Valkenburg, Cologne & the Belgian Ardennes

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Valkenburg

Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – take the cross Channel ferry from your preferred port – continue to Valkenburg and check in to the family run 3* Atlanta Hotel.

Day 2 – Guided tours of Aachen & Chocolate Jacques

Guided tour of the great Roman spa city of Aachen, home to one of Europe’s oldest and most dramatic cathedrals, followed by time at leisure – guided tour at Chocolate Jacques to see chocolate producers at work and gain a fascinating insight into the history of this most popular of products.

Day 3 – Castle Arcen guided tour & Valkenburg

Guided tour of Castle Arcen, built in the 17th century by the Dukes of Gelre, introduces us to the gardens and Rosarium, with over 10,000 varieties of roses – return to Valkenburg for time at leisure and you may choose to explore the County Museum or visit the Marlstone Caves for which the town is famous.

Day 4 – Cologne & Schloss Augustusburg

Guided tour of Cologne, the fourth largest city in Germany, takes in sights such as the Roman Tower, the Old Town Houses and the twin s pired Gothic cathedral, containing many cultural and historical treasures including the 12th century Golden Shrine of the Three Magi – the UNESCO listed Schloss Augustusburg at Bruhl impressively demonstrates the extravagant lives that the Court of Electors and Cologne archbishops once led, and is well known for its staircase created by Balthasar Neumann and the extensive Baroque gardens.

Day 5 – Gardens of Annevoie

The classical Gardens of Annevoie, designed and laid out between 1758 and 1776 by Charles-Alexis de Montpellier, blend French 17th century rigour with English fantasy and Italian charm and are widely regarded as one of the best gardens in Belgium – continue for our Channel crossing back to the UK and then return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Tour Features

Half board accommodation

All excursions & guided tours included

Professional tour manager

Return Channel ferry crossings

Executive coach throughout

One free place per 10 paying passengers


Aachen – guided tour

Chocolate Jacques – guided tour

Castle Arcen – guided tour

Cologne – guided tour

Schloss Augustusburg

Gardens of Annevoie


Four nights on half board basis at the 3* Atlanta Hotel in the centre of Valkenburg. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Remember that this tour is just our suggestion to provide inspiration and whet your appetite. Every one of our tours is tailor made exclusively for your group and your group alone. So if you like the look of this tour but want to alter it to suit your group, that’s fine. Tell us how you want to change it and we’ll send you a proposal that meets the exact requirements for your group tour. Then, combining our experience with your understanding of the profile and interests of your members, together we can fine tune the itinerary so that you get the perfect tour at the right price for your group.

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Valkenburg, Cologne & the Belgian Ardennes

Date of tour: July 2013

Just to let you know what a good trip this turned out to be and thank you for all the preparation you put into it. Also to say what a support Julie was, endlessly having to contact people to try and ensure that places were open, which is quite a task when the Belgians are so lax about such things. I haven't had any feedback yet but feel confident that the whole group thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

NS, London

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020 7064 4970
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Tailor make your group tour

Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 4* hotel
  • with less dinners included
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor make the perfect tour
for your group