A warm welcome awaits you upon arrival, followed by a bus-transfer to your charming Hotel in LUENEBURG (about 35 miles south of Hamburg), your home and base for the following 6 nights. (D/OV)
Following breakfast you are invited first for a sightseeing tour of Lueneburg, known for its fine red brick houses founded during the middle ages. See the old Brewery, a gabled Renaissance building decorated with twisted brick motifs and medallions. From here enjoy a pleasant view of the galleried buildings overlooking the river Illmemau and a historic mill. You will be visiting the Luene Convent, a Gothic cloister and its fountain are the outstanding features of this remarkable 15th C. abbey. View the old town square, St. John’s Church and admire the city’s notable Town Hall that stands for an assemblage of different buildings from the 13th to 18th C. with a great Council Chamber, a Renaissance masterpiece of the 16th C. – Ample time left to enjoy Lueneburg’s special Christmas ambience, its festive lights illuminated through colorful candles, nutcrackers, wooden toys, honey cakes and roasted chestnuts.... Later, return to your hotel in time for freshen up, for dinner and overnight. (B & D/OV)
Today’s bus-excursion leads to Berlin, capital again of reunited Germany. You will travel on sweeping boulevard Unter den Linden and stop at the city’s landmark Brandenburg Gate which has symbolized the former division. Close the former Reichstag building that now houses the German Parliament. We stop at Checkpoint Charly, once crossing point between East and West Berlin and continue with our drive on famous avenue Kurfuerstendamm, passing Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a reminder of World War II destruction. – Right here at the Christmas Market more than a hundred traders, exhibitors and artisans offer their Christmas goods, like crafts with a medieval touch, glass arts, featuring jewelry and antique toys.... Why not try here some culinary delights from taffy apples, perhaps one of the city’s popular “Currywurst” or a special punch of “Feuerzangenbowle”, before our motorcoach takes us back to Lueneburg for dinner and overnight. (B & D/OV)
After another hearty breakfast your morning excursion starts with a short drive to Hamburg, one of Europe’s largest ports. The drive leads along the Alster Lake, where lights are reflected and will stop near the quaint market place with its sumptuous Town Hall and Clock Tower erected in Renaissance style. Enjoy here its most beautiful Christmas Market tastefully decorated booth and wooden huts offering classic products, arts and handcrafts, ceramics from Saxony and even woodcarvings from Tyrol in Austria. Don’t miss an “Aachener Printen”, a sweet delicacy or a piece of the original gingerbread from Nurenberg. Artists and silversmiths invite you to participate trying your hands on their crafts.... – Following this enjoyable visit the drive takes you to Hamburg’s amusement quarter “Reeperbahn” in St. Pauli where bars and dance halls invite “lonely” visitors from all over the world. Take your chance if you like and do as you please, before we return in time to our Hotel. (B & D/OV)
During the morning you will discover the old Hanseatic City of Rostock, founded in the early 13th C. A short orientation drive is followed by an easy walking tour of the historic center which shows colorful painted merchant houses, its great Town Hall and the venerable Gothic Church of St. Mary dominates the nearby market square. The inside tour of this remarkable church will show the world oldest astronomical clock of the 15th C. which is still working. – The colorful Christmas fair in this Hanseatic Town is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the Northern part of Germany. Its charming atmosphere, its lovingly decorated stalls and the romantic setting at the historic market place combine to create the right feeling for the Advent season and are a fitting prelude to Christmas Eve. – A side trip will take you to the Baltic call of port Warnemuende and to its promenade and pier to enjoy here its pretty decorated Christmas-trees and candles. Gifts are not such mass-produced but craftwork of real quality. You will find many are difficult to resist, as will be a glass of delicious mulled wine you are offered and the baked apples that are very welcome on a crisp winter day...- Toward evening you will return to your hotel in Lueneburg for dinner and overnight. (B & D/OV)
Another highlight of your tour takes you today to the ancient town of Quedlinburg, one of the UNESCO’s protected cities and located right at the Harz Mountains. Here, more than a thousands half-timbered houses bring the Middle Ages to life. Stroll the winding lanes and visit its mighty Cathedral with the tomb of Heinrich I, the first German king. – The charming Christmas Market here attracts thousand of visitors each year and its scene of a colorful tradition and a beautiful lighting. Here you may buy all kind of Christmas merchandise and gifts, especially traditional goods, like miniature Christmas trees, gold-foil angles. The spicy smell of mulled wine, the aroma of roasting almonds and fancy cakes make pre-Christmas shopping truly a sensory experience. – Tonight, your farewell-dinner will be a festive occasion with wine, local music and with a valuable gift. We wish this last evening the most enjoyable one of your Christmas Market Tour! (B&D/OV)
After a last good home-made breakfast at your hotel your wonderful leisure tour of Germany’s Christmas Markets comes to an end as your motorcoach takes you back to your arrival airport Hamburg. Here, your driver bids “Auf Wiedersehen” to all group member and is wishing you a most happy return!