Valkenburg & the 3 Countries Tour

Valkenburg & the 3 Countries Tour

A 5 day tour visiting the Netherlands, Belgium and Holland

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A 5 day tour visiting the Netherlands, Belgium and Holland

Valkenburg

Valkenburg is a small Dutch town near the German border. Valkenburg's main attraction lies in the dark, cool caves carved out of its marlstone cliffs, where tourists can see a variety of carvings, etchings and paintings left by generations of Valkenburg residents.The caves have been excavated for more than 2,000 years and inhabited by various people dating back to the Roman period. The Fluweelengrot (Velvet Cave) lies beneath the ruins of a castle. A walking tour takes visitors through both. Valkenburg has a famous Christmas Market every December

 

Drielandenpunt

Dreilandenpunt in Dutch means three-border-point or three-country-point or Dreiländereck (“Three-Country Corner”) in German, or Trois Frontières (“Three Borders”) in French'

visit three countries in three seconds! Right here at Drielandenpunt in Vaals (province of Limburg), the borders of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany meet. There are no river dividing territory or mountains apart. No checkpoint or customs or border patrol. Literally, just simple lines! Alongside with 3 country flags and a plain unimpressive stone pillar that mark individual country direction.

Visitors are welcome anytime and any day. It is an open public area. Be in 3 countries in less than 3 seconds! 

Within walking distance away are attractions such as the labyrinth, viewing tower and the highest point in the Netherlands is located here at the top of Vaalserberg hill with a height of 322.7 m (1,059 ft). It is marked yet with another simple unremarkable stone. Here is proof that the Netherlands is not that flat after all. There are a few restaurants, snack vendors and a playground.

Cologne, Germany's fourth largest city is situated on the Rhine nand was initially founded by the Roman Empire. Cologne is one of Germany's oldest cities and was much bombed in WWII, as a result many of the old buildings were destroyed. However, efforts have been made to reconstruct these buildings and what draws most to visit Cologne is its cathedral. Known as Kölner Dom, this popular landmark is the unofficial symbol for the city. Construction began in 1248 A.D., but it took over 600 years to complete this mammoth gothic church. Its twin towers are 157 meters (515 feet) tall and the church is 144 meters (472 feet) long. The cathedral is under the control of the Roman Catholic Church and is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne. For a time it held the honor of the world's tallest structure until the Washington Monument was finished. However, the cathedral remains the tallest Gothic edifice in the world and is an essential part of Cologne history. Another piece of Cologne history that has made the city bears its namesake: Eau de Cologne. The perfumed water was first created in Cologne during the 18th century by an Italian merchant who had moved to Germany to make his fortune. Initially it was marketed as a cure-all before eventually evolving into what we commonly know cologne as today.

 

Monschau

Monschau, sometimes called the "Pearl of the Eifel", is a small, historic German town largely unchanged for over 300 years. The narrow, cobblestoned streets and traditional half-timbered houses have made this charming place one of the main tourist attractions of the region. Set in the beautiful landscapes of the Eifel region, at a stones-throw from the Eifel National Park. While popular in summer, it only becomes truly overrun for its famous Christmas market in winter.

 

Maastricht

Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in Holland, as you will quickly discover when strolling through the historic inner city. Churches, city walls, monumental merchant houses and big squares merge seamlessly with a comprehensive and varied range of shops.

Sunday 4th Mar

A morning departure from Cumbria for the journey to York, time at leisure for lunch before we head to Hull and the overnight sailing to Rotterdam.

Monday 5th Mar

From Rotterdam we head through Holland to the lovely German border town of Aachen, before we head to Valkenburg and our hotel the Walram. Dinner in the hotel and complimentary local drinks from the bar for 3 hours.

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Tuesday 6th Mar

This morning we head to the 'Drielandenpunt' viewing point where the Countries of Belgium Germany and the Netherlands converge at the highest part of the Netherlands, We then head to the magnificent Cathedral city of Cologne, situated on the River Rhine. Cologne has many beautiful buildings narrow cobbled streets, museums and traditional old houses. Dinner at the Walram.

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Wednesday 7th Mar

Free day in Valkenburg, an enchanting Dutch town that has a fairytale setting with cobbled streets, charming shops, castle ruins and a labyrinth of Roman underground caves. Dinner in the hotel tonight.

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Thursday 8th Mar

Full day excursion to Monschau, an historic town largely unchanged for over 300 years, the narrow, cobbled street and traditional half-timbered houses have made this charming place one of the most beautiful towns in the Eifel region of Germany. Dinner at the hotel tonight.

B, D

Friday 9th Mar

We leave our hosts at the Hotel Walram and head the short distance to Maastricht, a beautiful old Dutch Town rich in history and culture. Time at leisure for lunch before heading north to Rotterdam and the overnight sailing to Hull.

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Saturday 10th Mar

Hull to Cumbria, arriving back early afternoon.

B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Best Western Hotel Walram

Hotel Walram is a comfortable, modern and cosy hotel, housed in a typically marlstone building. The hotel is situated at a quiet square on the banks of the small river “De Geul”. The lively town center is only 2 minutes away from the hotel.

The attractively decorated rooms offer the ideal spot for a comfortable and rested experience and have as standard a TV, desk, clock radio, hairdryer, an en-suite bathroom with toilet and shower/bath, coffee and tea facilities, free wIFI and access to indoor heated swimming pool. In the hotel you also find a cosy bar, a hotel lobby and a restaurant.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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