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Three Countries Christmas Markets

(Tour code: 17TCM)The Christmas Markets of Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands

Compare the lights, sounds and smells of Christmas Markets across three different countries: Belgium's oldest, Liège; joyful Aachen in Germany and Valkenburg's unique grotto markets in the Netherlands.

Tour Highlights
  • Liège
  • Belgium's largest and oldest Christmas Market
  • Valkenburg and its cave markets
  • Aachen and its Christmas Market
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Buffet Breakfasts
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Liege Christmas Markets
Day 1

London to Liège

Depart St Pancras International on a Eurostar service for Brussels, where you change for the onward train to Liège. Walk to the 3* Hotel Husa de la Couronne, located beside the railway station and check in for a three night stay. You may have some free time to explore this lovely town at leisure.

Day 2

Aachen and Liège

Today you travel by rail to Aachen, just a short journey across the German border. Here you are free to visit the 'Christmas City'. The streets around the Town Hall are filled with traditional German gifts including Aachen Printen, a local speciality gingerbread. The city itself was built on Charlemagne's former palace and you can still see his influence throughout the city. The stunning gothic architecture of the cathedral and the golden shrine of Charlemagne inside are well worth a visit. On your return to Liège you can visit Liège's Christmas Village in the Place du Marché. There are stalls laden with chocolate, vin chaud and the Belgian liqueur made from juniper berries, Peket.Afterwards you enjoy a mug of hot mulled wine.

  • Breakfast
  • Excursion
Day 3


Travel by coach across the Dutch border today, to Valkenburg, where you will visit a Christmas Market with a difference. This enchanting little hill town is built around a romantic ruined castle and is famous for its unique and atmospheric Christmas Markets which are held in the ancient labyrinth of tunnels and caves which run underneath Valkenburg. The beautifully lit passageways give a magical feel and hold many wonderful ideas for seasonal gifts. You will receive a pass which includes direct entrance to both cave markets - the 'Town Cave' and the 'Velvet Cave', with its impressive mural carvings, inscriptions, and exceptional sculptures, reflecting the ancient and almost forgotten legends and memories of Valkenburg. Alternatively, you may like to relax and soak up the atmosphere of the markets over a glass of mulled wine. Return to Liège by coach.

  • Breakfast
  • Excursion
Day 4

Liège to London

Check out of the hotel this morning and board a train to Brussels. In the Belgian capital, join a Eurostar service for the journey to St Pancras International in 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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