November 28 – December 5, 2024
Embark on an enchanting journey with WTA as we explore the captivating cities of Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Munich, and Stuttgart! Germany boasts a wealth of castles, mountains, and ancient towns that will leave you mesmerized all year round. However, during the winter months, this picturesque landscape, blanketed in snow, undergoes a magical transformation, coming to life in the most captivating way! The Christmas Markets in Germany take center stage on this tour, and for a simple reason – they are unrivaled in the world.
What sets the Weihnachtsmärkte in Germany apart is their adherence to age-old traditions, making them a joyful and culturally rich experience. Each market we visit showcases unique customs and regional culture. As you stroll through these markets, you’ll encounter locals dressed in traditional attire, savor mouthwatering German delicacies, and meander through alleys filled with the harmonious melodies of Christmas carols. Kickstart your holiday season with an unforgettable WTA adventure!
Note: We recommend leaving the US on November 27 so that your flight arrives the morning of November 28 – early enough to participate in Day 1’s activities. Should you wish to arrive on November 27 instead, pre-trip hotel charges will be added to your final bill.
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DAY 1 – November 28 – Welcome to Germany! Upon your arrival at Frankfurt Airport (FRA), transportation will be waiting to whisk you away to your accommodations. After getting comfortably settled into your hotel, you’ll have the pleasure of indulging in a delightful welcome dinner with your fellow travel companions.
Note: We recommend your flight from the US arrives before 2pm on November 28 to allow adequate time to join the day’s activities.
DAY 2 – November 29 – Take it easy this morning as you adjust to the new time zone. After lunch, your group will experience an authentic wine tasting at a family winery, sampling German specialties such as Riesling and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). In the evening, you will experience the winter wonderland of Frankfurt’s German Christmas Market. This market is one of Germany’s most special as its traditions date back to 1393. You will have a magical time taking in all the performances, local festive crafts, and food vendors.
DAY 3 – November 30 – Today, your group is set to embark on a scenic train journey to Rothenburg. Germany boasts one of Europe’s most impressive rail networks, and many of the country’s attractions are best experienced by train. During this captivating voyage, you will traverse through verdant forests, expansive open landscapes, and charming villages adorned with a dusting of snow. Upon arriving and checking into your Rothenburg hotel, you will have a leisurely afternoon to explore the market at your own pace before partaking in the Nightwatchman walk later in the evening.
DAY 4 – December 1 – Bid adieu to Rothenburg as your group departs for Munich, the capital of Bavaria, via train. Munich is renowned for its centuries-old architecture, an array of museums, and some of Germany’s most prominent breweries. While it enjoys worldwide fame for its annual Oktoberfest festivities, it also hosts a remarkable holiday atmosphere. This evening, immerse yourself in the enchanting Marienplatz Christmas Market, set against the picturesque backdrop of the neo-Gothic town hall.
DAY 5 – December 2 – FREE Day. Savor today at your leisure. You can indulge in a shopping spree, embark on a city tour, or delve into the rich offerings of Munich’s museums. Tonight, rejoin your group and venture into the city once more for a unique experience at the Medieval Christmas Market on Wittelsbacher Platz. Here, vendors don period-appropriate costumes, and delectable food is roasted over a traditional open fire, transporting you to a bygone era.
DAY 6 – December 3 – Exploring Bavaria in the winter season wouldn’t be fully satisfying without beholding one of the world’s most exquisite castles – Neuschwanstein Castle. Perched on a rugged hill overlooking the village of Hohenschwangau, this 19th-century historicist palace boasts a resplendent white limestone exterior adorned with deep blue turrets. It’s said to be the real-life muse for Disney’s Cinderella Castle, adding to its allure and enchantment.
DAY 7 – December 4 – Today marks the farewell to Munich as your group proceeds to the final destination of this delightful winter expedition – Stuttgart. After settling into your accommodation for the night, you’ll have a leisurely FREE afternoon at your disposal to discover those last-minute souvenirs before savoring a farewell dinner with your newfound friends. Embrace the wintertime cheer by partaking in one last enchanting visit to a Christmas Market.
DAY 8 – December 5 – This morning, your group will board an early train from Stuttgart, heading directly to Frankfurt Airport (FRA). You will need to depart Frankfurt after 11am.
*Please note that this is a tentative itinerary and it is subject to change.
- 8 days & 7 nights’ accommodations
- Single occupancy hotels
- Airport transfer
- Local transportation
- Local wine tasting
- Tours of Christmas Markets
- Tour of Neuschwanstein Castle
- FREE DAYS to explore
- Daily breakfast
- Daily group lunch (excluding FREE DAY)
- Daily group dinner (a la carte)
- COVID antigen testing for USA re-entry, if applicable
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Roundtrip airfare to Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a Personal Nature
- Meals not listed above
- Optional excursions and tours not listed above
- Gratuities and tips for personal services
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- No refunds for cancellations within 6 months of the trip date found in your invoice.
- A $250 penalty will be charged for any outstanding balance after the final payment date found in your invoice.
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