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"Itinerary was fabulous"
The tour was well organized and supremely executed. The itinerary was fabulous. Not only did I get to enjoy the magic of the markets, but I also learned so much about the cities we visited.
Welcome to Germany. Airport transfers depart Berlin airport for your hotel at 10:30 and 12:00. Join your Travel Director at 17:45 for a Welcome Dinner and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other, over a delightful evening of good food and wine.(Dinner with Wine)
Join your Local Expert to see the highlights of Berlin. Your exploration 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 Weihnachtszauber, or Christmas magic, at the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin’s most magnificent square, framed by the Concert Hall and near identical French and German cathedrals.(Breakfast)
Journey south to Leipzig to visit Bach’s Thomaskirche and the medieval market square behind it. Renowned for its musical and culinary delights, the Leipzig Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful in Germany, with around 250 stalls located on the city’s historic market square. Enjoy its great traditions, which date back to the 15th century, before continuing to Dresden.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
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. Gaze in awe at the Frauenkirche, risen once again from wartime ashes. At Germany’s oldest Christmas Market, meet a local market stallholder who will introduce you to a taste of delicious Glühwein and Christstollen, a Christmas cake recipe dating back to medieval times. Take some time to admire the record-breaking Christmas pyramid.(Breakfast)
Journey on to Nuremberg, where the Christkindlmarkt stalls are donned in traditional red and white cloth. Surrounded by ancient ramparts and watchtowers, look out for the Nuremberg Plum People while you explore or shop for local treats such as Rostbratwürste, Lebkuchen or Glühwein.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Venture through the heart of Germany to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe. Why not stroll through the cobbled streets to the year-round Christmas Shop? Here it is Christmas 365 days of the year! Later, follow parts of the meandering Romantic Road to the Bavarian capital.(Breakfast)
Enjoy an orientation tour which concludes in the Marienplatz beside the soaring Town Hall, famous for its Glockenspiel. 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 with wine and good cheer at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Auf Wiedersehen! After breakfast, your departure transfer arrives at Munich airport at 09:30.(Breakfast)
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
This evening you are treated to traditional Berliner cuisine in a lively local restaurant with live music and drinks. Guten Appetit and Prost! Afterward embark on a scenic illuminations drive through the center of Berlin, with splendid views of the historic buildings and monuments, lit up in all their glory. See the Unter den Linden, Brandenburg Gate and more.
Adult Price: €60
Explore the shadows of the past with our local expert. See the Soviet War Memorial and visit the staggering Holocaust Memorial. Stop for a photo at ‘Checkpoint Charlie,’ location of the tense stand-offs between U.S. & Soviet forces during the Cold War. Then a real highlight as we visit the Berlin Wall Memorial. The memorial contains the last section of the Berlin Wall with a guard tower and preserved grounds and is thus able to convey an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s. Learn about this focal point of 20th-century history and of the fate of those who attempted to cross it.
Adult Price: €31
Tonight we'll go to historic Eckberg Castle. Built in 1861, the Castle is home to one of the most idyllic restaurant/hotels in the region. You'll dine like nobles in the garden Hall and enjoy stunning views of the gardens and the uniquely beautiful Elbe valley.
Adult Price: €69
It was in Dresden that the first porcelain in Europe was made. We visit the Meissen factory where we are shown how this world-famous porcelain is made before we visit the museum. Later there is time to visit the factory shop for some bargains before we take a stroll through the medieval town of Meissen.
Adult Price: €39
After Hitler's rise to power in 1933, the first concentration camp for political prisoners was opened outside the town of Dachau and it became a blueprint for others to follow. Now maintained as a memorial, spend some reflective moments amid the remains of the camp prisons, reconstructed barracks, kitchens, workshops and baths which serves as the museum. A chilling and emotional reminder of the horrors of war.
Adult Price: €31
Tonight we'll soak in the lively atmosphere of a popular traditional restaurant. We'll enjoy traditional Bavarian hospitality and sample delicious regional specialties and local beer.
Adult Price: €65
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