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Christmas Markets of Germany (Winter Season)

9 Days from $2,123 per person

Style: Premium | Pace: Comfortable

Warm your heart with the magic of Christmas, savor classic German treats and fill your suitcase with hand-crafted gifts on this enchanting winter journey.

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Overview

Warm your heart with the magic of Christmas, savor classic German treats and fill your suitcase with hand-crafted gifts on this enchanting winter journey.

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Welcome to Germany! Airport transfers depart Berlin Airport for your tour hotel at 10:30 am & 12:00 pm. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Swissôtel Berlin
  3. Join a Local Expert to see the highlights of Berlin. Soak up the Christmas magic at the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin’s most magnificent square.

    meal(s):BB
  4. Visit Bach’s Thomaskirche in Leipzig, before checking out the Christmas Market, one of the most beautiful in Germany. Continue to Dresden.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Hyperion Hotel Dresden Am Schloss, Dresden
  5. Gaze in awe at the Frauenkirche, risen again from wartime ashes. Your guided tour with a Local Expert will continue past the colossal ‘Procession of the Dukes’ mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace.

    meal(s):BB
  6. Head for Nuremberg, where the Christkindlmarkt stalls are donned in red and white cloth. Look out for the Nuremberg Plum People whilst you explore.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Maritim Hotel, Nuremberg
  7. Venture through the heart of Germany to Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber. Why not stroll through the cobbled streets to explore the year-round Christmas Shop? Continue on to the Bavarian capital.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Pullman Hotel Munich
  8. Your orientation concludes in the Marienplatz. See the gigantic Christmas tree of Munich’s traditional Christmas Market.

    meal(s):BB, DW
  9. Auf Wiedersehen! After breakfast, your departure transfer arrives at Munich Airport at 9:30 am.

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24 Nov 18 2 Dec 18 $2,295$2,123pp Early PaymentPay by Aug 30 Request Quote Book Now
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All departures explore the Christmas Markets of Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Rothenburg, Nuremburg and Munich. All departures explore Christmas Markets of Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Hall and Munich.

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 $500.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $92 per person.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 Three-course table d’hôte Dinners (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Festivals

CHRISTMAS MARKETS:

  • Experience the wonderment of the Christmas Markets, some of the oldest in Europe. Shop for local delicacies and drink the heart-warming Glühwein.

Signature Experiences

BERLIN:

  • With a Local Expert, explore the highlights of the city. Drive down the Unter den Linden, see Brandenburg Gate, the State Opera House, remnants of the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz and the Reichstag Building. 

Dresden:

  • Your guided tour with a Local Expert shows you the Frauenkirche, the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace. You'll also learn about the traditional German Christmas Pyramids. 

Top Rated Highlights

ROTHENBURG-OB-DER-TAUBER:

  • Fortified by ancient walls, picturesque and unspoiled, Rothenburg is a fairy tale come true at any time of year, but it dazzles in December.

NUREMBERG:

  • See the distinguishing medieval architecture of the city walls and stone towers of the Alt Stadt, or Old Town.

MUNICH:

  • During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see the Victory Arch, Town Hall and Glockenspiel in Marienplatz. 
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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Reviews

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Phyllis Farrow
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : I booked at the last minute and decided I shouldn;t go 6 hours later. Your company would not let me cancel. Said there would be no refund because Insight had already booked me on the trip, Yet when I arrived to my tour in Berlin, the tour director said they had been told that I had cancelled. The tour was awesome.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize for the confusion.  You did book and pay just 24 hours prior to the start of the trip so we acted quickly to make sure your reservation was secured. When you decided to cancel, everything had already been arranged and paid.  We do hope that once you arrived, you enjoyed yourself and the German Christmas Markets.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Vacation : The Insight tour was wonderful
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Germany must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Germany.

  • 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. Wine is also popular throughout Germany, and world-class whites are produced in the Rhine and Mosel regions. 

  • We recommend packing layers to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • 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 24 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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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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