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German Christmas Markets

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $1,850 per person
NOV - DEC 2023
Germany Berlin Christmas Market At Night

Countries Visited

Germany ...more Germany

Locations Visited

Frankfurt, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nuremberg, Eisenach, Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin ...more Frankfurt, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nuremberg, Eisenach, Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Frankfurt

    Tame your festive wanderlust with the smells of Glühwein and Stollen on this magical journey that begins in Frankfurt. After checking in this afternoon, join your Travel Director on an orientation tour of the city's dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz. Later, join your fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Sheraton Offenbach
  2. Day 2 Venture to Nuremberg

    Stunning 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. Savour a mouthful 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 splendour.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Seminaris
  3. Day 3 Off to Weimar

    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 longest inhabited bridge in Europe. Our final stop on our festive foray today is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Weimar, where we dine at our hotel. (*Sat/Sun only)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Leonardo
  4. Day 4 Journey to Dresden

    Enjoy a leisurely morning in Weimar before travelling 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Park Hotel
  5. Day 5 Discover the Festive Atmosphere at Dresden Christmas Markets Dive Into Culture

    Germany’s Christmas traditions take centre stage today as we Dive Into Culture and 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Pullman Newa
  6. Day 6 Admire Magical Leipzig and on to Berlin

    Immerse yourself in centuries of Yuletide traditions at Leipzig's Christmas market as you wander past more than 250 decorated stalls in the Marktplatz. Take a trip back in time as you savour 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sheraton Grand Esplanade
  7. Day 7 Explore Berlin Connect with Locals

    You won't need Santa's reindeer to ascend hundreds of metres into the air as you admire 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Your Local Specialist will share insights into old East and West Berlin during a sightseeing tour, see the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, the Reichstag building, the Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own or consider joining an Optional Experience delving into 'Berlin's Secret Past'. Our memorable Christmas journey almost at its end, you’ll spend the evening at an exclusive Be My Guest experience and Farewell Dinner as you Connect With Locals in their home.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Sheraton Grand Esplanade
  8. Day 8 Farewell to Germany

    For now, it’s time to bid a festive farewell to our travel companions as we return home filled with magical memories. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
German Christmas Markets Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 7 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)

Be My Guest

  • Berlin: Join the locals for an exclusive Be My Guest experience and Farewell Dinner, filled with Swabian and south German flavours.

Dive Into Culture

  • Dresden: Experience the delights of Germany's oldest and most traditional Christmas market - Dresden's Striezelmarkt. The blaze of lights, the scent of mulled wine and Christmas music make this once-in-a-lifetime visit a pleasure for all the senses.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Berlin with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Weimar, Dresden and Leipzig
  • : Visit the Christmas Markets of Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Wartburg Castle in Eisenach (Sat/Sun only), Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig and ascend the Berlin TV Tower
  • : View the Opera House and Zwinger Palace in Dresden and the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Building in Berlin

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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November 2023
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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Weimar

Available on Day 4

The Buchenwald Memorial Site

Outside the town of Weimar, we'll visit the memorial and museum of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Constructed in 1937, it wasn't long before Buchenwald became synonymous for the entire Nazi concentration camp system and, by the end of the war, was the largest camp in the German Reich.
Adult Price: € 28

Dresden

Available on Day 5

Meissen Experience

We'll drive along the river Elbe to the old town of Meissen, where porcelain was first developed in Europe. After a fascinating visit to the world-famous factory, we'll have time for a stroll through this medieval town to the Meissen Christmas Market.
Adult Price: € 39

Tastes of a Bygone Era

Following the course of the Elbe, we arrive at the spectacular Pillnitz Water Palace and stroll through the gardens of this Baroque masterpiece along the Elbe Embankment. Then, we'll discover the secrets of baking the famous Stollen, world-famous fruit bread dating from the 16c. We'll also enjoy a taste along with the perfect accompaniment - coffee.
Adult Price: € 42

Berlin

Available on Day 6

Berlin by Twilight with Dinner

Come along for a fun night of hearty food, wine, beer and music before we drive through the city as the sun goes down and the landmarks of this impressive German Capital illuminate.
Adult Price: € 60

Available on Day 7

Berlin's Secret Past Revealed

Uncover secrets of Berlin’s past with your Local Specialist on a guided tour of the city. View the Holocaust Memorial, touch a remaining section of the Berlin Wall, see the site of Checkpoint Charlie, and learn more about Berlin’s WWII and Cold War past.
Adult Price: € 32

Historic Potsdam

Today we'll take a trip outside Berlin with our Local Specialist to Potsdam. En route, we’ll stop off at Wannsee Villa, the setting for the infamous 1942 Conference to plan the 'Final Solution.' Then, it's off to Glienicke Bridge, scene of the Cold War 'spy swaps' and the inspiration for the 2015 film Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks.
Adult Price: € 44

Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Friday, December 22, 2017
Service
The Christmas Markets were virtually the same in every city and there was little else to do but go to the markets or ride in the bus. This tour was handled by Tralfalga. The bus used was a Volvo and the seats were more narrow and closer together than the ones I remember that Grand European used that were by Mecedes. It was our first with Tralfalga and we will not book another trip using Tralfalga. We had been to the Alpine Christmas Markets with Grand European and it was much better. We have been on may tours handled by Grand European themselves and all were excellent.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointment.  While every trip and destination is unique, we do strive to provide a good experience on all trips we sell. We will certainly pass on your experience to Trafalgar's quality control team and thank you for bringing these issues to our attention. 
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Vacation
The cost of the tour was reasonable. We went to many Christmas Markets but they were all about the same. Some much bigger but mostly food and drink booths. I was hoping for local handicrafts and found none.
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