Rhine itself you will find the Maritime Market.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Cologne Christmas MarketS
Day 3

Rüdesheim's Market of Nations

Your excursion today takes you by train to the magical Christmas Market in Rüdesheim. The journey takes you through the most scenic part of the Rhine Gorge, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and past the famous Lorelei rock. Rüdesheim annually welcomes over 120 stands from 12 different nations for the festivities, all offering their products, delicacies and traditions in this beautiful, storybook atmosphere. In addition, the Rüdesheim wineries also open their cellars to visitors with warming specialties available. Europe's largest nativity scene can be found here in the market square, complete with life size figures depicting the birth of Christ. Enjoy the many attractions and the sparkling lights before returning to Remagen.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Rüdesheim Christmas Market
Day 4

Remagen to London

Leave Remagen and head back to Cologne for the train to Brussels where you join the Eurostar to London.

  • Breakfast

Please note

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


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