German Christmas Markets

7 days
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Ready for the most wonderful time of the year? Jump on board for one of Europe's most festive destinations, Germany, for this Contiki trip that takes in Christmas markets in six different cities. Fill your stocking with traditional and handmade gifts from local market stalls while sipping steaming mulled wine, nibbling on gingerbread and exploring cobbled str...
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

What's this trip about?

    Ready for the most wonderful time of the year? Jump on board for one of Europe's most festive destinations, Germany, for this Contiki trip that takes in Christmas markets in six different cities. Fill your stocking with traditional and handmade gifts from local market stalls while sipping steaming mulled wine, nibbling on gingerbread and exploring cobbled streets, Bavarian beer halls and gothic architecture, and soak up the nostalgic yuletide atmosphere and old-world charm of dancing lights, Christmas trees and guaranteed good vibes on this 7-day celebration of all things Christmas.


Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeGroup - max of 40 people
Age range18 to 35 years
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityFrankfurt
End CityMunich

Travel Themes

  • Cultural


  • Europe
  • Germany


  • Culture


Travel Map

Day 1: Start Frankfurt

Wilkommen to Frankfurt, often described as a big city with a friendly village feel. We'll start off with an orientation tour before cutting to the main event, Frankfurt’s Christmas Market. With a glittering 30m tree and a vintage carousel, the town is like a snow-glob...

Day 2: Frankfurt to Cologne

We can’t visit the Rhine valley without taking to the water, so this morning we’ll relax with a sightseeing cruise, enjoying the pretty skyline vistas before heading to our next destination.Where the Rhine meets the Moselle, we’ll stop off for some free time in histor...

Day 3: Cologne to Stuttgart via Heidelberg

Another day, another bewitching market to visit. We leave Cologne after breakfast and head for Heidelberg.Covering seven different locations in the Old Town, Heidelberg’s Christmas Market radiates festive magic – the perfect blend of tradition and winter wonderland. W...

Day 4: Stuttgart to Nuremberg via Rothenberg

See you later Stuttgart, after breakfast today we’ll set our sights for Rothenberg.Here in Rothenburg, Germany’s best-preserved walled town, we’ll sip some seasonal hot chocolate before continuing on to Nuremberg.Here we are in the heart of Bavaria for a walking tour ...

Day 5: Nuremberg to Munich via Dachau

Nuremberg gingerbread is a centuries-old tradition – a delicious speciality made to carefully guarded family recipes. This morning we’ll get to see up close how the famous treat is made and pick up some tips and treats at an included gingerbread workshop, the perfect ...

Day 6: Munich

Today we begin with a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, straight out of a storybook. Built by ‘mad King Ludwig’ it’s not only one of the most famous castles in Europe but said to be the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle too. Munich’s Christmas Markets are ...

Day 7: End Munich

We don’t want the festivities to end but today’s the day we say “Auf Wiedersehen”. We’ll go our separate ways with Christmas lights sparkling in our eyes and cheer in our hearts, until our next Contiki adventure comes around.


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Dates & Availability

Price From $1,496
Price per day$214
Last Updated: 2/29/2024
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We’re firm believers that life’s greatest experiences are made better by the people you share them with. That’s why Contiki invented group travel for young people in 1962 and we’ve spent the past 53 years perfecting it. You’ll explore amazing destinations with a group of 18-35 year olds from around the world who share your passion for adventure, good times and creating memories that define what it is to be young, wild and free.

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We're all about exploring the world with like-minded people, which is why we only run trips for 18-35 year olds, to celebrate being young, spirited and curious. You can expect to join a group of 18-53 awesome people from around the world on our Europe, Australia, North America and New Zealand trips, and in Asia and Latin America it's all about small group adventures with up to 25 travellers. Don't worry if you're not traveling as a couple or with a friend from home – though there are plenty of pairs, 50% of our travellers set off solo, meaning you'll have a ton of opportunities to make new friends.

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