10 Day Christmas Markets of Germany

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This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

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DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Germany

DAY 2, Wednesday - 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, a Welcome Drink and briefing with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers highlights the fabulous journey of Germany's Christmas markets that lies ahead
Overnight: Berlin

DAY 3, Thursday - 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," the last remaining symbol of the iconic Berlin Wall. 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, Friday - 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, Saturday - 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, Sunday - 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. Tonight, a festive dinner together at a popular local restaurant
Overnight: Nuremberg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Rothenburg ob der Tauber Excursion
A delightful excursion today to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the picturesque walled town in the Franconian heartland where time has stood still. Untouched by the ravages of war, you’ll be enchanted by this fairytale gem with its medieval cobble streets, ramparts, and century's old mansions. On the walking tour, stop at the Town Hall square with its unusual clock that displays a mechanical drinking scene with moving figures. At St. Jacob’s Church, view the treasured 500 year-old altarpiece, considered one of Germany's greatest pieces of woodcarving. Linger at one of the cute ornament shops, visit the Christmas Museum with its old time gifts, or just sit at a café and enjoy the ambiance before returning to Nuremberg for leisure time
Overnight: Nuremberg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday - 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, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - Depart Germany
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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, a Welcome Drink and briefing with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers highlights the fabulous journey of Germany's Christmas markets that lies ahead
Overnight: Berlin

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," the last remaining symbol of the iconic Berlin Wall. 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 - 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. Tonight, a festive dinner together at a popular local restaurant
Overnight: Nuremberg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Rothenburg ob der Tauber Excursion
A delightful excursion today to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the picturesque walled town in the Franconian heartland where time has stood still. Untouched by the ravages of war, you’ll be enchanted by this fairytale gem with its medieval cobble streets, ramparts, and century's old mansions. On the walking tour, stop at the Town Hall square with its unusual clock that displays a mechanical drinking scene with moving figures. At St. Jacob’s Church, view the treasured 500 year-old altarpiece, considered one of Germany's greatest pieces of woodcarving. Linger at one of the cute ornament shops, visit the Christmas Museum with its old time gifts, or just sit at a café and enjoy the ambiance before returning to Nuremberg for leisure time
Overnight: Nuremberg
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

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Optional Tours

Embark on a fascinating tour into Berlin’s turbulent past. Your knowledgeable guide makes Berlin’s history come alive as you delve beneath the surface to see what remains of the city of the latter part of the 20th century. Begin the tour at the East Side Gallery a preserved colorful section of the wall, now one of the longest open air art galleries in the world and continue to the Berlin Wall Museum. Finally visit the Topography of Terror, an outdoor and indoor exhibition located on the former site of the Gestapo Headquarters.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 $45.00
Berlin's Hidden Past Thumbnail

This evening, get acquainted with traditional Bavarian culture in the heart of Munich. Begin the evening with a stroll to the Hofbrauhaus, one of Munich's oldest and most famous beer halls. This institution was built in the 16th century, and continues to brew its beer according to the strict Bavarian Beer Purity Laws. Continue to a local restaurant to enjoy some hearty Bavarian fare and cheerful "gemutlichkeit"!

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #8 01 Apr 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $76.00
Bavarian Evening with dinner Thumbnail

Two of the highlights of southern Bavaria are visited during this excursion to the high Alps. First, admire the artistically decorated castle Linderhof built by "Mad" King Ludwig II along with a guided tour of the palace. Proceed via the Ettal Monastery to Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Play, the woodcarvers and the richly painted houses (Lüftl-paintings).

Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours.

Day #9 06 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 $62.00
Linderhof & Oberammergau Tour Thumbnail

Embark on a fascinating tour into Berlin’s turbulent past. Your knowledgeable guide makes Berlin’s history come alive as you delve beneath the surface to see what remains of the city of the latter part of the 20th century. Begin the tour at the East Side Gallery a preserved colorful section of the wall, now one of the longest open air art galleries in the world and continue to the Berlin Wall Museum. Finally visit the Topography of Terror, an outdoor and indoor exhibition located on the former site of the Gestapo Headquarters.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 $45.00
Berlin's Hidden Past Thumbnail

This evening, get acquainted with traditional Bavarian culture in the heart of Munich. Begin the evening with a stroll to the Hofbrauhaus, one of Munich's oldest and most famous beer halls. This institution was built in the 16th century, and continues to brew its beer according to the strict Bavarian Beer Purity Laws. Continue to a local restaurant to enjoy some hearty Bavarian fare and cheerful "gemutlichkeit"!

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #8 01 Apr 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $76.00
Bavarian Evening with dinner Thumbnail

Two of the highlights of southern Bavaria are visited during this excursion to the high Alps. First, admire the artistically decorated castle Linderhof built by "Mad" King Ludwig II along with a guided tour of the palace. Proceed via the Ettal Monastery to Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Play, the woodcarvers and the richly painted houses (Lüftl-paintings).

Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours.

Day #9 06 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 $62.00
Linderhof & Oberammergau Tour Thumbnail