A journey to the home of Christmas markets, this festive foray takes you to Germany's finest cities and towns, from classics like Dresden and Nuremberg to offbeat places like Eisenach.
You'll enjoy Insider moments like… experiencing the build up to Christmas just as the Germans do, visiting their famous wintery markets. The scent of 'Stollen' cake and 'Glühwein' swirls around you as you stroll among the rustic chalets.
7 nights' accommodations, 7 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners. .
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||AvailabilityPrice|
|1 Dec 16||9 Dec 16||$1,750pp||
|8 Dec 16||16 Dec 16||$1,750$1,663pp||Early PaymentPay by Oct 27||
$1,750 $1,663 pp
|14 Dec 16||22 Dec 16||$1,750pp||
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $340.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $61 per person.
Airport Transfers: On arrival to Frankfurt Airport transfers will operate at 9:30am, 12pm and 2:30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Berlin Tegel Airport at 8am and 10am.
Note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 24th, 2016. Grand European Tours reserves the right to substitute sites and Christmas market inclusions in keeping with the events of the season.
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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.
The currency in Germany is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Germany, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Germany. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
Traditional German cuisine is rich and delicious. Try specialties including a variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle and potato dumplings. For dessert you cannot miss the world famous Black Forest Gateau. Beer is a big part of German culture; sample a variety of German offerings including pilsner, Kölsch and sour beers. In Frankfurt, try the local cider (Apfelwein). Wine is also popular throughout Germany, and world-class whites are produced in the Rhine and Mosel regions.
Service and VAT are typically included in the price of food at restaurants in Germany. When leaving a tip, it is appropriate to simply round up your bill or leave up to 10 percent. Rather than leaving your money on the table, be prepared to leave it with your waiter when you pay your bill. If you are expecting change, simply tell them how much you will need back after gratuity.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
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