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European Christmas Markets on 27th to 30th November 2020

Organiser of this Event is Dave Whitbourne, Tel no. 02392 619695 (M) 07806516970

email: chairperson@shrets.co.uk

Coach departs North Harbour at 6.30am – Friday 27th November 2020
Return (approx.): 9.00pm – Monday 30th November 2020


The cost of the trip is £240 per person for a double/twin room, based on 41 people, if 51 travel this will be reduced to £220. The cost of a single room is an additional supplement of £45 for the trip.

Deposit on booking of £50 per person (non-refundable)

THIS TRIP IS ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, however I will keep a reserve List.

Closing date for applications: When Full. P
LEASE complete ALL field clearly on the application form, successful applicants will be notified by email.

European Christmas Markets

European Christmas Markets, a chance to take in two different types of Christmas market and we will be based in the popular vibrant town of Valkenburg. This is a 4-day / 3-night trip visiting the European Christmas markets of Valkenburg and Aachen, including a Wine tasting in Maastricht. The price for this trip includes bed, breakfast and evening meal. As hotel rooms need to be booked well in advance, we have decided that to secure this booking a deposit of £50 per person will be required. This deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE. It is currently planned we leave IBM North Harbour, Cosham at 6.30am on Friday 27th November and if this is changed you will be notified by the organiser. It is envisaged the coach will arrive back at North Harbour at approximately 9.00pm on Monday the 30th November. There will be a fair bit of walking and therefore it may not be suitable for those with a mobility problem.

The final payment will be due on or before 1st September 2020.

Included in the cost

Coach travel & porterage, 3-night’s dinner, bed & breakfast, a visit to a wine tasting at Hoeve Nekum in Maastricht.
Not Included in the cost
Entry into the caves in Valkenburg.

The itinerary:

Day 1 (Friday 27th November)
We leave North Harbour at 6.30am travelling via the Eurotunnel to the Hotel Riche, Valkenburg (Netherlands). Included is 3 night’s dinner, bed & breakfast (set menu on 1st night, 3 choice main course thereafter), welcome cocktail.

Day 2 (Saturday 28th November)
Today we have the morning free and in the afternoon we have a Wine tasting at Hoeve Nekum in Maastricht booked for 2pm which is included in the price. We will of course be back in time for the evening meal and in time to see more of Valkenburg. Whilst in Valkenburg you have the opportunity to visit the oldest and most visited underground market in the Municipal Caves with over 50 stalls with beautiful decorations and offering Christmas gifts and other luxuries. Above ground you can see the festive decorations in Santa’s village and marvel at the largest crib in Europe. Also not to be missed, and whilst NOT included in the cost, you may wish visit the caves with beautiful sand sculptures.

Day 3 (Sunday 29th November)
Today we travel to Aachen (Germany) where the squares and streets around the Cathedral and the Town Hall are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours, festive sounds, smells and market stalls. You can enjoy a wide variety of Printen and other cakes, biscuits, gingerbread, marzipan bread and of course gluhwein.



Day 4 (Monday 30th November)
After breakfast, we commence our journey home via Eurotunnel.

It is hoped we will arrive back at IBM North Harbour, Cosham around 9.00pm.

This trip is organised on a first come first served basis, there is a limited number of single, double and twin rooms. The rooms will be allocated in the order they are received by the organiser. Travel Insurance is not provided.

Hotel – Hotel Riche


Located on the edge of Valkenburg and 200m from the city centre. All bedrooms are en suite with TV, telephone, and hairdryer. Lift, bar, lounge and restaurant. During your stay at the Riche, they have included a welcome drink and tea/coffee after dinner.

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