Germany’s Festive Christmas Markets
8 days / 7 nights
Upon arrival in Berlin you will be met by your tour escort and transferred to your hotel where you will stay for the next three nights. Overnight in Berlin.
This morning enjoy an orientation tour of the city by coach. Your English speaking guide will introduce you to the famous sights of the city and point out the all-important Christmas Markets. See the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charly, The State Opera, the Ku’damm and visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Few cities have seen as many changes over recent years as Berlin and today you can enjoy a full day exploring the city and all it has to offer. After the city tour you will have the remainder of the day to explore this fantastic city at your own pace, before making your own way back to the hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Berlin.
A further day at leisure to explore Berlin. One of Berlin’s most famous festive markets takes place at the Charlottenburg Castle and park. Here vendors from all over Germany offer carefully selected arts and crafts, ancient handicrafts and lovely food. The Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market takes place on one of the most beautiful squares in the city and here you will find wood carvers and stonemasons presenting their work. The Christmas market on Potsdamer Platz is also well worth a visit with many handicrafts and local delicacies on offer, as well as a large open-air ice rink! A visit to the market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a must with approximately 170 stalls to explore. A cup of traditional mulled wine will help keep you warm whilst you shop for those all-important gifts. Berlin’s largest Christmas market, with approximately 250 stands, takes place in the Spandau Old Town. For a more nostalgic Christmas market head between the Staatsoper and Opernpalais where you will find craftspeople, confectioners, almond and chestnut roasters and candle and lantern makers all offering their products. Overnight in Berlin.
Journey south to Leipzig to visit Bach's Thomaskirche and the medieval market square behind it. Renowned for its musical and culinary delights, the Leipzig Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful in Germany, with around 250 decorated stalls located on the city's historic market square. Enjoy its great tradidtions and take a trip back in time as you savour the scents of Glögi wine and admire the traditional crafts in 'Ancient Leipzig'. Continue to Dresden, the capital of Saxony. The city has been restored to its baroque splendor after bombing in World War II. Germany's Christmas traditions take center stage today as we wander through Dresden's Striezelmarkt, Germany's oldest Christmas market. Admire the dazzling display of twinkling lights, handcrafted decorations and Christmas carols. Dinner and overnight in Dresden.
This morning enjoy your guided walking tour, see the magnificent baroque Semper Opera one of the most beautiful and prestigious opera houses in the world, visit the Zwinger Palace courtyard to admire its impressive architecture, and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. Remainder of the day is free the explore the “Florence of the North” at your own. Overnight in Dresden.
Journey on to Nuremberg, where the Christkindlmarkt stalls are donned in traditional red and white cloth. Surrounded by ancient ramparts and watchtowers, look out for the Nuremberg Plum People while you explore or shop for local treats such as Rostbratwürste, Lebkuchen or Glühwein. Overnight in Nuremberg.
Journey on to Rothenburg o.d.T. with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone lanes, and 16th-century houses. Hear how the town survived the Thirty Years’ War, and shop for Christmas ornaments. Here it is Christmas 365 days of the year. Drive further to Frankfurt. Farewell dinner at one of the local restaurants where you will enjoy the typical “Appelwoi” and traditional specialities! Overnight in Frankfurt.
Coach transfer to Frankfurt airport.
Our prices include:
- Deluxe motorcoach throughout as per itinerary
- English speaking tour escort throughout
- Accommodation in 4★ hotels in double/twin room
- 3 nights with bed & breakfast in Berlin
- 2 nights in Dresden (1 with bed & breakfast, 1 with halfboard)
- 1 night with bed & breakfast in Nuremberg
- 1 night with bed & breakfast in Frankfurt
- 2 dinners at local restaurants in Berlin and Frankfurt
- Guided visits: Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden
- Admission to the following sight
- Zwinger Palace
- Porterage at hotels
- All taxes and charges
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