Thuringia, Erfurt, Weimar & Wartburg Castle*

6 days from £489pp.


Erfurt

Visit: Erfurt, Germany

Weimar

Visit: Weimar, Germany

Cologne

Visit: Cologne, Germany

Looking for a historical and picturesque Christmas market experience? Travel through the Thuringian countryside and visit Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, complete with its own Christmas market before moving on to Gera, Erfurt and Weimar Christmas Markets. And, to top it off, complete your Christmas holiday with a stop off in mighty Cologne for the opportunity to visit one if its many markets dotted around the famous city.

    Local departure by coach then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    We head through Belgium and Germany to our hotel in Jena for a three-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Wartburg Castle

    Wartburg Castle

    One of the highlights of our tour as we head to Eisenach, where a very special Christmas market is held in the courtyard of the impressive Wartburg Castle.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Join our included excursion to the pretty town of Jena, which takes on magical, fairytale atmosphere at this special time of year!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Erfurt

    Erfurt

    Included excursion to Erfurt Christmas market, which is the largest in Thuringia and one of the prettiest in the whole of Germany. The Domplatz is the perfect setting, with around 200 little wooden huts and an enormous 25 metre high Christmas tree, decorated with hundreds of candles. We continue to Weimar, where you can enjoy the magical atmosphere around the beautifully decorated Market square, Schillerstrasse and Theaterplatz. Organ music and carol singing in the churches and market square add to the festive charm of this UNESCO World Heritage town. Enjoy a glass of hot mulled wine, Christmas cookies and the famous Thuringian grilled sausages.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Cologne

    Cologne

    We leave Jena and head to the cathedral city of Cologne, with the opportunity to visit some of the Christmas markets. Continue to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 5 nights' accommodation with continental breakfast
    • 3 evening meals
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service coach

    Included Excursions

    • Erfurt & Weimar
    • Jena (6th Dec 2016 & 5th Dec 2017 only)
    • Wartburg Castle (27th Nov 2017 only)
    • Cologne

    Optional Excursions


    Notes



     

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for three nights at the 4-star Best Western Jena Hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and bar.

    Overnight stays in Belgium are in city-style hotels.


     

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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      Front row seats can be reserved for £12pp (up to 6 days duration), £20pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £6pp (up to 6 days duration), £12pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

      Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

      If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

      Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

      We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
      Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately 90p or 1 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

      Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

      With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

      All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
      All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
      We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
      One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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