3 Day Brussels and Aachen Christmas Markets

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.




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Tour Highlights

  • A fantastic 3 day tour visiting Christmas markets in Belgium and Germany
  • 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
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Brussels

Day 2

Germany and Aachen Xmas Market

Day 3

Brussels Freetime

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 and Chocolate! 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).

Important Information

  • This tour requires minimum 15 paying passengers to operate.
  • We reserve the right to cancel if less than 15 customers.
  • Before booking this tour, please check that you have a valid passport and travel visa (if your nationality requires one).

Your Accommodation – Fantastic 4* Brussels City Centre hotel!!!

  • Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre. 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 upgrade 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.

Inclusions

  • 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 .

Departure Information

  • 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
  • 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.


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

Our Most Popular Essential Trips

There are so many and we cater for everyone so it may be a case of a leisurely out of London trip to Stonehenge or you may want the buzz and excitement of a theatre tour of London – all the glitz and glamour is there. Out of London, we offer all sorts of adventures: Roman Baths, Shakespeare country, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton – you name it. Same with London – we don’t just do the round London tours – we can take you to Kew Gardens or we can take you on an expedition on the roof of the O2 Dome to the platform at the top offering spectacular views.

So we offer Out of London, Around London, Theatre and Hotels and then there are the spectacular Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tours – what a way to celebrate the fun season.