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German Christmas Markets Winter 2014/2015

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The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany
Dresden Christmas Market, Germany
Christmas time in Dresden, Germany
Christmas in Europe
Berlin State Opera in Berlin, Germany
  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: Autumn, Winter & Spring 2014/2015
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  • Style: Christmas Spectacular
  • Description: A journey to the home of Christmas markets, this festive foray takes you to Germany‘s finest cities and towns, from classics like Dresden and Nuremberg to offbeat places like Eisenach. It‘s Insider moments like… experiencing the build up to Christmas just as the Germans do, in seven of their famous wintery markets. The scent of Stollen cake and Glühwein swirls around you as you stroll among the rustic chalets of Germany‘s oldest market, Dresden Striezelmarkt. And, lingering at the stalls in the romantic grounds of Wartburg Castle, you taste Saxon treats and pick authentic decorations in an enchanting UNESCO Heritage designated setting.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to Frankfurt.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE FRANKFURT

    Welcome to Germany and the start of your magical trip to experience the festive markets! Each year in November and December the atmosphere builds through Germany with the start of Christmas celebrations. Towns and villages are decorated, Christmas markets open in cities and the wonderful aroma of “Stollen” and “Glühwein” is to be experienced around every corner. After check-in this afternoon, your Travel Director will take you on an orientation tour of the city‘s dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz. Later, meet with your fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach

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  • Day 3

    FRANKFURT – ROTHENBURG – NUREMBERG

    Travel to Bavaria and arrive in the medieval walled town of Rothenburg. Enjoy an orientation walk with your Travel Director where you will see half-timbered houses and the old Town Hall. Try traditional cuisine or shop for gifts during your free time at the ‘Reiterlesmarkt‘. This afternoon continue to Nuremberg and admire the mighty ramparts and St. Sebald‘s Cathedral before visiting Germany‘s most famous Christmas Market in the main Square. The market sells arts and crafts as well as Zwetschgenmännle (decorative figurines made out of prunes)!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Novotel Nuremberg

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  • Day 4

    NUREMBERG - EISENBACH - WEIMAR

    A very special Christmas market is held in the courtyard of the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Wartburg Castle in Eisenach. During Advent you can explore and enjoy typical German food, beverages, crafts, music and entertainment. Later travel to see the largest Christmas market in the province of Thuringia. This medieval market takes place on Cathedral Square in Erfurt with the impressive background of St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severus Church. These form the perfect backdrop for more than 200 stalls and a big Ferris wheel. See the 130 yards long Merchants' Bridge (Krämerbrücke) which has 32 houses along its length – the longest inhabited bridge in Europe. This evening in Weimar enjoy the taste and smells throughout the historic market square of this UNESCO World Heritage Town. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Leonardo

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  • Day 5

    WEIMAR – DRESDEN (2 NIGHTS)

    After a leisurely morning in Weimar, travel to Dresden − known as ‘Florence on the Elbe‘. Spend time seeing the highlights of this astonishing city including the Opera House and Zwinger Palace. Tonight you may want to sample some traditional German food at a local restaurant.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Pullman Dresden Newa

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  • Day 6

    FULL DAY AT DRESDEN CHRISTMAS MARKET

    A blaze of lights, the aroma of mulled wine and Christmas songs. This is the magic of Dresden‘s Striezelmarkt which is Germany‘s oldest Christmas market. On the second weekend in advent the locals pay homage to the Christmas pastry which originated in their city, the original Dresdner Christstollen. Taste typical Saxon delicacies and buy traditional handicraft in the market found in the heart of this Baroque city. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    DRESDEN – LEIPZIG – BERLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    Just as it was 500 years ago, the Leipzig Christmas market blends into the historic backdrop of Leipzig city centre. With more than 250 originally decorated stalls, it lives up to its reputation as one of the biggest and most interesting Christmas markets in Germany. The greatest attraction is the worlds‘ largest free-standing Advent calendar. After time to explore you will later make your way to Berlin - one of the most vibrant and fascinating cities in Europe.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton

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  • Day 8

    BERLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning enjoy a Unique Insight with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the German State Opera House, Reichstag Building, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm. Spend the rest of your day exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs! This evening, join your companions and Travel Director for a delicious festive Farewell Dinner with wine.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 9

    BERLIN - RETURN HOME

    Say 'Auf Wiedersehen' to your traveling companions as you return home full of the joys of Christmas! Morning transfers are available to Berlin Airport. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert For included sightseeing in Berlin.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Berlin.
  • Orientations of Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Dresden, Weimar and Leipzig.
  • Visit the Christmas Markets of Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Wartburg Castle, Erfurt, Weimar, Dresden and Leipzig.
  • Visit the Berlin TV Tower.

Dining

  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

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