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Christmas Markets of Germany

8 Day Germany Tour to Berlin, Dresen & Munich

8 Days
1 Country

Germany

6 Cities

Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Munich

11 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

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Take a once in a lifetime trip across Germany, sipping beer in Munich, dining on German delicacies in Berlin and experiencing the Christmas pyramids in Dresden. This immersive Christmastime tour highlights the delights of the Nuremberg Market’s Christkindlmarkt stalls—with the chance to sample authentic German Rostbratwürste, and the musical surrounds of the Leipzig Market, where locals gather to sing and celebrate the festive season. On your Local Expert Tour of Dresden, see iconic city sights like the enormous Procession of the Dukes mosaic, Zwinger Palace and the Semper Opera House. Dresden is also home to Germany’s oldest Christmas market where you can taste Christstollen—a traditional Christmas cake recipe dating back to medieval times.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Berlin

Welcome to Germany. Airport transfers will be arranged from Berlin's Brandenburg Airport to your hotel. Join your Travel Director at 18:30 for a Welcome Dinner and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other, over a delightful evening of good food and wine.

Brandenburg Gate Berlin, Germany
Marriott Hotel Berlin View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Marriott Hotel Berlin

About the Hotel

Berlin, Germany

The modern and stylish hotel in the heart of Berlin is an ideal location to explore the iconic sights of the city.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Concierge

Style

  • Contemporary

Day 2

The Spirit of Berlin

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.

Visit the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market, Berlin Germany
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Included Meals Breakfast

Marriott Hotel Berlin

About the Hotel

Berlin, Germany

The modern and stylish hotel in the heart of Berlin is an ideal location to explore the iconic sights of the city.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Concierge

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights The Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany
Berlin City Tour

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Optional Experiences
Highlights of Former East Berlin

Explore the shadows of the past with our Local Expert and visit the staggering Holocaust Memorial. Stop for a photo at ‘Checkpoint Charlie', locati...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Twilight dinner in Berlin, Germany
Berlin By Night And Dinner

This evening you are treated to traditional Berliner cuisine in a lively local restaurant with live music and drinks. Guten Appetit and Prost! Afte...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Leipzig and on to Dresden

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.

Church of our Lady in Dresden, Germany
Townhouse Dresden View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Townhouse Dresden

About the Hotel

Dresden, Germany

The boutique Townhouse Dresden is perfectly situated in heart of Dresden's Baroque Old Town, just a few minutes walk from Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera House. Guest rooms are extremely spacious and tastefully decorated with contemporary furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Boutique
Top Rated Highlights Market stall at the Christmas market in Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig Christmas Market Visit

Renowned for its musical and culinary delights, the Leipzig Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful in Germany, with around 250 stalls locate...

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Top Rated Highlights St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig Thomaskirche Visit

Visit Thomaskirche where Bach worked as a Kapellmeister, a conductor, and his remains are now buried.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 4

Dresden Sightseeing

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. Join a local for a foodie exploration of Dresden Christmas markets, to taste the local christollen. 

Semperoper in winter, Dresden Germany
Townhouse Dresden View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Townhouse Dresden

About the Hotel

Dresden, Germany

The boutique Townhouse Dresden is perfectly situated in heart of Dresden's Baroque Old Town, just a few minutes walk from Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera House. Guest rooms are extremely spacious and tastefully decorated with contemporary furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Boutique
Top Rated Highlights Frauenkirche church at Christmas in Dresden, Germany
Dresden City Tour

Your guided tour with a Local Expert shows you the Frauenkirche, the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House a...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit the Town of Meissen in Germany
Meissen Excursion

It was in Dresden that the first porcelain in Europe was made. We will visit the Meissen factory where we are shown how this world-famous porcelain...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Continue to Nuremberg

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.

Christmas Market Stall and Gingerbread Heart in Nuremberg, Germany
NH Collection Nuremburg View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

NH Collection Nuremburg

About the Hotel

Nuremberg, Germany

Hotel NH Collection Nuremburg places you at the heart of the historic city of Nuremberg. Within a short walk you'll discover the charming old town with shops and restaurants to explore. The stylish hotel features a peaceful courtyard and guests rooms decorated in a warm contemporary design. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Room Service

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Christmas ornaments Nuremburg, Germany
Visit Nuremberg's Christmas Markets

In Nuremberg the Christkindlmarkt stalls are donned in traditional red and white cloth. Surrounded by ancient ramparts and watchtowers, look out fo...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 6

Rothenburg ob-der-Tauber

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.

Old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in winter,  Germany
Munich Marriott Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Munich Marriott Hotel

About the Hotel

Munich, Germany

Perfectly located for your two night stay, away from the hustle and bustle and with direct access to the city center, the Munich Marriott Hotel features modern designed rooms with comfortable furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Old Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, Germany
Visit the Fairytale Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Snowy Odeonsplatz in Munich, Germany
Munich Orientation

During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the E...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Bavarian Dinner

Tonight we'll soak up the lively atmosphere of a popular traditional restaurant. We'll enjoy traditional Bavarian hospitality and sample delicious regional specialties and local beer.

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Munich Sightseeing

Explore Munich with Insight Choice. Choose to join a Local Expert for a unique guided journey through Munich’s Advent traditions, on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Explore the quieter streets besides the Christmas Markets to learn about well-known Christmas customs and uncover traditions that have largely been forgotten today. Alternatively, visit the famous Residenz, and see its museum and Treasury. In Marienplatz beside the soaring Town Hall, see the famous 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 gasthof.

Christmas market in Marienplatz, Munich, Germany
Munich Marriott Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Munich Marriott Hotel

About the Hotel

Munich, Germany

Perfectly located for your two night stay, away from the hustle and bustle and with direct access to the city center, the Munich Marriott Hotel features modern designed rooms with comfortable furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Toast to your travels in Munich, Germany
Munich Celebration Dinner

Join your newfound friends for a festive Celebration Dinner with wine and good cheer!

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Insight Choice Wurzburg Residence palace in Wurzburg, Germany
Würzburg Residence Visit

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Würzburg Residence with a Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Make Travel Matter Christmas Market in Munich, Germany
Advent Traditions Tour

Discover Munich through Bavaria’s lost and forgotten Advent traditions, playing a significant part of regional cultural revitalisation, and stop fo...

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Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences Visit The Dachau Memorial in Dachau, Germany
The Dachau Memorial

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 bl...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Depart Munich

Auf Wiedersehen! After breakfast, your departure transfer arrives at Munich airport.

Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Top Rated Highlights
Berlin City Tour

You Local Expert provides a tour of this vibrant city. Drive along the Ku'Damm, passing the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and through Tiergarten t...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Leipzig Christmas Market Visit

Renowned for its musical and culinary delights, the Leipzig Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful in Germany, with around 250 stalls locate...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Leipzig Thomaskirche Visit

Visit Thomaskirche where Bach worked as a Kapellmeister, a conductor, and his remains are now buried.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Dresden City Tour

Your guided tour with a Local Expert shows you the Frauenkirche, the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House a...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Nuremberg's Christmas Markets

In Nuremberg the Christkindlmarkt stalls are donned in traditional red and white cloth. Surrounded by ancient ramparts and watchtowers, look out fo...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Fairytale Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Fortified by ancient walls, picturesque and unspoiled, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a fairytale come true at any time of year. It dazzles in Decembe...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Munich Orientation

During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the E...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Würzburg Residence Visit

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Würzburg Residence with a Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Advent Traditions Tour

Discover Munich through Bavaria’s lost and forgotten Advent traditions, playing a significant part of regional cultural revitalisation, and stop fo...

See More
Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

4 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Munich Celebration Dinner

Join your newfound friends for a festive Celebration Dinner with wine and good cheer!

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Marriott Hotel Berlin
Townhouse Dresden
Munich Marriott Hotel

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Highlights of Former East Berlin

Explore the shadows of the past with our Local Expert and visit the staggering Holocaust Memorial. Stop for a photo at ‘Checkpoint Charlie', locati...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Berlin By Night And Dinner

This evening you are treated to traditional Berliner cuisine in a lively local restaurant with live music and drinks. Guten Appetit and Prost! Afte...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Meissen Excursion

It was in Dresden that the first porcelain in Europe was made. We will visit the Meissen factory where we are shown how this world-famous porcelain...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bavarian Dinner

Tonight we'll soak up the lively atmosphere of a popular traditional restaurant. We'll enjoy traditional Bavarian hospitality and sample delicious regional specialties and local beer.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Dachau Memorial

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 bl...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Germany

  • Official Language in Germany: German
  • Currency used in Germany: Euro (€)
  • Capital of Germany: Berlin
  • Time Zone(s) in Germany: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Germany for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Germany
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Germany experiences a temperate seasonal climate with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Summers are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20° to 30°C (68° to 86°F). Winters can be cold, especially in the northern and eastern regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and occasional snowfall. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year, although the summer months tend to be wetter. The coastal areas, such as Hamburg and Bremen, have a maritime climate with milder winters and cooler summers compared to the inland regions.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Review date: Sunday, December 23, 2018
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The tour was not to the level of the tour we took in 2018. The food, and the activities were very boring.It was more of a history lesson than a happy experience.The East Germany tour was very 'DARK' and did not leave us with a good feeling.We went by a lot of buildings but was not able to venture in to see the actual museums.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear that you were disappointed with this trip. While every destination and tour are unique, we do strive to provide a quality experience for all out guests. We will be sure to share your comments with our Quality Control team and have them review them closely. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.
Friday, December 28, 2018
Vacation
higher than last year and less content
Phyllis Farrow
Review date: Sunday, December 17, 2017
Service
I booked at the last minute and decided I shouldn;t go 6 hours later. Your company would not let me cancel. Said there would be no refund because Insight had already booked me on the trip, Yet when I arrived to my tour in Berlin, the tour director said they had been told that I had cancelled. The tour was awesome.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize for the confusion.  You did book and pay just 24 hours prior to the start of the trip so we acted quickly to make sure your reservation was secured. When you decided to cancel, everything had already been arranged and paid.  We do hope that once you arrived, you enjoyed yourself and the German Christmas Markets.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Vacation
The Insight tour was wonderful
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, January 2, 2017
Service
The GET staff were always helpful, polite and professional whenever I called. They always followed up in a timely manner.
Vacation
The Christmas Markets of Germany was an excellent tour. The tour was well organized and supremely executed. Hildegard, our tour director, was top-notch. Werner, our driver, was excellent. 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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Service
The trip was great. We had an excellent guide. In addition to her usual duties as a guide, she accompanied us to the hospital when I fell and dislocated my shoulder. She worked with the hospital to help us through that difficult time. The only negative is we were told, at the time we signed up, the amount paid included transportation from the hotel to the airport at the end of the trip. When we arrived in Germany, we were told we would have to pay for our own transportation to the airport due to the time of our flight. We believe we paid for a transfer service that we never received.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. We will look in to the hotel/airport transfer issue right away and someone from our Guest Relations Department will be in touch with you shortly. Grand European Travel
Monday, December 14, 2015
Vacation
The trip was great. We had an excellent guide. In addition to her usual duties as a guide, she accompanied us to the hospital when I fell and dislocated my shoulder. She worked with the hospital to help us through that difficult time. The only negative is we were told, at the time we signed up, the amount paid included transportation from the hotel to the airport at the end of the trip. When we arrived in Germany, we were told we would have to pay for our own transportation to the airport due to the time of our flight. We believe we paid for a transfer service that we never received.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, December 22, 2014
Service
Mel Lennon of Insight Travel made the trip! Intelligent, great with people, good communicator and very organized. He made sure that everything ran smoothly.
Response from Grand European Travel:
The Christmas Markets are definitely the place to be in Germany during this time of year, and I'm so happy that you enjoyed the special atmosphere and the expertise of your travel Director Mel Lennon. I apologize for the confusion about having a roommate during your vacation, but I do hope that it did not affect your ability to enjoy the beautiful Christmas Markets. Happy Holidays! Dee-Grand European Travel
Monday, December 29, 2014
Vacation
When I signed up I asked for a roommate and was told that no one had requested one. Upon arrival to Berlin I found out that I did have a roommate and that she had requested one almost a year ago when she signed up for the trip. You need better communication or records for such matters. Group dinners were fun but the food was terrible in every case. The first night's dinner at the Intercontinental in Berlin being the worst of them all. I loved the historical and cultural commentary on the bus provided by Mel Lennon. I would seek out another trip led by him as he was that good.
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