German Christmas Holiday
See the remarkable Gengenbach Town Hall decorated at Christmas
DAY 1 ~ 21 DECEMBER Frankfurt
DAY 3 ~ 23 DECEMBER Medieval Strasbourg and picture perfect Gengenbach
8 Delightful Days Frankfurt to Luzern Escorted Tour Imagine staying deep in the heart of the German Black Forest over Christmas. Visit medieval towns and explore Christmas Markets on cobblestoned streets. Explore the Alsace wine road, visit the magnificent Hohenzollern Castle and see Gengenbach’s town hall illuminate with the world’s largest advent calendar.
Your tour commences this evening in wonderful Frankfurt: a city of contrasts – frommodern skyscrapers to beautifully maintained old buildings. There is so much to see and do in the city centre. Dinner tonight is included in your hotel but first, enjoy a welcome drink. This is an ideal opportunity to meet your fellow travellers. Meals: D
After a leisurely departure this morning we cross the River Rhine and enter France to visit Strasbourg. A local guide will join us to bring to life this historic medieval town. The rest of the day is free to explore the old town. Retaining its old world charm, there are 3 bridges spanning the River Ill, massive fortified towers and pedestrianised streets. The Christmas Markets around the Place de la Cathédrale and Place Broglie are beautifully decorated and a delight. This traditional Christmas Market, which dates back to 1570, is one of the oldest and finest, and boasts one of the highest Christmas trees in Europe. Time to do that last minute shopping, indulge in the mulled wine, ginger biscuits and ‘Bredele’ (small Alsatian biscuits), take in the music, fabulously decorated trees and folklore displays. Late afternoon we cross back into Germany and make a very special stop in the picture postcard village of Gengenbach. The ornate Christmas markets are set in the old town centre which dates back hundreds of years. Behind the giant Christmas tree, the beautiful 18th century town hall becomes the largest advent calendar in the world. Our visit is timed so we are in the markets after dusk as the advent calendar window is opened in celebration. Meals: B,D DAY 4 ~ 24 DECEMBER Cuckoo Clocks and Lake Titisee Christmas Eve! An exciting day as we drive through the conifers and snow covered meadows to reach Hofgut Sternen - ‘the Black Forest Village’ to discover how cuckoo clocks are made, and to enjoy Black Forest gâteau and coffee. Afterwards we enjoy lunchtime on nearby beautiful Lake Titisee. This afternoon, back at your hotel, we have included afternoon tea with Christmas biscuits and later this evening relax and enjoy our traditional festive Christmas Eve dinner. Meals: B,D
Your Frankfurt Hotel – The Hilton Frankfurt This first class hotel is in a superb location near the city centre.
DAY 2 ~ 22 DECEMBER Heidelberg, Baden Baden Christmas Markets and Hornberg The ancient university town of Heidelberg is only an hour’s drive away. Set in the wooded Neckar Valley, with its twin- towered bridge and red sandstone castle, we spend the morning here. Moving on to delightful Baden Baden you will have time to explore the Christmas Market, which is set against the picturesque backdrop of the Kurhaus and the colonnades lit up by thousands of lights, in the heart of the festively decorated old town. Late afternoon we drive deep into the Black Forest to the village of Hornberg where we stay for the next six nights over Christmas. During your stay all breakfasts and dinners are included and there is also Turkey lunch on Christmas Day. Meals: B,D 3 star hotel, situated in a beautiful park above the valley in the heart of the Black Forest. This location makes an excellent base for all of our included excursions to the surrounding areas. Please note the Hornberg Hotel has no lift. 6 Your Black Forest Hotel – Hotel Schloss Hornberg This historic stately home is now a family run
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