“In Santa’s Footsteps”
A very special Christmas tour
Day 1 Frankfurt
You will be greeted at the Frankfurt Airport by Raphaela & Volker, your tour director and driver and immediately head for the medieval city of Rothenburg, one of the oldest and best kept historic cities in Europe. In the evening at the hotel we take a few minutes to talk about the wonderful week we have planned for you. Then you go on a very special walking tour with “The Nightman of Rothenburg” to learn how life in the medieval town was like. Overnight in a hotel in the historic center by the medieval wall.
Day 2 Rothenburg – Nürnberg
Rothenburg is completely surrounded by a 400 year old city wall. Much of the wall is still in its original condition. You will have the sense of being transported back in time when you walk the narrow cobblestone streets.
You can stroll through Rothenburg’s famous Christmas market and enjoy being serenaded with Christmas Carols by the local choir. In addition to the Christmas market, we will be stopping at the shop of “Kaethe Wohlfahrt”. This is not only a Christmas shop, but it is also a Christmas museum. No trip to Rothenburg would be complete without a visit to a wonderful Teddy Bear Shop. Now that we’ve worked up a good appetite, we will have lunch before finally leaving Rothenburg.
Our tour continues to Nürnberg. Nürnberg is the city of children’s toys, Gingerbread and the famous grilled Nürnberg sausages. Since we will be arriving late afternoon, this is a perfect time to stroll through the illuminated center of the city where you can shop at the great Christmas market and Gingerbread shop. Here you can sample the best Gingerbread in the world. We will stay overnight at the ****Mercure Hotel in Nürnberg.
Day 3 Nürnberg – Salzburg in Austria
After breakfast we will visit Soldier’s Field. During WWII thousands of German soldiers paraded here in front of Hitler. From here we board our van and drive along a wonderful scenic road to Salzburg, Austria. After lunch we will take a guided walking tour of the historic centre of Salzburg – the birthplace of Mozart. The Salzburg Christmas market contains many items related to Mozart. They have even created a special candy in his honour. You will have plenty of time to explore this lovely area on your own.
Tonight we are not tourists. We will have a candlelight dinner in a typical Austrian country restaurant and attend a Mozart concert. We will be staying overnight in a hotel in walking distance from the centre of Salzburg.
Day 4 Salzburg – Berchtesgaden – Salzburg
Have breakfast in the morning and then let us take you to Berchtesgaden, a romantic resort in the Alpine Mountains. Here Hitler spent a lot of time in his house “Berghof” and also on “Eagles Nest”. See many interesting items of WW II in the documentation Centre, also part of the bunker system that connected Hitlers house with Görings House and the former archives of the Nazi department of State. We also take you to the famous former Hotel “Zum Türken” which is still standing – it was used a guesthouse for Hitlers visitors when he stayed in Berchtesgaden.
In the afternoon spend some time in the mountain resort Berchtesgaden.
For overnight back to Salzburg.
Day 5 Salzburg – Munich
Today we head to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. We will be doing some of our sightseeing by van and some on foot. For lunch you could visit the world’s most famous beer-hall; the Hofbrauhaus individually.
In the afternoon you will have plenty of time to explore on your own. We also take you on a special history tour “ The Third Reich Walking Tour” during which we will visit places related to the beginning of Hitlers career in Munich and the upcoming Nazi Party. You may wish to include a stroll on the famous “Christkindl Market”. We will stay overnight at the ****Novotel Centre” in Munich.
Day 6 Munich – Oberammergau
From Munich we drive directly into the Bavarian Alpine Mountains and visit Linderhof Palace. Linderhof is a charming palace in the Rococo style. The palace was built by the Bavarian King Ludwig II. Afterwards we take a short drive to Oberammergau. Oberammergau is one of the most beautiful of all the remote Bavarian villages and is the home of German’s famous Passion Play which is held only every 10 years.
A visit to the “Eisenhower Museum” show interesting details about “Ike”.
At the Pilatus House you watch woodcarvers do their work.
Today’s destination is a little village called Farchant where Mrs Boettcher will welcome us to her very typical Bavarian Inn right in the centre of the village. You will enjoy being in the middle of rural life. Tonight’s dinner a la carte is included.
Day 7 Oberammergau – Titisee
After breakfast we drive to the small village of Fuessen. Here we visit King Ludwig’s famous fairy tale castle “Neuschwanstein”. Upon arrival will we take our coffee break below the castle. Afterwards, we will walk up and tour the castle’s interior.
Next our drive takes us again through Austria and then back into Southern Germany. Our destination is Europe’s biggest freshwater reservoir, Lake Constance. We will drive along the lakeside and stop at the charming little baroque church of Birnau. From here you can see the Swiss Alpine Mountains directly on the other side of the lake.
From there we continue into Germany’s Black Forest. We will be spending the night in the most beautiful hotel in the Black Forest which is located on the bank of Lake Titisee. We will stay overnight at the **** star resort hotel “Maritim Titisee”, situated directly by the banks of a mountain lake.
Day 8 Titisee – Bad Homburg
Today we will drive through the southern part of the Black Forest. We will view miles and miles of forests, deep valleys, remote villages and farms. One stop includes shopping at a cuckoo clock factory and department store.
Our next stop brings us to Heidelberg; Germany’s oldest university town. The highlight of today’s tour is a visit to Heidelberg Castle. This is a red-walled castle which contains the Great Vat. This 18th century vat has a 49,000 gallon capacity. Have your cameras ready.
Just in case you still have some shopping left, there is another “Kaethe Wohlfahrt” shop in town. If not, you may just wish to take a stroll through Heidelberg’s historic centre.
When all the shopping is done we will continue to Bad Homburg . Tonight will we go out and celebrate with a wonderful Farewell Christmas Dinner in a historic restaurant. The building from out of the year 1866 is a former mill. (dinner not included). We will stay overnight in Bad Homburg in the **** Maritim Hotel.
Day 9 Titisee – Bad Homburg
Transfers to the airport and then we will bid farewell to you.
- meet & greet at Frankfurt Airport
- tour in a **** deluxe 22 seater coach with air conditioning
- 8 buffet breakfasts at the hotels during the tour
- 1 dinner with drinks included at a mountain inn
- 1 night at the ****Castle Hotel “Markus Turm” in Rothenburg
- 1 night at the **** 4 star Mercure Hotel in Nuremberg
- 2 nights at a **** 4 star hotel in Salzburg
- 1 night at the **** 4 star Hotel Novotel Centre in Munich
- 1 night at Mrs. Boettchers Mountain Inn near Oberammergau
- 1 night at **** 4 star Hotel “Maritim” Titisee, rooms with lakeview
- 1 night at the **** 4 star hotel “Maritim” Bad Homburg near Frankfurt
- Overnights in twin bedded rooms
- Walk with the “nightman” in Rothenburg
- Admission to Neuschwanstein Castle incl. guided tour
- Drive up to Neuschwanstein Castle in a jeep
- Admission Linderhof Palace incl. guided tour
- Admission to Eisenhower Museum in Oberammergau
- Admission to Pilatus House in Oberammergau
- Mozart Dinner Show in Salzburg
- Special german “Santa Lunch”
- Special Bavarian Beer Tasting Lunch in Munich
- Entrance documentation Centre in Obersalzberg
- Entrance fee bunker at „Hotel zum Tuerken“
- Guided tour of area of former Hitlers Berghof
- Heidelberg Castle guided Tour incl. “Big Vat”
- Heidelberg Castle drive up & down by funiculaire
- Guided Third Reich Walking Tour in Munich
- your private tour director & driver throughout the tour
- admission fees to all excursions shown, museums and sights
- Guided walking tours in places shown in the above itinerary
- parking fees
- road tolls in Germany
- road tolls in Austria
- pre-tour information package with brochures & maps of Germany
The tour described is a special tour.
It requires a minimum of 20 and has a maximum of 22 clients
Per person sharing twin room accomodation is EURO 2185
- tips & gratuities for tour director and drivers
- personal expenses
- meals other than shown in the itinerary
Single Room Supplement on request.