Tour code: 2160DELIGHT
Discover some traditional German Christmas festivities on this guided, 4-day tour from Frankfurt. Visit the cities of Leipzig, Dresden and Plauen on this exciting Christmas adventure. Take a tour of German Christmas markets and look for one-of-a-kind gifts. Enjoy traditional German snacks like bratwursts and mulled wine. Visit one of Germany's oldest porcelain manufacturers, then witness the art of woodcarving in some ancient German towns. Embrace the sights and sounds of the season on this unique holiday tour. Some entrance fees, overnight accommodations and round-trip coach transport from Frankfurt included.

Highlights

  • Enjoy Germany's festive Christmas spirit on this 4-day tour from Frankfurt to Leipzig, Dresden and Plauen
  • Take German Christmas market tours in Leipzig and Dresden and purchase one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts
  • Savor traditional German food including bratwursts, strietzel cake and mulled wine
  • Explore the ancient German towns of Schneeberg, Annaberg and Seiffen, all famous for traditional woodcarving
  • Visit one of Germany's oldest porcelain manufacturers in Meissen
  • Admire Bamberg's well-preserved Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Overnight accommodation and round-trip coach transport included

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What You Can Expect

Four Day Christmas Delight - Leipzig, Dresden and Plauen

Sip on some mulled wine on this Four Day Christmas Delight!

Experience the sights and sounds of a German Christmas season on this unique, 4-day tour through the cities of Leipzig, Dresden and Plauen. It all begins in central Frankfurt as the tour gets under way. Climb on board a comfortable coach or minivan and enjoy the ride from one town to the next, tracking Germany’s history and its Christmas traditions along the way.

The first day of the tour travels east to Eisenach and the Wartburg, a castle originally built in the Middle Ages. Make a stop here to explore one of the most important buildings in German history. This is the site where Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German during his exile. Continue to Weimar, where famous names like Goethe, Schiller, Liszt and Strauss lived and worked. Upon arrival in Leipzig, check in to the selected hotel (the Seaside Park Hotel or a similar accommodation), then visit one of Germany’s largest Christmas markets, the aptly named Leipzig Christmas Market. Take in the sights and sounds of the season, shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and enjoy a typical German snack, like a bratwurst with some gluehwein (hot spiced wine).

After an overnight stay and breakfast on the second day of the tour, head to the town of Meissen for a tour of one of Germany’s oldest porcelain factories. Take in a demonstration workshop where the painting and glazing process happens. Then continue to Dresden for a city tour. See some of Dresden’s main attractions, like the Semperoper, the opera house of the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden and the concert hall of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden; the Baroque-era Zwinger (palace) and the restored Dresden Frauenkirche (Lutheran church). Then, check in at the designated hotel (Park Inn by Radisson or similar) before heading to the next Christmas market: Striezelmarkt, one of Germany’s oldest documented Christmas markets. Check out the giant Christmas pyramid and stroll through the market to sample a wide variety of local delicacies (own expense).

After an overnight stay and breakfast on the third day of the tour, visit the towns of Seiffen, a center of the wooden toy industry, and two old miner-villages, Schneeberg and Annaberg. These towns (and others) are home to the German tradition of woodcarving and Christmas pyramids. Visit the Annaberg-Buchholz Christmas Market, which dates back to 1510, and see St. Wolfgang’s Church in Schneeberg, one of the largest hall churches in Germany. Continue to Plauen to check in to that evening’s hotel (DORMERO Hotel Plauen or similar) for a farewell dinner with the rest of the tour group.

Following breakfast on the final day of the tour, travel through the Franconian Forest in Northern Bavaria to the town of Bamberg. Stop to complete any last-minute Christmas shopping and see some of the local attractions, like the Bamberg Cathedral, one of the most famous cathedrals in all of Germany.

The tour ends with a return trip to Frankfurt in the late afternoon.

Itinerary


Customer Reviews

M C E South Africa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Great Tour, high standard of hotel accommodation, and very knowlegeable English speaking guide. The Christmas Markets chosen were many and varied.
Four days is the ideal period for this type of Tour, and we particularly liked certian parts of Eastern Germany. Highly recommended.

Maranda C Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

The Four Day Christmas Delight - Leipzig, Dresden and Plauen Tour was truly wonderful. The guide (Gregory) and Driver (Armin) were superb, both of them were very professional, nice and kind. The castles, churches and old little towns were historical and typical to demonstrate the Eastern Germany styles. I particularly enjoyed the winter wonderland sceneries along the journey from Dresden to Plauen. The German Christmas Markets and beautiful festive decorations were the highlights. The weather was cold and sometimes snowy, lowest was minus 11 degree celcius . Must dress warm enough for this tour! Recommended!

Kellie R

4 star rating: Recommended January 2011

Great trip only down side was we lost half a day of our 4 day when the bus broken down. Not good.

Greg K

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2012

Great guide. Hire him as often as you can.

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