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Christmas Markets of Historic Germany

12 days |  15 days with Vienna extension
12 days |  15 days with Vienna extension
Group size1538 travelers
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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decorated christmas tree with lights and berlin city in background
ferris wheel and market stalls at german christmas market during sunset
closeup of german christmas treats
people walking around christmas markets in germany
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Celebrate the Christmas season in traditional German style.

Begin your adventure in artsy, edgy Berlin, reunited Germany’s political and cultural capital. Stop at the historic outpost of Potsdam, then continue on to Dresden, home of the country’s oldest Christmas market. Take a step back in time as you wander along the medieval streets of Bamberg before ending in Munich, the capital of Bavarian food and culture.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 7 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Berlin Wall
  • Zwinger Palace
  • Striezelmarkt—Germany’s oldest Christmas market
  • Potsdam
  • Weimar
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Berlin today.

Berlin3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Berlin
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Germany! Gather with your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the monuments of Berlin’s intricate past as well as the signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center.

  • Discover the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin
  • See the Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall's East Side Gallery
  • Journey down Unter den Linden, the city’s most elegant boulevard, passing the Reichstag and Museum Island

Enjoy a free afternoon in Berlin or add an excursion.

World War II Walking Tour

From $109 per person

Day 4: Potsdam
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Potsdam, where American, British, and Soviet leaders drew up plans for the postwar administration of Germany at the Potsdam Conference.

  • Explore the historic town center, New Garden, and Dutch Quarter with a guide
  • Step inside Cecilienhof Palace, site of the Potsdam Conference’s iconic photo
Dresden2 nights
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Dresden
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Berlin for a guided tour of Dresden, once considered to be the most beautiful city in the world.

  • Stroll through the Old Town and pass the renovated Semper Opera House, site of the Saxon State Orchestra
  • Admire the Dresden Frauenkirche and statue of Martin Luther
  • See the Zwinger Palace, a striking example of Baroque architecture
  • Visit the historic Striezelmarkt and enjoy a tasting of traditional mulled wine and pastries

This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 6: Free day in Dresden
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Dresden or add an excursion.

Görlitz

From $159 per person

Bamberg2 nights
Day 7: Bamberg via Weimar
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Bamberg by way of Weimar, the intellectual hub that nurtured the genius of Goethe, Nietzsche, and Schiller.

  • Learn about the city’s literary history on a walking tour through the Old Town
  • See remnants of the Bauhaus architectural movement
  • Discover the National Theater and its monument to Goethe and Schiller

Then, continue on to Bamberg where you'll enjoy an included dinner this evening.

(Please note: Some departures may overnight in Würzburg, Bayreuth, or Coburg instead of Bamberg.)

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Bamberg
Included meal: Breakfast

Set off with a local guide on a walking tour through Bamberg, a city built on seven hills.

  • Enter the towering Bamberg Cathedral and surrounding square
  • Pass the Baroque New Palace
  • Stand in awe of Old Town Hall, built in the middle of Regnitz River
  • Visit the quaint fisherman’s village of Little Venice

Enjoy a free afternoon in Bamberg or add an excursion.

Historic Nuremberg

From $145 per person

Munich3 nights
Day 9: Munich via Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Included meal: Breakfast

Set off for Munich today. En route, stop in Rothenburg ob der Tauber for a walking tour of the town's picturesque squares with your Tour Director. After, enjoy free time to explore the local Christmas Market before continuing on to Munich where you'll have a free evening.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Munich
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know the Bavarian capital on a guided tour.

  • Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district
  • Enter the Nymphenburg Palace, the Baroque home to past Bavarian royalty
  • Walk from Odeonsplatz through the nearby Hofgarten to view the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria
  • Explore Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the famed Glockenspiel
  • Celebrate the season at the city's festive Christmas markets

Enjoy a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

Dachau

From $85 per person

Day 11: Free day in Munich
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Spend a full free day in Munich or add an excursion.

Tonight, join your group at a farewell dinner.

Bavarian Alps Castle Visit

From $129 per person

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Vienna.

Extension to Vienna
Vienna is famous for its musical history, beautiful Baroque architecture, and coffeehouse culture (three things that make it one amazing place). Continue your trip to explore the Austrian capital on a sightseeing tour, and soak it all in for yourself.
Vienna3 nights
Day 12: Vienna via Salzburg
Included meal: Breakfast

Pass through the Austrian countryside, stopping for free time to explore Salzburg en route to Vienna.

Upon arrival in Vienna, set off with your Tour Director to uncover some of the city’s festive Christmas markets.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Vienna
Included meal: Breakfast

Get transported back to the Age of Empires on a guided tour of Vienna.

  • Travel down the Ringstrasse to the Parliament building and the Vienna State Opera
  • View the impressive art collection inside the Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • See the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s preferred winter residence
  • Visit the city’s festive Christmas market

Enjoy a free afternoon in Vienna or add an excursion.

Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening

From $165 per person

Day 14: Free day in Vienna
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Vienna on your own.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5

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    4 out of 5 stars

    12/7/23 by 1st-time traveler Preston

    5 out of 5 stars

    Eating my way through German Christmas markets
    12/7/23 by 3rd-time traveler Sandra

    The variety of food and drink offered at the markets are amazing!! I spoiled myself and nibbled and drank my way through the markets, and bought a few ornaments to bring home. Fortunately, I was able to fit into the airline seat for the trip home after trying many delicious market food and beverages...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/22/23

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    4 out of 5 stars

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    11/23/23 by 5th-time traveler Anonymous

    Good trip/ Atto did a nice job. Trip was probably done a little early, as Christmas markets were not open in Berlin when we were there. Tour group dinners were ok, but menu was pretty much the same for every get together. Weather was cold, but we survived. Bavarian castle was a true highlight of the...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/18/23

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Abba Berlin Hotel
    Abba Berlin Hotel

    This contemporary hotel is located in Berlin center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, lounge-bar, and fitness room. Nearby, you'll find exclusive boutiques ...

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    NH Dresden Neustadt
    NH Dresden Neustadt

    This modern hotel is located in the Leipziger Vorstadt neighborhood, north of the Dresden city center. Guests enjoy a fitness room, bicycle rentals, a...

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    Hotel Europa Bamberg
    Hotel Europa Bamberg

    This Venetian-inspired hotel is centrally located at the Chain Bridge in Bamberg. Guests enjoy bicycle rentals, the restaurant, and on-site coffee hou...

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    NYX Hotel Munich
    NYX Hotel Munich

    This artsy hotel is located in the Obersendling district. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and sauna. Nearby you’ll find the Hellabrunn Zoo, the Theres...

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    MAXX by Steigenberger Hotel Vienna
    MAXX by Steigenberger Hotel Vienna

    This convenient hotel is located in the city center of Vienna, Austria. Guests enjoy the fitness area, on-site bar and restaurant, and spa. Nearby you...

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    Flights

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    • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
    • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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