Brussels & Aachen Christmas Markets
This tour will return in 2018 ...
Tour Highlights - A fantastic 3 day tour visiting Christmas markets in Belgium and Germany!
We visit the Xmas markets in Brussels, home of the European Christmas Market, and in the stunning Roman Spa City of Aachen, one of Germany's most popular Christmas markets and famous for its hot springs and stunning architecture.
In both cities we allow plenty of time for additional sightseeing.
Day 1 - We start our 3 day tour from your chosen UK departure point. We travel to Brussels by modern executive coach with one of our friendly drivers and our experienced tour guide. Our journey includes a short sea crossing, from where you can see the famous White Cliffs and Dover Castle as we sail into France. From France we take the short drive into Belgium and head for Brussels, the Capital of the EU. Our driver will take us directly to our hotel in the centre of Brussels where we stay for both nights. After you have settled into your comfortable hotel room, we will meet in the hotel reception and our guide will walk the group to the famous European Christmas Market and the Grand Place.
Every year the City of Brussels presents Winter Wonders in the Grand Place featuring a magical decor, illuminated Big Wheel, roundabouts, street activities, the famous skating rink and, of course, the famous Christmas Market. The market itself consists of 240 wooden chalets selling Christmas goodies, traditional craft items and various seasonal specialities!
Day 2 - After breakfast, meet the tour manager at 9am and join the coach for our day trip to Germany, and the stunning Aachen Xmas Market. The city of Aachen is in the North Rhine area of Germany, and less than 2 hours from Brussels. Home to the famous Aachen Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage site) the city is famous for its cobbled streets, thermal hot springs and stunning architecture. The market is held in the area around the 14th century town hall with illuminated stalls selling mulled wine, wooden toys and local specialities such as Printen (spicy gingerbread), fruity Christmas cakes, potato fritters and marzipan bread.
In addition to visiting the market we allow plenty of time to visit the Cathedral and the famous Aachen and Elisa fountains of this Roman Spa City.
We depart Aachen late afternoon to return to Brussels in time for dinner, and a night out in the European Union's capital city. Brussels is famous for a fantastic selection of restaurants, bars and cafes, and during the Christmas Market season as you wander the streets you can see concerts, plays, processions, travelling artists and much more. The city comes alive with the colour, tradition and spirit of the Christmas season.
Day 3 - A morning of free time in Brussels. Your chance to go shopping for some Belgian specialities for Christmas, Beer & Chocloate! Or perhaps take a stroll to the Mannekin Pis (Flemish for Little Man Pee!) dressed up in one of his many official costumes. We depart Brussels after lunch and make a short stop on the journey to Calais for some very cheap shopping (great deals on alcohol, tobacco and chocolates). We arrive back in Dover early evening 19:30-20:00, Kent drop offs between 20:00-20:30, in London 21:00-21:45 and Cambridge by 23:00/23:30.
PLEASE NOTE - This tour requires minimum 15 paying passengers to operate. We reserve the right to cancel if less than 15 customers.
Your Accommodation - Fantastic 4* Brussels City Centre hotel!!!
Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre - click here to see the hotel website
Avenue du Boulevard 17, 1210 Brussels.
Your accommodation is included in the price of your tour on a bed and breakfast basis. The price you pay is based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. If you would like a single room for 1 person we offer an uprade for £50 per night. Single travellers can avoid paying a single supplement by sharing a twin room with another person (of the same sex) from the tour group. We arrange this service automatically, unless you select the single upgrade option when you are making your booking.
We always try to get your preferred room choice and if you need further help, please contact our office staff by phone or email.
- 3 days travel by luxury coach with return Dover-Calais ferry crossing
- 2 nights bed and breakfast in the 4 star Hotel Thon Brussels City Centre. Accommodated in twin/double bedded rooms.
- Visit to Brussels Christmas Market
- Day trip to Aachen Christmas Market
- Services of a tour manager for the full duration of the tour
04.15am Cambridge from outside Police Station, Parkside
05.45am London, Hammersmith tube station
06.05am London, Great Portland Street tube station
06.20am London, Embankment tube station
06.55am London, Lewisham High Street (outside Police Station)
07.05am Ramsgate Train Station
07.45am Canterbury East Train Station
08:30am Dover Eastern Docks Bookings Hall
Before booking this tour, please check that you have a valid passport and travel visa (if your nationality requires one).