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German Christmas Markets

8 Day German Tour from Frankfurt to Berlin

8 Days
1 Country

Germany

8 Cities

Frankfurt, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nuremberg, Eisenach, Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin

10 Meals

7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Christmas Market Tours

Experience the magical Christmas markets of Europe. Join the festive spirit as you visit iconic destinations like Germany, Austria, and France, exploring famous markets filled with handcrafted gifts, delicious treats, and a joyful ambiance. Let expert guides lead the way, ensuring a memorable holiday season surrounded by the charm of Europe's Christmas markets.

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Travel to the enchanting land of Germany's Christmas markets, sharing the festive season spirit and Gemütlichkeit of the locals amidst rousing oompah music and the spicy scents of Glühwein.

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Day-by-day itinerary

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 center and medieval Römerplatz. Later, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.

Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany
Accommodation Sheraton Offenbach Frankfurt
Iconic Experience Fountain of Justice in Frankfurt, Germany
Explore Frankfurt

Spend the day exploring the sights of Frankfurt.

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Iconic Experience

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. Savor 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 splendor.

Food, Gingerbread in Nuremberg, Germany
Accommodation Seminaris Hotel Nuremberg
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Visit the medieval center of Rothenburg, Germany
Visit Rothenburg

Visit the medieval center of Rothenburg.

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit the town of Nuremberg, Germany
Nuremberg's Medieval Secrets Uncovered

Tonight, explore the Nuremburg overlooked by so many, Our Local Specialist shines a light on the darkened alleyways and hidden corners of this medi...

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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)

Visit Christmas Market in Weimar, Germany
Accommodation Leonardo Hotel Weimar
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Visit Wartburg Castle in Eisenbach, Germany
See Wartburg Castle

During your visit to Eisenach, see the imposing Wartburg Castle. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Christmas Market in Erfurt, Germany
Visit Erfurt

Take in the dazzling decorations of Erfurt's Christmas Market, set against a backdrop of St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severus Church.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 4

Journey to Dresden

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.

Opera House in Dresden, Germany
Accommodation Radisson BLU Park Hotel Dresden
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit The Buchenwald Memorial Site in Erfurt, Germany
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 Bu...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Discover the Festive Atmosphere at Dresden Christmas Markets

Germany’s Christmas traditions take center 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.

Christmas Snowball in Dresden, Germany
Accommodation Pullman Hotel Dresden Newa
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Snow globe at Dresden's Striezelmarkt Christmas market
Visit Dresden's Striezelmarkt and discover Germany's oldest Christmas market

Experience the delights of Germany's oldest and most traditional Christmas market - Dresden's Striezelmarkt. The blaze of lights, the scent of mull...

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Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Visit the Town of Meissen in Germany
Meissen Experience

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

Optional Experiences Visit Pillinitz Water Palace in Dresden, Germany
Tastes of a Bygone Era

Following the course of the Elbe, we arrive to the spectacular Pillnitz Water Palace and stroll through the gardens of this Baroque masterpiece alo...

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Optional Experiences

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 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.

St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany
Accommodation Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Town Hall Leipzig Saxony 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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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Twilight dinner in Berlin, Germany
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 imp...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Explore Berlin

You won't need Santa's reindeer to ascend hundreds of meters 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.

TV Tower in Berlin, Germany
Accommodation Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Swabian dinner and beers in Berlin, Germany
Enjoy Swabian and South German flavors for a dinner

Join the locals for an exclusive Be My Guest experience and a dinner filled with Swabian and South German flavors.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience TV Tower in Berlin, Germany
Berlin TV Tower Visit

Take in panoramic views of the city from the observation platform of the Berlin TV Tower.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, Germany
Berlin City Tour

During a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist, admire Berlin landmarks like the Tiergarten and the neo- Renaissance Reichstag.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences View the Holocaust Memorial, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Potsdam in Berlin, Germany
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 infamou...

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Optional Experiences

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.

Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, Germany
Included Meals Breakfast

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Explore Frankfurt

Spend the day exploring the sights of Frankfurt.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Rothenburg

Visit the medieval center of Rothenburg.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Wartburg Castle

During your visit to Eisenach, see the imposing Wartburg Castle. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Erfurt

Take in the dazzling decorations of Erfurt's Christmas Market, set against a backdrop of St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severus Church.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit Dresden's Striezelmarkt and discover Germany's oldest Christmas market

Experience the delights of Germany's oldest and most traditional Christmas market - Dresden's Striezelmarkt. The blaze of lights, the scent of mull...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
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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Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy Swabian and South German flavors for a dinner

Join the locals for an exclusive Be My Guest experience and a dinner filled with Swabian and South German flavors.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Berlin TV Tower Visit

Take in panoramic views of the city from the observation platform of the Berlin TV Tower.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Berlin City Tour

During a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist, admire Berlin landmarks like the Tiergarten and the neo- Renaissance Reichstag.

Included in Trip

About this trip

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
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Berlin
Discover Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Erfurt, Weimar, Dresden and Leipzig
Visit the Christmas Markets of Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Wartburg Castle in Eisenach (Sat/Sun only), Weimar, Dresden, Erfurt, 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

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
Nuremberg's Medieval Secrets Uncovered

Tonight, explore the Nuremburg overlooked by so many, Our Local Specialist shines a light on the darkened alleyways and hidden corners of this medi...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 Bu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Meissen Experience

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
Tastes of a Bygone Era

Following the course of the Elbe, we arrive to the spectacular Pillnitz Water Palace and stroll through the gardens of this Baroque masterpiece alo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 imp...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 infamou...

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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: Wednesday, January 3, 2024
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The original booker left the company and when I tried to get information on my already booked trip, it was very difficult. This has never happened before and we have traveled with GET 5 times prior to this. This experience left me feeling very unsure about GET.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry that you found it difficult after your initial booking agent left the company, however we have a wonderful reservations team who can answer any questions for all bookings made. We are happy to see that overall you enjoyed the German Christmas Markets and appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.
Monday, January 8, 2024
Vacation
The trip was lovely. The bus driver was excellent: an expert driver, cheerful, and courteous. The tour director was fine: making sure we saw some sights that were important to various members of the tour group. I am slower than most people and there were times when I struggled to keep the tour director in sight and the Whispers were out of range. In Nurnberg, the descent from the castle was steep and slick. In Dresden, the bus left early from the meeting spot and if people hadn't seen the tour group running, they would have been left behind in a city where a cab ride to the hotel cost 50 Euros. Now, the Christmas Markets were wonderful. There was a nice variety of the size of the markets. We stayed extra days in Berlin to take advantage of the museums and music venues that were not on the tour. Thankfully, it was not as cold in Germany as we had been told to expect, but it is rainy. The average walk was about 3 miles a day, some as long as 4.2 miles. The hotels were fine, except for the one in Nurnberg. It was a last minute change. It was teeny, tiny (smaller than other European hotel rooms) and smelled awful. The "Italian" restaurant was also awful. The waitstaff was rude. The Dresden and Berlin hotels were wonderful. The food service in the Berlin hotel was superb. The breakfasts were elegant The local guides were hit and miss. The Berlin guide was excellent. I would recommend this tour.
Ann Marie Shuler
Review date: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Service
Excellent itinerary. Comfortable travel. Good hotels; excellent meals. Interesting excursions. What else do you want?
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like a perfect trip! Thank you for your business and Happy Holidays!
Monday, December 19, 2022
Vacation
Already said / excellent itinerary, informative guides, interesting excursions, comfortable hotels, excellent meals / great tour guide and driver
Trusted Customer
Review date: 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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