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German Christmas Markets (Winter Season)

9 Days from $1,475 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Travel to the fairy-tale land of Germany's Christmas markets, sharing the festive season spirit and 'gemütlichkeit' of the locals amidst magical fairy lights, rousing oompah music and the spicy scents of 'glühwein,' steamy bratwurst and gingerbread hearts to beat the winter chill.

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Overview

Travel to the fairy-tale land of Germany's Christmas markets, sharing the festive season spirit and 'gemütlichkeit' of the locals amidst magical fairy lights, rousing oompah music and the spicy scents of 'glühwein,' steamy bratwurst and gingerbread hearts to beat the winter chill.

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Frankfurt Airport, transfers will operate at 9:30am, 12noon and 2:30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Tame your festive wanderlust with the smells of 'Glühwein' and 'Stollen' on this magical journey that begins in Frankfurt. After check-in this afternoon, join your Travel Director on an orientation tour of the city's dynamic financial center and medieval Römerplatz. Later, meet with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Sheraton Offenbach
  3. Fairy-tale Bavarian landscapes line your journey to the medieval walled town of Rothenburg where you'll enjoy an orientation walk with your Travel Director past picture-perfect half-timbered houses and the old Town Hall. Savor a slice or two of 'Schneeballen' or shop for gifts at the Reiterlesmarkt before continuing to Nuremberg with its mighty ramparts and St. Sebald's Church. Our next stop is the famous 'Christkindlesmarkt' where sweet gingerbread hearts hang from the stalls and the famous  'Zwetschgenmännle' prune men pose in all their Christmas splendor.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Novotel Messezentrum
  4. Embrace hundreds of years of festive spirit at the Eisenach Christmas market held in the UNESCO World Heritage Wartburg Castle. Ramble past sizzling 'Bratwurst' and steaming vats of 'Glühwein' as you soak up the magical atmosphere. Next on our Christmas wish-list is Erfurt's medieval market—its 'Weinachtspyramiden' is the gateway to delicious aromas of schnitzel, gingerbread and egg punch, enjoyed against the backdrop of St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severus Church. See the market Ferris wheel and Merchants' Bridge, the largest inhabited bridge in Europe, spanning almost 394 feet. Our final stop on our festive foray today is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Weimar, where tonight we dine at our hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Leonardo
  5. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Weimar before traveling to Dresden, the ‘Florence on the Elbe.' Spend the day admiring the magnificent restoration of a city that was all but destroyed during World War II. Consider indulging in traditional German cuisine this evening at a local restaurant.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Pullman Newa
  6. Germany's Christmas traditions take center stage today as we wander through Dresden's Striezelmarkt, Germany's oldest Christmas market. Admire the dazzling display of twinkling lights, handcrafted decorations and Christmas carols. If you're lucky enough to visit on the second weekend in Advent, pay homage to the original Dresdner 'Christstollen.'

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  7. Immerse yourself in centuries of Yuletide traditions at Leipzig Christmas market as you wander past more than 250 decorated stalls in the 'Marktplatz.' Take a trip back in time as you savor the scents of 'Glögi' wine and admire the traditional crafts in 'Ancient Leipzig.' We leave vibrant Leipzig for Berlin where we'll spend the next two nights.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Sheraton Grand Esplanade
  8. You won't need Santa's reindeer to ascend hundreds of feet into the air for a Cultural Insight and 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Join your Local Specialist for fascinating insights into old East and West Berlin embarking on a sightseeing tour past the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the Reichstag building, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm. The rest of the day is yours to explore this cosmopolitan city or consider joining Berlin's Secret Past Optional Experience. Our magical Christmas journey almost at its end, we'll spend the evening with our Travel Director and fellow travelers for a delicious Farewell Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  9. For now, it's time to bid a festive farewell to our travel companions as we return home filled with magical memories. Return transfers will arrive at Berlin Tegel Airport at 8am and 10am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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28 Nov 18 6 Dec 18 $1,595$1,475pp Early PaymentPay by Aug 30 Request Quote Book Now
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $78 per person.

Airport Transfers: On arrival to Frankfurt Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, noon and 2:30 pm. 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 8:00 am and 10:00 am.

Note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 24th, 2017. 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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  • 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
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

11 meals: 7 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

CULTURAL INSIGHT

  • Enjoy priority access and a 360o bird's-eye view over such landmarks as the Berliner Dom, Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie from Berlin's famous TV Tower before it opens to the general public

LOCAL SPECIALIST

  • For included sightseeing in Berlin

HIDDEN TREASURE

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit the Berlin TV Tower
  • City tour in Berlin
  • Orientation of Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Nuremberg & Weimar, Dresden and Leipzig
  • Visit the Christmas Markets of Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Erfurt, Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin
  • View the Opera House and Zwinger Palace in Dresden, the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Building in Berlin
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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.

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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.  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 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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  • 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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