German Christmas Markets Escorted Tour

German Chritmas markets escorted tour

German Christmas Fantasy

Departures:
Nov 30 and Dec 3, 2014

Christmas market tour germany

Nov 30, 2014 Itinerary  - 11DAYS/10NIGHTS

DAY 1: SUNDAY
Frankfurt Heidelberg Triberg Black Forest (D)

Depart from Frankfurt in the morning and drive to Heidelberg for a walking tour of the old university town. Our next stop is one of the most famous and beautiful Spa resorts Baden-Baden. In the afternoon continue to the Black Forest, a region known for the cuckoo clocks, dark forests and beautiful landscapes. Welcome dinner in the evening at your hotel. Overnight at Hotel Sternen in Triberg.

DAY 2: MONDAY

Black Forest Lake Constance Hohenschwangau Fuessen (B)

In the early morning, we are heading to the region Allgau passing wonderful Lake Constance. During the journey we will do several breaks, one of them at a real architectural treasure: the Basilica of Birnau with lake view. you will already see the fantastic Bavarian Alps before we arrive at Hohenschwangau. On the rugged hill above, the breathtaking fairytale castle of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein! After the guided tour we check-in at our hotel in nearby Fuessen. Overnight at Hotel Luitpoldpark.

DAY 3: TUESDAY
Fuessen Oberammergau Ettal Munich (B)

After the breakfast we will take you to Oberammergau. The village is internationally famous for its Passion Play- Generally performed every ten years- and for its numerous buildings with tromp l'oeil (Lueftlmalerei) painted facades. On the further way to our today's destination, the Bavarian capital, Munich, we will show you all the main sights of the splendid city and finally we discover the romantic Christmas market. Free time to explore numerous stalls with handcrafted Christmas gifts or local specialties. Taste the hot spiced wine call Gluhwein. Overnight at Hotel Rivoli o.s. (Hotel Kings 1st Class)

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY
Munich Salzburg Munich (B)

Today enjoy our full day excursion to the native city of the world famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg in Austria. While walking through the Old Town you will see its highlights such as Mozart's birth place, Getreidegasse and the cathedral. you will have enough time to spend on your own, just strolling around, visiting the lovely Christmas market and, of course, you should not miss the opportunity to taste the famous sweets made in Salzburg, Mozartkugel. In the late afternoon we return to Munich. overnight at Hotel Kings 1st Class

DAY 5: THURSDAY
Munich Rothenburg Nuremberg (B)

After our breakfast and the check-out we head to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany's well-preserved "Jewel of the Middle Ages". During a city walk, including a visit to St. Jacob's Church with the Holy blood altar by Tilman Riemenschneider, you will experience the special flair of this unique town. Enjoy the Christmas market or even step inside the incredible Christmas store before we continue to Franconia's biggest city. Nuremberg. You might have heard about the local sausages called "Nurnbeger" or the Christmas specialty of Lebkuchen, gingerbread. Overnight at Hotel Park Inn by Radisson.

DAY 6: FRIDAY
Nuremberg (B/D)

Today join a visit of the "Christkindl Market", probably the most famous Christmas market of the world in the historic city of Nuremberg. On a city walk you see the main sights such as the home of the artist Duerer. Visit the medieval Kaiserburg Castle before you have the rest of the day free for the Christmas market and for shopping. In the evening enjoy a Christmas dinner in one of the typical restaurants and get a little Christmas gift. Overnight at Hotel Park Inn by Radisson.

DAY 7: SATURDAY
Nuremberg Wuerzburg Frankfurt (B)

In the morning we leave for Wuerzburg. Enjoy a tour of the magnificent Residence, a masterpiece of German baroque architecture and a last visit to a German Christmas market. Arrival in Frankfurt in the afternoon. Overnight.


DAY 8: SUNDAY
Frankfurt  Eisenach - Weimar Leipzig (D)

Depart from Frankfurt in the morning and drive eastward to Eisenach, dominated by the Wartburg Castle. Visit one of the most important buildings of German history and see the room where Martin Luther in only eleven weeks translated the New Testament. Three hundred years before, St. Elizabeth of Thuringia spent almost all her life at the Wartburg. Afterwards, we continue to a cultural treasure, Weimar, where numerous famous persons like Goethe, Schiller, Liszt and Richard Strauss lived and worked. Afterwards we head to our today's destination, Leipzig, check-in at our hotel and visit one of Germany's largest Christmas markets. The main attraction is located on the historical market square in front of the ancient town hall, a 25yard Christmas tree with thousands of lights. Stroll along the stalls with handcrafted Christmas gifts from the region. We invite you to an informal but very typical German snack with Bratwurst and the hot spiced wine called Gluehwein. Overnight at Ramada City Centre or similar.

DAY 9: MONDAY
Leipzig Meien Dresden (B)

After the breakfast we continue towards Meissen where we will visit one of Germany's oldest porcelain manufactories. Founded in the 18th century and being continuously in operation since then, the delicate and always handcrafted products are found in royal courts and celebrities homes all around the world. See the exhibition hall and the demonstration workshops where all steps of the painting and glazing process are explained to you. Afterwards, we go on to Dresden, the capital of the Free State of Saxony. on a city tour you will get to know one of the loveliest cities of central Europe. Due to its general mild climate, the baroque architecture and the renowned museums, Dresden is also called "Florence of the east" . See the main sights such as the Semper opera House, the baroque Zwinger and, overall, the restored Frauenkirche. nowadays, it is hard to believe that after the bombing in 1945 the city centre was completely destroyed. After our tour we check-in at our hotel. In the evening we will visit the Christmas market called "Striezelmarkt" named after the local cake Striezel Highlights are the big Christmas pyramid and the numerous stalls where you can taste the Striezel. overnight at Park Inn o.s.

DAY 10: TUESDAY
Dresden  Annaberg  Schneeberg  Plauen (B/ D)

Today we are heading mostly along country roads, via Seiffen, a centre of the wooden toy industry, to two ancient miner-villages, Schneeberg and Annaberg. These towns are typical for the erzgebirge (ore Mountains) and actually home of the German tradition of woodcarving and Christmas pyramids. In former times, light represented by candles was an important symbol of life and safety for the miners, working in the dark tunnels. The woodcarvers combined their deep religious beliefs and used candles to illuminate the pyramids, decorated with saints and symbols of the holy night. The Christmas market in Annaberg is dating back to 1510. Schneeberg hosts St. Wolfgang's Church with an altar from 1539, carved by lucas Cranach the elder. In the afternoon
we continue towards Plauen, famous for its handcrafted lace. Plauen was founded in 1122 and since the 16th century has been an important place for cotton manufacturing. our farewell dinner will be served at our hotel. overnight at Hotel Alexandra o.s.

DAY 11: WEDNESDAY
Plauen Bamberg  Frankfurt (B)

This morning we are travelling through the Franconian forest to the imperial city of Bamberg. Founded in the 9th century, it has a nicely preserved old Town which was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will see the cathedral and the former Benedictine abbey of Michaelsberg before, unfortunately, it is time for the last impressions of German Christmas markets. You will have sufficient time to do some last-minute shopping before we start our journey through the rolling hills of Franconia back to Frankfurt, our final destination which we will reach in the late afternoon.


3 Dec 2014- Itinerary

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY
Frankfurt  Eisenach - Weimar-  Leipzig (D)

Depart from Frankfurt in the morning and drive eastward to Eisenach, dominated by the Wartburg Castle. Visit one of the most important buildings of German history and see the room where Martin Luther in only eleven weeks translated the New Testament. Three hundred years before, St. Elizabeth of Thuringia spent almost all her life at the Wartburg. Afterwards, we continue to a cultural treasure, Weimar, where numerous famous persons like Goethe, Schiller, Liszt and Richard Strauss lived and worked. Afterwards we head to our today's destination, Leipzig, check-in at our hotel and visit one of Germany's largest Christmas markets. The main attraction is located on the historical market square in front of the ancient town hall, a 25yard Christmas tree with thousands of lights. Stroll along the stalls with handcrafted Christmas gifts from the region. We invite you to an informal but very typical German snack with Bratwurst and the hot spiced wine called Gluehwein. Overnight at Seaside hotel.

DAY 2: THURSDAY

Leipzig  Meissen Dresden (B)

After the breakfast we continue towards Meissen where we will visit one of Germany's oldest porcelain manufactories. Founded in the 18th century and being continuously in operation since then, the delicate and always handcrafted products are found in royal courts and celebrities homes all around the world. See the exhibition hall and the demonstration workshops where all steps of the painting and glazing process are explained to you. Afterwards, we go on to Dresden, the capital of the Free State of Saxony. on a city tour you will get to know one of the loveliest cities of central Europe. Due to its general mild climate, the baroque architecture and the renowned museums, Dresden is also called "Florence of the east". See the main sights such as the Semper opera House, the baroque Zwinger and, overall, the restored Frauenkirche. nowadays, it is hard to believe that after the bombing in 1945 the city centre was completely destroyed. After our tour we check-in at our hotel. In the evening we will visit the Christmas market called Striezelmarkt named after the local cake Striezel Highlights are the big Christmas pyramid and the numerous stalls where you can taste the Striezel. overnight at Park Inn o.s.

DAY 3: FRIDAY
Dresden Annaberg  Schneeberg  Plauen (B/ D)

Today we are heading mostly along country roads, via Seiffen, a centre of the wooden toy industry, to two ancient miner-villages, Schneeberg and Annaberg. These towns are typical for the erzgebirge (ore Mountains) and actually home of the German tradition of woodcarving and Christmas pyramids. In former times, light represented by candles was an important symbol of life and safety for the miners, working in the dark tunnels. The woodcarvers combined their deep religious beliefs and used candles to illuminate the pyramids, decorated with saints and symbols of the holy night. The Christmas market in Annaberg is dating back to 1510. Schneeberg hosts St. Wolfgang's Church with an altar from 1539, carved by lucas Cranach the elder. In the afternoon we continue towards Plauen, famous for its handcrafted lace. Plauen was founded in 1122 and since the 16th century has been an important place for cotton manufacturing. our farewell dinner will be served at our hotel. overnight at Hotel Dormero o.s.

DAY 4: SATURDAY
Plauen  Bamberg  Frankfurt (B)

This morning we are travelling through the Franconian forest to the imperial city of Bamberg. Founded in the 9th century, it has a nicely preserved old Town which was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will see the cathedral and the former Benedictine abbey of Michaelsberg before, unfortunately, it is time for the last impressions of German Christmas markets. You will have sufficient time to do some last-minute shopping before we start our journey through the rolling hills of Franconia back to Frankfurt, our final destination which we will reach in the late afternoon.
 

DAY 5: SUNDAY
Frankfurt  Heidelberg  Black Forest (D)

Depart from Frankfurt in the morning and drive to Heidelberg for a walking tour of the old university town. Our next stop is one of the most famous and beautiful Spa resorts Baden-Baden. In the afternoon continue to the Black Forest, a region known for the cuckoo clocks. Welcome dinner in the evening at your hotel. Overnight at Hotel Schwarzwald Residenz Triberg o.s.

DAY 6: MONDAY

Black Forest Lake Constance  Hohenschwangau Fuessen (B)

In the early morning, we are heading to the region Allgau passing wonderful Lake Constance. During the journey we will do several breaks, one of them at a real architectural treasure: the Basilica of Birnau with lake view. you will already see the fantastic Bavarian Alps before we arrive at Hohenschwangau. On the rugged hill above, the breathtaking fairytale castle of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein! After the guided tour we check-in at our hotel in nearby Fuessen. Overnight at Hotel Hirsh o.s. (Hotel Luitpoldpark o.s. for 2013)

DAY 7: TUESDAY
Fuessen  Oberammergau  Ettal  Munich (B)

After the breakfast we will take you to Oberammergau. The village is internationally famous for its Passion Play- Generally performed every ten years- and for its numerous buildings with tromp l'oeil (Lueftlmalerei) painted facades. On the further way to our today's destination, the Bavarian capital, Munich, we will show you all the main sights of the splendid city and finally we discover the romantic Christmas market. Free time to explore numerous stalls with handcrafted Christmas gifts or local specialties. Taste the hot spiced wine call Gluhwein. Overnight at Hotel Rivoli o.s. (Hotel Erzgiesserei o.s for 2013)

DAY 8: WEDNESDAY
Munich Salzburg  Munich (B)

Today enjoy our full day excursion to the native city of the world famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg in Austria. While walking through the Old Town you will see its highlights such as Mozart's birth place, Getreidegasse and the cathedral. you will have enough time to spend on your own, just strolling around, visiting the lovely Christmas market and, of course, you should not miss the opportunity to taste the famous sweets made in Salzburg, Mozartkugel. In the late afternoon we return to Munich. overnight at Hotel Rivoli o.s.(Hotel Erzgiesserei o.s. for 2013)

DAY 9: THURSDAY
Munich  Rothenburg  Nuremberg (B)

After our breakfast and the check-out we head to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany's well-preserved "Jewel of the Middle Ages". During a city walk, including a visit to St. Jacob's Church with the Holy blood altar by Tilman Riemenschneider, you will experience the special flair of this unique town. Enjoy the Christmas market or even step inside the incredible Christmas store before we continue to Franconia's biggest city. Nuremberg. You might have heard about the local sausages called "Nurnbeger" or the Christmas specialty of Lebkuchen, gingerbread. Overnight at Hotel Park Inn by Radisson o.s.

DAY 10: FRIDAY
Nuremberg (B/D)

Today join a visit of the "Christkindl Market", probably the most famous Christmas market of the world in the historic city of Nuremberg. On a city walk you see the main sights such as the home of the artist Duerer. Visit the medieval Kaiserburg Castle before you have the rest of the day free for the Christmas market and for shopping. In the evening enjoy a Christmas dinner in one of the typical restaurants and get a little Christmas gift. Overnight at Hotel Park Inn by Radisson o.s.

DAY 11: SATURDAY
Nuremberg  Wuerzburg  Frankfurt (B)

In the morning we leave for Wuerzburg. Enjoy a tour of the magnificent Residence, a masterpiece of German baroque architecture and a last visit to a German Christmas market. Arrival in Frankfurt in the afternoon. Overnight.

Prices in Euros ($ rate varies depending the exchange ) for 2014:                                                                   
Euro 1515 per person based on double occupancy      
Euro 1435 third person in extra bed
Single supplement: Euro 385

* $ rates vary depending on exchange rates

Child discount: Until the age of 11 (inclusive) we grant 30% discount on the per person double room rate, when sharing a room with two adults in extra bed.

Tour Includes:

  • 10 overnight stays at specially selected first class and tourist superior hotels including tax, service charges and baggage handling (one piece per person). All rooms with private bath or shower and toilet.

  • Transportation by modern air-conditioned motor coach with WC

  • Professional English / Spanish speaking guide throughout the tour

  • All excursions and city tours not marked as optional.

  • MEALS:
    - Ten breakfast buffets , Farewell dinner , Welcome dinner

  • TOURS WITH ENTRANCE FEES
    -
    Neuschwanstein Castle
    - Jakobskirche, Rothenburg
    -
    Deep well & Tower at Kaiserburg, Nuremberg
    - Residence, Wurzburg

    - Wartburg Castle in Eisenach

    - Porcelain Factory Meissen

Tour departure points -
InterCity Hotel Frankfurt, Poststrasse 8-Lobby                                         08:45 AM
Frankfurt Airport :Terminal 1, Arrival Level Hall B-meeting point              09:30 AM
Hotel Moevenpick time to be advised

Please note: For passengers booked in a hotel at the airport, e.g Hotel Express by Holiday Inn. Hotel has free shuttle to/from Terminal 1. Pick up for those clients is at Frankfurt Airport, Terminal 1 Arrival Level Hall B, Meeting Point.

Pre and Post-night Hotels in Frankfurt 2014 / Prices are in Euro ($ rate varies depending the exchange)

Hotel Intercity, Frankfurt City Center  (3star) 2014
Directly at the main railway station, 

Weekdays MON-FRI:
EUR 66 per person based on double occupancy with breakfast and taxes included 
EUR 104 per person based on single occupancy with breakfast and taxes included
Weekends FRI-MON:
EUR 48 per person based on double occupancy with breakfast and taxes included
EUR 80 per person based on single occupancy with breakfast and taxes included

Hotel Moevenpick  (4star) 2014
This Swiss managed hotel  located in the European quarter, opposite Trade Fair Hall 3 and right next to Frankfurt’s Festival Hall. It is located just one km from the main railway station and 11 km from the airport.

Weekdays MON-FRI:
EUR 53 per person based on double occupancy with breakfast and taxes included 
EUR 92 per person based on single occupancy with breakfast and taxes included
Weekends FRI-MON:
EUR 46 per person based on double occupancy with breakfast and taxes included
EUR 78 per person based on single occupancy with breakfast and taxes included

Transfers in Frankfurt Airport/Hotel: 2014
1-3 pax- EUR ($ rate varies depending the exchange) 111 per car  without assistance
4-7 pax EUR ($ rate varies depending the exchange) 131 per car without assistance 

Note: The booking of the extra night hotels is subject to availability. The following rates are not valid during trade fair periods and conventions.
Maximum  one or two nights before/after tour are available at the above special rates.

For additional hotels and pre-post tour packages check out  
our Munich or other City Packages pages!

Transfers in Frankfurt Airport/Hotel: (2013)
1-3 pax- EUR ($ rate varies depending the exchange) 111 per car  without assistance
4-7 pax EUR ($ rate varies depending the exchange) 131 per car without assistance

 

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