Day 1 – DEPARTURE
Board your flight from your home destination to Frankfurt, Germany.
This itinerary assumes this to be an overnight flight.
Air fare independently arranged.
Day 2 – WELCOME, ROTHENBURG
Arrival in Frankfurt. Your guide will pick you up at the Airport. Together with your other traveling companions and tour director you will drive south to Rothenburg ob the Tauber.
Check in your hotel and meet your guide for a walking tour of Rothenburg.
Completely surrounded by its medieval ramparts with countless towers, Rothenburg is famous for its ancient houses, fountains, cobbled lanes, hidden corners and street signs. Also famous for the Meistertrunk, in which – according to legend – the burgomeister saved the town by emptying a 6-pint tankard in one single draught.
Enjoy the famous Christmas markets of Rothenburg on the Main square and in the little alleyways.
After a great welcome dinner go for a walk with the Rothenburg nightwatchman.
> Your tour includes: Transfer from airport
to hotel, dinner, tour, hotel in Rothenburg
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Day 3 – NUREMBERG
After breakfast we check out and go east to NUREMBERG, the former free Imperial City dominated by a large fortress, the Burg. An orientation drive features the landmarks of the city and ends on the main square, the Hauptmarkt, where Germany’s most famous Christmas Market takes place.
Take a tour of the NUREMBERG CASTLE. Towering over the Altstadt (Old Town) north of the River Pegnitz, Nuremberg Castle was once the most important in Germany, as it was the seat of the Holy Roman Emperors who virtually ruled over Europe for hundreds of years from medieval times.
Visit the Romanesque chapel and the Imperial Apartments which contain a permanent exhibition on the Holy Roman Empire. Go up the Sinwell Tower (Sinwellturm), which has a viewing platform for fine city panoramas, and go with your tour guide to the deep well.
After that just walk downhill to Nuremberg's sprawling CHRISTKINDLESMARKT. The oldest and most famous Christmas market in Germany (400 years) will delight you.
In the afternoon we leave for Seiffen, your home for the next four nights. An enjoyable dinner awaits you.
> Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, guided city tour, inside tour Nuremburg castle, dinner , hotel in Seiffen
Day 4 – SEIFFEN
After Breakfast join your guide on a City tour of Seiffen.
Seiffen is located in the in the heart of the Ore Mountains (German: Erzgebirge), which are famous for many Christmas traditions.
Nutcrackers, "smoking men", Christmas pyramids (carousels with figures of the Christmas story or from mining) and Schwibbögen (wooden candle arches, displayed in windows, symbolizing the opening of a mine) are some of many Christmas goods.
Take a tour of the GLÄSSER company's workshops and see decorations still being made by hand today.
In the afternoon time for your own Christmas shopping.
In the Evening 3 course dinner in a typical restaurant.
> Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, tour Glässer Manufacture, dinner, hotel in Seiffen
Figurine and Folk Art Shop, Seiffen
Day 5 – DRESDEN
We continue to DRESDEN, one of Germanys most beautiful cities and a jewel of history. Dresden today ranks as a world-class city of art and culture.
Set in a magnificent landscape in the Elbe valley it went through a blossoming of architectural and artistic brilliance that earned it the name "The Jewel Box". On our orientation tour we see the Royal Palace, Zwinger Palace, the Semper Opera House, Elbe castles, Villa Quarter, Hellerau garden city, award-winning modern buildings, and the "Blue Wonder" bridge east of the city centre. Inside visit at FRAUENKIRCHE (The Church of Our Lady), one of Germany's most amazing post-WW2 reconstructions.
It seems as though Augustus the Strong and his successors were not prepared to wait for nature to finish the job; with their skill, artistry and determination, they filled the Grüne Gewölbe (Green Vault) and Türckische Cammer (Turkish Chamber) with treasures from all over the world, collected paintings and porcelain, and were patrons of the great composers. Inside visit at the GREEN VAULT.
In the late afternoon there's time to visit the Striezelmarkt, one of the oldest Christmas Markets in Germany. Later enjoy a dinner overlooking the Elbe.
> Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, Dresden tour, entrance fees, dinner, hotel in Seiffen
Dresden Christmas Market
Day 6 – PRAGUE
Today we go east across the border to PRAGUE, where you will have plenty of time to explore one the largest castles in the world, Hradcany or Prague Castle.
There was already a castle in the 9th century. It was rebuilt in the 14th century in gothic style under Charles IV, and given its final style under Empress Maria Theresa. Today it is the historical and political centre of both city and state.
Then join your guide on a walking city tour of Prague, the immortal capital of the Czech Republic, also called the Golden City or the Mother of Cities. See the Jewish Prague, Old Town Square, and the Astronomical Clock and after free time for early dinner we return to Seiffen.
> Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, entrance fee Prague Castle, local guide, hotel in Seiffen
Day 7 – WEIMAR and ERFURT
After breakfast and check out we continue to WEIMAR– famous for three items on the World Heritage List: Classical Weimar, the State Bauhaus, and Goethe’s handwritten manuscripts in the Memory of the World.
"Here, you feel as grand and free as the wondrous nature before your eyes." Goethe's words still ring true today, and are a perfect description of what awaits visitors in and around Weimar.
The National Goethe Museum is the most important monument to the classical period. But the town has plenty more museums to visit – more than 40, in fact! They include the Bauhaus Museum, the Museum of Prehistory and Early History, and even the German Bee Museum!
Go for stroll with a local guide and spend time on Weimar's Christmas Market.
From here a short ride to ERFURT, the Capital of Thuringia. Check into your monastery room, the very same monastery where Luther was staying in Erfurt. Join your guide for an orientation walk before dinner.
> Breakfast buffet, door-to-door transportation, tour in Weimar, dinner, Augustiner Monastery in Erfurt
Goethe and Schiller, Weimar
Day 8 – ERFURT and WARTBURG CASTLE
Before leaving Erfurt take a tour with the historic tramway. See the most important sights from the city’s recent and more distant past. The beautifully preserved Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) areas of the city are especially well worth seeing. A short stroll through the historical old quarter as far as the Merchants’ Bridge.
Then a beautiful drive this morning to the WARTBURG CASTLE overlooking Eisenach in the Thuringia Forest, constructed between 1155 and 1180. It is one of the best preserved secular buildings of the late Romanesque period north of the Alps, and it is surely one of the most beautiful. It was here that Luther translated the Bible. Goethe praised the beautiful natural surroundings of the Wartburg, and Ludwig II King of Bavaria used it as a model for Neuschwanstein. Enjoy your guided to of this wonderful castle!
Return to Frankfurt and take a look at the Christmas Market just before returning to your hotel for a great farewell dinner.
> Breakfast buffet, door-to-door transportation, Wartburg tour, historic Tram, dinner, overnight in Frankfurt
Day 9 – HOME FROM FRANKFURT
Time to say "Auf wiedersehen". One final breakfast and then a complimentary transfer to the Frankfurt Airport for your return flight home.
Return flights may leave anytime today.
> Buffet breakfast, transfer to airport