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Today we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to Munich, Germany.
Note: The airport location and airline will be confirmed no sooner than nine months before departure.
Welcome to Germany! Upon our arrival in Munich this morning, we will meet our local driver and guide for a panoramic tour of Bavaria’s friendly capital city. This impressive Bavarian metropolis boasts a well-preserved city center with buildings such as the Rathaus, the Frauenkirche, palaces, museums, and the delightful English Garden with its Chinese Tower. We’ll take a walk through one of the city’s market areas where you can sample your first fragrant cup of glühwein or a German sausage before we check into our hotel. After settling in, we will enjoy a delicious dinner together.
We’ll begin our day with breakfast followed by a tour of one of Bavaria’s not-to-be-missed attractions, Nymphenburg Palace. Built as a summer residence for the Wittelsbach royal family in 1664, the palace boasts a magnificent design and an impressive grand hall with beautiful ceilings and multiple galleries. Outside, the extensive gardens are fabulous. For lunch, we are in for a real treat as we dine at the famous Hofbräuhaus. Locals and tourists from around the world flock to this bustling beer hall where the main area holds up to 1,300 guests. It’s a tradition for regulars to have a long-standing table reservation (the oldest regulars’ table has been held for the last seventy years!), and they can even rent lockers to hold their personal beer mugs. It’s sure to be an authentic Bavarian experience! We’ll then head to the Marienplatz in the center of Munich to stroll through the Christmas market stalls. Browse the unique handicrafts, sip mulled wine, listen to the Christmas choirs, and savor the delicious culinary specialties before we return to the hotel for the evening.
(Breakfast and lunch included)
After breakfast this morning, we will say goodbye to Munich and depart on the hour-long drive to the beautiful city of Augsburg, one of Germany’s oldest cities. The varied architecture in its center includes medieval guild houses, the 11th-century St. Mary’s Cathedral, and the onion-domed Sankt Ulrich und Afra Abbey. Free time will be available to wander Augsburg’s bustling Christmas market, which is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Germany. We will then continue on the Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob de Tauber for a two-night stay in this fairytale village. Our hotel is tucked inside the medieval city walls and just a short walk from the city center. Enjoy a delightful dinner with the group before an evening of exploring the Christmas market. Be sure to try Rothenburg’s famous schneeball pastry made from strips of sweet dough fried and covered with powdered sugar!
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Enjoy breakfast before we embark on a walking tour of this medieval village famous for its charming lanes surrounded by a restored covered town wall that you can walk along. Along with centuries-old frame houses, the village’s architecture and atmosphere make visitors feel like they have stepped back in time. The rest of the day is yours to browse the lovely shops, visit the original Käthe Wolfahrt Christmas Shop, and explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of the festive market that embodies the lovely world of Father Christmas. Every year, Rothenburg’s Christmas market is recognized as one of the most charming and beautiful in Germany. With thousands of fairy lights, festive music, sweet aromas, and handmade treasures, it’s a unique wonderland!
Today we’ll head out on the short drive to the city of Würzburg following a leisurely morning, stopping at a family-owned winery along the way. A champagne reception awaits, plus an introduction to the wine production process and a wine tasting. Our first stop in Würzburg will be the picturesque Würzburg Residence, where opulence is an understatement and the details are overwhelming. Built in the beginning of the 18th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the most important and beautiful Baroque palaces in Europe. Then enjoy some free time to stroll through the Würzburg Christmas market located in the heart of the Old Town. The historic market square with the gothic chapel is the perfect backdrop for this Christmas market steeped in tradition. Handmade woolen goods, wood decorations, unique jewelry, fruity mulled wine, tasty roasted almonds, and more can all be found here. Our hotel is perfectly located near the market, so you can spend the evening exploring the unique stalls, nearby shops, and restaurants at your leisure.
Our touring today will take us to the charming city of Bamberg, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bamberg’s town center combines a small historic square and surrounding modern shops. The town hall impressively straddles the river atop two bridges, and a short walk away are a cathedral and small collection of picturesque riverside houses dubbed “Little Venice.” We’ll enjoy lunch together before heading to Nuremberg to check into our hotel close to the city center where the red-stripped stalls display the best Christmas treasures. The evening is yours to enjoy dinner, shop, or take in the festive Advent concert on the city square.
(Breakfast and lunch included)
Today we truly get to know this beautiful and medieval walled city. Nuremberg’s history is both dark and redemptive. It was the center of the Holy Roman Empire, the cradle of the German Renaissance, the Temple City of the Third Reich, and the home to both the Nuremberg Nazi rallies and the Nuremberg trials. We’ll enjoy a tour this morning highlighted by a visit to a gingerbread company where sampling is a must! Our final afternoon is ours to discover the enchanting Old Town with its fantastic regional cuisine and the greatest Christmas markets in Germany. After a full day, we will gather for a delicious farewell dinner.
(Breakfast and dinner included)
We will transfer to the airport after breakfast for our flight home.