One of the oldest in Europe, starting off at Strasbourg Christmas Market, this festive holiday is a real treat. Enjoy time in the ’Capital of Christmas’ and its Alsatian spirit, there’s a fantastic French atmosphere with a hint of the famous German influence of its close neighbour. And, as you step across the border, you’ll really get to enjoy some authentic German Christmas markets. Venturing into the Black Forest, famous of course, for its gâteau, before the festivities really step in. Relish the famous Freiburg Christmas Market before heading back over the border for a feast of festivities in France as we also take in the yuletide offerings of Colmar and Metz.
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Enjoy some real French and German delights, join us on our festive coach holiday to the Christmas markets of Strasbourg, Freiburg, Colmar and Metz all based from our traditional hotel in the Black Forest.
Local departure by coach, then to northern France for an overnight stay.
This morning, we leave our hotel after breakfast and commence our journey to Germany. En route we pause at the beautiful city of Strasbourg.
Strasbourg is a vibrant multicultural city and capital of the Alsace region. Strasbourg is also the official seat of the European Parliament and its historic city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. During the festive season, the Christkindelsmarik (market of the Child Jesus), comes alive. There are around 300 stalls throughout the city, with the main markets taking place on Place Broglie and Cathedral Square. There will be time here for you to stroll through the Marché de Noël, absorbing the sights and smells of seasonal treats.
Later this afternoon we continue to the Black Forest and our hotel for the next three-nights. (Suitable refreshment stops will be made en-route).
Included meals:Breakfast, Dinner
Black Forest & Freiburg
The Black Forest is one of the most visited and best-known holiday regions of Germany. People are attracted by the outstanding natural beauty of its varied landscapes; from deep forests, rolling hills, lush meadows and pretty villages with decorated wooden houses. On our included excursion we have a short visit to the lakeside resorts of Titisee and Schluchsee.
We begin in the town of Schluchsee, home to the highest reservoir in Germany and due to its altitude, its water is often cool even in summer. After a short stop we continue to Titisee, the largest natural lake in the Black Forest, stretching for over 1 mile. Its crystal clear waters attract thousands of visitors every year.
Later, we continue to the university city of Freiburg im Breisgau, one of the most attractive of South Germany and generally regarded as being the “unofficial capital” of the Black Forest. The charming old town is dominated by its Gothic Munster the towering spire of which is the landmark of the city. The town centre is noted for its pretty squares and romantic lanes and alongside some of the cobbled streets run a series of narrow streams called the Bachle.
The Freiburg Christmas Market is held in the very heart of its beautiful historical quarter. Shop for traditional arts and crafts from the Black Forest region, including straw shoes and colourful wooden toys.
Included meals:Breakfast, Dinner
A day at leisure today or why not join our optional excursion to the pretty French town of Colmar, which is all the more beguiling at this time of year. Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, the town considers itself to be the ‘capital of Alsatian wine’.
Colmar town centre is essentially pedestrianised and comprises of numerous monuments, churches, museums and alleys, full of imposing buildings dating from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. At this time of year the Christmas magic takes over as the Old Town is illuminated and decorated. Explore the Christmas markets in the Old Town where a procession of decorations lead you to stalls selling a variety of festive goods.
Included meals:Breakfast, Dinner
We say goodbye to the Black Forest and head into France to our overnight hotel. We pause in the town of Metz where you will have time to explore the Christmas Markets.
In Metz the Christmas Market is held in the heart of the historic quarter. During December the historic city centre is transformed into a village with over 80 pine wood chalets and decorations and the air is filled with Christmas music and the smell of Mulled Wine.
This afternoon we continue to our hotel in northern France.
Included Excursions & Visits
Black Forest & Freiburg
Optional Excursions & Visits
Travel Insurance from £35.00 (6 days). Single Room Supplement from £89.00 (6 days).
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.
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.
Why not go the night before your
holiday for a relaxing start? You can park for FREE
for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford
North and enjoy an overnight stay with English
breakfast from just £38 per person. This offer is
subject to availability and based on two sharing a
twin/double room on a B&B basis. We’ll then
collect you from the hotel on the day of departure
and return you there at the end of your holiday.
To book this package, please call the hotel on
01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your
booking reference. If your holiday is longer than
nine days you can pay for additional days’ parking.
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On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your
tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your
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made on arrival using the self-service machines.
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Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over)
on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to
availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration)
and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot
occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.
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.
Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers 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 vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are
used on transfers and tours (air 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.
Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
Your allowance is 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 should be stored in the overhead
racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.
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