Every year there are dozens of events and festivals across the globe that are worth visiting, one of those that stands out as an event that is worth the time and discomfort to see are the European Christmas Markets.
Each year the markets are flooded with visitors who enjoy traditional mulled wines and drinks, unique foods usually only produced during the festive season, each browsing the stalls for unique Christmas gifts, decorations and items.
For those brave enough to venture out into the cold the chance to see the old cobbled streets and towns of Germany and surrounds this truly is an exceptional time of year to visit central Europe. As things go we have a special departure upcoming in December 2015 for those willing to join us in experiencing this incredible time of year.
6th – 16th December 2015
€2796 per person in Share Twin, Single Supplement €567
06 December 2015: Day 1: Arrival Frankfurt
Arrive Frankfurt and transfer to Rothenburg, where we have some time to recover in this pretty small town. In the late afternoon we take a walking sightseeing tour and shopping in Rothenburg including the Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop. Tonight we have a Special Welcome Dinner. Overnight Rothenburg
07 December 2015: Day 2: Wurzburg
We head off late this morning for a full day trip to Wurzburg, visiting the impressive Residenz Fortress and Museum before visiting the market in the medieval city centre. After which we return to Rothenburg where we take in the fantastic Nightwatchmans Tour, where we walk aroun dthe city by lantern light closing the gates as has ben done for centuries
08 December 2015: Day 3: Wertheim, Miltenberg and Amorbach
This morning we head out from Rothenburg to Wertheim where we visit the Glass Museum and take in a glass blowing demonstration before we move onto the pretty riverside medieval town of Miltenburg, known for its half timbered houses and locally made biscuits. Then before returning to Rothenburg we stop at Amborbacj to attend a Choral Concert in the local Benedictine Abbey. Overnight Rothenburg.
09 December 2015: Day 4: Nuremberg and Bamberg
Today we leave Rothenburg, stopping first at Nuremberg which has the largest Christmas Markets with a visit to the Toy Museum and the Church of St Sebald, afterwards we head on to Bamberg where we visit the Cathedral and Christmas Markets before enjoying a 3 course dinner. Overnight in Bamberg.
10 December 2015: Day 5: Berlin
Berlin is our destination today, departing by road this morning we will spend the afternoon on a city tour of Berlin. We also take a stop today to take in some fantastic Gluhwein – Mulled Wine. Overnight in Berlin
11 December 2015: Day 6: Berlin
Morning free to explore the city, the shops or markets – there are no less than nine within Berlin! Afternoon to the Lucia market to see the different options from the Scandinavians, then finish with the atmospheric Spandau market. Overnight Berlin
12 December 2015: Day 7: Wustermark and Wernigerode
This morning we leave Berlin to visit the Outlet Shopping Village at Wustermark before dravig acros country to the Harz Mountains where we overnight in Wernigerode.
13th December 2015: Day 8: Goslar and Wernigerode
We have some time in Wernigerode this morning before we head out to Gosler where we visit their Christmas Markets and their famous Silver Shops before we return to Wernigerode. Overnight Wernigerode
14th December 2015: Day 9: Hameln
Today we visit the famous town of Hameln, home to the ‘Pied Piper’, take a walking tour with a costumed ‘Pied Piper’ before some shopping time. Afterwards we head onwards to Cologne. Overnight in Cologne
15th December 2015: Day 10: Cologne
We explore Cologne today with time to explore all four markets within walking distance of the hotel, afterwards a brief trip to the Galeria Kaufhof before a farewell dinner with Gluhwein and Wine. Overnight Cologne.
16th December 2015: Day 11: Departure
Today is free until our departure transfer to Frankfurt airport.
Includes: 3 Nights in Rothenburg, 1 Night in Bamberg, 2 Nights in Berlin, 2 nights in Wernigerode and 2 in Cologne. Ten Breakfasts and Four Dinners, Air-conditioned coach touring throuhgout, tour manager and local guides, Entrances to Christmas Markets, tipping for coach driver and local guides.
Not included: Any meals not mentioned above, entrance to sights not specified in itinerary, airfares, tips and gratuities not mentioned, porterage, visas an passports, travel insurance, personal expenses such as drinks and telephone calls, any other items not mentioned in the inclusions.
Airfares are not included, we do have a special group departure airfare with Thai Airlines flying Sydney to Frankfurt and return for those joining from Australia (NSW) , for those wanting to join ex-USA or elsewhere please contact us for airfare options.