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German Christmas Markets

8 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

Experience Germany's finest Christmas markets - from Dresden to Nuremberg - on this all-encompassing festive tour.

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About this trip

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.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… experiencing the build up to Christmas just as the Germans do, visiting their famous wintery markets. The scent of 'Stollen' cake and 'Glühwein' swirls around you as you stroll among the rustic chalets.


Trip type: Christmas Spectacular

Trip code: WMAR

7 Nights

accommodation

11 Meals
  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Visit the Christmas Markets of Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Erfurt, Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin

    • City tour in Berlin

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

    • Visit the Berlin TV Tower

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 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


German Christmas Markets

Your Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany

Day 1

Arrive Frankfurt

Day 2

Frankfurt – Rothenburg – Nuremberg

Day 3

Nuremberg – Eisenach (Wartburg Castle) – Erfurt – Weimar

Day 4

Weimar – Dresden (2 Nights)

Day 5

Full Day at Dresden Christmas Market

Day 6

Dresden – Leipzig – Berlin (2 Nights)

Day 7

Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time

Berlin, Germany

Day 8

Depart Berlin

Day 1

Arrive Frankfurt Day 1 - 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 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.

Hotel

Sheraton Offenbach

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Sheraton Offenbach

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Frankfurt – Rothenburg – Nuremberg Day 2 - 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 Church 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.

Hotel

Novotel Messezentrum

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Novotel Messezentrum

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 2

Day 3

Nuremberg – Eisenach (Wartburg Castle) – Erfurt – Weimar Day 3 - Nuremberg – Eisenach (Wartburg Castle) – Erfurt – Weimar

A very special Christmas market is held in the courtyard of the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Wartburg Castle in Eisenach. 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 120m 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.

Hotel

Leonardo

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Leonardo

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

Day 4

Weimar – Dresden (2 Nights) Day 4 - 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.

Hotel

Pullman Newa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Pullman Newa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

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: €25.00

Day 4

Day 5

Full Day at Dresden Christmas Market Day 5 - 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 handicrafts in the market found in the heart of this Baroque city. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet 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

Day 5

Day 6

Dresden – Leipzig – Berlin (2 Nights) Day 6 - 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. After time to explore you will later make your way to Berlin - a vibrant and fascinating city.

Hotel

Crowne Plaza City Center

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Crowne Plaza City Center

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner And Berlin By Night

Tonight join us as we enjoy hearty German food, wine, beer and traditional music, before discovering the illuminated landmarks of the German capital.

Adult Price: €59.00

Day 6

Day 7

Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time Day 7 - Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight experience 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 Specialist. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the 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 or perhaps join the Berlin's Secret Past Optional Experience. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a delicious festive Farewell Dinner with wine.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet 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: €27.00

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

Day 7

Day 8

Depart Berlin Day 8 - Depart Berlin

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 8

Available Departures

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    For included sightseeing in Berlin.

  • Cultural Insights
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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Visit the Christmas Markets of Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Erfurt, Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin

    • City tour in Berlin

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

    • Visit the Berlin TV Tower

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 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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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 11 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Very good. Would have preferred (for Christmas markets) a female guide as they are more interested in markets. Also would love the hotels to be closer to markets for night visits as many of the nights we were sitting in rooms by 8pm with nothing to do as markets were too far

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    Service:

    Service rating : TD did what he had to do but lacked any genuine enthusiasm and was not well informed regarding certain aspects of the tour. Was needing to ask driver, looking at maps and looking online for answers.TD not providing envelopes with feedback forms and was then seen reading the

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    Service:

    Service rating : From the time we met our check-in contact at the airport until we got to the airport for our flight home, the tour director and bus driver were constantly looking out for and trying to make sure we had everything we needed for an incredible trip.Product : We had a wonderful time

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Nothing to complain about.Product : Great itinerary. Very good quality included dinners. Excellent included breakfast and sightseeing.

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    Service:

    Service rating : Service by trafalgar amazing as usualProduct : Every experience was unique and enjoyable

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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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