FESTIVE CHRISTMAS MARKETS

 

7 days/6 nights, departs Sundays

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 oldest German university town, located at the river neckar and dominated by the impressive castle, UneSCo World Heritage Site. our next stop is one of the most prestigious and famous Spa resorts worldwide, Baden-Baden. enjoy a visit of the charming Christmas market before we enter the Black Forest, a region known not only for its delicious cake and the wooden cuckoo clocks but also for its spectacular landscapes. In the evening, our welcome dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight at Hofgut Sternen or similar.

Day 2: Monday Tribert/Black Forest - Lake Constance - Hohenschwangau - Fussen (B)

In the early morning, we are heading to the region Allgäu 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 Füssen. Overnight at Hotel Luitpoldpark or similar.

Day 3: Tuesday Fussen - 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 façades. on the further way to our today’s destination, the Bavarian capital, Munich, we will make short stops at the glorious rococo church in Wies and at the Benedectine abbey of ettal. In 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 the numerous stalls with handcrafted Christmas gifts or local specialities. Taste the hot spiced wine called Glühwein. Overnight at Hotel Erzgiesserei or similar.

Day 4: Wednesday Munich - Salzburg - Munich

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 birthplace, 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, Mozartkugeln. In the late afternoon we return to Munich. Overnight at Hotel Erzgiesserei or similar.

Day 5: Thursday Munich - Rothenburg ob der Tauber - 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 of 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 ‘nürnberger’ or the Christmas speciality of lebkuchen, gingerbread. overnight at Hotel Park Inn by Radisson or similar /Nürnberg area

Day 6: Friday Nuremberg - (B/D)

Today we will see the ‘Christkindlesmarkt’ – probably the most famous Christmas market of the world – and all the main sights of the historic city like the former home of the artist Albrecht Dürer. At the end of our tour, join a visit of the medieval Kaiserburg Castle before the rest of the day is free for shopping or other activities. In the evening we will meet again for a nice Christmas dinner at one of the typical restaurants. overnight at Hotel Park Inn by Radisson or similar /Nürnberg area

Day 7: Saturday Nuremberg - Würzburg - Frankfurt (B)

This morning we leave for Würzburg, on the banks of the river
Main. enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Residence, a masterpiece of baroque architecture and UneSCo World Heritage Site. Together, let us celebrate a small good-bye at the last Christmas market of our tour before we return to Germany’s financial capital, Frankfurt. Arrival in the afternoon.

2015 Rates

Tour price: $1100
(Per person in double or twin bedded room)

Single supplement: 

$345

2015 Dates

Nov 29; Dec 6

Departure Points

1. Movenpick Hotelt, Den Haager Straße 5 – Lobby: 9:15 a.m.

2. InterCityHotel/ Hamburger Hof, Frankfurt, Poststraße 8 – Lobby: 9:30 a.m.

3. Frankfurt Airport: Terminal 1, Arrival Level Hall B - Meeting Point 10:00 a.m.

Please note: No extra pick up from Hotel Express by Holiday Inn Frankfurt Airport: free shuttle to/from the airport Terminal 1. Pick up for these clients from Frankfurt Airport Terminal 1 Arrival Level Hall B, Meeting Point.