Itinerary

Fri 22 Dec

Morning departure from London St Pancras on your European Rail journey to Cologne via Brussels. On arrival in Cologne, transfer to the 4-star Maritim Hotel Köln in the heart of the city. This evening a welcome dinner will be served at the hotel.

Sat 23 Dec

We begin our exploration of Cologne by visiting the final day of the Christmas markets which are dotted around the town. There will be plenty of time to browse the stalls filled with traditional crafts and delicacies, including a chance to sample the mulled wine! The afternoon is free before transferring to the Oper for the evening performance.

Sun 24 Dec

Join your guide for a sightseeing tour of the city by coach and on foot. The highlight is the vast Gothic cathedral which dominates the skyline, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cathedral is full of treasures, including the Shrine of the Three Kings, a large gilded sarcophagus dating from the 13th century, and the Mailänder Madonna (Milan Madonna), dating from around 1290. Afternoon at leisure before a Christmas Eve dinner in the hotel.

Mon 25 Dec

Today the morning is at leisure should you wish to attend Mass in the city; further details will be given closer to the date of departure. Christmas lunch will be served in a local restaurant. There is then the chance to sample the traditional stollen cake at the hotel before transferring to the early evening performance.

Tue 26 Dec

This morning we visit the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, where we take a guided tour of their impressionist and neo-impressionist art collection. Mid-afternoon performance, followed by a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Wed 27 Dec

Morning at leisure for last-minute shopping and sightseeing. Afternoon transfer to the station for your homeward journey.

Programme

Programme at the Oper Köln

23 Dec 19.30

CARMINA BURANA OrffInc

C: Leo Hussain

Soprano: Emily Hindrichs

Tenor: Martin Kochs

Baritone: Insik Choi

25 Dec 18.00

DIE FLEDERMAUS J StraussInc

D: Petra Luisa Meyer

C: Marcus Bosch

Cast: tbc

26 Dec 16.00

RIGOLETTO VerdiInc

D: Katharine Thalbach

C: Gabriel Feltz

Cast: Jeongki Cho, Nicholas Pallesen, Michael Mrosek, María Isabel Segarra, Avtandil Kaspeli

Rail

Eurostar and Thalys

22 Dec London St Pancras Intl - Brussels dep: 08.58 arr: 12.08 | Brussels - Cologne dep: 13.28 arr: 15.15

27 Dec Cologne - Brussels dep: 12.42 arr: 14.32 | Brussels - London St Pancras Intl dep: 16.56 arr: 18.06

Rail schedules are subject to alteration. Departures from regional UK rail stations can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1695
Single room supplement £N/A
Land-only tour price £1595
Deposit required £400
Tour code COL1

Tour price includes: Rail travel, group transfers from and to station and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, one lunch, three dinners, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.