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German Christmas Markets

7 nights from only
R28 495
per person sharing incl. taxes
ID # 716
Valid: 29 Nov 17 to 07 Dec 17
Duration: 7 Nights
ENQUIRE TODAY ADDED BONUS
You SAVE R1010! Book and pay by October 2017.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Approximate airport taxes
  • Includes return flights from Johannesburg
  • 7 nights accommodation in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts & 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner)
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person twin share, include discounts, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and may be found on our website. Offer can be removed at any time. Pay a R5000 deposit per person on the land portion of the holiday and only pay the balance 60 days prior to departure. Deposit due within 7 days of booking.  Book and pay by 24 October 2017. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE.

COACH ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrive Frankfurt

Welcome to Germany and the start of your magical trip to experience the festive markets. Each year in November and December the atmosphere builds through Germany with the start of Christmas celebrations. Towns and villages are decorated, Christmas markets open and the wonderful aroma of 'Stollen' and 'Glühwein' is experienced around every corner. After check-in this afternoon, your Travel Director will take you on an orientation tour of the city's dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz. Later, meet with your fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.

Hotel

Sheraton Offenbach

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

DAY 2: Frankfurt – Rothenburg – Nuremberg

Travel to Bavaria and arrive in the medieval walled town of Rothenburg. Enjoy an orientation walk with your Travel Director where you will see traditional half-timbered houses and the old Town Hall. Try traditional cuisine or shop for gifts during your free time at the Reiterlesmarkt. This afternoon continue to Nuremberg and admire the mighty ramparts and St. Sebald's Church before visiting Germany's most famous Christmas market in the main square. The market sells arts and crafts as well as 'Zwetschgenmännle' - decorative figurines made out of prunes.

Hotel

Novotel Messazentrum

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 3: Nuremberg – Eisenach (Wartburg Castle) – Erfurt – Weimar

A very atmospheric Christmas market is held in the courtyard of the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Wartburg Castle in Eisenach. Enjoy typical German food, beverages, crafts, music and entertainment. Later travel to see the largest Christmas market in the province of Thuringia. This medieval market takes place on Cathedral Square in Erfurt with the impressive background of St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severus Church. These form the perfect backdrop for more than 200 stalls and a big Ferris wheel. See the 120m long Merchants' Bridge (Krämerbrücke) which has 32 houses along its length - the longest inhabited bridge in Europe. This evening in Weimar enjoy the taste and smells throughout the historic market square of this UNESCO World Heritage town. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Leonardo

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 4: Weimar – Dresden (2 Nights)

After a leisurely morning in Weimar, travel to Dresden − known as 'Florence on the Elbe'. Spend time seeing the highlights of this astonishing city including the Opera House and Zwinger Palace. Tonight you may want to sample some traditional German food at a local restaurant.

Hotel

Pullman Newa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

DAY 5: Full Day at Dresden Christmas Market

 A blaze of lights, the aroma of mulled wine and Christmas songs. This is the magic of Dresden's Striezelmarkt which is Germany's oldest Christmas market. On the second weekend in advent the locals pay homage to the Christmas pastry which originated in their city, the original Dresdner Christstollen. Taste typical Saxon delicacies and buy traditional handicrafts in the market found in the heart of this Baroque city. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
 
 
 

DAY 6: Dresden – Leipzig – Berlin (2 Nights)

Just as it was 500 years ago, the Leipzig Christmas market blends into the historic backdrop of Leipzig city centre. With more than 250 decorated stalls, it lives up to its reputation as one of the biggest and most interesting Christmas markets in Germany. After time to explore you will later make your way to Berlin - a vibrant and fascinating city.

Hotel

Crowne Plaza City Centre

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

DAY 7: Berlin Sightseeing

This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the Reichstag building, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm. Spend the rest of your day exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs or perhaps join Berlin's Secret Past Optional Experience. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a delicious festive Farewell Dinner with wine.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

DAY 8: Depart Berlin

Say 'Auf Wiedersehen' to your travelling companions as you return home full of festive spirit. Morning transfers are available to Berlin Tegel Airport. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast