Bohemian Christmas Markets Tour

11 Festive Days

  • Stay 2 nights in Berlin
  • Stay in authentic, character style hotels
  • Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
  • Guaranteed 'My Time'
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
  • Personal group sizes up to 40

Tour Overview

Imagine shopping in the Christmas Markets of Europe’s greatest cities. Stay in vibrant Berlin, ancient Dresden, medieval Prague and amazing Nürnberg. See the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie, enjoy visits to Potsdam’s Palaces, the ‘Bridge of Spies’, Dresden’s Royal Palace with its extravagant New Green Vault and Hradcany Castle. Explore Bamberg and delightful Rothenburg and stand on the ramparts of Königstein Fortress in the magnificent Saxon Switzerland National Park.
 

Highlights

  • Visit 7 Christmas Markets, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Prague, Bamberg, Nurnberg and Rothenburg
  • Stay 2 nights in central Berlin, see 'The Wall', stand on the 'Bridge of Spies' and visit Checkpoint Charlie
  • Enjoy 3 nights in Dresden, see the glorious Zwinger Palace and explore picturesque Christmas Markets
  • Walk on the dramatic Bastei Bridge and Konigstein Fortress ramparts in the Saxon Switzerland National Park
  • Stay 2 nights in the centre of Prague and visit the impressive Hradcany Castle
  • Enjoy a free day to explore the city of Prague and dine out in a local Czech restaurant
  • Visit Nurnberg's famous Nazi Rally Grounds and Documentation Centre
  • Spend the day in picture postcard Rothenburg on the Romantic Road

 

The Bohemian Christmas Markets Tour is just one of many you can enjoy in Germany or Czech Republic. Visit the destination pages for more information for our other amazing tours!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Berlin

Your tour commences this evening in wonderful Berlin – a city now united and re-built in even greater glory. Dinner tonight is included in your hotel, but first enjoy a welcome drink. This is an ideal opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.
Meals:
D
Hotel:
Maritim proArte Hotel

Day 2: Berlin & Potsdam sightseeing

On our panoramic tour this morning, an expert local guide will breathe life into the major sights that we will see in this remarkable, rejuvenated city, from the Brandenburg Gate and re-built Reichstag to sections of ‘The Wall’, and Potsdamer Platz.
 
On our way to Potsdam, we stop to see the Bridge of Unity – more famously known as the ‘Bridge of Spies’. After enjoying lunchtime in Potsdam’s pretty Dutch Quarter we enjoy a guided visit to Cecilienhof Palace. This was the last palace built by the German Kaisers, and is most famous for being the site of the Potsdam Convention where Churchill, Truman and Stalin met in 1945. Inside is a fascinating museum and the furniture, private reception rooms and huge conference table, remain exactly as they were when these great leaders met to carve up a ravaged, post war world. Back in Berlin, you are free to enjoy the wonderful sights and museums. Maybe visit the nostalgic Christmas Market at Schlossplatz on the Museumsinsel?
Meals:
B
Hotel:
Maritim proArte Hotel

Day 3: Leipzig sightseeing and Christmas Markets

Heading south we soon reach the cultural city of Leipzig, with its 16th century renaissance style buildings, and once home to Bach, Wagner and Schumann. After an orientation tour we enjoy lunchtime in the market square in front of the old City Hall. Here you will find one of Europe’s oldest and largest Christmas Markets with over 250 stalls! Later we continue to wonderful Dresden where we stay the next three nights.
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Westin Bellevue

Day 4: Dresden sightseeing, ‘My Time’ and Christmas Markets

Rebuilt after the massive bombing raids of WWII, Dresden has once again bloomed into one of the most beautiful and elegant cities in Europe, reflecting the grandeur of this capital of the Electors of Saxony, who once ruled a powerful empire.
 
On our morning walking tour you will see the glorious Zwinger Palace courtyard, the Semper Opera House, and symbolic Frauenkirche dominating the massive market square filled with Christmas Market stalls. After following the Fürstenzug – a dramatic, 100 metre long painted porcelain mural depicting the procession of Princes, we visit the Dresden Royal Palace. We have included entrance to the museums including the Armoury, Turkish Chamber, Riesensaal (Giants’ Hall) and the fabulous New Green Vault with over 1,000 beautiful and often priceless gold and silver bejewelled objects. Simply stunning! The rest of your day is at leisure. Make sure you take time to wander along Brühl’s Terrace by the river, which is nicknamed ‘the balcony of Europe’. Dresden boasts the oldest and most traditional Christmas Markets in all of Europe. The Striezelmarkt on Altmarkt square is massive. Dating back to the 15th century it is named after the word ‘Striezel’ – otherwise known as traditional ‘Stollen’ cake.
Meals:
B
Hotel:
Westin Bellevue

Day 5: Saxon Switzerland National Park sightseeing and dinner in a Saxon restaurant

There is nothing quite like a day in the country. We have included a wonderful excursion into Saxon Switzerland, a pristine National Park near the Czech border. On our way we stop in Pillnitz to visit a local bakery and enjoy coffee and Stollen, the traditional German bread eaten during the Christmas season.
 
Our next stop will be at the amazing Bastei Bridge, which links a series of rocky towers, spanning gorges and cliffs. From the various lookouts the views down onto the River Elbe are stupendous. Later we also visit the Königstein ‘Kings Stone’ hilltop fortress. Started nearly 800 years ago, it evolved over the ages into an impregnable stronghold perched above sheer cliffs. Make sure you walk along the towering ramparts and visit the arched, old wine cellars and the three metre wide, 152 metre deep well which is hand carved from solid rock. Later we return to Dresden for some time at leisure to explore the Christmas markets, before enjoying dinner in a local Saxon restaurant.
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Westin Bellevue

Day 6: Prague sightseeing

Crossing into the Czech Republic we arrive into Prague for lunchtime. In the afternoon we have included a locally guided for a tour through this fascinating city to the Hradcany – Prague Castle covers over 7 hectares and is the largest ancient castle in the world. We visit St Vitus cathedral and the Zlatá Ulièka (the Golden Lane) with its tiny colourful houses built right into the arches of the Castle walls and named after the goldsmiths who lived here in the 17th century. Our hotel for the next two nights is excellently
located within easy walking distance of the old town.
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Art Nouveau Palace Hotel

Day 7: ‘My Time’ in Prague and Christmas Markets

The whole day and evening has been left completely free for you to relax and explore the laneways, colourful shop fronts, churches and bridges of this beautiful city, at your own pace. Prague is the city of ‘Good King Wenceslas’ so naturally the best Christmas markets are in Wenceslas Square, beside your hotel, and the Old Town. Time to sip medovina – warm honey liquor!
Meals:
B
Hotel:
Art Nouveau Palace Hotel

Day 8: Bamberg and Nürnberg

Crossing the border into Germany we reach Bamberg. UNESCO World Heritage listed, Bamberg boasts hundreds of buildings, mansions and palaces displaying the various stages of architecture dating back 1,000 years. Famous for its unique ‘smoked’ beer and antique shops, Bamberg is one of Germany’s best kept secrets. Later we continue to Nürnberg where we stay the next three nights. 
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Novotel Nuerenberg Centre Ville

Day 9: Nürnberg sightseeing, ‘My Time’ and Christmas Markets

This morning we are joined by a local guide to show us around the town and visit the Nazi Documentation Centre and Rally Grounds. With its massive stone towers and gates, medieval Nürnberg has a rich history stretching back hundreds of years, and is often more deeply associated with the setting for the enormous Nazi rallies and the War Crimes trials. Nürnberg now boasts extensive pedestrian walkways and one of the most splendid Christmas Markets in Europe. This huge market has a unique law that only traditional Christmas artefacts are allowed for sale. As dusk approaches, the music and singing, Christmas lights and smell of mulled wine, roasting sausages, chestnuts and sweets fill the air. Fantastic! Meals: B
Meals:
B
Hotel:
Novotel Nuerenberg Centre Ville

Day 10: ‘My Time’ in Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber and Christmas Markets

Today we have included an excursion to visit picture-postcard Rothenburg on the ‘Romantic Road’ with its delightful cobblestoned streets, ramparts and turrets. Make a point of walking through the famous ‘Christmas Shop’ known for its stunning displays. The Christmas Markets, set in the narrow alleys are some of the quaintest you will ever see. This evening, back in Nürnberg, we enjoy a farewell dinner. 
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Novotel Nuerenberg Centre Ville

Day 11: To Munich

Driving south we reach central Munich before midday, where your tour ends. We will make stops at the central railway station, Maritim Hotel and Munich airport. We recommend that you book flights that depart from Munich after 2pm today.
Meals:
B

Incredible Value Inclusions

  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • 10 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
  • Welcome drink in Berlin
  • 16 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B) and 6 evening dinners (D)
  • A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
  • Tea and coffee with all included dinners
  • Local guides as described
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
  • Albatross Tours Travel App

Your Hotels

Maritim proArte Hotel – 2 Nights

This 4-star superior hotel is in a superb location near the city centre, one block from Unter den Linden Strasse, a 10-minute walk to the Brandenburg Gate and shopping areas.
 
The Westin Bellevue, Dresden

The Westin Bellevue, Dresden - 3 nights

In a manor house overlooking the Elbe river, this 4 star hotel is conveniently situated within easy walking distance of Dresden’s Baroque district. The elegant rooms, decorated in soft cream colours, feature limited free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, safe and minibar. The hotel also boasts a wellness area including spa, pool, sauna and gym.

Art Nouveau Palace Hotel

Art Nouveau Palace Hotel – 2 Nights

This stylish 4-star hotel is perfectly located in the city centre on the border of the New and Old towns.

Novotel Nuerenberg Centre Ville – 3 Nights

This 4-star hotel is conveniently located on the edge of the old town, within walking distance of the city’s main sights.
 

Tour Reviews

Enjoyed our holiday from day 1. The other guests on tour were friendly and of similiar age and interests to us. I loved the cities we visited and that our hotels were close to city centres so we could walk to attractions and cafes. The coach was comfortable and we had an excellent driver who had to drive in all types of conditions. Great holiday and looking forward to our next tour.

Virginia

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Guaranteed to Depart Availability
29 Nov 2019 9 Dec 2019 AUD $4,599 Space Available
6 Dec 2019 16 Dec 2019 AUD $4,599 Space Available

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