Day 1 (Thu) We cross to France with Eurotunnel then drive through
Belgium and on to Konigswinter, where a welcome glass of
mulled wine will be served before dinner.
Day 2 (Fri) After sampling the delicious Maritim Hotel buffet
breakfast we set off for the City of COLOGNE, some 25 miles from Konigswinter. First stop is at the LINDT CHOCOLATE MUSEUM, housed in a spectacular glass and metal building at the Rheinau harbour. Enjoy an expedition through 3000 years of chocolate history and a great view of the barges on the River. Following our visit the rest of the day is yours to explore Cologne with its magnificent twin-spired Cathedral. The Cathedral
provides an impressive backdrop for one of the four big
Christmas Markets. Around the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland you will find over 150 wooden chalets selling a vast range of high-quality products.
Day 3 (Sat) We cross the Rhine by ferry and drive to the small wine
growing town of AHRWEILER. Surrounded by medieval town walls, with many original buildings and wine taverns in the half timbered houses. The Christmas Market here is smaller though no less attractive, and the aroma of mulled wine from local vineyards fills the air. We continue to BONN, Germany’s 19th largest city. Impressive illuminated facades on Munsterplatz provide a festive backdrop for the Christmas Market. The beautiful old town hall is transformed into an enormous Advent calendar. Shops and stalls are brimming with unusual gifts with plenty of mulled wine, hot mead and chestnuts. Classical symphonies play in the background while you shop.
Day 4 (Sun) This morning spend some time exploring the picture postcard town of KONIGSWINTER at the foot of the Drachenfels Mountain. Later we shall take a scenic drive along the Rhine to KOBLENZ, where the Christmas Market is held in the picturesque Old Town. Koblenz lies at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel and you will have time to stroll to the famous meeting point of Deutsches Eck and try out the Cable Car that connects the old town with the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and provides super panoramic views of the two rivers (additional cost for cable car).
Day 5 (Mon) We drive back to Calais and catch the convenient shuttle
train through the Channel Tunnel before completing our
homeward journey to Sussex. A taxi will take you to your door.