4-day Christmas Tour: Leipzig, Dresden, Plauen

Experience Christmas festivities in the heart of Germany on this multi-day tour from Frankfurt. Engage your senses and observe regional towns celebrating the silly season joyfully. Marvel at the giant Christmas tree with its thousands of lights, in the heart of Leipzig before doing your last-minute Christmas shopping at numerous Christmas Markets throughout the region.

Handicraft enthusiasts will be thrilled with a visit to one of Germany’s oldest porcelain manufacturers where a demonstration on painting and glazing is given in the exhibition hall. You’ll also venture to two miner-villages to view the German tradition of woodcarving Christmas pyramids and filling them with candles.

Keeping with the season, you’ll sample traditional German snacks including Bratwurst and mulled wine before tasting Strietzel (local cake) in Dresen.

This guided multi-day tour is a comfortable way of getting familiar with the most interesting sights, the most beautiful landscapes and the tradition of Germany. The experienced staff, from your coach driver to the tour guide are committed to providing the best services, making your vacation interesting, smooth and comfortable. Transportation will be in a modern coach or minivan with air-conditioning.

Wartburg castle

Wartburg castle

Itinerary:
Day 1: Frankfurt – Erfurt – Leipzig
Depart from Frankfurt in the morning and drive eastward to Eisenach. The Wartburg Castle is unmissable. A national treasure of Germany, you’ll see the room where Luther used to live for many years, the last of which, in seclusion. Continue via Weimar to Leipzig, where, after checking in to your hotel you’ll visit one of Germany’s largest Christmas markets. The main attractions are located on the historical market square in front of the ancient town hall. Marvel at the 25 yard Christmas tree with its thousands of lights or stroll through the many stalls with handcrafted Christmas gifts from the region. Choose to enjoy a very informal German style snack with Bratwurst and mulled wine at one of the numerous food stalls.

Overnight: Hotel Mercure or similar
Day 2: Leipzig – Meissen – Dresden
In the morning you’ll continue towards  Meissen, where we visit one of Germany’s oldest porcelain factories. Founded in the 18th century and currently still in operation you’ll find these delicate, handcrafted products all around the world. Meissen is proud to be able to restore or re-manufacture on demand all ever produced designs, as the negative plaster models have been preserved through-out the centuries. See the exhibition hall and the demonstration workshops where all steps of the painting and glazing process is explained. Continue via the major sites of Zwinger, Frauenkirche and the Semper Opera House, and check into your hotel at Dresden. In the evening, visit the Christmas market named ‘Striezelmarkt’ after the local cake specialty, the ‘Christstollen’ or ‘Striezel’. Marvel at the Christmas pyramid and stalls to sample the ‘Strietzel’.

Overnight: Steigenberger Parkhotel or similar

Day 3: Dresden – Annaberg – Scheenberg – Plauen
After breakfast this morning you’ll head along country roads to visit two ancient miner-villages: Schneeberg and Annaberg. These villages are typical for the Erzgebirge (ore-mountains) and home to the German tradition of woodcarving and Christmas-pyramids. In older times, light ? represented by candles – was an important symbol of life and safety for the miners, working in the dark tunnels to retrieve the ore and coal. The woodcarvers combined their deep religious beliefs and used candles to illuminate the pyramids with saints and symbols from the holy night including ox, mule and shepherds. In Schneeberg, view St. Wolfgang-church with its altar from 1539, carved by Lucas Cranach. In the afternoon you’ll continue towards Plauen, a city famous for its handcrafted lace. Plauen was founded in the 11th century and since the 16 hundreds remains an important place for cotton manufacturing. A farewell-Dinner will be served in your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Alexandra or similar

Day 4: Plauen – Bamberg – Frankfurt
On the last day of the tour you’ll travel through the Franconian forest to the imperial city of Bamberg. Founded in the 9th century its well preserved old town has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Walk through the old town and see the cathedral and St. Benedicts abbey Michaelsberg. The last impressions of German Christmas markets can be seen at the pedestrian zone around the cathedral where you can do some last-minute shopping. Finally, you’ll travel through the rolling hills of Franconia, arriving in Frankfurt by late afternoon.

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