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CLASSIC CHRISTMAS MARKETS

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This Classic Christmas Markets trip will surely get you into the holiday spirit.  We will visit the traditional Christmas markets and historic towns of Central Europe.  On this journey, we will try Gluhwein (hot mulled wine), shop for one of a kind Christmas ornaments, toys, and handicrafts, visit picturesque villages and towns, and sample regional foods, beer, and wines. This is truly a  one-of-a kind tour.  Hope you can join me as we go on a unique Christmas Shopping experience.  Check out this amazing itinerary and see for yourself.  Get those shopping lists together.  This is my Christmas present to me!

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HIGHLIGHTS:  Black Forest, Strasbourg, Franconia Region, Wurzburg, Nuremberg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau Diner’s Choice, Munich, Innsbruck, Christmas Markets.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland where our Christmas tour begins.

Day 2: Black Forest, Germany – Tour Begins

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Arrive into Zurich, Switzerland and then travel through the scenic countryside of Germany to the heart of the Black Forest. Here we enjoy the peacefulness of the surrounding forested mountains, stroll the village lanes to the local church or shop for authentic handicrafts and wood carvings. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Black Forest dinner.
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Travel the picturesque valleys of the Black Forest and the vineyard fields of the Alsace to the provincial capital of Strasbourg, France where centuries of Roman, French, German and Alsatian influences blend together to lend this city its unique character. Enjoy a guided tour of the old quarter, “Petite France,” featuring the Cathedral of Notre Dame, considered one of the noblest achievements of Western architecture. Time is available to explore the Christmas markets before returning to Germany.
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Day 4: Black Forest – Wurzburg – Franconia

Depart the Black Forest for the Franconia region of Germany. Our destination is Wurzburg where a guide will lead a leisurely paced walking tour of the city. This ancient wine town is rich in historic sites, including the magnificent 18th-century residence of the prince-bishops, boasting the largest ceiling fresco in the world, and the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main. We will have time to shop in the lively Christmas market.
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Day 5: Franconia – Nuremberg – Franconia

Start our day with a city tour of historic Nuremberg featuring the old town, the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle, and the Justice Palace, where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. Our city tour concludes with a visit to Nuremberg’s Christmas Market, one of the oldest and most famous markets in Germany that dates back to 1628. Here you can spend the day sipping Gluhwein and sampling roast sausages. Over 200 wooden stalls have given the Christmas market its name – “Little Town from Wood.” Here you can find items like Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, bakery goods and sweets, Christmas tree angels and toys.
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Day 6:Franconia – Rothenberg – Neuschwanstein Castle – Oberammergau

Begin our day with a stop in lovely Rothenberg, one of the most well-preserved medieval walled towns in all of Germany. After some free time in town, we continue on to Oberammergau. En route, we make a picture stop at Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairy tale retreat of Ludwig II of Bavaria. Oberammergau is the perfect picture of a Bavarian Alpine village, offering the opportunity to glimpse into the past while experiencing the living history of the region. It is the ideal place to shop for cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers and Hummel figurines. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…a tour exclusive. Dinner is included and you will choose the perfect spot from  a “menu” of Oberammergau’s local restaurants.
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Day 7: Oberammergau – Innsbruck, Austria – Oberammergau

Traverse the Bavarian landscape to the Tyrolean town of Innsbruck, nestled in the heart of the mountains. A local guide provides a tour highlighting the city’s history, culture and popular attractions including Maria Theresienstrasse, the Hofburg and the “Golden Roof.” The remainder of the day is at leisure to shop in the many specialty stores and the cozy Christmas market.
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Day 8: Oberammergau – Munich – Oberammergau

This morning, travel to Munich and enjoy a panoramic tour visiting the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and Olympic Park. Enjoy leisure time to independently explore Munich’s historic area and the Christmas market. Later,we return to Oberammergau where we will have time to stroll about the village, perhaps shopping for the intricate wood-crafts the town is known for.
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Day 9:

Oberammergau – Tour Ends with breakfast. We are taken to the airport with suitcases full of German gifts and memories that will be a lifetime gift.

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Join us December 4-12 for an exciting winter adventure.  

This tour includes: 7 nights lodging, 11 meals (7 breakfasts,4 dinners) Round trip airfare, Round trip transfers, Vacation protection, Sedan service round trip so you don’t even have to drive to the airport.

Call for details about your rates with departure airport.  919.708.8217

Rates from RDU NC: $3234 per person.

**Enjoy lunch in Strasbourg with my compliments. 

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Let’s Go Shopping!

Let’s Go Christmas Shopping!

Yes, let’s go Christmas shopping, but not at the local mall.  I am talking about the world famous German Christmas Markets.  I did some research about the German Christmas markets for my weekly newsletter.  The more I learned, the more excited I became.  Did you know that Germany’s first Christmas market was recorded way back in 1393?  Back in those days, Advent markets only lasted a couple of days, but things are different now, I am happy to say.

 If you’re looking for Christmas inspiration, nothing beats strolling around romantic booths at a Christmas market in a fabulous setting.  There are millions of visitors each year, so I think it is time for me to check them out.  Along with handcrafted Christmas decorations made as they have been for generations, there are wooden nutcrackers (my favorite), Nativity scenes, and beautiful hand-painted, blown glass ornaments.  And yes, they have shopping malls along with the small stalls and shops to keep us shopping till our wallets are empty.

 Not only are the Christmas markets a great place to shop, but they have many wonderful things to eat.  Remember the carol-“chestnuts roasting on a open fire”, well they have them along with gingerbread cookies and spicy mulled wine (Gluhwein).  Makes me hungry just thinking about it. 

 I read the Nuremberg Christmas market was the biggest and best, but since I have never been, I defer to the seasoned Christmas market travelers.  I sure would love to hear your comments!

 So, if my version of a typical German Christmas market makes you want to go–then go.  You may see me there too! 

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