Christmas Markets of Strasbourg & the Black Forest Winter 2016-2017

Strasbourg Christmas Markets
11 Days from $2,595 per person

This festive foray unveils the Christmas markets of Strasbourg and Alsace, on a journey that roams from the eclectic French capital to the magic and enchantment of Germany's Black Forest.

It's Insider moments like… cruising along picturesque canals in Strasbourg, with its medieval city center, rustic chalets and Christmas stalls. And discovering how traditional cuckoo clocks are made, deep in the heart of the Black Forest.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Paris, France's glittering capital. Relax after check-in or start exploring this amazing city with its festive atmosphere. Join your Travel Director and fellow traveling companions for a Welcome Reception followed by an evening drive to see the city's impressive illuminations and Christmas decorations - the perfect introduction to your vacation.
    hotel:Novotel Tour Eiffel
  3. Your expert Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of Paris this morning. View the Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower and see the city in all its glory. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice or enjoy the festive window displays along the Rue de Rivoli. You might like to round off your day with an evening at a famous Parisian cabaret show.
  4. This morning leave Paris and travel to Reims, a vibrant historical city featuring an abundance of grand period architecture. This city played a prominent role in French history as it was once the traditional site of the coronation of French kings. See the sights during your orientation including the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own or you may consider taking an Optional Experience to visit one of the famous champagne houses for a tasting. Later continue to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace region, for a three night stay.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Hilton/Mercure Palais des Congres
  5. This morning enjoy an included river cruise past some of the important buildings of the European Union institutions such as the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. See the half-timbered houses of Petite France and travel through one of the lock systems on the river. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city of Strasbourg and visit the UNESCO World Heritage historic city center. In 1570 the first ever Christkindelsmarik (market of the infant Jesus) took place in the city and today it is regarded as one of the best in Europe with its 300 wooden chalets spread out over 11 sites. You will find arts and crafts, food products and traditional Alsatian Christmas decorations. See the giant Christmas tree on Place Kléber and admire the fairytale decorations.
  6. This morning travel through picturesque scenery along the Alsatian Wine Route and stop in the capital of the wine growing region Colmar. Sample some of the delicious Alsatian wines at a wine tasting. You may wish to take an Optional Experience to Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg or enjoy free time in Colmar to explore the well-preserved old town. Spend time taking in the ambience and beguiling charm of the Christmas markets before returning to Strasbourg.
  7. Today leave France and travel into Germany stopping in the university city of Freiburg for a walking tour with a Local Specialist. There will be time to explore the city and take in a traditional German Christmas market. Traditional arts and crafts on offer include hand-blown glass and wooden toys. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Stadt Freiburg
  8. Enjoy a relaxing day in one of the most beautiful regions of Germany. Admire the scenery as you drive through the hills and lakes of the Black Forest, famous for cuckoo clocks. Learn how this traditional and valuable item is made during a Cultural Insight demonstration of the craft.
  9. This morning travel to Mulhouse to visit the National Automobile Museum. During this Cultural Insight, hear about Hans and Fritz Schlumpf and their collection of Bugattis and see some of the 400 historic cars on display. Later arrive in the capital of the Burgundy wine region Dijon – famed for its mustard. An orientation of the city will show you some of the varied architectural styles ranging from Gothic to Renaissance masterpieces.
    hotel:Mercure Clemenceau
  10. This morning travel to Versailles and see the spectacular palace - you might consider an Optional Experience to discover the breathtaking interior. Later arrive back in Paris and spend time doing last minute shopping or exploring the Montmartre district. Tonight you will raise a toast to your fellow travelers at a celebratory Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, FD
    hotel:Novotel Center Tour Eiffel
  11. Say farewell to this magical Christmas market experience and your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable festive vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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

9 nights' accommodations, 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners.

Your Included Sights

    • Visit the Christmas Markets of Strasbourg, Colmar and Freiburg.
    • City tour in Paris and Freiburg.
      Orientation of Reims, Strasbourg, Colmar and Dijon.
    • Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the National Automobile Museum in Mulhouse.
    • River cruise in Strasbourg.
      View the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Notre-Dame de Reims and the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
    • Scenic drive in the Black Forest.

Your Insider Experiences

    • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Paris and Freiburg.
    • Cultural Insight: The Black Forest region is famous for cuckoo clocks; watch a demonstration of one of these traditional wooden clocks being handmade by a local craftsman. Visit the National Automobile Museum to see a showcase of 400 beautifully presented classic, prestige and racing cars which trace the history of the automobile.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
5 Dec 16 15 Dec 16 checkmark $2,595pp
$2,595 pp

No triple rooms offered on this departure.

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 $830.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $77 per person.

Airport Transfers: On arrival to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle at 8am and 11:30am.

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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  • U.S. citizens traveling to France and 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 France or Germany.

  • The currency in France and Germany is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. 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.

  • The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

    Wine is the most popular drink in France and is consumed at both lunch and dinner. Coffee is generally served black, unless a café au lait or café crème (with milk) is requested. For a simple and inexpensive lunch or snack, stop by a local bakery or food cart for a baguette au jambon (ham sandwich), crêpes, or a buckwheat galette filled with melted gruyère cheese and mushrooms. Many restaurants also offer a simple three course menu at a reasonable price.

    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. 

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • In France, a 15% service compris is included by law in the price of food and drink. Tipping in addition to this service charge is never expected, but always appreciated. If you’d like to leave something extra, keep in mind that even in the fanciest restaurants, people rarely tip more than 5-10%. A service charge is also typically included in the price of food at restaurants in Germany.  A good rule of thumb is to leave an extra €1 for every €20 spent. Rather than adding gratuity to your credit card slip, leave coins in the tray where the check was presented to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    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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