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Amid the medieval surroundings of the Hauptmarkt square, and in front of the mighty cathedral, 95 festively decorated wooden huts offering everything from jewellery to candles, ceramics to handmade arts and crafts. And if all that leaves you feeling hungry, there's a plentiful supply of sweet treats and potato fritters, as well as glühwein and hot tea to wash them down.
Trier, on the river Moselle, is Germany’s oldest city - founded by Emperor Constantine the Great in the 4th century AD as the capital of the Western Roman Empire. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Roman monuments, the Imperial baths, the amphitheatre and the Porta Nigra. See the world’s largest collection of Roman coins at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum. The city has impressive medieval buildings including the Cathedral of St. Peter and the Church of Our Lady (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites) and is also notable as the birth place of Karl Marx whose house can be visited.
Tuesday: We collect you from home to join your tour coach and travel to Folkestone for our Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. Once in France we continue on through the Pas de Calais, Belgium and into Germany, arriving at our hotel in Trier early evening.
Wednesday: We have a day at leisure in Trier. The city has a lovely romantic atmosphere over Christmas time, with one of the most charming markets being held against the backdrop of the medieval 'Hauptmarkt' square located in the grounds of the stunning cathedral. Culinary delicacies abound in Trier, with a host of exquisite local wine accompanying traditional German dishes such as bratwurst, potato pancakes and gingerbread. Yuletide items such as decorations, wooden toys, glassware and delicious food await you at the Trier Christmas Market. These items are displayed in and around 95 festively decorated booths ensuring that you find what you are looking for. As well as the extensive Christmas market, shopping in Trier during the winter is still a very special experience, with a selection of specialty shops, large department stores and boutiques offering a range of gifts and treats for the festive season. There is also a variety of events to keep you entertained around the market, from the brass bands and trumpeters playing traditional carols, to the puppet theatre for children at the Christmas market pavilion.
Thursday: Today we follow the Mosel to lovely Bernkastel. The medieval Marktplatz (market square) of Bernkastel-Kues must be one of the prettiest settings for a Christmas market. The square is small and cosy and the forty or so market stalls are set up against the backdrop of Bernkastel’s charming timber-framed buildings.
Friday: After breakfast we make the homeward journey to Calais for our Eurotunnel crossing to Folkestone. On our return to Wiltshire your taxi will be waiting to return you to your home.
Mercure Porta Nigra, Trier
The Mecure Porta Nigra is located opposite the UNESCO World Heritage site, Porta Nigra Roman City Gate, just two minutes walk from the historic town centre. All bedrooms have en suite facilities, telephone, TV, radio, and air-conditioning. The hotel has a lift.
Look what's included!
3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Platinum coach travel with extra leg room
Excursions and visits