Christmas is a magical time of celebration, and this November and December travelers can enjoy a guided holiday journey of the Christmas Markets of Germany.
This 8-day/7-night package is featured by Great Value Vacationstakes travelers to small villages and big cities throughout the country. Visiting these festive markets is a sure way to renew your Christmas spirit with non-traditional and non-commercialized Christmas celebrations.
Itinerary from Frankfurt to Berlin
This unique Christmas package starts in Frankfurt and ends in Berlin. Along the way, participants will enjoy celebrations offering cultural insights into traditional foods, unique handmade gifts and crafts, along with decorations and customs typical of a German Christmas.
The tour includes visits to medieval towns, and architecturally stunning cities with Christmas markets in Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Wartburg Castle, Erfurt, Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin. A little extra time is scheduled in the beautiful Renaissance city of Dresden with enough time to take in the historically significant city of Berlin.
Day 1: Arrival in Frankfurt
This Christmas package starts with a stop in Frankfurt with an orientation of the city’s financial center and medieval Romerplatz. Later in the day a reception provides a great opportunity to mingle with other travelers over drinks and a light meal.
Day 2: Frankfurt/Wurzburg/Rothenburg/Nuremberg
The following morning the tour starts with a visit to Wurzburg on the banks of the River Main and the Residence Castle followed by time to explore the delightful markets at the heart of Wurzburg’s Old Town.
From there you’ll head to the well-preserved medieval town of Rothenburg and then to Nuremberg with its bustling marketplace and St. Sebald’s Cathedral.
Day 3: Nuremberg/Wartburg Castle/Erfurt
Enjoy the special Christmas market celebrations during Advent in the courtyard of the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach along with typical German food, music, entertainment and crafts at the largest Christmas market in the province.
The following day the tour takes you to the medieval market in Erfurt’s Cathedral Square with more than 200 stalls, a Ferris wheel and more.
Day 4: Erfurt/Weimar/Dresden
Weimar is a special Christmas stop as the site where the first public Christmas tree was erected in 1816 on the Market Square for the families who couldn’t afford their own. From there the tour takes you to Dresden where you’ll spend the night at Pullman Dresden Newa.
Day 5: Dresden Christmas Market
Dresden’s Striezelmarket, Germany’s oldest Christmas market, will be aglow with festive lights and filled with the smells of mulled wine and sounds of Christmas carols. The people of Dresden create the original Christstollen Christmas pastry on the second weekend in Advent, during the Stollen feast. On the third weekend of Advent, they celebrate the Pyramid feast.
Day 6: Dresden/Leipzig/Berlin
The Leipzig Christmas market blends into the picturesque, historic backdrop of the city center with more than 250 traditionally decorated stalls. This is one of the biggest and most interesting Christmas markets in Germany.
Day 7: Berlin Sightseeing & Free Time
Day 7 is a day to enjoy the sights of Berlin. Visit both the east and west sections of Berlin during the sightseeing tour with a local guide.
You’ll have the opportunity to see the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Bouldevard, the German State Opera House, Reichstag Building, and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfursendamm. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please and then join the others for a festive farewell dinner with wine.
Day 8: Depart Berlin
On day 8 you’ll be brought to the Berlin Airport to head home.
2013 Departure Dates
Departure dates from the U.S. scheduled for 2013 include:
- November 27
- December 4
- December 11
- December 13
The tour departs from Frankfurt the following day.