Christmas Markets of Historic Germany (12 Days)
Ring in the Christmas season in Old World style in festive German markets bursting with handmade crafts, winter warmers and fresh-baked gingerbread . Begin your Edventure in artsy, edgy Berlin, Germany’s political and cultural capital. Stop at the historic outpost of Potsdam, then continue to dramatic Dresden, home of the country’s oldest Christmas market. Take a step back in time onto the medieval streets of Bamberg and, if you're lucky, you just might see "Christkind" presiding over the lively Nuremberg market. End your Edventure in Munich, and whether you know him as Father Christmas, Pere Noel, Kris Kringle or Santa Claus, raise your stein to old St Nick.
- Round-trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price may vary based on choice of additional gateways)
- Breakfast daily
- 4 three-course meals with wine or beer
- 10 nights in hand-picked hotels
- Full-time multilingual tour director
- Private deluxe motor coach
- Select admissions with priority entry
- Visit to Penitentiary Heidering (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)
Dresden Christmas Market
Rothenburg Christmas Market
Rothenburg Christmas Tree
Neuschwanstein Castle in Winter
Christmas Stall Ornaments
Christmas Tree in Rothenburg
Salzberg in Winter
Viennese Herigen Evening
Vienna in Winter
Optional Excursion: World War II Walk $55 per person
Optional Excursion: Gorlitz $95 per person
Optional Excursion: Dachau $25 per person
Optional Excursion: Neuschwanstein/Oberammergau $69 per person
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Day 1 - (In-flight meals) Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Berlin aboard an internationally recognized airline.
Day 2 - (In-flight meals, Dinner) Touch down in the capital of reunified Germany. Our representative assists you with the transfer to your hotel from the airport. The rest of the day is free to relax or begin acquainting yourself with the city, a spectacular center of German culture. Meet your fellow travelers at an included Welcome Dinner this evening.
Day 3 - (Breakfast) Since the Berlin Wall came down in late 1989, Berlin has continued to evolve into a thriving metropolis. A local expert guide introduces you to the monuments to Berlin’s intricate past as well as signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center. Arrive at the Brandenburg Gate, once the symbol of the undeclared Cold War, and now the symbol of a reunited Berlin. See the site where Checkpoint Charlie once guarded the border between East and West Germany. Journey down Unter den Linden, once considered one of the world’s most elegant boulevards. This afternoon and evening, you are free to begin browsing through the markets, or join an optional walk through history on this insider’s tour of Berlin during World War II. Detailing the rise and fall of Hitler and the Third Reich, you’ll start in the Wilhelmstraße area and see the building that once housed the headquarters of Hermann Goering’s Luftwaffe. You'll also view the former headquarters of the infamous SS and Gestapo, the massive Reich Chancellery and the Propaganda Ministry. Finally, stand directly above Hitler’s Führerbunker as your guide details the last days of World War II in Europe. Lunch is included (additional reservation fee required).
Day 4 - (Breakfast) Travel to Potsdam, the pride and joy of former East Germany. Once the royal playground of Prussian king Frederick the Great, Potsdam was also the location where American, British and Soviet leaders drew up plans for the postwar administration of Germany at the Potsdam Conference in 1945. A local guide introduces you to the town then escorts you through the site of the Potsdam Conference’s iconic photograph of Truman, Churchill and Stalin (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials will tour Penetentiary Heidering, one of Germany's newest prison with state-of-the-art design, before rejoining traveling companions). Free evening in Berlin, shopping the Christmas stalls.
Day 5 - (Breakfast, Dinner) Leave Berlin for Dresden today. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of Dresden, once considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the world. Pass the renovated Semper Opera House and a statue of Martin Luther. Visit the New Green Vault, as well as the gardens at the magnificent Zwinger Palace, now home to the works of such luminaries as Raphael, Dürer and Titian. You’ll also visit Striezelmarkt, one of the oldest Christmas markets in Dresden. Here, holiday fare and goodies that spruce up the Dresden city center during this time of year. Later, enjoy an included dinner with your group.
Day 6 - (Breakfast) Enjoy a free day in Dresden, or join an optional excursion to Gorlitz. First, a visit to St. Peters Church. Then, walk over the Neisse River to the sister city of Zgorzelec, located a stone’s throw away across the German-Polish border. Until 1945, the modern-day towns of Zgorzelec and Görlitz were a single entity. In their current separated state, each town offers unique insights into their nations' shared history. After an included lunch in Zgorzelec, return to Görlitz to enter the Holy Sepulchre. You have a free evening to see more of its market (additional reservation fee required).
Day 7 - (Breakfast, Dinner) Travel to Bamberg by way of Weimar, where you’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city. This intellectual hub nurtured the genius of Goethe, Nietzsche and Schiller, as well as the entire Bauhaus architectural movement. The city also gave rise to the Weimar Republic, the failed attempt to establish a liberal German democracy between the two World Wars. Reach the Bavarian town of Bamberg for this evening’s included dinner.
Day 8 - (Breakfast) Today’s guided tour leads you through the plain, islands and seven hills of Bamberg. Wander through the historic Old Town, named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its well-preserved medieval buildings and feel, which was spared any destruction during World War II. Pay a visit to “Little Venice,” an old colony of quaint fishers’ houses on the banks of the river Regnitz. This afternoon, delve into Germany’s medieval history with a visit to Rothenburg, the most well-preserved walled Medieval town in Germany. Take a guided tour of the city, including stops at the Town Hall, the Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum, and St. Jakob's Church, where you'll see a 500-year-old, hand-carved wooden altarpiece. Rothenburg is well-known for its year-round Christmas shops.
Day 9 - (Breakfast) This morning, travel to Munich, a city renowned for its festive and charming traditions. Stop in Nuremberg along the way to see the legacy of the World War II military tribunals. You’ll also visit the Nuremberg Christmas Market, where you can shop for traditional wares like spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, Christmas tree angels, tree ornaments and candles, toys and crafts.
Day 10 - (Breakfast) This morning, you’ll embark on an expertly led guided tour of the Bavarian capital, including a visit to another festive Christmas Market. You’ll also travel past the Olympic Stadium, the fashionable Schwabing district and the Residenz. Pay a visit to Nymphenburg Palace and continue to Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, where you’ll see the city’s famed Glockenspiel. Explore on your own this afternoon, or take an optional excursion to Dachau. Once a typical German town, Dachau served as the first Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Visit this somber site, which has since been transformed into a Holocaust memorial museum that serves as a testament to the strength of the human spirit. An audio guide will provide the narrative for your viewing of Dachau’s poignant exhibits, which are echoed by the memorials to the victims that adorn the grounds. (additional reservation required).
Day 11 - (Breakfast, Dinner) Enjoy a free day in Munich, or join an optional excursion as you head into the mountains of Bavaria. Your first stop is Oberammergau, setting for the world-famous Passion Play. After a short tour, you'll have some free time for shopping. Later, continue to Neuschwanstein, the storybook retreat of the Fairytale King Ludwig. You may choose to walk or take a horse carriage up the castle hill to Neuschwanstein. Please note: this excursion involves walking up and down stairs (additional reservation required). Tonight, relive your favorite memories during your Farewell Dinner at the world-famous Hofbrauhaus, as you enjoy the Christmas festivities with steins of beer and oom-pa-pa music.
Day 12 - (Breakfast) Bid Auf Wiedersehen as you transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Next Departure Dates: December 2018 (GERX1218)
December 2019 (GERX1219)
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December 2019 (GERX1219)
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