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German Christmas Markets

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A festive foray filled with holiday cheer, steamy Bratwurst and gingerbread hearts.

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    • Christmas Markets: Are generally open from the beginning of Advent until 24 December 2019. Trafalgar reserves the right to substitute sites and Christmas market inclusions in keeping with the events of the season.
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      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.
      • Drinking Water: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle.
      • Christmas Markets: Are generally open from the beginning of Advent until 24 December 2019. Trafalgar reserves the right to substitute sites and Christmas market inclusions in keeping with the events of the season.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Double-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

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


      Trip type: Christmas Spectacular i

      Trip code: WMAR

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      11 Meals
      • 7 breakfasts

      • 4 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR in Berlin

        • ORIENATATION of Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Weimar, Dresden and Leipzig

        • VISIT the Christmas Markets of Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Erfurt, Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin. Ascend the Berlin TV Tower

        • VIEW the Opera House and Zwinger Palace in Dresden, the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Building in Berlin


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 breakfasts

        • 4 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


      1. Arrive Frankfurt

      Tame your festive wanderlust with the smells of Glühwein and Stollen on this magical journey that begins in Frankfurt. After check-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.

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Hotel
      Sheraton Offenbach

      2. Frankfurt – Rothenburg – 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.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Novotel Messezentrum

      3. Nuremberg – Eisenach (Wartburg Castle) – Erfurt – 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 largest 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.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Leonardo

      4. Weimar – Dresden (2 Nights)

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Hotel
      Pullman Newa

      Optional Experiences

      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: €28.00

      5. Full Day at Dresden Christmas Market

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      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: €39.00

      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 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: €42.00

      6. Dresden – Leipzig – Berlin (2 Nights)

      Immerse yourself in centuries of Yuletide traditions at Leipzig 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.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Hotel
      Sheraton Grand Esplanade

      Optional Experiences

      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: €60.00

      7. Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time

      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 past the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the Reichstag building, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own or consider joining Berlin's Secret Past Optional Experience. Our memorable Christmas journey almost at its end, we'll spend the evening with our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a delicious Farewell Dinner with wine.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      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: €32.00

      Historic Postdam

      We’ll stop off at Wannsee Villa en route to Postdam, setting of the infamous 1942 Conference to plan the 'Final Solution'. You’ll also visit Glienicke Bridge, scene of the Cold War 'Spy Swaps'.

      Adult Price: €44.00

      8. Depart Berlin

      For now, it's time to bid a festive farewell to our travel companions as we return home filled with magical memories. Morning transfers are available to Berlin Tegel Airport. Conditions apply.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-us/tours/german-christmas-markets?season=winter%202019%202020&tripcode=wmar for the latest discounts & departure information.

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        Experience the delights of Germany's oldest and most traditional Christmas market - the 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. (Day 5)

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      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR in Berlin

        • ORIENATATION of Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Weimar, Dresden and Leipzig

        • VISIT the Christmas Markets of Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Erfurt, Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin. Ascend the Berlin TV Tower

        • VIEW the Opera House and Zwinger Palace in Dresden, the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Building in Berlin


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 breakfasts

        • 4 dinners


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


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