German Christmas Markets

German Christmas Markets

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German Christmas Markets

8 Days Starting in Frankfurt and ending in Berlin

Visiting: Frankfurt, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nuremberg, Eisenach, Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

WMARZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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$2650
$2577 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $73
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Tour Overview

Travel to the enchanting land of Germany's Christmas markets, sharing the festive season spirit and Gemutlichkeit of the locals, amidst magical fairy lights, rousing oompah music and the spicy scents of Gluhwein.

Highlights

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)

  • 7 Breakfast (B)

  • 2 Dinner (D)

  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)

  • Berlin: Join the locals for an exclusive Be My Guest experience and Farewell Dinner, filled with Swabian and south German flavours.

  • Frankfurt: Spend the day exploring the sights of Frankfurt.

  • Dresden: Experience the delights of Germany's oldest and most traditional Christmas market - Dresden's Striezelmarkt. The blaze of lights, the scent of mulled wine and Christmas music make this once-in-a-lifetime visit a pleasure for all the senses.

  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Visit the medieval center of Rothenburg.

  • Eisenach: During your visit to Eisenach, see the imposing Wartburg Castle.

  • Erfurt: Take in the dazzling decorations of Erfurt's Christmas Market, set against a backdrop of St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severus Church.

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Frankfurt
Location: Frankfurt
Accommodation: Sheraton Offenbach
Meals Included: Welcome Reception

Tame your festive wanderlust with the smells of Glühwein and Stollen on this magical journey that begins in Frankfurt. After checking in this afternoon, join your Travel Director on an orientation tour of the city's dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz. Later, join your fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.

Day 2: Venture To Nuremberg
Location: Frankfurt, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nuremberg
Accommodation: Seminaris
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Stunning Bavarian landscapes line your journey to the medieval walled town of Rothenburg where you’ll enjoy an orientation walk with your Travel Director past picture-perfect half-timbered houses and the Old Town Hall. Savour a mouthful or two of Schneeballen or shop for gifts at the Reiterlesmarkt before continuing to Nuremberg with its mighty ramparts and St. Sebald’s Church. Our next stop is the famous Christkindlesmarkt where sweet gingerbread hearts hang from the stalls and the famous Zwetschgenmännle prune men pose in all their Christmas splendour.

Day 3: Off To Weimar
Location: Nuremberg, Eisenach, Weimar
Accommodation: Leonardo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Embrace hundreds of years of festive spirit at the Eisenach Christmas market* held in the UNESCO World Heritage Wartburg Castle. Ramble past sizzling Bratwurst and steaming vats of Glühwein as you soak up the magical atmosphere. Next on our Christmas wish list is Erfurt’s medieval market – its Weinachtspyramiden is the gateway to delicious aromas of schnitzel, gingerbread and egg punch, enjoyed against the backdrop of St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severus Church. See the market Ferris wheel and Merchants’ Bridge, the longest inhabited bridge in Europe. Our final stop on our festive foray today is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Weimar, where we dine at our hotel. (*Sat/Sun only)

Day 4: Journey To Dresden
Location: Weimar, Dresden
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Park Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Weimar before travelling to Dresden, the 'Florence on the Elbe'. Spend the day admiring the magnificent restoration of a city that was all but destroyed during World War II. Consider indulging in traditional German cuisine this evening at a local restaurant.

Day 5: Discover The Festive Atmosphere At Dresden Christmas Markets Dive Into Culture
Location: Dresden
Accommodation: Pullman Newa
Meals Included: Breakfast

Germany’s Christmas traditions take centre stage today as we Dive Into Culture and wander through Dresden’s Striezelmarkt, Germany’s oldest Christmas market. Admire the dazzling display of twinkling lights, handcrafted decorations and Christmas carols. If you’re lucky enough to visit on the second weekend in advent, pay homage to the original Dresdner Christstollen.

Day 6: Admire Magical Leipzig And On To Berlin
Location: Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin
Accommodation: Sheraton Grand Esplanade
Meals Included: Breakfast

Immerse yourself in centuries of Yuletide traditions at Leipzig's Christmas market as you wander past more than 250 decorated stalls in the Marktplatz. Take a trip back in time as you savour the scents of Glögi wine and admire the traditional crafts in ‘Ancient Leipzig’. We leave vibrant Leipzig for Berlin where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Day 7: Explore Berlin Connect With Locals
Location: Berlin
Accommodation: Sheraton Grand Esplanade
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

You won't need Santa's reindeer to ascend hundreds of metres into the air as you admire 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Your Local Specialist will share insights into old East and West Berlin during a sightseeing tour, see the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, the Reichstag building, the Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own or consider joining an Optional Experience delving into 'Berlin's Secret Past'. Our memorable Christmas journey almost at its end, you’ll spend the evening at an exclusive Be My Guest experience and Farewell Dinner as you Connect With Locals in their home.

Day 8: Farewell To Germany
Location: Berlin
Meals Included: Breakfast

For now, it’s time to bid a festive farewell to our travel companions as we return home filled with magical memories. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Optional Experiences and free time

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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