2017 SMALL GROUP EUROPEAN
CHRISTMAS MARKET TOUR
a 7 night stay in the beautiful, romantic, wine region of the
2-December 9, 2017
to: Aachen, Mainz, Trier and Traben-Trarbach
The Mosel Valley between Trier and Koblenz, where the Mosel
flows into the Rhine, is one of the most beautiful parts of
Germany. In the most romantic part of the Mosel Valley
lies the Old Town of Cochem. The magnificent Reichsburg
Castle, set on a precipitous rock high above the town, dominates
the landscape. A spectacular view of the Mosel River lies
below surrounded by beautiful forests, meadows, fields and
vineyards. The Old Town of Cochem is a true gem with its
narrow streets, beautiful timbered houses, historical market
square, medieval town gates, churches and walls. During
the Advent season, Cochem delights visitors with its festively
decorated half-timbered houses, specialty shops, cozy Christmas
market and seasonal culinary delights. The illuminated
Reichsburg Castle high above further sets the mood for a
romantic and relaxing atmosphere. Our small group tour
will experience breathtaking views, Roman ruins and castles,
delicious regional cuisine and superb wines of the Mosel Valley.
Our day trips visit the cities of Aachen, Trier and Mainz,
Traben-Trarbach, Maria Laach Abbey (a true masterpiece of
European and Roman architecture) and Marksburg Castle on the
Rhine River. After each exciting day, we return to our
boutique, family-owned hotel, The Zehnthof, where hospitality
has become a tradition with the Friedmann Family.
*Deluxe, private min-coach
*Experience, English speaking driver
*Seven nights of accommodation in the Superior Double room at
the Hotel Zehnthof in Cochem
*Daily breakfast buffet
*Welcome and St. Nicholas Day dinners
*Christmas Markets in Aachen, Trier, Mainz, Traben-Trarbach and
*Sightseeing as specified in the detailed itinerary
*Taxes, service charges and baggage handling (one piece per
*Comprehensive information kit
*Personally escorted by Pamela Dixon; bilingual in English and
LAND TOUR ONLY COST (Based on a
minimum 10 passengers)
$1,775.00 per person based on double occupancy
$2,200.00 based on single occupancy
Saturday, December 2-We will be met by our mini-coach
driver outside of the customs hall. Transfer to our hotel
in Cochem on the Mosel River for a 7 night stay. Our group
will have dinner tonight at a local restaurant.
Sunday, December 3-We join our local guide for a walking
tour to see the historical and significant sights in the Old
Town of Cochem. As we walk through the narrow streets and
past the beautiful half-timbered houses, our guide will show us
the historic market square, medieval town gates, churches, etc.
Remainder of the day is to free to enjoy the Christmas Market.
Monday, December 4-Today, we depart for Aachen once the
capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the residence of
Charlemagne. Our local guide will take us on a walking
tour in the Old Town to visit the Cathedral and Treasury Museum
and to St. Foillan's Church to see the "Madonna of St. Foillan"
which dates back to 1411. Aachen is well known for its
Belgium chocolate and Printen shops in the Old Town. Our
guide will point out some local favorites and there will be some
free time for the Christmas Market & shopping.
Tuesday, December 5-In the morning, we depart for Trier;
the oldest city in Germany rich with architectural heritage.
Our local guide will take us to see the important sights of the
town and to view the well-preserved Roman monuments most notably
the Porta Nigra Gate, Amphitheatre, Thermal Baths & Roman
Bridge. After the tour, we will have free time for the
Christmas Market & shopping.
Wednesday, December 6-Happy St. Nicholas Day! In
the morning, we depart to meet our local guide who will talk to
us about the Eifel volcanic region we will visit, the history of
Maria Laach Abbey and Marksburg Castle. Maria Laach Abbey
is a true masterpiece of European & Romanesque architecture and
still a working abbey. We will watch a video about the
abbey, do the self-guided walking tour and afterwards have
available either a monk or member of staff to answer questions.
In the afternoon, we depart for a guided tour of Marksburg
Castle; first constructed in 1231 and the only castle on the
Rhine River which has never been conquered or destroyed.
After the tour, we will return to Cochem. In the evening
we will have our group dinner.
Thursday, December 7-Morning departure for Mainz for a
guided tour of the Old Town featuring the Kaiserdom (1 of 3
remaining Romanesque imperial cathedrals), St. Stephen's Church,
the Kirschgarten (Well-preserved complex of historic
half-timbered houses), etc. Afterwards, there will be free
time for the Christmas Market & shopping.
Friday, December 8-In the morning you will have free
time. In the early afternoon we will depart for
Traben-Trarbach to visit their unique Christmas Markets in the
underground cellars and old vaults of the town. Leave
around 5:30P for return to Cochem.
Saturday, December 9-We say good-bye to Cochem & the
beautiful Mosel Valley. Depart for Frankfurt Airport.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE: ALL MAJOR CREDIT
CARDS ARE ACCEPTED
DEPOSIT: $500.00 PER PERSON
FINAL PAYMENT: 08/28/17
CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations before 08/28/17
will incur a $50.00 pp professional fee from Destinations by
Dixon LLC. Cancellations 08/28/17 onwards are 100 pct. non-refundable plus a $50.00 pp professional fee from Destinations
by Dixon LLC.
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