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Valkenburg, Aachen and Monschau

Overview

Travel by Coach 0 Days
2 Included Excursions
  • Stay in the centre of the beautiful Dutch town of Valkenburg
  • Full day excursion to the German towns of Aachen and Monschau
  • Enjoy a full day in marvellous Maastricht

Valkenburg is located in the South Limburg part of Holland, famous for its beautiful undulating scenery and pretty villages. As the oldest tourist centre in the Netherlands, Valkenburg itself boasts many attractions.

These include amongst others the famous castle, museums and marlstone caves. There is also a chair lift offering great views, the South Limburg Steam Train and a great collection of shops, street cafés and restaurants.

Due to its location near the Dutch border, Valkenburg also provides a great base to explore a number of wonderful nearby cities. Only a short drive away, discover Maastricht, Holland’s oldest city. Aachen, over the nearby border into Germany is a great journey out, or discover the picturesque town of Monschau and the Eiffel Mountains.

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Itinerary

Day One – UK to Valkenburg
From your departure point travel to Hythe Interchange (Stop 24) and join your main tour coach for the channel crossing to Calais. We then continue our journey to the Hotel Walram in the centre of Valkenburg. (D)

Day Two – Valkenburg
Valkenburg, sometimes called ‘Marlstone Town’ because of the lime found in the soil and the soft yellow marlstone which has, since Roman times, been quarried as building material. As a result, there is now a network of over 150 miles of underground corridors beneath the town. A visit to these caves is highly recommended. There is plenty to keep you occupied above ground as well, such as the castle ruins and many shops, bars, cafés and restaurants. (B,D)

Day Three – Aachen and Monschau
Today we make a great excursion into Germany, firstly stopping in Aachen where you have time to explore the stunning old town with its famous cathedral. We continue through the fantastic countryside of the Eiffel Mountains to the small town of Monschau. The town is famous for its half-timbered buildings and overlooked by a medieval castle. (B,D)

Day Four – Maastricht
Today we make the short journey to Maastricht.  Visit the prettiest parts of the old city centre including the Stokstraat Quarter, the Basilica of Our Lady, the Ramparts and the parks plus much more. Take some time out to explore the network of underground passageways and vaults beneath the city where a large part of the Netherlands’ art treasures were safeguarded during World War II. (B,D)

Day Five – Valkenburg to UK
On the last day of our holiday, we travel to Calais for our Channel crossing and onward journey home. (B)

Hotel Walram

A great hotel located on a quiet square on the banks of the river “De Geul”. The town centre with a host of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants is only 2 minutes walk from the hotel.

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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Half Day: Maastricht

Discover the charming city of Maastricht in Holland, with its charming cobbled old town, dominated by the Gothic style church of Sint Janskerk. Look out as well for the futuristic Bonnefanten art museum, which is set on the banks of the Maas River.

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Full Day: Aachen And Monschau

Cross the border into Germany and visit Aachen. Enjoy some free time exploring the great old town and its cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Moving on, drive through the stunning scenery of the Eiffel Mountains before spending some time in the picturesque village of Monschau, famous for its half-timbered buildings overlooked by a medieval castle, before returning to Valkenburg.

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Optional Excursions

South Limburg Steam Train

Enjoy a journey through the hills of South Limburg on board an old fashioned steam train.

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Valkenburg Tourist Train

Enjoy a guided tour of Valkenburg on the tourist train, visiting the main sights in the town.

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Aachen Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a 2 hour guided walking tour of Aachen and its famous old town.

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