Christmas Markets: The Best of Saxony and Bohemia 2021/2022

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7 Days / 6 Nights
Availability : November - December
Start: Prague, Czech Republic
End: Prague, Czech Republic

Christmas Markets: The Best of Saxony and Bohemia: 1 nt Prague, 2 nts Dresden, 1 nt Neuhausen, 2 nts Karlovy Vary

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

From the fairytale spires of Prague to the bustling markets of Dresden and the twinkling Christmas lights of Karlovy Vary, this is a tour that explores the festive traditions, history and Yuletide beauty of Germany and the Czech Republic. And with the chance to discover magnificent castles, delicious local produce and scenic railways along the way, it’s sure to be a trip to remember!

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Explore the Striezelmarkt in Dresden – Germany’s oldest Christmas market
– Discover traditional Ore Mountain Christmas decorations with a handicraft manufacturer
– Enjoy the famous spa and thermal springs of Karlovy Vary

Pick Up Location & TIme

Grand Hotel Bohemia (Prague)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

Grand Hotel Bohemia (Prague)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Learn the history of Stollen at a bakery in Dresden - Ride the famous Lobnitzgrundbahn railway - Wine tasting session at Wackerbarth Castle
  • Discover traditional Ore Mountain figurines in Steiffen - Scenic steam train ride to Oberwiesenthal - Becherovka tasting session at the Jan Becher Museum
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Melnik Castle, Stollen bakery, the Cathedral of St Mary, Ore Mountain Museum, the Hot Spring Colonnade and the Cathedral of St Bartholomew

Meals

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Prague

Our enchanting Christmas journey through Saxony and Bohemia will begin amidst the cobblestoned streets of medieval Prague. After settling into our hand-picked hotel, we’ll get to know one another better over a delicious welcome meal. Here’s to the incredible adventure ahead! (D)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Bohemia (or similar)

Day 2Prague – Melník – Dresden

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin with a locally guided walking tour of the city – complete with a visit to the festive Christmas market, of course. After taking lunch at our leisure, we’ll move on to Melník. Here, we’ll dive straight into proceedings with a tour of the hilltop castle – with plenty of time to stroll the grand rooms and browse the 17th-century map collection. The afternoon will see us arriving in historic Dresden, where we’ll enjoy a free evening to explore the city’s gastronomic delights or relax at our hand-picked hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Gewandhaus Hotel Dresden (or similar)

Day 3Dresden – Wackerbarth Castle – Dresden

This morning we’ll learn more about a Dresden Christmas tradition on a visit to a local Stollen bakery. The delicious seasonal treat is said to date back to 1329 – when the region’s bakers entered it into a competition organised by the Bishop of Nauruburg. Later, we’ll board a steam engine for a scenic ride along the Lößnitzgrundbahn railway. Our next stop? Wackerbarth Castle, where we’ll gain an insight into the winemaking process on a tour of the vineyards and wine cellar – sampling a tipple or two as we go, of course. We’ll round off the day back in Dresden, where we’ll savour some free time to explore the Striezelmarkt: Germany’s oldest Christmas market. With twinkling lights, bustling stalls and the scent of mulled wine in the air, there’s no better place to soak up the Christmas spirit. (B)

Accommodation: Gewandhaus Hotel Dresden (or similar)

Day 4Dresden – Freiberg – Seiffen – Neuhausen

After breakfast, we’ll bid farewell to Dresden and move on to Freiberg – where we’ll explore the Cathedral of St Mary on a guided tour. Then: our journey will continue as we make tracks to Seiffen, where there’s a visit to a handicraft manufacturer in store. Here, we’ll discover the stories and craft techniques behind traditional Ore Mountain folk art figurines – including delightful nutcrackers, Christmas pyramids and candle arches. Tonight, we’ll dine together at our hotel in Neuhausen. (B,D)

Accommodation: Schlosshotel Purschenstein (or similar)

Day 5Neuhausen – Annaberg-Buchholz – Karlivy Vary

At Annaberg-Buchholz, we’ll spend the morning delving into the area’s history at the Ore Mountain Museum – which showcases exhibitions dedicated to mining, the art of the late Middle Ages and the ancient crafts of potters, pewterers and trimmers. In the museum’s courtyard, we’ll find the entrance to the silver mine – where we’ll have the opportunity to gain a unique insight into silver mining history. After topping up our energy levels with a ‘Bergmansschmaus’ (a traditional miner’s snack), we’ll move on Karlovy Vary: our home for the next two nights. This evening, we’ll be free to seek out a local restaurant for dinner or relax back at the hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Boutique Spa Hotel Aqua Marina (or similar)

Day 6Karlovy Vary

Today we’ll step out into the streets of Karlovy Vary on a guided tour before setting our sights on the Hot Spring Colonnade (the home of the gushing Vrídlo geyser) – where we’ll go underground to see how the thermal water is drawn, distributed and regulated. Then: onwards to the Jan Becher Museum, where we’ll learn the history behind Becherovka, a famous Czech herbal liqueur. After a tasting session, the rest of the day will be yours to spend as you please (with the chance to use the spa and thermal springs) before we come together for tonight’s farewell dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Boutique Spa Hotel Aqua Marina (or similar)

Day 7Karlovy Vary – Pilsen – Prague

After leaving Karlovy Vary behind us, our first stop of the day will be Pilsen. Here, we’ll be lucky enough to visit the Pilsen brewery: where Pilsner Urquell beer was born 175 years ago. After touring the bottling facility and exploring the three brew houses, we’ll round off our tour in the historic cellars – where we’ll have the chance to taste the beer for ourselves. Back in the capital later this afternoon, we’ll say our goodbyes. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2021 and 2022
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: November 12 $3,719 $4,499
2021: December 1 $3,549 $4,299
2022: December 3 $3,719 $4,499
2022: December 17 $3,719 $4,499

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departure.

 

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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