Christmas Markets of Poland, Prague & Germany - Insight Vacations

Christmas Markets of Poland, Prague and Germany (Winter 2017-18)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: Poland, Czech Republic, Germany

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These stunning cities of the east reveal their medieval charm, among the sparkle of twinkling lights and the magic of Christmas, in a winter-wonderland fit for fairy tales.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Kraków

    Transfers for your tour hotel depart Kraków Airport at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:00. In the late afternoon, meet your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and dinner. Afterwards, get your first taste of Polish old-world charm with a walk around the magnificent Cloth Hall in the Market Square. Wrapped in romantic gabled townhouses and Gothic spires, the festive Christmas Market stalls are a Disneyesque dream, offering all sorts of delicacies and delights - from Highland woollen slippers to amber jewellery from the Baltic. Maybe try the traditional ‘oscypek' cheese with cranberries, a delicacy from the Tatra mountains?

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    The Damsels & Dragons of Kraków

    (Relaxed Start) Perhaps spend some reflective moments during your free time and visit Auschwitz concentration camp? Later, ascend Wawel Hill with a Local Expert to see the Renaissance castle and visit the cathedral – the final resting place of the Kings of Poland. Then cross the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz to ‘Old Podgórze' to see Ghetto Square and remains of the Ghetto Wall. The rest of the day is at leisure and allows you to explore the traditional Christmas Market located in the Old Town's historic district. You'll find yourself immersed in festive spirit as you shop for authentic Christmas decorations, gifts, toys and tasty treats.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Wrocaw, the Venice of Poland

    (Relaxed Start) With the morning free, why not visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine in the morning? Later, continue to the city of Wrocław, the 'Venice of Poland', made up of five rivers, 12 islands and over 150 bridges. Rated as one of the finest in Europe, Wrocław’s Christmas Market offers a delightful, fairy-tale charm. Enjoy an orientation tour of the market, located in the historic main square ‘Rynek’, surrounded by Baroque splendour and adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. Spend time exploring the vast array of stalls bursting with local crafts and tasty treats.

  5. Day 5

    Macabre Kutná Hora and on to Prague

    Cross the Czech border and head for Kutná Hora, a town that flourished during the Middle Ages thanks to vast deposits of silver. At the Sedlec Chapel, step into a macabre world of sculptures, coats of arms and even a chandelier, made entirely out of human bones! Next, venture on to the Czech capital of Prague.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Prague, City of a Hundred Spires

    (Relaxed Start) With a Local Expert, look upon the Vltava River from the heights of Prague Castle, dominated by the soaring spires of St. Vitus' Cathedral. Then, down at the Old Town Square, Prague’s colourful Christmas Market contrasts with the Gothic skyline. Beneath a giant Christmas tree, draped in a blaze of lights, locals browse the decorative wooden stalls. Meet a local stallholder and savour a glass of Svařák (mulled wine) along with the local ‘Trdelník’ pastry.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    The German Cities of Dresden and Berlin

    (Relaxed Start) Cross the German border to Dresden. Gaze up at the Frauenkirche, risen once again from wartime ashes. Your guided tour will continue past the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace. Perhaps seek out the delicious Christstollen - a Christmas cake recipe dating back to medieval times, or shop for a traditional Christmas pyramid, before continuing on to Berlin.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    The Spirit of Berlin

    (Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert to see the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House, remnants of the Berlin Wall, Unter den Linden, and the beautifully restored Reichstag Building. In the afternoon, feel free to soak up the Weihnachtszauber (Christmas magic) at the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin’s most magnificent square, or saunter through any of the Christmas Markets which are dotted around the city. For your farewell Celebration Dinner, enjoy delightful German cuisine and wine at a family-run restaurant, complete with music and Gemütlichkeit.

  9. Day 9

    Auf Wiedersehen Berlin

    Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Berlin's Tegel Airport at 07:00 and 10:00.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Kraków: Ascend Wawel Hill with a Local Expert to see the Renaissance castle and visit the historic cathedral.
  • Prague: With a Local Expert, look down on the Vltava River from the heights of Prague Castle, dominated by the soaring spires of St. Vitus' Cathedral.
  • Dresden: Your guided tour shows you the Frauenkirche, the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace.
  • Berlin: With a Local Expert, see the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House, remnants of the Berlin Wall and the beautifully restored Reichstag Building.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Christmas Markets: Lose yourself in the festive atmosphere of Christmas, where you can shop for local delicacies and try the heart-warming Glühwein. Explore on selected departures.
  • Kutná Hora: Step into the macabre world of the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Church of Bones – one of the most unusual chapels you will ever see!

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kraków: Take in the ambience with a walk around the magnificent Cloth Hall in the Market Square to see the Christmas Market.
  • Kraków: Cross the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz to ‘Old Podgórze' to see Ghetto Square and remains of the Ghetto Wall.
  • Wrocław: Be delighted with the thousands of twinkling lights adorning the market in the historic main square of ‘Rynek'.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Prague: At the Christmas Market, meet a local stallholder and savour a steaming mug of Svařák (mulled wine) along with the local ‘Trdelník' pastry.
  • Berlin: Enjoy a farewell Celebration Dinner with delightful German cuisine and wine at a family-run restaurant, complete with music and Gemütlichkeit.
  • Included Quality Dining: 7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 Three-course table d'hôte Dinners (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Kraków: The Radisson Blu Hotel is centrally located and is perfect for exploring local attractions such as Wawel Castle, Florian's Gate and St Mary's Basilica.
  • Wrocław: The Radisson Blu Hotel is located opposite the famous 'Panorama of the Battle of Racławice'. It is surrounded by the Słowacki Park and is only a 10-minute walk to the main market square.
  • Prague: The Majestic Plaza is located in the historical centre of Prague, only a few steps from the famous Wenceslas Square, and consists of two interconnected buildings with rooms furnished in an art deco or biedermeier style.
  • Berlin: Swissôtel Berlin, located in the heart of West Berlin, is ideal for exploring the numerous galleries, museums and sights, such as the nearby Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche anti-war memorial, the impressive KaDeWe department store and the Tiergarten Park. It features outstanding architecture and a remarkable private collection of contemporary German art.

OUR FIVE-STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers are available at scheduled times only, from Kraków Airport on arrival day and to Berlin Tegel Airport on departure day. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers or additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please make your own way to/from the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Radisson Blu Krakow

Krakow (Central) - Poland

The Radisson Blu Hotel is centrally located and is perfect for exploring local attractions such as Wawel Castle, Florian's Gate and St Mary's Basilica.

Radisson Blu Wrocaw

Wrocaw (Central) - Poland

Radisson Blu Hotel, Wrocław

Majestic Plaza Prague

Prague (Central) - Czech Republic

The Majestic Plaza is located in the historical centre of Prague, only a few steps from the famous Wenceslas Square, and consists of two interconnected buildings with rooms furnished in an art deco or biedermeier style.

Swissotel Berlin

Berlin (Central) - Germany

In the heart of West Berlin, right by Kurfuerstendamm, the stylish Swissotel Berlin features a remarkable collection of contemporary German art, state-of-the-art technology and exclusive, luxurious amenities.

GUEST REVIEWS & EXPERIENCES

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7693 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 09 January, 2018

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    Trip: Our itinerary was fascinating and informative, and provided a great learning experience in a well-paced and efficient manner. The places we visited opened my eyes and provided an experience of a lifetime. The learning opportunities of this itinerary were outstanding and greatly appreciated.

    Service: All hotel arrangements, group meals, added tour opportunities with local experts, and the "main attraction" tours were wonderful and greatly enjoyed. I admire Tim's leadership and communication skills as he described the places we visited. His kindness and calm approach to managing our group was superb. What I liked most were Tim's narratives and explanations as we traveled from city to city. Tim is a very personable, intelligent, professional, and considerate tour guide, and I believe he made our tour the wonderful and enjoyable success that it was. I also appreciated the spacious, modern, and clean tour bus that was our "home" for several hours most days. Our driver, Thomas, was exceptionally skilled and competent.

  • 03 January, 2018

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    Trip: All the key attractions covered.

    Service: Well organised, friendly and efficient service overall.

  • 02 January, 2018

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    Trip: Good overview of each city visited.

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  • 31 December, 2017

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    Trip: Everything was great except for the bone church.....just not my thing and it felt like we stopped there due to driving regulations rather than a site of interest. I would have preferred to stop elsewhere. Apart from this the rest of the itinerary was fantastic.

    Service: Our guide Judit was amazing! She was friendly, informative and nothing was a bother. Our bus driver Mirat was also lovely and helpful. Together they were a great team and made everybody ontour feel like part of a family.

  • 31 December, 2017

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    Trip: Night lights in Berlin were a disappointment. Everything was great like the idea you can opt out of things you may not want to do

    Service: Tim was very a tuned to the needs of the group, It was a great experience

  • 29 December, 2017

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    Trip: I didn't care for the restaurant choices in Berlin.

    Service: I would recommend an Insight tour again.

  • 27 December, 2017

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    Trip: The locations of our tours was very interesting. Our tour guide was extremely well informed and organized each day very well.

    Service: Well organized tour with interesting locations. Level of activity balanced.

  • 26 December, 2017

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    Trip: A diverse and balanced itinerary but in some instances time available to spend in the markets got sacrificed in favour of other sightseeing activities - some tweaking of the itinerary to rationalise timings and to review inclusion of a couple of other site visits would be good. Namely - is stop at the Sedlec Osiary really necessary; too much time allocated for Czech palace visit ( we were essentially marking time being given inconsequential information while waiting to get into a coffee shop ); accommodate times of arrival into towns around hours of daylight / nightfall

    Service: Well coordinated tour with every need considered and catered for, a proactive, friendly but professional and well informed tour director; centrally located and good quality hotels ; comfortable coach driven by an experienced and professional driver over a diverse itinerary that encompassed more than Xmas markets

  • 26 December, 2017

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    Trip: Provided opportunities to visit historical sites whilst experiencing Christmas in Europe.

    Service: Helpful and knowledgeable tour guide. Exceptional driver.

  • 26 December, 2017

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    Trip: Wonderful markets! Would have liked a longer itinerary and more time in Wroclaw

    Service: Excellent and very nice tour guide. She did the little extra things that made our vacation a super nice experience. Have already recommended it to others.

  • 24 December, 2017

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    Trip: Loved all the different experiences salt mines amazing Dresden Xmas market the best but wished we could have seen it at night

    Service: Definitely recommend them again very helpful

  • 20 December, 2017

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    Trip: My wife loved them, happy wife means happy life :)

    Service: They are well organised but could do better on the bus seat allocation. I would recommend them to another person. This is our second travel with this company and next time I would for an alternative option only based on the bus allocation seating issue I have with them.

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