Seasons

Autumn, Winter, Spring & Christmas Markets

Regional Journey

Christmas Markets of Germany (Winter 2018-19)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: Germany

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  • Optional experiences
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Warm your heart with the magic of Christmas, savour classic German treats and fill your suitcase with hand-crafted gifts on this enchanting winter journey.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

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

  2. Day 2

    Arrive in Berlin.

    Welcome to Germany. Airport transfers depart Berlin airport for your hotel at 10:30 and 12:00. Join your Travel Director at 17:45 for a Welcome Dinner and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other, over a delightful evening of good food and wine.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    The Spirit of Berlin.

    (Relaxed Start) Join your Local Expert to see the highlights of Berlin. Your exploration includes the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House, remnants of the Berlin Wall, Unter den Linden and the restored Reichstag Building. Later on, feel free to soak up the Weihnachtszauber, or Christmas magic, at the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin's most magnificent square, framed by the Concert Hall and near identical French and German cathedrals.

  4. Day 4

    Leipzig, then on to Dresden.

    Journey south to Leipzig to visit Bach's Thomaskirche and the medieval market square behind it. Renowned for its musical and culinary delights, the Leipzig Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful in Germany, with around 250 stalls located on the city's historic market square. Enjoy its great traditions, which date back to the 15th century, before continuing to Dresden.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Dresden Sightseeing.

    (Relaxed Start) Gaze in awe at the Frauenkirche, risen once again from wartime ashes. Your guided tour with a Local Expert will continue past the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace. At Germany's oldest Christmas Market, meet a local market stallholder who will introduce you to a taste of delicious Glühwein and Christstollen, a Christmas cake recipe dating back to medieval times. Take some time to admire the record-breaking Christmas pyramid.

  6. Day 6

    Ancient Nuremberg.

    Journey on to Nuremberg, where the Christkindlmarkt stalls are donned in traditional red and white cloth. Surrounded by ancient ramparts and watchtowers, look out for the Nuremberg Plum People while you explore or shop for local treats such as Rostbratwürste, Lebkuchen or Glühwein.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Rothenburg and Munich.

    (Relaxed Start) Venture through the heart of Germany to Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe. Why not stroll through the cobbled streets to the year-round Christmas Shop? Here it is Christmas 365 days of the year! Later, follow parts of the meandering Romantic Road to the Bavarian capital.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Munich Sightseeing.

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy an orientation tour which concludes in the Marienplatz beside the soaring Town Hall, famous for its Glockenspiel. Beneath the gigantic Christmas tree, Munich's traditional Christmas Market is an entrancing festival of light and music. In the evening, join your friends for a festive Celebration Dinner with wine and good cheer at a local restaurant.

  9. Day 9

    Depart Munich.

    Auf Wiedersehen! After breakfast, your departure transfer arrives at Munich airport at 09:30.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Berlin: With a Local Expert, explore the highlights of the city. Drive down the Unter den Linden, see Brandenburg Gate, the State Opera House, remnants of the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz and the Reichstag Building. 
  • Dresden: Your guided tour with a Local Expert shows you the Frauenkirche, the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace. You'll also learn about the traditional German Christmas Pyramids.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Leipzig: Visit Thomaskirche where Bach worked as a Kapellmeister, a conductor, and his remains are now buried.
  • Nuremberg: See the distinguishing medieval architecture of the city walls and stone towers of the Alt Stadt, or Old Town.
  • Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber: Fortified by ancient walls, picturesque and unspoiled, Rothenburg is a fairy tale come true at any time of year. It dazzles in December, with its 500-year-old Reiterlesmarkt lending a festive air to the cobbled streets and medieval buildings.
  • Munich: During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see the Victory Arch, Town Hall and Glockenspiel in Marienplatz.
  • Christmas Markets: Experience the wonderment of the Christmas Markets of each city, some of the oldest in Europe. Shop for local delicacies and drink the heart-warming Glühwein. Keep an eye out for the Nuremberg Plum People and marvel at the Lepizig Christmas Pyramid.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Dresden: At the Christmas Market, meet a stallholder and taste the local Christstollen with a glass of Glühwein.
  • Munich: Gather with your friends for a festive Celebration Dinner with wine in the fun-loving Bavarian capital.
  • Dining Summary: 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.

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.

Berlin By Night & Dinner

This evening you are treated to traditional Berliner cuisine in a lively local restaurant with live music and drinks. Guten Appetit and Prost! Afterwards embark on a scenic illuminations drive through the centre of Berlin, with splendid views of the historic buildings and monuments, lit up in all their glory. See the Unter den Linden, Brandenburg Gate and more.

Adult Price: EUR 60.00

Code: BER0002

Highlights of Former East Berlin

Explore the shadows of the past with our local expert. See the Soviet War Memorial and visit the staggering Holocaust Memorial. Stop for a photo at ‘Checkpoint Charlie’, location of the tense stand-offs between U.S. & Soviet forces during the Cold War. Then a real highlight as we visit the Berlin Wall Memorial. The memorial contains the last section of the Berlin Wall with a guard tower and preserved grounds and is thus able to convey an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s. Learn about this focal point of 20th-century history and of the fate of those who attempted to cross it.

Adult Price: EUR 31.00

Code: BER0007

Eckberg Castle Dinner

Tonight we'll go to historic Eckberg Castle. Built in 1861, the Castle is home to one of the most idyllic restaurant/hotels in the region. You'll dine like nobles in the garden Hall and enjoy stunning views of the gardens and the uniquely beautiful Elbe valley.

Adult Price: EUR 69.00

Code: DRE0004

Meissen Excursion

It was in Dresden that the first porcelain in Europe was made. We visit the Meissen factory where we are shown how this world famous porcelain is made before we visit the museum. Later there is time to visit the factory shop for some bargains before we take a stroll through the medieval town of Meissen.

Adult Price: EUR 39.00

Code: DRE0002

Munich The Dachau Memorial

After Hitler's rise to power in 1933, the first concentration camp for political prisoners was opened outside the town of Dachau and it became a blueprint for others to follow. Now maintained as a memorial, spend some reflective moments amid the remains of the camp prisons, reconstructed barracks, kitchens, workshops and baths which serves as the museum. A chilling and emotional reminder of the horrors of war.

Adult Price: EUR 31.00

Code: MUN0001

Bavarian Dinner

Tonight we'll soak in the lively atmosphere of a popular traditional restaurant. We'll enjoy traditional Bavarian hospitality and sample delicious regional specialties and local beer.

Adult Price: EUR 65.00

Code: MUN0002

Accommodation

 

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.

Hyperion Hotel Dresden am Schloss

Dresden (Contemporary) - Germany

Behind the historic façade you'll find stylish modern interior design, cutting-edge technology and warm hospitality in this hotel.

Maritim Hotel Nürnberg.

Nuremburg (Traditional) - Germany

The Maritim Hotel Nürnberg awaits you in the immediate vicinity of the historic old city with its numerous monuments and buildings, including the Kaiserburg and a host of fascinating museums.

Pullman Hotel Munich.

Pullman Hotel Munich.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11450 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 12 December, 2018

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    Trip: There were many Christmas markets for young and old

    Service: The trip was well planed, our guide provided detailed information and additional local treats. She was always ready to answer our questions and provide additional help when needed.

  • 12 December, 2018

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    Trip: Lovely to visit so many different Xmas markets.

    Service: We were always greeted by a friendly guide, that made sure everything was sorted, right up to the transfers when we left. I would definitely recommend Insight. The meals & accommodation were great and the extra leg room on the bus is a sure benefit.

  • 11 December, 2018

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    Trip: Really enjoyed all the locations on this itinerary but wish we’d had more time in some of the smaller venues.

    Service: Very well planned excursion. Insight is in tune with client expectations and needs. Answers readily available for all questions and situations. Well done Insight.

  • 11 December, 2018

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    Trip: Enjoyed every market. Nuremberg was too busy - arrived on the First Saturday after the market opened and the hotel was not up to standard. Would need more time there.

    Service: Had a wonderful trip - thank you to our Tour Director - Hildegard peiker Who made us feel very welcome from the time we arrived in Germany. We were treated very well - always knew all about the days events - learnt a lot About the destinations and history of the country.

  • 09 January, 2018

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    Trip: The tour guide was excellent, the hotels were great, except the one in Munich. The food needs to be improved because it was not good. The place where we had our last dinner in Munich should be removed entirely from the tour - not only was the food awful, the waiters were aggressive and practically threw the food at the guest, in fact, one of the waiters got verbally aggressive with one of the Insight guests. Dreadful experience.

    Service: I thought that the tour director deserved a 5, but the food was awful. Not only did I get ill on eating the first night's dinner, but on the last night,the waiters were aggressive, practically threw the food on the table and one actually fought with one of the Insight guests. I have been on various Insight Vacation tours, and on the whole they are excellent, except for the food. Maybe something could be done about that?

  • 09 January, 2018

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    Trip: The places we visited were wonderful, we could not have fitted in another Xmas market.It was also quit relaxed which was excellent.

    Service: The guide for the trip was very good, knowledgeable and quite comical . He was there if I had a problem or question. The farewell meal was a disaster, with aggressive wait staff and just generally being treated like cattle, it appeared that the establishment believed that they had the tour company for the next year, so it didn't really matter what they dished up, the drinks were flat the food although large were mostly not very good. We also had a waiter almost start a fight with one of our tour group, which made every one just want to leave then and there.

  • 31 December, 2017

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    Trip: I enjoyed all of the stops on the itinerary. The Christmas markets were lots of fun and I enjoyed exploring them.

    Service: The tour director, Karin, was OUTSTANDING! The coach driver was amazing, too.

  • 28 December, 2017

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    Trip: A relaxed itinerary, with some interesting optional experiences

    Service: A short trip that achieved all that we expected.

  • 26 December, 2017

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    Trip: Excellent enjoyed the experience

    Service: Well Organising itinerary

  • 18 December, 2017

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    Trip: I liked all the cities that was visited and I feel that there was enough time in each of the cities. I would have like to go into places more that was scheduled on this tour. I realize that the focus of the tour was the Christmas markets and the tour guide always made sure that we had something of the city to sample.

    Service: I really enjoyed the tour guide, I thought she was very knowledgeable and enjoyed showing us her country and culture.

  • 17 December, 2017

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    Trip: An excellent combination of well thought out itinerary, excellent and well located hotels and a superb guide made for wonderful trip.

    Service: An excellent combination of well thought out itinerary, excellent and well located hotels and a superb guide made for wonderful trip.

  • 17 December, 2017

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    Trip: There were plenty of Christmas Markets mixed with sightseeing to balance out very well.

    Service: Well organized tour! Extremely comfortable coach. Knowledgeable guide. Great hotels.

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