EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKET TOUR

We invite you on an unforgettable journey, one that will fill your heart with warmth and give you true holiday spirit.  Enjoy the feeling of an "Old World Christmas".  The European Christmas Markets have been celebrated for hundreds of years and still today, transform town squares and narrow streets into magical wonderlands.  The Christmas Markets are filled with unique decorative and edible symbols of the season, as well as wonderful cultural events.  Listen to the carolers singing in front of town hall.  Savor the smells of gingerbread, fruitcake, grilled sausages and seasonal beverages.  Visit the many special Christmas Markets of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic and Scandinavia.  See the wonderful decorations, listen to the beautiful Advent concerts and visit many special Christmas exhibits.  Take home unique gifts of handcrafted ornaments, nutcrackers, and tinsel angels.  I will share with you places where I have lived, visited and grown to love.   

                                                           

 

2017 SMALL GROUP EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKET TOUR

Featuring a 7 night stay in the beautiful, romantic, wine region of the Mosel Valley

December 2-December 9, 2017

Day trips to: Aachen, Mainz, Trier and Traben-Trarbach

The Mosel Valley between Trier and Koblenz, where the Mosel flows into the Rhine, is one of the most beautiful parts of Germany.  In the most romantic part of the Mosel Valley lies the Old Town of Cochem.  The magnificent Reichsburg Castle, set on a precipitous rock high above the town, dominates the landscape.  A spectacular view of the Mosel River lies below surrounded by beautiful forests, meadows, fields and vineyards.  The Old Town of Cochem is a true gem with its narrow streets, beautiful timbered houses, historical market square, medieval town gates, churches and walls.  During the Advent season, Cochem delights visitors with its festively decorated half-timbered houses, specialty shops, cozy Christmas market and seasonal culinary delights.  The illuminated Reichsburg Castle high above further sets the mood for a romantic and relaxing atmosphere.  Our small group tour will experience breathtaking views, Roman ruins and castles, delicious regional cuisine and superb wines of the Mosel Valley.  Our day trips visit the cities of Aachen, Trier and Mainz, Traben-Trarbach, Maria Laach Abbey (a true masterpiece of European and Roman architecture) and Marksburg Castle on the Rhine River.  After each exciting day, we return to our boutique, family-owned hotel, The Zehnthof, where hospitality has become a tradition with the Friedmann Family. 

INCLUDED FEATURES:

*Deluxe, private min-coach                                                                                                   

*Experience, English speaking driver                                                                                           

*Seven nights of accommodation in the Superior Double room at the Hotel Zehnthof in Cochem              

*Daily breakfast buffet                                                                                                         

*Welcome and St. Nicholas Day dinners                                                                                

*Christmas Markets in Aachen, Trier, Mainz, Traben-Trarbach and Cochem                                 

*Sightseeing as specified in the detailed itinerary                                                                                                                    

*Taxes, service charges and baggage handling (one piece per person)                                      

*Comprehensive information kit                                                                                                  

*Personally escorted by Pamela Dixon; bilingual in English and German

LAND TOUR ONLY COST (Based on a minimum 10 passengers)

$1,775.00 per person based on double occupancy 

$2,200.00 based on single occupancy

Detailed Itinerary

Saturday, December 2-We will be met by our mini-coach driver outside of the customs hall.  Transfer to our hotel in Cochem on the Mosel River for a 7 night stay.  Our group will have dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Sunday, December 3-We join our local guide for a walking tour to see the historical and significant sights in the Old Town of Cochem.  As we walk through the narrow streets and past the beautiful half-timbered houses, our guide will show us the historic market square, medieval town gates, churches, etc.  Remainder of the day is to free to enjoy the Christmas Market.

Monday, December 4-Today, we depart for Aachen once the capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the residence of Charlemagne.  Our local guide will take us on a walking tour in the Old Town to visit the Cathedral and Treasury Museum and to St. Foillan's Church to see the "Madonna of St. Foillan" which dates back to 1411.  Aachen is well known for its Belgium chocolate and Printen shops in the Old Town.  Our guide will point out some local favorites and there will be some free time for the Christmas Market & shopping.

Tuesday, December 5-In the morning, we depart for Trier; the oldest city in Germany rich with architectural heritage.  Our local guide will take us to see the important sights of the town and to view the well-preserved Roman monuments most notably the Porta Nigra Gate, Amphitheatre, Thermal Baths & Roman Bridge.  After the tour, we will have free time for the Christmas Market & shopping.

Wednesday, December 6-Happy St. Nicholas Day!  In the morning, we depart to meet our local guide who will talk to us about the Eifel volcanic region we will visit, the history of Maria Laach Abbey and Marksburg Castle.  Maria Laach Abbey is a true masterpiece of European & Romanesque architecture and still a working abbey.  We will watch a video about the abbey, do the self-guided walking tour and afterwards have available either a monk or member of staff to answer questions.  In the afternoon, we depart for a guided tour of Marksburg Castle; first constructed in 1231 and the only castle on the Rhine River which has never been conquered or destroyed.  After the tour, we will return to Cochem.  In the evening we will have our group dinner.

Thursday, December 7-Morning departure for Mainz for a guided tour of the Old Town featuring the Kaiserdom (1 of 3 remaining Romanesque imperial cathedrals), St. Stephen's Church, the Kirschgarten (Well-preserved complex of historic half-timbered houses), etc.  Afterwards, there will be free time for the Christmas Market & shopping.

Friday, December 8-In the morning you will have free time.  In the early afternoon we will depart  for Traben-Trarbach to visit their unique Christmas Markets in the underground cellars and old vaults of the town.  Leave around 5:30P for return to Cochem.

Saturday, December 9-We say good-bye to Cochem & the beautiful Mosel Valley.  Depart for Frankfurt Airport.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ARE ACCEPTED

DEPOSIT: $500.00 PER PERSON

FINAL PAYMENT: 08/28/17

CANCELLATION POLICY:  Cancellations before 08/28/17 will incur a $50.00 pp professional fee from Destinations by Dixon LLC.  Cancellations 08/28/17 onwards are 100 pct. non-refundable plus a $50.00 pp professional fee from Destinations by Dixon LLC.

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