Christmas Markets of Historic Germany

12 days Special Event
Begin your adventure in artsy, edgy Berlin, reunited Germany’s political and cultural capital. Stop at the historic outpost of Potsdam, then continue on to dramatic Dresden, home of the country’s oldest Christmas market. Take a step back in time as you wander the medieval streets of Bamberg and festive markets of Nuremberg before ending in Munich, capital of Bavarian food and culture.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Germany and Austria

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Berlin today.

Berlin 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Berlin

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Germany! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Berlin

  Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the monuments of Berlin’s intricate past as well as the signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center.

• Discover the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin

• See the Holocaust Memorial and East Side Gallery

• Journey down Unter den Linden, the city’s most elegant boulevard, passing the Reichstag and Museum Island

Enjoy a free afternoon in Berlin or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - World War II Walking Tour $59pp* Details

Take a walk through history on this insider’s tour of Berlin during World War II, detailing the rise and fall of Hitler and the Third Reich. You’ll start in the Wilhelmstrasse area and see the building that once housed the headquarters of Hermann Goering’s Luftwaffe. You’ll also view the former headquarters of the infamous SS and Gestapo, the massive Reich Chancellery and the Propaganda Ministry. Finally, stand directly above Hitler’s Führerbunker as your guide details the last days of World War II in Europe. Lunch is included.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Day 4: Potsdam

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Potsdam, where American, British and Soviet leaders drew up plans for the postwar administration of Germany at the Potsdam Conference.

• Explore the historic town center, New Garden and Dutch Quarter with a guide

• Step inside Cecilienhof Palace, site of the Potsdam Conference’s iconic photo

Dresden 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Dresden

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Berlin for a guided tour of Dresden, once considered to be the most beautiful city in the world.

• Pass the renovated Semper Opera House and statue of Martin Luther 

• See the Zwinger Palace, a striking example of Baroque architecture, and the Dresden Frauenkirche

• Discover the New Green Vault, one of Europe’s most impressive treasure museums

• Visit Striezelmarkt, one of the oldest Christmas markets in Dresden

Day 6: Free day in Dresden

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Dresden or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Görlitz $95pp* Details

Until 1945, the modern-day towns of Zgorzelec, Poland and Görlitz, Germany were a single entity. In their current separated state, each town offers unique insights into their nations’ shared history. Enjoy an included lunch in Zgorzelec, and then cross the bridge over the Neisse River onto the Germany side. Here, a local guide gives you a tour of Görlitz, including a visit to the Church of St. Peter and Paul.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Bamberg 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Bamberg via Weimar

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Bamberg by way of Weimar, the intellectual hub that nurtured the genius of Goethe, Nietzsche and Schiller.

• Learn about the city’s literary history on a walking tour through the Old Town

• See remnants of the Bauhaus architectural movement

• Discover the National Theater and its monument to Goethe and Schiller

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Bamberg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off with a local guide on a walking tour through Bamberg, a city built on seven hills. 

• Enter the towering Bamberg Cathedral and surrounding square

• Pass the Baroque New Palace

• Stand in awe of Old Town Hall, built in the middle of Regnitz River

• Visit the quaint fisherman’s village of Little Venice

Enjoy a free afternoon in Bamberg or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Rothenburg $55pp* Details

Visit Rothenburg, the most well-preserved walled Medieval town in Germany. Embark on a guided tour of the city, including stops at the Town Hall, the Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum, and St. Jakob's Church, where you'll see a 500-year-old, hand-carved wooden altarpiece.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Munich 3 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Munich via Nuremberg Christmas market

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off for Munich, stopping along the way in Nuremberg.

• Learn about the legacy of the World War II military tribunals  

• Visit the Nuremberg Christmas Market, where you can shop for spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, Christmas ornaments, candles, toys and crafts

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the Bavarian capital on a guided tour. 

• Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district 

• Enter the Nymphenburg Palace, the Baroque home to past Bavarian royalty

• Walk from Odeonsplatz through the nearby Hofgarten to view the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria

• Explore Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the famed Glockenspiel

• Get introduced to the city’s Christmas markets, its most festive seasonal tradition

Enjoy a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dachau $25pp* Details

Once a typical German town, Dachau served as the first Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Visit this somber site, which has since been transformed into a Holocaust memorial museum that serves as a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Listen to an audio guide while you view Dachau’s poignant exhibits and the memorials to the victims.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $35)

Day 11: Free day in Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a full free day in Munich or add an excursion.

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Optional Excursion - Neuschwanstein & Oberammergau $69pp* Details

Head into the mountains of Bavaria, where your first stop is Oberammergau, setting for the world-famous Passion Play. After a short tour, you'll have some free time for shopping (please note that most shops are closed on Sundays). Later, continue to Neuschwanstein, the storybook retreat of the Fairytale King Ludwig. You may choose to walk or take a horse carriage up the castle hill to Neuschwanstein. Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle was modeled after Neuschwanstein's whimsical design. As you tour the castle’s interior, you’ll discover many examples of the young king’s eclectic tastes. Within its chambers are a stalactite grotto, artifacts of all kinds and murals depicting his favorite scenes from Wagnerian operas. Choose to take a horse-drawn carriage or walk back down the hill. Please note: This excursion involves walking up and down stairs.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Vienna.

Add Vienna Starting from $499 pp

Pass through gorgeous Austrian countryside on your travels to Vienna. Enjoy free time to explore on your own during your 3-day extension. You'll find Christkindlmärktes on nearly every corner. Stroll among the elaborately decorated trees in the park and enjoy the wonderful Christmas atmosphere. Also, join guided tours of the Austrian capital, as well as the festival Christmas Markets, like Rathausplatz. On the square in front of the City Hall, this Christkindlmärkte is teeming with potential Christmas presents, food and most important hot punch and "Glühwein," heated sweetened wine.

Vienna 3 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Vienna via Salzburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Pass through the Austrian countryside, stopping to explore Salzburg on your own en route to Vienna.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Vienna

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get transported back to the Age of Empires on a guided tour of Vienna. 

• Enter Schönbrunn Palace, the Rococo Hapsburg home with impressive gardens

• Travel down the Ringstrasse to the Parliament building and the Vienna State Opera 

• See the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s preferred winter residence

• Visit the city’s festive Christmas market and sample glühwein, heated sweet wine

Enjoy a free afternoon in Vienna or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening $99pp* Details

After a brief drive, your first stop is Vienna’s Prater Ferris Wheel. Take a breezy ride to the top, which offers a one-of-a-kind view of the city. Next, continue to the picturesque village of Grinzing. At a local restaurant, you’ll indulge in a festive night of music, food and entertainment. Dinner will feature dishes typical of traditional Austrian Heurigens, or wine taverns. During your meal, you’ll have the chance to try some of the tavern’s own locally made wine—the perfect addition to your cozy Old-World setting.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 14: Free day in Vienna

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Vienna on your own.

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Berlin, Germany
  • Dresden, Germany
  • Bamberg, Germany
  • Munich, Germany
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Germany (and Austria on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team. 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Berlin and depart from Munich (or Vienna on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.   

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • Winters in Germany are generally cold. To ensure you’re comfortable for outdoor sightseeing and celebrations, we recommend packing a coat, hat and gloves, as well as rainwear. 
  • We also suggest packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes, sneakers or winter boots is recommended for sightseeing. 
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
  • On the tour extension, Austria is known for its savory Wiener schnitzel and excellent wild trout, carp and crayfish. Save room for dessert—especially the strudels of fruit and nuts and elegant chocolate cakes, such as the world-famous Sachertorte.   

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Germany and Austria (on the tour extension) are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).   
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro on your tour. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 12/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Really Interesting Tour

I went on this tour with my boyfriend, our first time doing anything like this during Christmas 2015. We had a really great time, but there were some moments that we found ourselves questioning, mainly the excursions. First of all, Frank is an amazing tour director! He was extremely nice, knowledgeable, and willing to help at any point. The tour itself is great, with Berlin being the best part in our opinion, but we did not find some of the excursions to be as good as we thought they would be. World War 2 Walking Tour and Rothenberg would be the excursions I would recommend. Gorlitz felt like a waste of time, even the tour directors didn't seem like they wanted to be there, and there simply was not enough time given at Dachau. Neuschwanstein was great, but then the afternoon was wasted at a little town in Southern Germany on a Sunday afternoon (hint: everything is closed on Sunday's, since they're primarily catholic). We absolutely loved the history, especially in Berlin and Dresden, and the markets are great. I would stay away from some of the excursions to get a really good feel and understanding for the cities, mainly since the farther down south you get the more things close up at 8 PM, leaving you with little time to enjoy the cities.

 

Hello! Thank you for sharing your experience. We're glad to learn that you had a great time on tour and that your Tour Director was amazing! It sounds like Berlin was the highlight for you and your boyfriend, and it’s easy to understand why. Berlin boasts a fascinating history and has a lot to offer culturally. We’re glad you were able to enjoy it! We regret to learn, however, that a couple of the optionals did not meet your expectations. We are surprised to hear such feedback because these optionals are generally enjoyed by travelers. We will be sure to communicate your thoughts on both Gorlitz and Dachau to our Product Development team, as we are constantly evaluating our tours. Regarding Sundays, this is the reality in Germany that most things are closed, so regardless of where you are activities will be limited. We understand this may be frustrating for some travelers, but it is a part of the culture. Again, we regret to hear that a couple of the optionals did not feel like time well spent for you, but we thank you for your valuable feedback. Most importantly, we’re glad that you and your boyfriend enjoyed your tour overall!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 29, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Frank is Awesome!

Our family of 4 consisted of one senior, one mom and a 22 & 19 year old. All of us have travelled quite extensively, but none had been on a guided tour. We were so lucky to get Frank as our guide. Sure - he facilitated the tour, bus, reservations and such. But what he really did was make sure each person was having a great time. He went above and beyond each day to add something special, show us something unique and make the process of travel easy and fun. In hindsight, what we really got out of taking a tour was getting so much packed into each day.

 

Hi Kena! Thank you so much for your wonderful review. What a special trip for your family! We’re thrilled you enjoyed your first guided tour, and we’re so happy you chose to travel with us. It’s great to hear your Tour Director helped you have a great time and that he went above and beyond to add something special to each day. We are very proud to work with such fantastic Tour Directors. Again, thank you for taking the time to write a review. Your feedback is very valuable to us. We hope to welcome you on another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 15, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Tour

The Christmas Markets of Germany are so varied. I never get tired of seeing... just one more market. The history on this tour was something else I loved, especially Nazi Germany & the post war division of Germany. Seeing the room for the Potsdam Conference & the rooms for the 3 major leaders was a high light since I had recently read a book by Truman about this. The hotels were all very nice with good locations & the meals were vey good. The only downside was not having daylight time in Dresden to explore the restored old town. Alex was a great tour director. He is most likely still celebrating the Denver Bronco's win. ?? I can't pick a favorite city because each was special in it's own way. I loved this tour & just might do it again.

 

Hi Melodee! We totally agree that the Christmas markets of Germany never get old! They provide a wonderful look into the magical holiday culture of the country. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed learning about the history of Germany and that you liked your accommodations and meals. We regret that you felt you didn’t have enough time in Dresden and will communicate your feedback to our Product Development team for consideration as we evaluate this itinerary in the future. If you want to plan your next tour in Germany (or wherever), we are happy to help you do that. Give us a call at 1-800-590-1170. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tons of alawesomeness!

I’m in my prime (32 years youngin’) with no kids and have a pair of legs in good condition, and off to Germany I shall go. (yah I get to cross out my # 1 item on my bucket list (going to Europe)) Our tour director Jurgen was extremely helpful, friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and patience. I unfortunately lost my passport on the last day in Berlin, and Jurgen guided me and gave me step by step instructions on what to do. (I had to stay behind Berlin, while the group carried on and went to Dresden.) Luckily I was able to keep my composure, crack a smile after 11 hours ordeal when I finally arrived to Dresden for the welcome dinner. This trip was amazing, beautiful, eye opening, fun and educational. The historical sites are eye opening, the local tour guides are knowledgeable and the weather isn't so shabby! If you keep moving and dress warmly, you'll be fine! Regarding our group, we had a group of 18 people (all from Texas, Connecticut, Virginia, Florida, California, New Jersey, Mississippi, New York and even Canada) and we all got along (regardless of our age, ethnic, background, etc. ). I felt like I was more at a family reunion vs. on being on tour with a bunch of strangers. The Christmas Market was the icing on the cake for this particular tour. If you are into shopping and love street vendor food, you’ll love this tour! My tip for you: 1.) Pack light and only bring the essentials you need (a nice thick/water resistant coat, gloves, hand warmers, a pair of comfortable shoes, beanie, etc.) 2.) Layer up! 3.) Bring detergent (so you can minimize the room in your luggage for souvenirs) 4.) Don't forget the batteries, phone/camera chargers, memory cards, adapter/converters, trust me you'll take tons and tons of picture! 5.) Go with an opened mind and be thankful you're away from work and your entire family!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/5/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A Dream Come True & Visions of Sugar Plums, or "Pflaumentoffels"

For twenty years my husband has been telling me about the Christmas Markets in Germany he visited when he was on leave from the Navy. He bought a book showing all the beautiful markets, foods and cathedrals. It was my dream to be able to experience this with him one day. For those of you who do Vision Boards, this is an example of how my dream came true. After receivfing the Go Ahead Tours catalogs for the past two years, last March I took a leap of faith and signed us up for the tour. All I can say is this is one time when the reality was even better than the fantasy. Our guide, Alex, was outstanding - informative, funny and laid back. He didn't even get upset when we got lost one at a Christmas Market and couldn't find our way back to the bus. Fortunately he had encouraged us to keep his phone number handy, just in case. Besides the markets which were delightful, I enjoyed seeing and learning about the many historical places in Germany. A perfect balance of play, fun and enlightenment. We have wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/5/2013

Number of Past Tours: 9

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome tour and director!

Do yourself a favor - give yourself a gift - take this tour! And if you're fortunate enough to have Alex as your tour director, you'll be doubly blessed. Put on your walking shoes and get ready to see some amazing places, learn some fascinating history, and delight your palate with scrumptious fare. Sign up! Germany awaits!

1 / 5

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/6/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great time in Germany

We had a fantastic guide, a very charming driver and the best group of people you could travel with! I would love to go again. The Christmas markets were a lot of fun. Make sure you leave lots of room in your suitcase for all the things you will want to bring back and dress warm!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 12/6/2012

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Historical Christmas Markets

Our tour director Atto was excellent. This tour is offered throughout the year as a historical tour and it truly excels in that regard. For those interested in the former East Germany, this tour is a must. Berlin, Potsdam and Dresden were eye openers. Bamberg was a personal highlight. Weimar and Munich were also excellent. Be aware that the weather may be much colder (or warmer) than the average for December. We had several inches of snow and temperatures as low as 14 degrees. The nature of the tour means you need to be outside walking so a warm coat, boots and gloves are a must. On the other hand, having snow for the Christmas markets makes it more like Christmas. There are not, unfortunately a lot of handmade things to buy in the markets; most seem in my opinion mass produced. Keep an eye out however and you may get some nice surprises. The markets seem to be mainly a social event, so go and enjoy. Eat the brats, pretzels, chestnuts, and drink the gluhwein (or kinderpunch if you prefer non alcohol). Since my companion and I had been to on some of the optionals on a previous tour, we took the train to Salzburg for the day on our own, which we highly recommend. Salzburg had some of the best markets of the trip and GoAhead should consider a side trip there from Munich. We also had dinner on our own in the Altenburg castle in Bamberg, which was really cool and a personal highlight.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/6/2012

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Christmas Markets 2012 - 5 stars

All around this is a great tour. The tour leader, Atto, who had a wonderful positive attitude, did a great job taking care of us and making this a flawless trip. He was extremely informative, pleasant, approachable, knowledgable, and had a genuine concern for all 16 of us on this trip. The company did an excellent job booking convenient flights, arranging transfers, and taking care of all the little details so that we could enjoy the trip to the maximum. The hotels were very nice in each location with buffet breakfasts that were extensive. Each hotel was either close to attractions or convenient to public transportation. The only negative was that the hotel in Munich did not have free Internet access in the rooms. Guides in each city were very informative and provided lots of interesting information. Since we were provided with personal listening devices, it was easy to hear them despite background noise. These devices should be standard on all tours. Enjoyed walking through the festive Christmas markets at all the locations. Had a chance to experience all kinds of new foods and see amazing crafts. All the vendors were very pleasant and happy to answer questions. Had an included group dinner in each city which was nice. Gave us a chance to get together and learn about each other. The dinner in the beer hall in Munich felt a bit rushed as we obviously had a time limit imposed by the restaurant. Go Ahead may want to consider a different location to eat in Munich. Basically a terrific tour with a terrific tour leader. The places we visited, Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden, Weimar, Nuremburg, Bamberg, and Munich, were all simply amazing. Although it was a very sad place, Dachau, was important for me to see since my father had been a prisoner there during WW II. I highly recommend this trip for people who want to see a lot of history, meet friendly people, have a good time, and experience the joy of the holiday season. Just don't forget to dress warmly.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 12/1/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tour Director & Guides were Great but...

The tour and director were really good along with the local guides, but our hotels left a lot to be desired. One of my rooms was so small I could barely make it around the bed never mind getting into the shower. The staff was very understanding and gave me a larger room right away. Most of the time there were few restaurants close by and in one the selection of food from room service was laughable. If the company provides better hotels in the future I would gladly recommend this tour to friends maybe even take it again myself.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/1/2011

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Christmas Markets Tour, December 1 - 12, 2011

My wife, Annette, and I really enjoyed the trip. Our tour leader, Frank Stahl, was really good and helpful and knowledgible. He had some tough circumstances, our of our tour members got lost and it was almost one hour before she was found. Frank kept the rest of us together while coordinating the search. The city guide in Berlin was excellent, knew the city and its history well and was passionate about the city and its history both the good as well as the bad. The guide in Gooerlitz and Munich were also excellent. Their knowledge of the city and special bits and pieces of information they were able to share was just terrific. One thing that might help to improve the trip is to understand when shops in the cities will be open. We made the extra trip on Sunday to Oberramegeau and the Mad Kings's Castle. Since the trip was on a Sunday the shops in Oberrameagea wete not open. We could have made the trip the Saturday when the shops were open and taken the Munich tour and Dachau on the Sunday. In Munich I would have liked to have been able to make a stop at the Olympic Village for a brief amount of time 15 - 20 minutes. Not to take away from other parts. The morning tour would have needed to be 30 - 45 minutes loinger but this would have added to the trip. This is a thought for consideration. Add an extra day in cities like Berlin and Munich to allow a day for individual exploration. Most people take the extra trips which does not allow for exploration of the cities on ones own. If I think of more I will send an additioal e-mail. bill franz

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/1/2011

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Christmas Markets

One of the best tours I have ever taken, many thanks.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 12/1/2011

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Christmas markets of Germany

Great time; weather a little iffy, but enjoyed the mixture of history and markets

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/2/2010

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Christmas Markets of Germany

Great Tour

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/2/2010

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

GREAT TRIP

this was a great trip from beginning to the end.We saw and learned a lot about the history of Germany and World War II. The food was good, especially the pastries. I finally got to see the Christmas Markets and learn about Germany's Christmas customs. The trip had a nice balance of planned tours and free time or optional tours. Our guide was very knowlegeable and helpful.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/2/2010

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful country, wonderful tour director

The weatther was cold and snowy, but what we saw and did were excellent. We loved seeing Germany and sharing good times with relatives. My wifes brother and his wife went on trip also. The tour director, Alex Petersen, was great. He was always so upbeat and fun to be with. He also was very knowledgeable. It was a beautiful time to be in Germany with the Christmas markets. My favorite city was Berlin. I would like to go on another trip with Alex.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/2/2010

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful tour of Christmas Markets

I highly recommend this tour for anyone who loves Christmas!