Travel to the fairy-tale land of Germany's Christmas markets, sharing the festive season spirit and gemutlichkeit of the locals amidst magical fairy lights, rousing oompah music and the spicy scents of gluhwein, steamy bratwurst and gingerbread hearts to beat the winter chill.
Nuremberg Eisenach (Wartburg Castle) Erfurt Weimar
A very atmospheric Christmas market is held in the courtyard of the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Wartburg Castle in Eisenach. Enjoy typical German food; beverages; crafts; music and entertainment. Later travel to see the largest Christmas market in the province of Thuringia.
This medieval market takes place on Cathedral Square in Erfurt with the impressive background of St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severus Church. These form the perfect backdrop for more than 200 stalls and a big Ferris wheel. See the 120m long Merchants' Bridge (Kramerbrucke) which has 32 houses along its length - the longest inhabited bridge in Europe. This evening in Weimar enjoy the taste and smells throughout the historic market square of this UNESCO World Heritage town. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Leonardo - Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
Welcome to Germany and the start of your magical trip to experience the festive markets. Each year in November and December the atmosphere builds through Germany with the start of Christmas celebrations. Towns and villages are decorated; Christmas markets open and the wonderful aroma of 'Stollen' and 'Gluhwein' is experienced around every corner. After check-in this afternoon; your Travel Director will take you on an orientation tour of the city's dynamic financial centre and medieval Romerplatz. Later; meet with your fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach - Welcome Reception
Frankfurt Rothenburg Nuremberg
Travel to Bavaria and arrive in the medieval walled town of Rothenburg. Enjoy an orientation walk with your Travel Director where you will see traditional half-timbered houses and the old Town Hall. Try traditional cuisine or shop for gifts during your free time at the Reiterlesmarkt. This afternoon continue to Nuremberg and admire the mighty ramparts and St. Sebald's Church before visiting Germany's most famous Christmas market in the main square. The market sells arts and crafts as well as 'Zwetschgenmannle' - decorative figurines made out of prunes.
This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the Brandenburg Gate; Unter den Linden Boulevard; the Reichstag building; Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfurstendamm.
Spend the rest of your day exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs or perhaps join Berlin's Secret Past Optional Experience. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a delicious festive Farewell Dinner with wine.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza City Centre - Buffet Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
After a leisurely morning in Weimar; travel to Dresden − known as 'Florence on the Elbe'. Spend time seeing the highlights of this astonishing city including the Opera House and Zwinger Palace. Tonight you may want to sample some traditional German food at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Pullman Newa - Buffet Breakfast
Full Day at Dresden Christmas Market
A blaze of lights; the aroma of mulled wine and Christmas songs. This is the magic of Dresden's Striezelmarkt which is Germany's oldest Christmas market. On the second weekend in advent the locals pay homage to the Christmas pastry which originated in their city; the original Dresdner Christstollen. Taste typical Saxon delicacies and buy traditional handicrafts in the market found in the heart of this Baroque city. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere.
Hotel: Pullman Newa - Buffet Breakfast
Dresden Leipzig Berlin
Just as it was 500 years ago; the Leipzig Christmas market blends into the historic backdrop of Leipzig city centre. With more than 250 decorated stalls; it lives up to its reputation as one of the biggest and most interesting Christmas markets in Germany.
After time to explore you will later make your way to Berlin - a vibrant and fascinating city.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza City Centre - Buffet Breakfast
Say 'Auf Wiedersehen' to your travelling companions as you return home full of festive spirit. Morning transfers are available to Berlin Tegel Airport. Conditions apply.
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Price Per Person Sharing
09 December 2017
R 20 400
Price Per Person Sharing
10 December 2017
R 19 380
* 7 nights hotel accommodation
* 7 Hot Buffet Breakfasts
* 4 Dinners
* Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
* An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
* Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
* All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
* 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
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