XMAS MARKETS 2017 

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)

  • Escorted by Gariella Erb, a resident of Australia's Sunshine Coast, a yoga teacher and ski instructor who speaks fluent German, French and English.
  • Self-contained studio or one-bedroom apartments for 16 nights ('My Europe Base', Zell and neighbouring apartments if needed)
  • Hotels of 3-4 star standard for 6 nights (Aachen, Dusseldorf, Strasbourg, Heidelberg and Wurzburg x 2 nts).
  • All travel included by rail, bus and maxi-taxis
  • Meals and admissions are extra
  • $900 AUD single supplement
  • Maximum 9 travellers, minimum 4




Xmas Markets 2017
DateDescriptionMarkets
Wed 29 NovArrive 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 NovIntroduction 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.

Cologne, Aachen
Sat 02 DecBus ride (60 min) to delightful Monschau. Return via Aachen to Cologne. Rail to Dusseldorf (50 min). Hotel in Dusseldorf.Monschau, Dusseldorf
Sun 03 DecRail 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 DecFree day in Zell
Tue 05 DecDay trip from Zell to Trier and Luxembourg
Trier, Luxembourg
Wed 06 DecDay trip upstream along Mosel using local buses to Bernkastel-Kues and Traben TrabachBernkastel
Thu 07 DecFree 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.

Saarbrucken, Strasbourg
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)?

BadenBaden,

Karlsruhe, 

Heidelberg 

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 DecFree 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.

Koblenz, Limburg
Wed 13 Dec

Buses to Cochem, following the Mosel downstream.

See the steep Calmont vineyards and village of Beilstein.

Cochem
Thu 14 DecFree day in Zell
Fri 15 DecWeekend 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.

Frankfurt,

Wurzburg

Sat 16 DecRail to Rothenburg ob der Tauber (65 min) and return.

Rothenburg

Sun 17 DecRail to Lauda (40 min). Rail to Miltenberg (65 min). Rail to Frankfurt (85 min). Rail to Koblenz (105 min), Rail to Bullay (45 min).

Miltenberg

Mon 18 DecFree day in Zell
Tue 19 DecRhine 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 DecExplore the Hunsruck region by local bus.
Thu 21 DecDeparture day!