Rumble in the Jumble! 29 Nov to 21 Dec (23 days) / Great value from $2500 AUD
Trip around Germany's famed Xmas Markets and the wonderful towns and cities that host them.
Our small group escorted tour stays at our Zell-Mosel apartments for 5 nights a week and travels away for Friday and Saturday nights.
It features travel by trains in 6 German states plus Luxembourg and Strasbourg France, the birthplace of Xmas Markets in 1570!
As well as 20-plus Xmas markets, we'll stroll around 30 towns and cities and have time to take in a number of museums and other attractions.
Chances to take in shows in the nearby cities of Luxembourg, Trier and Koblenz.
$2500 AUD twin-share or double (approx $2000 USD)
|Wed 29 Nov||Arrive by rail to Bullay from Frankfurt, Cologne,|
Paris, Luxembourg or Amsterdam. Taxi 6km to Zell.
Arrive by Ryanair to Hahn Airport and shuttle bus to Zell.
|Thu 30 Nov||Introduction to Zell and the region of Zellerland|
|Fri 01 Dec|
Weekend trip: Rail to Cologne along the Mosel and Rhine (2+ hours).
A first look at Cologne then rail (50 mins) on to Aachen. Hotel in Aachen.
|Sat 02 Dec||Bus ride (60 min) to delightful Monschau. Return via Aachen to Cologne. Rail to Dusseldorf (50 min). Hotel in Dusseldorf.||Monschau, Dusseldorf|
|Sun 03 Dec||Rail back along the Rhine with stops in Cologne, Bonn, Bad Honningen and other towns. Return late to Zell for a 5 night stay.||Bonn|
|Mon 04 Dec||Free day in Zell|
|Tue 05 Dec||Day trip from Zell to Trier and Luxembourg||Trier, Luxembourg|
|Wed 06 Dec||Day trip upstream along Mosel using local buses to Bernkastel-Kues and Traben Trabach||Bernkastel|
|Thu 07 Dec||Free day in Zell|
|Fri 08 Dec|
Weekend trip: Rail to Saarbrucken (110 min) and rail to Strasbourg (105 min).
Hotel in Strasbourg (France), home to the first Xmas Markets in 1570.
|Sat 09 Dec|
Rail to Baden Baden (60 min). Rail to Karlsruhe (45 min). Rail to Heidelberg (45 min). Hotel in Heidelberg. We could add Speyer (extra 45 min)?
|Sun 10 Dec|
Return with 4 stops: Rail to Mannheim (15 min). Rail to Worms (25 min). Rail to Bingen (65 min). Rail to Koblenz (50 min). Return late to Bullay (45 min).
|Karlsruhe, Speyer, Worms|
|Mon 11 Dec||Free day in Zell|
|Tue 12 Dec|
Rail to Koblenz (45 min). Rail to Limburg (50 mins).
Return same way with a stop in the historic spa resort town of Bad Ems.
|Wed 13 Dec|
Buses to Cochem, following the Mosel downstream.
See the steep Calmont vineyards and village of Beilstein.
|Thu 14 Dec||Free day in Zell|
|Fri 15 Dec||Weekend trip: Rail to Koblenz (45 min). Rail to Bacharach (35 min). Rail to Frankfurt (75 min). Rail to Wurzburg (105 min). Hotel 2 nights in Wurzburg.|
|Sat 16 Dec||Rail to Rothenburg ob der Tauber (65 min) and return.|
|Sun 17 Dec||Rail to Lauda (40 min). Rail to Miltenberg (65 min). Rail to Frankfurt (85 min). Rail to Koblenz (105 min), Rail to Bullay (45 min).|
|Mon 18 Dec||Free day in Zell|
|Tue 19 Dec||Rhine Gorges. Rail to Koblenz (45 min). Rail, cruise (extra cost option) and ferry to Boppard, St. Goar, Bacharach, Bingen and Rudesheim and return.||Rudesheim|
|Wed 20 Dec||Explore the Hunsruck region by local bus.|
|Thu 21 Dec||Departure day!|