Christmas Market of Poland Prague and Germany

Autumn, Winter, Spring & Christmas Markets

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Christmas Markets of Poland, Prague & Germany (Winter 2019 2020)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: Poland, Czech Republic, Germany

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  • Itinerary
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  • Optional experiences
  • Accommodation
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  • Dates & prices

These stunning cities of the east reveal their medieval charm, among the sparkle of twinkling lights and the magic of Christmas.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Kraków.

    Transfers for your hotel depart Kraków airport at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:00. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 17:00 for a Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. 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?

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    Kraków.

    Perhaps spend some reflective moments during your free time and visit Auschwitz concentration camp? Later, ascend Wawel Hill with your 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, the Old Town, 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.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Wrocław, the Venice of Poland.

    Enjoy your Relaxed Start and a free morning or why not visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine ? Later, continue to the city of Wrocław, known as 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 of the market, located in Rynek, the historic main square which is 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.

  4. Day 4

    Kutná Hora and 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! Continue your travels to the Czech capital of Prague.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Prague, City of a Hundred Spires.

    With your 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, traditional mulled wine, along with the local Trdelník pastry.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Dresden and Berlin.

    Cross the German border to Dresden. Gaze up at the Frauenkirche, risen once again from wartime ashes. Your guided exploration with a Local Expert will continue past the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace. During your free time perhaps seek out the delicious Christstollen, a Christmas cake recipe dating back to medieval times, or shop for a traditional Christmas pyramid. Then journey on to Berlin.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    The Spirit of Berlin.

    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. Feel free to soak up the Weihnachtszauber, or Christmas magic, at the Gendarmenmarkt, which is Berlin’s most magnificent square. Alternatively, you are free to saunter through any of the Christmas Markets that are dotted around the city. For your Celebration Dinner, enjoy delightful German cuisine and wine at a local family-run restaurant, complete with Gemütlichkeit.

  8. Day 8

    Auf Wiedersehen Berlin.

    Your journey draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Berlin airport at 07:00 and 10:00.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Prague: At the Christmas Market, meet a local stallholder and savour a steaming mug of Svařák, traditional mulled wine, along with the local Trdelník pastry.
  • 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.
  • 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 heartwarming Glühwein, available on all departures.
  • Kraków: Take in the ambience with a walk around the magnificent Cloth Hall in the Market Square to see the Christmas Market.
  • Kraków: Ascend Wawel Hill with a Local Expert to see the Renaissance castle and visit the historic cathedral.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Dresden: Your guided tour shows you the Frauenkirche, the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Berlin: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner with delightful German cuisine and wine at a local, family-run restaurant, complete with music and Gemütlichkeit.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Prague: The brand new, boutique-style Hotel Royal Prague is a short drive from Old Town Square, set across from the Vltava River.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • 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. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to 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.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Mercure Kraków Stare Miasto.

Kraków (Contemporary) - Poland

The stylish Mercure Kraków Stare Miasto is conveniently located at the heart of the city, just a 15 minute walk from the city's Old Town Square. Its trendy interiors are a reflection of how this historic city is evolving in modern times. Rooms are tastefully designed with a splash of colour, the perfect retreat after a day of exploring.

Mercure Kraków Stare Miasto.

Kraków (Contemporary) - Poland

The stylish Mercure Kraków Stare Miasto is conveniently located at the heart of the city, just a 15 minute walk from the city's Old Town Square. Its trendy interiors are a reflection of how this historic city is evolving in modern times. Rooms are tastefully designed with a splash of colour, the perfect retreat after a day of exploring.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Wrocław.

Wroclaw (Traditional) - Poland

Hotel Royal Prague

Prague (Contemporary) - Czech Republic

The brand new, boutique-style Hotel Royal Prague is a short drive from Old Town Square, set across from the Vltava River.

Hotel Royal Prague

Prague (Contemporary) - Czech Republic

The brand new, boutique-style Hotel Royal Prague is a short drive from Old Town Square, set across from the Vltava River.

Bristol Berlin.

Berlin (Traditional) - Germany

The Bristol Berlin hotel is ideally located on the bustling Kurfürstendamm boulevard in the Berlin City West district of this historic city. Classic style rooms with free WiFi will make your two night stay very comfortable.

Bristol Berlin.

Berlin (Traditional) - Germany

The Bristol Berlin hotel is ideally located on the bustling Kurfürstendamm boulevard in the Berlin City West district of this historic city. Classic style rooms with free WiFi will make your two night stay very comfortable.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 11500 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 14 January, 2019

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    Trip: It was a great cultural experience to see how others experience Christmas.

    Service: We had a great time.This is our third trip with them.We would not hesitate to go on another Insights trip again.

  • 08 January, 2019

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    Trip: Each country had different Christmas markets and that’s what made the tour. The different food, decorations and atmosphere made it a delight to explore afresh in each place. Additionally there is all the usual things to see in each location. So Christmas time added to a very good itinerary.

    Service: The tour leader Karin was marvelous. Brilliantly organised, professional and kind. The bus was spacious and the itinerary well paced.

  • 08 January, 2019

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    Trip: enjoyed all the cities chosen

    Service: have travelled several times with INSIGHT. Guides are always top class and hotels mostly centrally located

  • 06 January, 2019

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    Trip: Nothing is ever perfect! However, would recommend people to travel on this itinerary.

    Service: On the whole Tour directors and coach drivers gave good service and Tour Directors had good knowledge of the areas in which we travelled. On the first two tours the TDs were even able to advise on the costs at comfort stops. However, and unfortunately the third appeared to have NO idea and sometimes his service left a little to be desired. ie: It's not a good idea to give flourishes to people as they are headed to the toilets.

  • 06 January, 2019

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    Trip: Organized, beautiful, informative, lovely accomadations

    Service: Well organized. Great excursions. Lovely hotels. Beautiful cities and markets.

  • 02 January, 2019

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    Trip: The team did an excellent job

    Service: The travel arrangements were excellent, accommodation perfect and the tour manager more than what I expected The bus driver did an excellent job Thanks

  • 02 January, 2019

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    Trip: Good itinerary with lots of stops

    Service: The Vienna, Prague, Budapest tour didn’t really feel like a ‘Christmas’ tour. My expectations were of a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, bon bons, eggnog etc

  • 02 January, 2019

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    Trip: After a big build up to Wroclaw, we spent too little time there and would have preferred the morning there rather than the bone church village which didn't score many points with any of the group. Comfort and lunch stops could perhaps have been a little shorter to allow daylight arrival in the cities to give some sense of bearing,

    Service: excellent well informed tour leaders and local guides, very friendly leaders Sharon and Tim, stress-free travel in comfortable coach with excellent drivers, good hotels, good content.

  • 02 January, 2019

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    Trip: Was a bit disappointed the we were early for the Prague Christmas Market. Otherwise a great trip

    Service: Had a question and staff put me at ease!

  • 01 January, 2019

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    Trip: you are good .............

    Service: My wife and I greatly enjoyed the tour with Insight Vacations to see Christmas markets in Poland, Czech Republic and Germany. Arrangements for and during the tour were great. We had a wonderful tour director. the tour exceeded our expectations.

  • 30 December, 2018

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    Trip: The hotels were wonderful, the included and optional experiences fantastic and the only down side was how quickly the week went. Thank you insight for a great vacation!

    Service: Excellent tour. Karin our tour director was so lovely and always had interesting history facts about the places we went. Kris our driver was excellent.

  • 30 December, 2018

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    Trip: The tour started in beautiful Krakow Poland, then traveled through Poland to the Czech Republic, ending in Berlin. Besides touring the cities and towns along the way, I visited at least 8 Christmas markets along the way. Great fun!

    Service: Had a wonderful experience with Insight Vacations. The tour was very well organized, had excellent local guides, and a wonderful tour director Karin. Our driver was great also. I would definitely recommend Insight vacations to my family and friends. If you want a well organized, educational, and fun vacation, I recommend Insight Vacations.

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