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.
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. Hum along to the sound of carillon in Munich's Marienplatz, traditional Christmas carols sung by children choirs, played by brass bands and Alpine blowhorns. 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. Enjoy Bavarian roast duck Christmas dinner, delicious mulled wine, baked apples and Christmas pastries. Collect hand-made, quality gifts and ornaments in the charming markets of Munich, Nuremberg, Dinkelsbuehls and Rothenburg, as you enjoy the Christmas tradition at its very finest.
During the Christmas Markets tour, you'll experience the best of the German region of Bavaria. You'll marvel at towns sparkling with lights and the perfect little villages, meet friendly locals, share wonderful meals and enjoy live performances of traditional Christmas music. You'll visit Residenz Palace, the English Garden and sky reaching Gothic cathedrals in Munich, the medieval Old Town and the Christmas Museum in Rothenburg, Albrecht Durer's House, the German Museum and Craftsmen's Courtyard in Nuremberg, and the Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein castles.
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
Itinerary specifics subject to change.