- Round-trip air to Frankfurt (supplement may apply, based on departure city)
- Deluxe, private, motorcoach
- English-speaking tour escort throughout
- 4 nights accommodation in First Class hotels
- Daily breakfast buffet
- Welcome snack and farewell dinner
- Christmas markets in:
- Entrance to:
* Wartburg Castle
* The Meissen Porcelain Factory
- Taxes and service charges
- Baggage handling (one piece per person)
- Comprehensive information kit.
Day 1: USA - Frankfurt. Departure on a regular scheduled flight from the U.S. to Frankfurt.
Day 2: Frankfurt – Eisenach – Weimar - Leipzig. Depart from Frankfurt in the morning and drive eastward to Eisenach, dominated by Wartburg Castle. Continue via Weimar to Leipzig, where, after checking in at your hotel, you will visit one of Germany’s largest Christmas markets. Marvel at the enormous tree with its thousands of lights or stroll through the many stalls with handcrafted Christmas gifts from the region. Sample a typical hearty German style snack - bratwurst and mulled wine. Overnight stay at Ramada City Centre or similar. Includes: (B, Snack).
Day 3: Leipzig – Meissen – Dresden. In the morning, travel to Meissen to tour one of Germany’s oldest porcelain factories. Founded in the 18th century, it has long been producing delicate, handcrafted products found in royal courts and celebrity homes worldwide. Meissen proudly restores and reproduces any previously cast products and many models that have been preserved throughout the centuries. Visit the exhibition hall and workshops where the entire process of the painting and glazing process are explained to you. Continue on to Dresden, where you will enjoy a city tour. After checking-in at your hotel, visit the Dresden Christmas market, named “Striezelmarkt” after a local cake specialty. Highlights are the Christmas pyramid and the many stalls where you can sample the “Strietzel.” Overnight stay at the Park Inn or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Dresden - Annaberg - Schneeberg – Plauen. Today, travel along country roads to visit two ancient miner-villages, Schneeberg and Annaberg. These villages are typical of the Erzgebirge (ore-mountains) and are where the German traditions of woodcarving and Christmas pyramid-making originated. In olden times, light – represented by candles - was an important symbol of life and safety for the miners, who worked in the dark tunnels.
Demonstrating their deep religious beliefs, the woodcarvers used candles to illuminate the pyramids with saints and symbols from the Holy Night. The market in Annaberg dates back as far as 1510. In Schneeberg the main attraction, aside from the market, is St. Wolfgang’s church. In the afternoon we continue towards Plauen, a city famous for its handcrafted lace. Dinner will be served in your hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel Alexandra or similar. Includes: (B, D).
Day 5: Plauen – Bamberg – Frankfurt. Pass through the Franconian forest to the imperial city of Bamberg. Founded in the 9th century, it has a nicely preserved Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). You will see the cathedral and the former Benedictine abbey of Michaelsberg before visiting the final Christmas market on this tour. Continue on to Frankfurt late in the afternoon. Overnight stay in a Frankfurt hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Frankfurt - USA. Following breakfast and hotel chec