Reader Holidays - Cologne Christmas Markets from South Wales Argus
Departing November - December 2015
*Price shown: 30 Nov 2015 - COY
A pre-Christmas paradise
Cologne at Christmas is a uniquely festive place. Christmas markets spring up in half a dozen locations, beside the cathedral and along the narrow streets of the old town, and offer a plethora of seasonal gifts, trinkets and decorations. See them for yourself on this wonderful festive city break.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- Enjoy a guided walking tour of Cologne and its colourful old town
- Wander the stalls of the world's most famous Christmas Market
- See the twin towers of the Gothic Dom cathedral
- Three nights' bed and continental breakfast accommodation in your chosen hotel
- Return flights from your local airport to Cologne
- One piece of hold luggage per couple
- Return airport-to-hotel coach transfers
- The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement. For single travellers, one piece of hold luggage is included.
Fly to Germany and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, you're free to explore. Why not enjoy the atmosphere of Cologne's celebrated old town, tucked between the Cathedral and the mighty Rhine, and its lively bars and cosy restaurants?
Join our included walking tour, and see Cologne's soaring cathedral and the lovingly restored old town that surrounds it. Afterwards head to the historic 'Neumarkt' and 'Altermarkt' squares to wander the stalls, sip hot gluhwein, and sample tasty Bratwurst, spicy gingerbread and other unusual sweets at Cologne's two most beautiful Christmas markets.Exploring elsewhere, you'll find still more festive distractions. From the 'fairytale market' in Rudolf Platz to the floating market in front of the Old Town all Cologne is abuzz with excitement.
Today you're free to continue exploring Cologne, or to join our fascinating optional excursion along the beautiful Ahr Valle to Ahrweiler. Explore this delightful town of half-timbered buildings and Gothic churches, medieval walls and an ancient market square - upon which the town's Christmas market makes a colourful spectacle.
Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)
Maritim Hotel Cologne
The Maritim Hotel Cologne is situated on the banks of the Rhine, in the heart of the city, very close to the cathedral and the main railway station.Further Hotel Information
The Maritim Hotel Cologne is situated on the banks of the Rhine, in the heart of the city, very close to the cathedral and the main railway station.
Facilities & Amenities
The hotel boasts exclusive boutiques in the spacious glass covered hotel hall, four elegant restaurants - including the roof-garden restaurant, Bellevue, on the fifth floor with stunning views of the Rhine - and a beer and wine bar, Kolsche Stuff. As well as a swimming pool, steam bath and solarium, there is a massage room and a fitness area. Room service, an evening turndown service, and dry cleaning and laundry are available. Newspapers are provided in the lobby and restaurants, and wireless LAN Internet access is available.
All bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryers, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephones, WiFi, safes and minibars.Hide Hotel Information
Dorint an der Messe
This elegant hotel is conveniently located just a mile from the old town.Further Hotel Information
This elegant hotel is conveniently located just a mile from the old town.
Facilities & Amenities
The Dorint has its own Beauty and Wellness Centre, which was totally refurbished in 2014 and features an indoor pool, a sauna, a steam bath and a fitness centre (offered at a reduced rate to guests). Other amenities include a cocktail bar and restaurants.
Each bedroom is well furnished, and offers private facilities, a direct-dial telephone, satellite TV, an iron and ironing board and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Hide Hotel Information
The modern and friendly Conti hotel is located in the Belgian quarter of the city, near cafes, bars and restaurants, and is a very short walk from the tram station.Further Hotel Information
The modern and friendly Conti hotel is located in the Belgian quarter of the city, near cafes, bars and restaurants, and is a very short walk from the tram station.
Facilities & Amenities
The hotel has its own Thai restaurant, which is open every day except Mondays, and there is complimentary Wifi throughout the hotel.
All the bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryers, direct-dial telephones, WiFi and satellite TV.Hide Hotel Information