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Rhineland Christmas Markets

3 & 4 Day Study Experience Tours from £189 per student
Departing: November and December 2017 & 2018

The Rhineland is amongst the best known regions of Germany and is a great favourite with student groups. The spectacular cities of Cologne, Aachen, Koblenz and Bonn all host wonderful Christmas Markets, which combined with the region's enchanting castles, picturesque villages, medieval towns and vineyards ensure a great choice of tour itineraries.

The Rhineland is an ideal destination to introduce students to German life, culture and language. There are a great number of Christmas Markets that we recommend you visit, naturally dependent on the duration of your tour and itinerary plans.

The delightful city of Aachen is Germany's nearest Christmas Market to the UK. Once the favourite residence of Charlemagne, it is renowned for the Mediterranean flair of its historical old quarter, which is filled with bubbling fountains and its famous cathedral. Every year the squares and streets round the Aachen Town Hall are transformed for the Aachen Christmas Market with festive lights, music and market stalls, whose specialities include an amazing variety of Printen cakes.

Cologne’s location on the Rhine has long been key to its status as capital of the region. Visitors come not only to see the awe inspiring Dom and Romanesque churches, but also for the city’s fine museums. There are actually four Christmas markets – in the Cathedral Square, at the Old Market, the New Market and in Rudolfplatz – which are open from late November. The magnificent Dom Cathedral, which has been restored to its former glory after the extensive damage during WWII, provides a wonderful backdrop for the largest market in the city centre.

Located next to the Rhine, Bonn is bestknown for being the birthplace of the world-famous composer Beethoven, but every year the city’s Christmas fair conjures up a festive atmosphere on Münsterplatz and Bottlerplatz, on Windeckstrasse, Vivatsgasse, Friedensplatz and Poststrasse. The atmospherically illuminated façades around the Münsterplatz form festive scenery for the market booths.

Koblenz is situated within the picturesque landscape of the Rhineland and is home to an abundance of cultural monuments and historical buildings. Its traditional Christmas market is held in the picturesque old town, just a stone’s throw away from the main shopping street. There are over 130 festively decorated wooden stalls offering an extensive range of hand-made goods and Christmas decorations, as well as a huge range of seasonal gift ideas.

Another choice is to visit the magnificent city of Heidelberg, which boasts a Christmas Market stretching over five squares. Famous as one of Europe’s most romantic settings and for the operetta ‘The Student Prince’, Heidelberg attracts visitors from all over the world, drawn by the castle, the market and the medieval Altstadt. From Heidelberg, it is a short journey to Rüdesheim. The Christmas Market in this delightful town brings a distinctly festive feel to the city's romantic old quarter and its popular Drosselgasse lane, as 120 stalls gather to present Christmas customs and traditions from around the world. Alongside the market, Rudesheim also hosts Europe's biggest Nativity scene featuring life-size figures!

Everyday, practical situations such as visiting and purchasing items from a local market or shop offer the opportunity to practice speaking the language through conversing with native speakers, helping to re-enforce what students have been taught in the classroom. Immersing your students in the culture contributes towards their learning objectives and helps to improve a student’s confidence and develop their language skills.

What the price includes

  • Exclusive coach hire throughout your trip including pick-up and drop-off at your school or college
  • 2 or 3 nights' accommodation
  • Continental breakfasts and dinners
  • Return Channel crossings to Calais
  • Transfers between your accommodation and chosen activities each day
  • Services of a Study Experiences Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Individually tailored itinerary
  • Educational Visits and Attractions Guide
  • 1 Free Staff Place for every 8 students
  • All Government Taxes, City Taxes, Service Charges & VAT
  • 24 hour emergency cover and support

Tour Highlights

The Rhineland is the ideal destination to introduce students to German life, culture and language. It is home to a vast array of renowned sights and attractions and you will need to consider carefully how to spend your time away, as there is so much to see and do! In addition to exploring the Christmas Markets Study Experiences can arrange a wide range of other visits and excursions, such as:

Boppard to Koblenz Rhine Cruise

Combine a Rhine River cruise past castles and vineyards with a breathtaking ride on the cable car from Koblenz over the Rhine to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. The combination of a cruise (1½ to 2 hours long), the return cable car ride and admission to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is a popular choice.

Romanticum Koblenz

Housed in an impressive building this interactive exhibition of the Middle Rhine Valley is staged around and area of 800m2. Setting out as a passenger on a steamboat you are taken on a journey through time, experiencing the romance of the Rhine up close, its’ romance, legends, and fairytales.

Schokoladenmuseum Cologne

The Chocolate Museum is located in a glass and metal building constructed to look like a ship on the Rheinau harbour peninsula near Cologne Cathedral. It takes you on a tour through the 3,000 year history of chocolate - from the Aztecambrosia "food of the gods" to modern industrial chocolate products.

Beethoven-Haus Museum

Ludwig van Beethoven's birthplace is of great importance for people throughout the world and the main attraction in the musical city of Bonn.

Phantasialand Theme Park

Situated in Brühl approximately 25kms south of Cologne, this theme park is one of the best in Europe. With 7 themed areas you will experience unlimited fun, action, adventure and the very best in live entertainment.

Further Information

Travel Arrangements

Our prices are based on a minimum group size of 40 and maximum 49 students. Travel arrangements are based on providing your group with exclusive use of a 48, 49 or 53 seat coach. For groups of between 20 and 40 students, we are able to offer travel by coach for your exclusive use, however we will need to charge an appropriate small group, coach under-occupancy supplement. As schools located in the north of the UK can require a longer period of coach hire, a small regional supplement may apply.

NEW - Choice of Crossing

For groups based in the north of England or Scotland we can now arrange crossings from Hull to Zeebrugge.

Your Accommodation

Your group will stay in one of our carefully selected hotels. Our range includes properties such as the Hotel Zum Guten Onkel in Bruttig-Fankel, Hotel Wagner Kamp-Bornhofen, and the Hotel Balladins in Troisdorf.

Your Meals

Your package price includes continental breakfast each morning and evening meals. For lunches your Study Experiences Tours Specialist can pre-book packed lunches for you.

Your Study Experiences Tour Manager

Throughout your trip your expert Tour Manager will be on hand to assist and support you and your students.

Your Choice of Travel Dates

As our Rhineland trips are available throughout the year, during term time and also during half terms and holidays, you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students.

Your Educational Visits & Attractions

To ensure that you make the most of your trip to the Rhineland region your Tours Specialist is able to arrange a wide choice of educational visits and activities. Full details of everything you might wish to see and do are available in our Rhineland ‘Educational Visits and Attractions Guide’.


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