COLOGNE CHRISTMAS MARKETS 
FRIDAY 12th to SUNDAY 14th DECEMBER 2014
Please note the closing date for this event is Friday 15th August 2014

CLUB PRICE: £319 pp
Single Supplement:  price on application

Once a booking has been confirmed this is non-transferable and non-refundable.
Any cancellations would have to be claimed against your own Travel insurance*.

We only have 20 places held. So don't delay, complete the reservation request form below.
Please note a £175 per person deposit is required. Details of how to make payment are included on the form below

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis on receipt of a completed booking form & deposit payment.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

* Return economy class ticket with German Wings, incl hold bag, reserved seat & snack!
* 2 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the 2* Ibis Koln Centrum
* Return minibus transfer between airport & hotel
* ATOL protection from our tour operator (Cresta Holidays, part of Thomas Cook)

The City of Cologne...
..is Germany’s 4th largest city and sits on both sides of the River Rhine. Cologne Cathedral is the city's most famous monument and the Cologne residents' most respected landmark. It is a Gothic church, started in 1248, and completed in 1880. In 1996, it was designated a World Heritage Site.

Cologne was founded and established in the first century AD. It was the capital of the Roman province of Germania Inferior and the headquarters of the military in the region until occupied by the Franks in 462. During the Middle Ages it flourished as one of the most important major trade routes between east and west in Europe. Cologne was one of the leading members of the Hanseatic League and one of the largest cities north of the Alps in medieval and renaissance times. Up until World War II the city had undergone several other occupations by the French and also the British. Cologne was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Germany during World War II. The bombing reduced the population by 95% and destroyed almost the entire city. With the intention of restoring as many historic buildings as possible, the rebuilding has resulted in a very mixed and unique cityscape.

Cologne's Christmas Markets

Advent magic spreads throughout Cologne’s Old Town when idyllic Christmas markets open their brightly illuminated gates in late November. More than 160 stalls offer a large scale of traditional goods and handcrafted gifts. Each one has its own flair. Their sparkling lights and peaceful atmosphere attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year.

Wonderful spicy aromas of cinnamon stars, baked apples and roasted almonds fill your nose. Soak in this good old festive ambiance and take a Christmas stroll past lovingly decorated stalls and enticing half-timbered huts. Rummage through charming gifts to find some rare treasure: pipe-smoking wooden “Räuchermännchen”, nutcrackers, nativity figures and other appealing Christmas decorations. Young and old can observe pewter pourers, wreath binders glassblowers and a blacksmith over their shoulders as they demonstrate their art.

HOTEL IBIS KOLN CENTRUM 2*
Neue Weyerstrasse 4
50676 KOLN
GERMANY
 
Tel: +49 (0)221 20960

You can be sure of a peaceful sleep, plenty of comfort and 24/7 service including a warm welcome to Cologne at the ibis Hotel Köln Centrum. The 2-star superior hotel is located in the center of Cologne, just a few steps from Barbarossaplatz and a short walk from the cathedral. All 208 rooms are air conditioned and have WIFI. You can quickly reach many of the city's highlights from the Barbarossaplatz subway station, which has four lines.

FLIGHT DETAILS:

Friday 12th December
Depart Heathrow Terminal 1          09.45   Arrives Cologne/Bonn CGN   12.15

Sunday 14th December
Depart Cologne/Bonn Terminal 1   18.05   Arrives Heathrow T1              18.35

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact your tour leader - 
Harvey Schonfeld Tel:- 01276 453205 or email:-  harvey.schonfeld@waitrose.com 

Cologne Christmas Markets - 12/14 December 2014 - Reservation Request form

Please supply details as they appear in your Passport. Gender (M or F), First Name(s), Surname, Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy), Passport Country of issue, Passport Number and Passport Expiry Date (dd/mm/20yy) for ALL travellers

PLEASE NOTE 1) Because of HMRC Taxation rules, subsidies are no longer allowed for trips involving overnight stays. Therefore, the price for this event is based on a negotiated group travel rate. 2) Booking requests will be taken on a first come, first serve basis - your booking will only be confirmed when the Club has received and processed your initial deposit payment of £175 per person. Please do not delay booking! 3) Bank Transfer payment is preferred. Please send to:- Bank Transfer : Sort Code 08-60-01, A/c No 20316486, Reference: COLOGNE. Alternatively a cheque made out to : IBM Club London West (mark the back COLOGNE) and send to: Rachel Kelly, IBM Club London West Administrator 31N Bedfont Lakes, Feltham, Middx TW14 8HB 4) If you have any questions please call Harvey Schonfeld on 01276 453205 or email harvey.schonfeld@waitrose.com 5) BOOKINGS CLOSE on FRIDAY 15th AUGUST 2014 or earlier if fully subscribed

An automated response will be sent when you click on the SUBMIT button below. Harvey will send a confirmation email once your deposit payment has been received and processed. This confirmation email will give details of the date and amount of your final payment. If payment is not received within 5 working days of the due date we reserve the right to cancel your booking and re-offer your place(s).