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Germany: Christmas Markets - Overview
DATES & COST 

December 10 - 16, 2019
7 Days / 6 Nights 

Tour starts and ends in Munich

$2,560 per person/double occupancy 
$840 optional single supplement
$320 additional night / per room - optional
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR 
TOUR MAP 
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THIS TOUR IS FULL. WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS.

Germany combines historical and cultural treasures in picturesque towns of cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses with spectacular landscapes of imposing fairytale castles, snow-capped Alps, the meandering Romantic Road and the legendary Black Forest. The beautiful Bavarian cities of Munich, Nuremberg and the dreamy Rothenburg captivate visitors with their rich history, labyrinthine old quarters, medieval market squares and striking cathedrals. In December, they are transformed into a truly unique Christmas wonderland which cannot be duplicated anywhere else.

This is where you can really escape the excessive commercialism of the holidays and experience a more authentic and intimate version of Christmas. Germany is the birthplace of most Christmas traditions, and the Advent season brings with it all of the traditional Christmas festivities, along with the Christmas markets that spring up in squares and streets of German towns. We'll hum along to the sound of carillon in Munich's Marienplatz and to traditional Christmas carols sung by children choirs, played by brass bands and Alpine blowhorns. We'll shop for culinary and cultural treasures beneath a sky of twinkling fairy lights, talk to friendly artisans, breathe in the aroma of roasted chestnuts, gingerbread, cinnamon, almonds and freshly cut pine. We'll enjoy Bavarian roast duck Christmas dinner, delicious mulled wine, baked apples and Christmas pastries. We'll collect hand-made, quality gifts and ornaments in the charming markets of Munich, Nuremberg, Dinkelsbuehl and Rothenburg, as we enjoy the Christmas tradition at its very finest.

During the Christmas Markets tour, we'll experience the best of the German region of Bavaria. We'll marvel at towns sparkling with lights and perfect little villages, we'll meet friendly locals, share wonderful meals and enjoy live performances of traditional Christmas music. We'll visit the Residenz Palace, the English Garden and see the sky-reaching Gothic cathedrals of Munich, the medieval Old Town and the Christmas Museum in Rothenburg, Albrecht Durer's House and the Craftsmen's Courtyard in Nuremberg, and the improbable castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein.

  • We'll spend 3 days in the magical city of Munich, staying at a perfectly located luxury hotel. The hotel's location in the medieval Old Town allows for an easy individual exploration; then we'll spend 4 days living inside a Christmas tale in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, at an intimate boutique hotel dating back to the 15th century; the transfer between the two cities will be by a private, comfortable bus;
     
  • While in Munich, we will take an private tour of the Residenz Palace and the Old Town, travel to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles in southern Bavaria to learn about the legacy of King Ludwig II, enjoy the ambiance of a medieval beer hall with the seasonal revelry and entertainment of Bavarian dancing, alp horn blowing, yodeling and polka;
     
  • While in Rothenburg, we'll tour the perfectly preserved Middle Ages village and its Christmas Museum, explore the former Imperial city of Dinkelsbuehl in the Wornitz Valley, spend a full day in Nuremberg, where you'll visit Albrecht Durer's House, then have time to enjoy the famous Nuremberg Christmas market;
     
  • Throughout the tour, we'll dine a la carte at carefully selected fine restaurants and authentic beer halls.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
  • 3 nights in a luxury modern hotel in the center of Munich's Old Town;
     
  • 3 nights in a boutique hotel in the medieval Rothenburg's Old Town;
     
  • Fine dining - traditional German or vegetarian menu: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners;
     
  • All transportation in Germany in a private, comfortable bus;
     
  • Private airport transfers on arrival according to your flight arrival time (also included for arrivals prior to the tour's start, as part of the hotel's rate);
     
  • Group airport transfer on departure;
     
  • Experienced tour director and professional local guides, all sightseeing fees and admissions;
     
  • All attractions and activities as described in the itinerary;
     
  • All restaurants', guides' and drivers' gratuities.
NOT INCLUDED  

Additional/optional costs may include: optional single supplement, optional travel insurance, optional tour director's gratuity, meals not included in the itinerary, room service, minibar, laundry, phone calls, and personal expenses.

The cost does not include airfare.

HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Munich's Marienplatz with live Christmas music performances
  • Wittelsbachs' elegant Residenz Palace in Munich
  • Nuremberg's Christmas lights and festivities
  • Albrecht Durer's House in Nuremberg
  • The medieval jewel Christmas town of Rothenburg
  • The former Imperial City of Dinkelsbuehl
  • King Ludwig's Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castles
  • Driving the Romantic Road
  • Bavarian dancing, alphorn blowing, yodeling and polka at Hofbrauhaus
  • Medieval quarters splendidly decorated for Christmas
  • Enjoying hot mulled wine and roasted almonds
  • The aroma of gingerbread and cinnamon filling the air
  • Children choirs and rock bands singing Christmas carols
What Makes This Trip Special  
  • Accommodation in upscale, perfectly located hotels
  • Dining at upscale restaurants, including drinks
  • Knowledgeable and passionate private guides
  • Experienced, bi-lingual tour director
  • Carefully designed itinerary, including signature Christmas Markets experiences
  • Exclusive experiences, not available to larger groups
  • A small group of maximum 16 women
  • No forced shopping
Testimonials 

This tour surpassed expectations. I really did not know what to expect but this tour was phenomenal. The whole group was like we had known each other for years. I have never had such an incredible experience.  – Barbara from Oklahoma

I thought the tour had a good mix of free time and group time. The restaurants were good and the choice of hotels was good. I really liked the Le Meridien Hotel because of its location near the train station and the old town, the breakfast buffet was excellent. The tour was well organized and a good value for the price. I appreciate being able to travel with other women on a small group tour. Keep up the good work. - Dawn from California

German Christmas Market is a must! Marta and the group made my first trip wonderful. Sights and Souls is a wonderful tour company, I was not disappointed! – Sonja from South Carolina

This tour was so much more than the markets. Germany has some towns that look like a page from a fairytale. I had a truly wonderful time and would definitely travel with Sights and Soul again. – Patricia from New York

I enjoyed this tour very much. It really put me into the Christmas spirit and opened a new world of Christmas shopping to me. - Margaret from Washington, D.C.

If you’re finding the USA Christmas Season  with its gaudy decorations, and commercialism causing anxiety – the cure is to travel to Germany, where for hundreds of years they instill in you the wonder, awe, love and real meaning of the season – REBIRTH. Even if the religious aspect isn’t your cup of tea – the result is the same. – Karen from Connecticut

I loved my trip to Germany, the land and the people, a real history lesson. I wish I could have “one more day”. I not only loved the experience, but was also comforted by the instant friendships. It felt like a college reunion. - Launie from Oregon

Wonderful experience jam packed with interesting tours, time to explore on one’s own and picturesque towns and scenery. I would definitely travel with you again. - Pat from Virginia

I had followed S&S for a couple of years on FB and finally decided to book a trip 'last minute' for me as I plan usually six months, plus, ahead. I pride myself in being organized and detailed oriented and was very pleased that I "met my match" in what you delivered for information through the whole trip process and even before booking by way of how your website is designed with the information and now in the follow up email. I am very impressed with S&S and all of the kudos I have read on the FB page over the past two years are spot on.  Yolanda and her team run an incredible company.  You make me feel as if I am family from the time I booked the tour and only an exceptional company and people can do that...and you and the whole team are just that, exceptional. I have shared my positive experience even before the tour commenced and will continue to share as time passes. Since I already have a couple of personal trips planned for 2017, I shall be looking at the 2018 calendar of trips with much interest and enthusiasm. Thank you again and kudos to all on the team. - Dot from New Hampshire

Renata was the most gracious + knowledgeable guide. She made this experience a memorable one, and also did her best to accommodate everyone’s interests. - Diane from New Jersey

This trip was magical. Everything was decorated for Christmas, the markets are quaint and fun, it beats the “big box” stores, and it brought back the magic of Christmas. The food was amazing, and Sights and Soul has yet another trip not to be missed. - Tiffany from Wisconsin

Sights and Soul presents the best in travel experience for seeing, learning, participating and enjoying other women travelers while sharing together with other cultures. Just delightful! - Sue from Kansas

Walking through castles was intriguing, the dining and hotels were superior, the Christmas markets atmosphere was magical, Renata was a fantastic tour leader, and the fellowship of new friends with like desire to travel made it a perfect vacation. - Cathy from Oklahoma

My first women-only tour – very unique and fun. What was the best experience? Everything! My sister and I had a ball sightseeing and being with everyone! Renata was great. Even when we had local guides, she always had something interesting to add. Smart lady! - Candy from Florida

It was all fantastic and Renata was fabulous. She made everyone comfortable, made sure to include and consider everyone's opinion and put everyone at ease. Being in Germany at Christmastime was like being in a real life Christmas card. - Tammy from New Jersey

This was my 1st time out of the US & the experience was great for a travel beginner. We were kept in the loop leading up to the trip & all concerns and questions were answered. Renata was Awesome! Loved It! I can’t wait for my next trip. - Shirley from California

I travelled with my daughter and we had a great time. We were on the go the whole time, and Renata made sure we were happy. She did this from the beginning to the end of the trip. She made us all feel like we were the only one traveling with her, and made every person feel welcome. I had no stress only enjoyment. - Elizabeth from Ontario

I thought that the way you organized the tour was wonderful, and I never expected to get such a large view both historically and from another perspective - I feel like I have seen so much, even though when I first saw your itinerary, I thought it sounded wonderful! - Frances from New York

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Why travel with other women?
Many women do not have families or compatible friends who wish to travel. When going on a main-stream tour, women often find that most activities are geared towards couples and quite often they feel left out. Singles' tours are not always what women are looking for. If you do not have a traveling companion, there is also the issue of the expensive "single supplement", sometimes as much as 50 or even 100 percent of the tour cost. By going on women-only tours, women can easily avoid paying for the single supplement by sharing a room with another woman traveler.
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