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VALKENBURG CHRISTMAS MARKETS, Holland

Monday 11 – 14 December 2017
4 days/3nights

I am sure you will love this Short Break to this festive winter wonderland in Holland, a popular destination with Solent Events.

Its Christmas Markets are the perfect way to enjoy the excitement of this magical time of the year. You can spend a whole day relaxing and exploring the colourful stalls of the unique underground Valkenburg Velvet Cave Market and the equally magical Town Cave Market nearby. With a full day excursion to the coastal town of Delft, you are guaranteed a wonderful, relaxing few days in Europe. Follow the scent of roasting chestnuts to the Christmas Markets set in the beautifully lit caves that run underneath the town and a just a short walk from our hotel. Considered to be the largest and oldest underground Christmas Market in Europe, you will be sure to tick off that Christmas shopping list with special gifts that you can’t get on the high-street. Peruse the charming stall and select beautiful Dutch handicrafts, authentic cuisine and festive decorations as you go.

Our hotel is also a favourite – The 4* Hampshire Classic Voncken Hotel, situated in a quiet square right in the centre of the town and just a few minutes’ walk from the Christmas Market caves.The hotel is family run (for over 100 years), typically Dutch, very friendly and best of all, centrally situated in Valkenburg aan de Geul, the oldest tourist town of the Netherlands. The hotel is within a few minutes walking distance through cobbled streets to the sparkling centre of Valkenburg, with cafés, restaurants, boutiques and sightseeing points such as the Mergel Rijk cave, Steenkolenmijn Coalmine, the Holland Casino, museum and attractive parks.

The past few years have seen a magical Valkenburg Christmas Parade each Wednesday & Saturday, leading up to Christmas, so we are aiming to be there in 2017 – after our excursion to Delft!

OPTIONAL EVENING MEAL at LA FLEUR RESTAURANT
An optional evening meal has also been booked at the very special La Fleur Restaurant, where you will be amazed at how delicious food cooked with ‘flowers’ can be!
La Fleur is an excellent, privately owned restaurant, situated just 5 minutes walk from our Grand Voncken Hotel. Patricia & Pierre will warmly welcome us to Gasterije La Fleur, ‘where life-lovers meet’ for a fantastic evening of culinary delights!
I am sure you will enjoy the lovingly prepared food at La Fleur as much as Solent Events guests have done during our past visits. I do hope you will join us! See menu choice and booking form below.

 

 

£495pp

Single Supplement only £99

Luxury Return Coach Travel

Only FOUR local pick-ups

Complimentary Brunch Bap en route

Return crossing with Euro Tunnel
Folkestone to Calais

3 nights accommodation 4* Voncken Hotel
with breakfast

Dinner in hotel on first night

Porterage in and out of hotel

City Tax at 2016 rate – €2.50pppn
NB. 2017 supplement may be added

Full Day Excursion to Delft

Solent Events Escort

 

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Provisional Itinerary: All times to be confirmed

Monday 11 December
0600       Coach leaves Southampton
0630       Coach leaves Stokes Bay – Sailing Club bus shelter
0640       Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – seafront shops
0650       Pick up at Stubbington – bus shelter opposite Red Lion
0700       Pick up at Fareham – Peak Lane
1020       Arrive Eurotunnel to Calais for 1120 train TBC
1730       Arrive Voncken Hotel, Valkenburg (local time)
Dinner in the hotel

Tuesday 12 December
Full day at leisure to explore the Valkenburg Markets
Optional evening meal at La Fleur Restaurant
or at leisure

Wednesday 13 December
Full day excursion to Delft with free time to explore
Valkenburg Christmas Parade – dinner at leisure

Thursday 14 December
0930       Leave hotel for journey home to UK
1200       Stop at Ghent for leisure & lunch
1650       Arrive Calais for Eurotunnel to Folkestone
1750       Euro Train leaves for UK   TBC
1720       Local time – Arrive Folkestone
2030       Arrive home area

INTERESTED? Please contact us for a full itinerary and booking form

 

View La Fleur Menu

 

LA FLEUR RESTAURANT, VALKENBURG
A very special optional Evening Meal
€35pp

Tuesday 12 December 2017
(limited to 24 places)

Starter
Paté made of wild rabbit scented with Champagne and heather blossom
With a garnish of hazelnut and pistachio

Cocktail of lobster shrimps
with a soft blanket of whisky cream sauce and the day lily, Hemeroccallis

Main
Lightly braised salmon
with a sauce of raspberries, pink Champagne and caper blossoms

Wild duck breast filled with a farce of pheasant, chestnuts and prunes
accompanied by a delicious sauce with wild cranberries

Dessert
Dark chocolate Ganache topped with milk chocolate mousse
with crunchy meringue centre

A light fruit Bavarois

Coffee/Tea

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