8 Day German Christmas Markets

Trafalgar Winter Tour starting in Frankfurt and finishing in Berlin

Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Trafalgar's 8 Day German Christmas Markets. Travel to the fairy-tale land of Germany's Christmas markets, sharing the festive season spirit and gemütlichkeit of the locals amidst magical fairy lights, rousing oompah music and...read more
Overview
Operator: Trafalgar
Type: Winter Tour (Premium)
Style: Winter
Max Group Size: 51
Duration: 8 Days
From: Frankfurt to Berlin
Tour Code: WMAR
Visits: Germany
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Arrive Frankfurt
Tame your festive wanderlust with the smells of Glühwein and Stollen on this magical journey that begins in Frankfurt. After check-in this afternoon, join your Travel Director on an orientation tour of the city's dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz. Later, meet with your fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal. (WR) Stay: Sheraton Offenbach
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Frankfurt - Rothenburg - Nuremberg
Fairy-tale Bavarian landscapes line your journey to the medieval walled town of Rothenburg where you'll enjoy an orientation walk with your Travel Director past picture-perfect half-timbered houses and the old Town Hall. Savour a slice or two of Schneeballen or shop for gifts at the Reiterlesmarkt before continuing to Nuremberg with its mighty ramparts and St. Sebald's Church. Our next stop is the famous Christkindlesmarkt where sweet gingerbread hearts hang from the stalls and the famous Zwetschgenmännle prune men pose in all their Christmas splendour. (BB/D) Stay: Novotel Messezentrum
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Nuremberg - Eisenach (Wartburg Castle) - Erfurt - Weimar
Embrace hundreds of years of festive spirit at the Eisenach Christmas market held in the UNESCO World Heritage Wartburg Castle. Ramble past sizzling Bratwurst and steaming vats of Glühwein as you soak up the magical atmosphere. Next on our Christmas wish-list is Erfurt's medieval market - its Weinachtspyramiden is the gateway to delicious aromas of schnitzel, gingerbread and egg punch, enjoyed against the backdrop of St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severus Church. See the market Ferris wheel and Merchants' Bridge, the largest inhabited bridge in Europe, spanning 120m. Our final stop on our festive foray today is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Weimar, where tonight we dine at our hotel. (BB/D) Stay: Leonardo
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Weimar - Dresden (2 Nights)
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Weimar before travelling to Dresden, the 'Florence on the Elbe'. Spend the day admiring the magnificent restoration of a city that was all but destroyed during World War II. Consider indulging in traditional German cuisine this evening at a local restaurant. (BB) Stay: Pullman Newa
5
Full Day At Dresden Christmas Market
Germany's Christmas traditions take centre stage today as we wander through Dresden's Striezelmarkt, Germany's oldest Christmas market. Admire the dazzling display of twinkling lights, handcrafted decorations and Christmas carols. If you're lucky enough to visit on the second weekend in advent, pay homage to the original Dresdner Christstollen. (BB)
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Dresden - Leipzig - Berlin (2 Nights)
Immerse yourself in centuries of Yuletide traditions at Leipzig Christmas market as you wander past more than 250 decorated stalls in the Marktplatz. Take a trip back in time as you savour the scents of Glögi wine and admire the traditional crafts in 'Ancient Leipzig'. We leave vibrant Leipzig for Berlin where we'll spend the next two nights. (BB) Stay: Sheraton Grand Esplanade
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Berlin Sightseeing
You won't need Santa's reindeer to ascend hundreds of metres into the air for a Cultural Insight and 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Join your Local Specialist for fascinating insights into old East and West Berlin embarking on a sightseeing tour past the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the Reichstag building, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm. The rest of the day is yours to explore this cosmopolitan city or consider joining Berlin's Secret Past Optional Experience. Our magical Christmas journey almost at its end, we'll spend the evening with our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a delicious Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB/FD)
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Depart Berlin
For now, it's time to bid a festive farewell to our travel companions as we return home filled with magical memories. Morning transfers are available to Berlin Tegel Airport. Conditions apply. (BB)
Trafalgar Inclusions
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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Cultural Insight Enjoy priority access and a 360° bird's-eye view over such landmarks as the Berliner Dom, Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie from Berlin's famous TV Tower before it opens to the general public
  • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Berlin
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
  • City tour in Berlin
  • Orientation of Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Weimar, Dresden and Leipzig
  • View the Opera House and Zwinger Palace in Dresden, the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Building in Berlin
  • Visit the Berlin TV Tower
  • Visit the Christmas Markets of Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Erfurt, Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin
Trip Inclusions
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences (Additional Cost) and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
Included Meals
  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • Christmas Markets: Are generally open from the beginning of Advent until 24 December 2018. Trafalgar reserves the right to substitute sites and Christmas market inclusions in keeping with the events of the season.
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Reviews (2)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on German Christmas Markets with Trafalgar.
QLD, Australia
Dec 2018
1 Helpful Vote
“All in all a wonderful trip”
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Booking with Yvonne from Global Journeys was so easy. All I had to do was ask for a quote, then pay a deposit and Yvonne handled the rest. We travelled with Trafalgar last year and were very pleased with the price, optional tours, accommodation, the tour guide and driver, so we decided on a similar tour this year with them. Everything on the tour was organised for us by Ulf, our tour guide, who was terrific. He had a thorough knowledge of Germany and was very interesting to listen to. The accommodation was of a good standard, well located so that we could make the most of our free time. The itinerary was not too rushed as some tours are so we saw many wonderful cities and of course the famous German Christmas Markets. Ulf made sure we saw plenty of them too! The other travellers were a great bunch of people from many countries including Australia, US, Canada, Asia and Argentina so we also had many interesting conversations during the tour. As we had travelled with Trafalgar before we were thanked with a lovely big box of chocolates and received a discount on this tour. All in all a wonderful trip. I would recommend both Global Journeys and Trafalgar to anyone considering a trip as they are friendly and professional people to deal with, as well as good value for money.
QLD, Australia
Dec 2014
1 Trip
“We had an amazing time!”
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We had an amazing time! The tour operator was awesome! We liked the whole atmosphere and pace of the tour (even with 2 kids)! The inclusions were very good, but the time spend at some markets was not enough. One or two hours in a Christmas market is extremely small. Also, the local tour guide that we had in Berlin, even though she had the knowledge, it was very difficult to understand. The disappointment was with the optional tour of Potsdam, where we thought that we are going to see 'the palace', but we were taken to a hunting lodge instead. Value for money is excellent for couples but not good for families.
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