10 Day Christmas Markets of Germany

10 Day Christmas Markets of Germany

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Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
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Destination & Sightseeing

  • Flights New York-Berlin, Munich-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Berlin
    • 2 nights Dresden
    • 2 nights Wurzburg
    • 2 nights Munich
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 11 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
 

Special Features

  • Experience the dazzling Christmas Markets in Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Wurzburg, Nuremberg and Munich
  • Cross the former Iron Curtain to the landmarks of Berlin including "Checkpoint Charlie"
  • In Potsdam, view Sanssouci Palace, the luxurious private retreat of Frederick the Great
  • Discover Dresden, an astonishing city that emerged from destruction to splendor
  • In Nuremberg, view the historic Palace of Justice where the Nuremberg Trials were held
  • At Marienplatz Square in Munich, watch the famous glockenspiel clock

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

ITINERARY

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Germany

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Berlin
Arrive in Germany's magnificent capital city of Berlin -- vibrant and glistening over the joyful holiday season. After transferring to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to immerse yourself in the dynamic spirit of the city. Tonight at approximately 6 pm, a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers highlights the fabulous journey of Germany's Christmas markets that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible Overnight: Berlin Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Berlin City Tour & Christmas Market
The major sights of Berlin are revealed as you cross the former Iron Curtain to the landmarks of the city including the glass dome Reichstag building, triumphal Brandenburg Gate and "Checkpoint Charlie." View the State Opera House, Cathedral, bustling Unter den Linden Street and Kurfurstendamm, magnificently decorated with unending rows of sparkling Christmas trees. Time on your own this afternoon to visit Berlin's lively Christmas Market. Sip cups of mulled wine and munch on Lebkuchen, a gingerbread-like cookie, as you browse stalls with handcrafted gifts beneath canopies of colorful lights. Or, join the optional Berlin's Hidden Past tour and delve beneath the surface to learn more about the defeat of the Nazis, the liberation, and the destruction and division of Germany’s capital. In the evening, perhaps walk along the stunning illuminated squares and landmarks of the city to one of the city’s premier restaurants Optional: Berlin's Hidden Past Overnight: Berlin Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Potsdam & Leipzig's Christmas Market
The drive takes you to Potsdam, crown jewel of Brandenburg, with its splendid gardens and palaces, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, view the Rococo architectural masterpiece of Sanssouci Palace, the private retreat of Frederick the Great and continue to view Cecilienhof Palace, the site of the historic Potsdam Conference where Stalin, Churchill and Truman met in 1945 to negotiate terms for the end of World War II. Crossing Saxony, arrive in Leipzig, home of one of the country's largest and oldest Christmas markets that dates back to 1458. Set in the historical center of the city, with more than 250 twinkling stalls, a multitude of delights await you in this traditional medieval market. View the Old Town Hall and St. Nicholas Church, the final resting place of Johann Sebastian Bach and home to the world-famous St. Thomas Boys Choir. This afternoon, travel to the splendid baroque art city of Dresden, on the banks of the Elbe River. After settling into the hotel, dinner together this evening Overnight: Dresden Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Dresden City Tour & Christmas Market
Discover this astonishing Renaissance city distinguished by its celebrated art museums and classic architecture that emerged from wartime destruction to luxurious splendor. Stop at the Versaille-inspired Zwinger Palace, once setting for court festivities and the world-famous Semper Opera House. Continue to the baroque Frauenkirche Church, symbol of reconstruction with its magnificent baroque dome. A highlight of the day is an intriguing visit to the celebrated Green Vault to admire the jewels and treasures of Saxon kings. The rest of the day and evening is yours to discover Dresden's Christmas Market traditionally called Striezelmarkt, named after the world’s most famous Stollen Christmas cake! This traditional market with its romantic and festive charm is a treasure trove for traditional handmade crafts Overnight: Dresden Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Wurzburg & Christmas Market
Depart Dresden for Wurzburg, a city in northern Bavaria known for its art, architecture, and wine. Spend the afternoon strolling the enchanting Christmas market in the city's Old Town. The market is surrounded by a scenic backdrop of Baroque architecture, giving a delightful charm to the almost 120 wooden stalls selling original ware and festive treats Overnight: Wurzburg Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Nuremberg City Tour & Old Town Christmas Market
Today, you head to Nuremberg, Bavaria's energetic city with its history of almost one thousand years. View the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946, known as the Nuremberg Trials, and the chilling Nazi Rally Grounds where mass events were held to fuel the party propaganda. After destruction in WWII, the city has been painstakingly reconstructed, returning to some of its former glory. Since the Middle Ages, Nuremberg has been well-known for its craftsmen and artists who settled the city. Some of this delicate craftsmanship can be found at its renowned spectacular Christmas market in the Old Town which brings visitors from all over the world. The air is scented with a Christmas aroma of roasted almonds, gingerbread and hot chestnuts. Look up and see the golden angel with her white dress and jeweled crown, symbol of this magical market Overnight: Wurzburg Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - City Tour of Munich
Travel to Munich, the pride of Bavaria with its fun loving spirit. At Marienplatz Square, cultural center of the city, join the crowds watching the famous glockenspiel clock dating back to 1908 with its colorful mechanical figures dancing at the top of the hour. Continue to the Olympic Stadium in the heart of Olympia Park, main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Driving through the city, view the Nymphenburg Palace with its gorgeous baroque facade, once summer residence of Bavarian rulers and historic monuments including the Koenigsplatz. Tonight, don’t miss the optional Bavarian Evening that includes a tour of night lit and holiday decorated Munich combined with dinner at a Bavarian beer hall. Drinking beer in Germany is a serious pastime and there’s no better place to indulge than here in Munich! Optional: Bavarian Evening with Dinner Overnight: Munich Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Full Day in Munich
At leisure to independently enjoy the delights of the city and its dazzling Christmas Market. The 100-foot glittering Christmas tree welcomes you! Delight in the multi-colored twinkling lights, shop for unique Bavarian gifts, and nibble on warm spiced cake as you make your way to some of the more than 20 magical markets. Alternatively, join the optional excursion to fairytale Linderhof Palace, built by "mad" King Ludwig II and Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Play -- two of the highlights of Southern Bavaria in the high Alps. Tonight, toast your newfound friends as you share a Farewell Dinner together at a popular restaurant Optional: Linderhof and Oberammergau Overnight: Munich Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Depart Germany
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight Meals: Breakfast