Cologne, Dusseldorf and Aachen


Travel by Coach
3 Included Excursions
  • Explore the festive markets around vibrant Cologne, with the most impressive located in front of the imposing Gothic cathedral
  • Soak up the atmosphere with seasonal sights and aromas at the Dusseldorf markets, and stroll along the bustling Konigsallee
  • Visit historic Aachen and taste the local speciality ‘Aachen Printen’ gingerbread at one of the charming stalls

Join our delightful short break across to Germany, visiting some of the wonderful cities in the Nordrhein Westfalen region, including beautiful Cologne, set alongside the Rhine river.

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Day One - UK to Kaarst
We travel across to Calais and through northern France into Germany, for our evening arrival in Kaarst, near Dusseldorf, where we stay for three nights.

Day Two - Cologne
Enjoy our full day excursion to the beautiful city of Cologne for chance to explore the seasonal stalls. (B,D)

Day Three - Dusseldorf
We enjoy the festive markets and shopping in Dusseldorf. (B,D)

Day Four - Via Aachen to France
We leave Kaarst and travel via Aachen back into France for our final overnight stay (B,D)

Day Five - France to UK
We return to Calais, then make our way onward home (B)

Mercure Dusseldorf Kaarst Hotel

Located in Kaarst, on the outskirts of Dusseldorf, this modern hotel is perfectly placed for us to explore the surrounding cities and offers a welcome retreat after a day sightseeing.

Rooms at this hotel

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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Full Day: Cologne

The city of Cologne offers six Christmas markets in total, with the market set in front of the imposing cathedral being the most impressive. Beneath the largest Christmas tree in Rhineland, you will find 160 attractively designed pavilions. Here, you can choose from numerous sweet delicacies, watch artisans at work, and enjoy the 'original Christmas mulled wine'.


En-route: Aachen

Set around the cathedral and town hall, Aachen’s market square is perfect to feel the magic of the festive season, with the local speciality gingerbread, Aachen Printen, a must to try! Enjoy a stroll through the heart of this historic town.


Full Day: Dusseldorf

The vibrant city of Dusseldorf has an exciting mix of traditional buildings, modern architecture and interesting museums for us to discover on our visit today. For shopping, head to the popular Konigsallee pedestrianized street or the fashionable Altstadt. Why not enjoy a stroll along the bustling promenade and watch the ships sailing along the Rhine.