German Christmas Markets featuring Aled Jones

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11 Dec 2019 - 14 Dec 2019
Duration: 4 days
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ENJOY A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER

This Christmas, treat yourself to a change of scenery as we enjoy the festivities at some of Europe’s oldest and largest Christmas markets. Shop and soak up the atmosphere of picturesque Bonn and the stunning city of Cologne, before enjoying an exclusive Christmas concert featuring Aled Jones, followed by a post concert CD signing and Q&A with Aled himself. This is a festive holiday you won’t forget in a hurry! .

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return Eurostar from London to Brussels
  • Return rail from Brussels to Cologne
  • Coach transfers throughout
  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast in the centre of Cologne
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

    Plus the following excursions:

  • Free time in Bonn to explore the Christmas Markets
  • Visit to the Cologne Christmas Markets
  • An exclusive concert in Cologne performed by Aled Jones
  • Enjoy a post concert CD signing and Q&A with Aled

Your special guest - Aled Jones

One of Britain’s most popular performers and broadcasters, Aled shot to fame thanks to his magical cover version of Walking in the Air which featured in the 1982 film The Snowman and reached No. 5 in the UK charts. Following his extraordinary success as a 12-year-old treble singer, Aled went on to record no fewer than 16 albums before his voice broke. Now a baritone, Aled's 24 albums span the classical repertoire, ranging from core operatic works to more popular traditional songs and hymns. Aled has also enjoyed a long and successful career as a broadcaster, presenting his own show on Sunday mornings on Classic FM, as well as the BBC’s Songs of Praise and the ITV Breakfast programme, Daybreak, alongside Lorraine Kelly.

Day 1: UK – Cologne

We journey aboard the Eurostar from London to Brussels and join the high-speed rail network to Cologne, where we are transferred by coach to our 4 star hotel in the city centre for a three night stay.

Day 2: Bonn Christmas Markets

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we travel by coach to the city of Bonn which is the birthplace of Beethoven and also the former capital of western Germany. Here you can discover the many faces of its historic centre and the architectural heritage of more than 2,000 years. You’ll also have some free time to explore and enjoy the Christmas markets at your leisure.

Day 3: Cologne Christmas Markets & Concert featuring Aled Jones

Today we visit Cologne Christmas Markets where you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere. The hive of festive activity takes place around the cathedral and the old town, where you will find a maze of pretty stalls offering outstanding arts and crafts. There are also a number of smaller markets to enjoy including the Harbour Christmas Markets held on the Rhine, with snowy white pagoda tents reminiscent of a ship’s sails. This afternoon, we travel by coach to the Trinitatiskirche in Cologne where we’ll enjoy an exclusive concert performed by Aled Jones. We return to the hotel this evening and enjoy a post concert CD signing and Q&A with Aled himself!

Day 4: Cologne – UK

We check out of our hotel this morning and retrace our route back to Brussels, where we join the Eurostar back to London.

PROVISIONAL TRAIN TIMES

    Outward Journey

      Departs London 08.55
      Arrives Cologne 15.15

    Return Journey

      Departs Cologne 09.43
      Arrives London 14.05

Maritim Hotel, Cologne

Centrally located in Cologne, the Maritim hotel provides excellent panoramic views of the River Rhine and offers elegant accommodation along with a spa, gym and indoor pool. The air-conditioned rooms include satellite TV, a desk and a modern bathroom. Guests can relax with a coffee in the elegant Café Heumarkt or enjoy a drink or two in the rustic-style Kölsche Stuff pub or stylish Piano Bar. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel.