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Christmas Markets of Northern Europe: Amsterdam to Stockholm

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Journey north to uncover a new side of Europe at its most festive.

This one-of-a-kind tour brings you to renowned cities that were once important centers of trade and emigration. Take in sparkling lights and local festivities as you explore historic Amsterdam and the port of Hamburg. Then, cross the Baltic Sea and join in seasonal traditions in a pair of fascinating Scandinavian capitals: Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Your tour package includes
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 5 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Christmas markets from Amsterdam to Stockholm
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Dam Square
  • Rosenborg Castle
  • Tivoli Gardens
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam today.

Amsterdam3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Amsterdam
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to the Netherlands! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam & Christmas market visit
Included meal: Breakfast

Today’s panoramic sightseeing tour introduces you to Amsterdam’s iconic canals and unique character.

  • Walk through Bloemenmarkt, the city’s famous floating flower market, and pass by Begijnhof Chapel
  • Stroll by the canals and bridges, taking in the houseboats that dot the banks
  • View Dam Square, home of many landmarks including the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church, and the National Monument
  • Enter the Van Gogh Museum to admire the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces, including the famous Sunflowers
  • Explore the city’s Christmas markets before making your way to Amstelveen to visit the Winter Village, where stalls sell everything from seasonal food to handmade crafts

Please note: You’ll be divided into groups of 20 people or less for the walking portion of the sightseeing tour. Each group will have their own local guide.

Spend a free evening in Amsterdam or add an excursion.

Canal Cruise & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Amsterdam
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Amsterdam or add an excursion.

A Day in Charming Delft
Excursion (additional cost)
Hamburg2 nights
Day 5: Transfer to Hamburg
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey from the Netherlands to Hamburg, Germany. Then, sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Hamburg & Christmas market visit
Included meal: Breakfast

Join a local expert on a guided tour of Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city.

  • Pass by the neo-Renaissance Rathaus, the city hall
  • Admire St. Michaelis Church, the largest Baroque church in northern Germany, and stroll through the historic warehouse district
  • Get acquainted with Hamburg’s Christmas markets, then wander through the stalls in search of handcrafted decorations from German artists and craftsmen

Enjoy a free evening in Hamburg or add an excursion.

Hanseatic Lübeck
Excursion (additional cost)
Copenhagen2 nights
Day 7: Ferry to Copenhagen
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Puttgarden, where you’ll board a ferry to cross the Fehmarn Belt and arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This evening, sit down for an included dinner.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Copenhagen & Christmas market visit
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of the bustling maritime city with a local guide.

  • Step inside the 16th-century Rosenborg Castle, a royal residence built in the Dutch Renaissance style
  • View the iconic Little Mermaid statue and marvel at the wharfside homes and stores in the beautifully preserved Nyhavn district
  • Pass by the Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament
  • Visit Tivoli Gardens to see the spectacular lighting display, taste seasonal Danish specialties, and explore the Christmas markets at your leisure
Stockholm2 nights
Day 9: Flight to Stockholm
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Stockholm, Sweden and enjoy a free afternoon in the city or add an excursion.

Drottningholm
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Stockholm
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Explore Sweden’s sophisticated capital on a guided tour led by a local expert.

  • Enter the architecturally unique Stockholm City Hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet
  • Step inside the Vasa Museum to see a 1628 warship that once sat at the bottom of Stockholm harbor
  • Stroll through the medieval Old Town and view the Baroque Royal Palace

Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner this evening.

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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by 8th time traveler 

Rather disappointing. Lackluster tour guide. Most days cut short. Misinformation and lack of communication were the theme. Extra excursions were not a plus. The best part of the trip was the long, international flight with Delta.

Go Ahead Tours replied on 03/03/2020

Dear Bonita, I regret to hear about the number of ...

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Hampshire Hotel - Rembrandt Square Amsterdam

This modern hotel is located in the Canal Ring. Guests enjoy room service, free Wi-Fi, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find the Amstel river, Willet-Holthuy...

First Hotel Mayfair

This contemporary hotel is located in the Vesterbro district. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and courtyard. Nearby, you’ll find Tivoli Gardens, the T...

Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen

This modern hotel is located in Stockholm's city center. Guests enjoy a fitness center, Wi-Fi, and bike rentals. Nearby, you'll find the ABBA museum, ...

Hampshire Hotel - The Manor Amsterdam

The Manor Amsterdam is located in a unique building in Amsterdam-Oost: the perfect location if you wish to stay overnight in a historic building durin...

Mercure Hotel Hamburg City

This modern hotel is located in the Hamburg-Mitte neighborhood. Guests enjoy a sauna, restaurant, and bar. Nearby you’ll find markets, a chocolate fac...

Comfort Hotel Vesterbro

This modern hotel is located in the Vesterbro district. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and conference rooms. Nearby, you’ll find Tivoli Gardens, the ...

Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Hamburg, Germany
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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. 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 two blank passport pages 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 at least 1.5 hours 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, as well as getting in and out of trains, ferries, and small boats.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • 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 Tours arrive in Amsterdam and depart from Stockholm. When you first arrive, a representative from Go Ahead Tours 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 Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A ferry from Puttgarden to Copenhagen and a flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm are included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • Winters in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden are generally cold. To ensure you’re comfortable for outdoor sightseeing and Christmas market visits, we recommend packing a warm coat, hat, and gloves, as well as rainwear.
  • We also suggest packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can easily be 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 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 Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • In the Netherlands, simply prepared meat and fish dishes, substantial soups, and hearty stews are local staples. Snack food traditionally features fish—you might try maatje, raw green herrings served with onions—but pancakes, french fries, doughnuts, and waffles are just as plentiful.
  • 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.
  • When in Denmark, try the beloved open-faced sandwich called smørrebrød: a slice of rye bread topped with local favorites that could include smoked fish, prawns, mayonnaise, horseradish, or caviar. The country is also known for the popular Carlsberg and Tuborg beers.
  • Sweden’s famous meatballs are typically served with a brown sauce and tart lingonberry jam. Smoked salmon and pickled herring are popular eats, especially atop a crisp bread. Snack on the country’s many kinds of pastry and breads during ​fika, ​a social coffee hour that occurs mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
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 charges may apply.
  • There is no internet access on the motor coach.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • All destinations visited on this tour are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the euro in the Netherlands and Germany, the Danish krone in Denmark, and the Swedish krona in Sweden.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • 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 or USD. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD 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 tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for 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.
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