Christmas Nutcracker Tour
A CHRISTMAS TOUR
Nov. 26 – Dec. 7, 2017
This extraordinary Christmas Tour to Germany is the only tour where participants stay for three days in the Nutcracker town of Seiffen in the Erzgebirge Mountains in Saxony. This special Christmas Tour also stays for three days the small Renaissance town of Torgau and the renowned Baroque city of Dresden
Day 1 – Depart home for your flight to Germany.
Day 2– Arrive at Leipzig and transfer to your hotel in the the heart of Leipzig. Relax for awhile and adjust before we take you for a stroll through the Christmas Market, ending in an old Saxon restaurant where we will dine in traditional fare. D
Day 3– Take your morning in leisure until you are met by our coach that will drive us to the small Renaissance town of Torgau, famous for its magnificent castle and once the home of Martin Luther and his family. You will find your hotel on the town square where a Christmas Market is set up After a stroll through Torgau taking in all the sights and checking out the Christmas Market the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before we drive to the historic Castle Schnaditz. It is a knights castle built in 1237 and now it is owned by ourselves. Our Christmas dinner there will be a traditional Texas barbecue! Yes, you read that right! And since you are special VIP guests, you will also be invited to climb the 90-ft high tower connected to the castle, which is not open to the general public. It is a Christmas dinner you will not soon forget. B D
Day 4 – A day trip will take us to Berlin, where you will visit all the famous (and not so famous,) sights. We will take you to the Christmas Market set up around the ruin of Kaiser Wilhelm Church and to the Christmas Market at the beautiful Gendarmen Markt square. After returning to Torgau the evening is on your own. B
Day 5– After breakfast, a day excursion will take you Wittenberg, where Martin Luther initiated the Reformation by nailing his 95 thesises five hundred years ago on the Castle Church door. You will also visit the the old Augustinan Monastery where a special exhibition recalls this event and of course the Christmas Market set up in the town square. After returning to Torgau, we will dine at Herr Kaethe -(Mr.Kaethe), named after Luther’s wife Katharina von Bora, who wore the pants in the family and managed the household while Luther was out spreading the Reformation. B D
Day 6 – Today we leave Torgau to drive to the Nutcracker town of Seiffen in the Erzgebirge mountains, a Christmas town like no other. Once we arrive, you are free to explore the small village packed with Nutcrackers, Christmas pyramids, the famous Christmas Schwippbogen (you’ll find out what it is), and other hand carved items. In the evening, we will meet for dinner in the hotel. B D
Day 7 – In the morning we will have visit a woodcarver where you will have a hands-on lesson in the art of carving a figure from a piece of wood, a special souvenir you can hang on Christmas Tree at home. The afternoon and evening are to be spent at your leisure to explore and go Christmas shopping! You will need quite a bit of time for this! B
Day 8 – Early in the morning we will drive to the nearby town of Neuhausen to visit the Nutcracker Museum displaying hundreds of Nutcrackers dating back to Roman times. Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch at a nearby castle before returning to Seiffen, where you have the remainder of the afternoon to do more Christmas shopping – you can be assured that there is never enough time to shop in Seiffen! In the evening we will drive to a historic stage coach station in a forest on what used to be the Salt Road, where caravans would transport salt from the salt mines in Salzburg to the north of Germany. Dinner tonight is a Neinerala, a traditional Christmas dinner that was served in the mountains around Seiffen on Christmas Eve. B D
Day 9 – After a leisurely breakfast we will drive to the Saxony’s beautiful baroque capital, Dresden. En route we will stop at the Castle Coldiz, where allied officers were imprisoned during WWII. The castle is now a museum displaying the incredible escapes the allied officers undertook, so incredible and ingenious that even the German guards admired them for it and often looked the other way. After leaving the castle we will continue on to Dresden where your hotel is located right across from the stunning Frauenkirche Cathedral on the prestigious Neuer Markt, the new market square – not so new, though, as it dates back a few centuries. The only Christmas decoration here is a huge lighted Christmas Tree set up in the middle of the square. So imposing it is, it’s all the Christmas decoration that is needed. In the evening we will dine in a congenial pub just a short walk from the hotel. B D
Dec 10 – Morning kicks off with a walk through Dresden’s baroque center to show you the ins and outs of the square and what’s where, leaving the rest of the day to explore on your own. But, you will have a Dresden Card that gives you free entrance to most museums, free local transport discounts to various attraction. And of course there is the Christmas Market which is a hop and a skip from the hotel.B
Day 11 – Today is all about you so you can pursue your own interests, shop at the Christmas Market, or any of the stores in the old center of Dresden. Visit a museum or take a city tour and a receive a 50% discount with your Dresden Card. Clients who have been on this tour have said it is well worth taking! In the evening we will have a very special Christmas dinner in the vaults underneath the city where once the Dresden Fortress has stood. BD
Day 12 – After breakfast transfer to the airport for you homeward flight. B
TOUR COST: 2985.00
SINGLE COST: 3350.00
10-nights first class hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, 8 special dinners, transportation, entrance fees to included attractions, 48-hour Dresden Card, and the services of Posh Journeys as your host.
Additional food, alcoholic drinks and soft drinks with dinners, tips to the bus driver, airport transfer – however, we will work with you on the best options, sharing rides if some arrive within half an hour of each other.
Participation is limited to 12