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Fill your heart with Christmas cheer, your tummy with tasty Germanic treats and your suitcase with lovingly hand-crafted gifts on a memorable winter tour.
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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.
In the morning, join a Local Expert to see the highlights of Berlin. Your tour includes the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House, remnants of the Berlin Wall, Unter den Linden and the restored Reichstag Building. Later on, feel free to soak up the Christmas magic at the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin's most magnificent square.
Head south to Leipzig to visit Bach's Thomaskirche. Leipzig Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful in Germany, with around 250 stalls. Enjoy its great traditions before continuing to Dresden.
Gaze in awe at the Frauenkirche, risen once again from wartime ashes. Your guided tour with a Local Expert continues past the colossal "Procession of the Dukes" mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace. At Germany's oldest Christmas Market, meet a local market stallholder who will introduce you to tasty treats.
Head for Nuremberg, where the Christkindlmarkt stalls are donned in red and white cloth. Look out for the "Nuremberg Plum People" while you explore or shop for Rostbratwürste.
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.
Enjoy an orientation tour which concludes in the Marienplatz beside the soaring Town Hall, famous for its Glockenspiel. Here, beneath the gigantic Christmas tree, Munich's traditional Christmas Market is an entrancing festival of light and music. In the evening, join your friends for a festive Celebration Dinner.
Auf Wiedersehen! After breakfast, your departure transfer arrives at Munich Airport at 9:30 am.
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.
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|25 Nov 17||3 Dec 17||$1,975$1,827pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|27 Nov 17||5 Dec 17||$1,975$1,827pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|2 Dec 17||10 Dec 17||$1,975$1,827pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|4 Dec 17||12 Dec 17||$1,975$1,827pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|9 Dec 17||17 Dec 17||$1,975$1,827pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
|11 Dec 17||19 Dec 17||$1,975$1,827pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
All departures explore the Christmas Markets of Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Rothenburg, Nuremburg 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 $350.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $70 per person.
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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.
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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