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Christmas Markets of Strasbourg and the Black Forest

10 Days 2 Countries 7 Cities

This festive journey roams from the eclectic French capital to the magic and enchantment of Germany's Black Forest.

"Can't imagine a better experience"

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About this trip

This festive foray unveils the Christmas markets of Strasbourg and Alsace, on a journey that roams from the eclectic French capital to the magic and enchantment of Germany's Black Forest.

It's Insider moments like… cruising along picturesque canals in Strasbourg, with its medieval city centre, rustic chalets and Christmas stalls. And discovering how traditional cuckoo clocks are made, deep in the heart of the Black Forest.


Trip type: Christmas Spectacular

Trip code: WMFG

9 Nights

accommodation

13 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners.

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Christmas Markets of Strasbourg and the Black Forest

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Paris (2 Nights)

Welcome to Paris, France's glittering capital. Relax after check-in or start exploring this amazing city with its festive atmosphere. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception followed by an evening drive to see the city's impressive illuminations and Christmas decorations - the perfect introduction to your holiday.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Novotel Tour Eiffel

2. Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Your expert Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of Paris this morning. View the Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower and see the city in all its glory. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice or enjoy the festive window displays along the Rue de Rivoli. You might like to round off your day with an evening at a famous Parisian cabaret show.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

3. Paris – Reims – Strasbourg (3 Nights)

This morning leave Paris and travel to Reims, a vibrant historical city featuring an abundance of grand period architecture. This city played a prominent role in French history as it was once the traditional site of the coronation of French kings. See the sights during your orientation including the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own or you may consider taking an Optional Experience to visit one of the famous champagne houses for a tasting. Later continue to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace region, for a three night stay.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Hilton/ Mercure Palais des Congres

4. Strasbourg Christmas Markets

This morning enjoy an included river cruise past some of the important buildings of the European Union institutions such as the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. See the half-timbered houses of Petite France and travel through one of the lock systems on the river. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city of Strasbourg and visit the UNESCO World Heritage historic city centre. In 1570 the first ever Christkindelsmarik (market of the infant Jesus) took place in the city and today it is regarded as one of the best in Europe with its 300 wooden chalets spread out over 11 sites. You will find arts and crafts, food products and traditional Alsatian Christmas decorations. See the giant Christmas tree on Place Kléber and admire the fairytale decorations.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

5. Strasbourg – Colmar Christmas Market Excursion

This morning travel through picturesque scenery along the Alsatian Wine Route and stop in the capital of the wine growing region Colmar. Sample some of the delicious Alsatian wines at a wine tasting. You may wish to take an Optional Experience to Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg or enjoy free time in Colmar to explore the well-preserved old town. Spend time taking in the ambience and beguiling charm of the Christmas markets before returning to Strasbourg.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

6. Strasbourg – Freiburg (2 Nights)

Today leave France and travel into Germany stopping in the university city of Freiburg for a walking tour with a Local Specialist. There will be time to explore the city and take in a traditional German Christmas market. Traditional arts and crafts on offer include hand-blown glass and wooden toys. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Stadt Freiburg

7. Black Forest Excursion

Enjoy a relaxing day in one of the most beautiful regions of Germany. Admire the scenery as you drive through the hills and lakes of the Black Forest, famous for cuckoo clocks. Learn how this traditional and valuable item is made during a Cultural Insight demonstration of the craft.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

8. Freiburg – Mulhouse – Dijon

This morning travel to Mulhouse to visit the National Automobile Museum. During this Cultural Insight, hear about Hans and Fritz Schlumpf and their collection of Bugattis and see some of the 400 historic cars on display. Later arrive in the capital of the Burgundy wine region Dijon – famed for its mustard. An orientation of the city will show you some of the varied architectural styles ranging from Gothic to Renaissance masterpieces.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Mercure Clemenceau

9. Dijon – Versailles - Paris

This morning travel to Versailles and see the spectacular palace - you might consider an Optional Experience to discover the breathtaking interior. Later arrive back in Paris and spend time doing last minute shopping or exploring the Montmartre district. Tonight you will raise a toast to your fellow travellers at a celebratory Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
Novotel Centre Tour Eiffel

10. Depart Paris

Say farewell to this magical Christmas market experience and your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable festive holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Paris and Freiburg.

  • Cultural Insights
    The Black Forest region is famous for cuckoo clocks; watch a demonstration of one of these traditional wooden clocks being handmade by a local craftsman.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the National Automobile Museum to see a showcase of 400 beautifully presented classic, prestige and racing cars which trace the history of the automobile.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

Paris, France
    • Visit the Christmas Markets of Strasbourg, Colmar and Freiburg

    • City tour in Paris and Freiburg

    • Orientation of Reims, Strasbourg, Colmar and Dijon

    • Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the National Automobile Museum in Mulhouse

    • River cruise in Strasbourg

    • View the Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Notre-Dame de Reims and the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

    • Scenic drive in the Black Forest


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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10 Days, 2 Countries, 7 Cities

Christmas Markets of Strasbourg and the Black Forest

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    • Christmas Markets: Are generally open from the beginning of Advent until 24 December 2016. Trafalgar reserves the right to substitute sites and Christmas market inclusions in keeping with the events of the season.
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