Christmas Markets

There's nothing in the world quite like Christmas in Europe - Wooden chalets in historic towns dating to the 13th century, snow-covered cathedrals, and all the hot mulled wine you can drink and incredible food throughout. Join us, will you?

7 Nights

2 Home Bases

5 Destinations

From USD 3,799 per person

Guests looking for a different Christmas experience are in for a delicious and visually enchanting treat when joining us on this December.

In Strasbourg, discover the oldest Christmas market in France (1570), Strasbourg’s “Marché de Noël”. It comprises more than 300 stalls spread out across 12 locations, one of which being in front of the 15th-century Strasbourg Cathedral.
In Nuremberg, we gather around the central square in the city’s old town, for this market—one of the largest in the world.

Along the way, your host (and true “shopping under the tents expert” Karen Brown) makes sure you are well pampered while helping you uncover the best deals and gems.

Journeys

Land dates, room options and rates

07 Dec 2019 - 14 Dec 2019
  • Deluxe rooms $3799

Rates displayed are per person per journey, based on double occupancy. Solo travellers are welcome for a small single supplement fee of $899.


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Best Time of The Year

Wander the streets of famed towns of France and Germany at Christmas time, sipping on mulled wine and getting into the feel-good spirit of the holidays.

Culture & History

Christmas Markets are as much part of Europe’s history as their royals or castles. Come & find out why it is, and bring home unique gifts for your loved ones.

The Little Plus!

In addition to having several dinners & tours included throughout the journey, our host & shopping expert will assist in getting you the best finds.

ITINERARY

All activities are optional in attendance

Day 1: Welcome to Strasbourg

Today, after a private transfer from Strasbourg airport or train station (other cities available), we invite you to discover your home for the next 3 nights before joining us for a n evening stroll of the lit and decorated streets of Strasbourg. Our destination? Les Brasseries de Harras, an incredible restaurant set in former stables, where we hold our welcome dinner.

Day 2: Strasbourg

Our day starts with a private guided tour of Strasbourg. Our local host takes us through the historic streets of the Alsace capital and its cathedral. Lunch and afternoon at leisure (our concierge will be delighted to arrange additional experiences for you). Do do not venture too far as Karen awaits to show you around the Christmas markets at night, an unforgettable treat.

Day 3: Colmar

Today, we depart for a day trip to Colmar. There, cobblestone streets run next to canals lined with half-timbered houses in shades of rose, sky blue, lemon, peppermint, and apricot, many dating back to the 14th century. The olde worlde buildings are distinctly Germanic, but they feature elegant French shutters. It can be hard to remember you’re in France, but locals speak French and the bakeries are full of croissants and pain au chocolat. To that effect, our local foodie expert awaits for an afternoon of food tasting.

Day 4: Baden Baden

Off we go to Germany with our first stop less than an hour away, in the spa town of Baden Baden. There, we are hosted at a Roam bath where we are in for a treat, to include hot spring baths and a massage. After lunch on us, we make our way, refreshed and rejuvenated, towards Rothenburg where we settle at our home for the next 4 nights. Tonight, we are delighted to host you for a 3-course dinner, with wine pairings, at our favorite eatery.

Day 5: Rothenburg

This morning, a local historian awaits for a private guided tour of the town. In the Middle Ages, when Berlin and Munich were just wide spots in the road, Rothenburg was Germany's second-largest city, with a whopping population of 6,000. Today, it's the country's most exciting medieval town, enjoying tremendous popularity without losing its charm. There's a thousand years of history packed between its cobbles. After lunch at leisure, we regroup with Karen for an afternoon shopping under the tents.

Day 6: Nürnberg

This morning, we depart for a day of delightful shopping at what is constantly voted THE best Christmas market town of Europe. For centuries, Nuremberg was the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the preferred residence of most German kings, who kept their crown jewels here. Rich and stuffed with architectural wonders, it was also a magnet for famous artists, though the most famous of all, Albrecht Dürer, was actually born here. The painstaking reconstruction after WWI – using the original stone – of almost all the city’s main buildings, including the castle and old churches in the Altstadt, returned the city to some of its former glory.

Day 7: Nurnberg

Today, a second optional (in attendance) day in Nuremberg gives you the opportunity to do more than just the markets. Wanted to explore some more in the region? Maybe a winery or one of the Bavarian castles? How about having us organize an afternoon behind the wheel of a sports car on the Autobahn? Tonight, we regroup for our farewell 3-course dinner, with wine pairing. Held at one of our favorite gastronomic restaurant in town, we celebrate the holidays and new friendships.

Day 8: Take the opportunity to extend your stay

This morning, our hosts and local partners transfer you to Munich, Frankfurt or the local train station as you make your way home (or maybe extend a few more days with our assistance). Wherever your journey may take you next, the whole team wishes you memorable holidays.

OUR HOME BASES

Villa Mittermeier

Villa Mittermeier is situated immediately outside the medieval rampart in Rothenburg – centrally located and yet away from the tourist bustle. It is a humble yet elegant and truly authentic property, in a district reminiscent of medieval Germany.

Set within a traditional villa built in 1899, this charming hotel is situated directly opposite the Würzburger Tor gate, or Galgentor.

The 23 spacious rooms have been individually designed and appointed to provide a diverse and elegant variety. All boasts open floor plans and en-suite bathrooms.

The Mittermeier’s award-winning chef will spoil you traditional breakfasts, and in the evening, with a gourmet cuisine. The restaurant specializes in quality regional and international cuisine.

Hotel Cour Du Corbeau

Situated in the heart of Strasbourg, a stone’s throw from the Cathedral, the Cour du Corbeau is one of the oldest hotels in Europe (built in 1528) as well being one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture. In the heart of the city, imagine yourself wandering around and getting lost in the corridors and passageways of this 16th century building. You may glimpse the courtyard through your window, or a statue that seems be smiling at the thought of passing time. Memories of days gone by in an Inn dating from the days of Tsars and Princes.

Each of its 63 rooms – all different – reflects a part of our Alsatian history and culture. Here an effect of the light, there some attic rooms, or a private garden. They all offer those who love a cozy setting a spacious but warm haven, where they will have the magical impression that there are secrets to discover. For a unique experience in refined surroundings.

In the morning, a buffet of typical local or refined French specialties is yours to discover. Take a trip down memory lane or fill up on vitamins: Kougelhopf, Bretzel, rosehip jam, seasonal fruit, organic cereal, detox juices and more.

THIS JOURNEY INCLUDES

7 Nights

7 nights at two different properties, in deluxe rooms (upgrades available)

11 Meals

7 traditional breakfasts 3 dinners at local gourmet restaurants (to include beverages) 1 lunch in Baden Baden

5 +Activities

1 private guided tour of Strasbourg 1 Food tasting tour in Colmar with a local foodie 1 Spa & Massage experience in Baden Baden 1 private guided tour of Rothenburg and its markets

As well as...

Private airport/train station transfers from Strasbourg and to Munich or Frankfurt Services of a journey host as well as professional local guides All taxes

GOOD TO KNOW

All listed activities are optional in attendance Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement. International flight to and from France/Germany may be arranged through us. Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with ALLIANZ) Price is based on a double occupancy. We charge a small single supplement. Space is limited to 6 with a maximum capacity of 8 guests

HOW ABOUT EXTENDING?

Come early, or leave late. Allow our consultants to customize a pre- or post- extension to your journey. Discover Paris, Berlin or pay a visit to Austria. Just let us know when you secure your journey or fill the enquire form.

WHY TRAVEL WITH US?

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FINEPRINT

All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

A refundable deposit* of $1000 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $200 per person administrative fee.

Solo travelers welcome for a small single supplement of $899.

Your final balance is due 90 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.

NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $200 per person administrative fee.

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