Christmas Nutcracker Tour
A CHRISTMAS TOUR
Nov. 26 – Dec. 7, 2017
This extraordinary and memorable Christmas Tour is the only tour that offers the Nutcracker Tour of Seiffen in the Erzgebirge Mountains in Saxony, along with extended stays in the small Renaissance town of Torgau and the renowned Baroque city of Dresden for a full 3 days.
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 in the town square of Torgau, where a little Christmas Market is set up. After a stroll through Torgau taking in all the sights and sounds, the remainder of the afternoon is left to your choosing before we drive to our very own castle, the Castle Schnaditz. This castle was a knights castle built in 1237, where you will dine in, enjoying a traditional Texas barbecue! Yes, you read that right! 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. BD
Day 4 – A day trip will take us to Berlin, where you will take on the city and visit all the famous (and not so famous, locals only) sights. We will take you to the Christmas Market set up around the ruin of Kaiser Wilhelm Church, the burned out landmark that has been left standing as reminder of the destruction of War. After returning to Torgau, the evening is left to your choosing! B
Day 5– After breakfast, a day excursion will take you Wittenberg, where Martin Luther initiated the Reformation by nailing his 95 thesises on the Castle Church door 500-years ago. We will visit the the old Augustinan Monastery where a special exhibition recalls this event. 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. BD
Day 6 – Today we leave Torgau to drive to the Nutcracker town of Seiffen in the Erzgebirge mountains. Once we arrive, you are free to explore the small village packed with Nutcrackers, Christmas pyramids, the famous Schwippbogen (you’ll find out what it is), and other hand carved items. In the evening, we will meet for dinner in the hotel. BD
Day 7 – In the morning we visit a woodcarver where you will have a hands-on lesson in the art of carving a figure from a piece of wood. The afternoon and evening are to be spent at your leisure to explore and go 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 some more shopping – and 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 dinner that was served in the mountains around Seiffen on Christmas Eve. BD
Day 9 – After a leisurely dinner, 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 arrive in Dresden, where your hotel is located right across from the stunning Frauenkirche Cathedral and the prestigious new market square – not so new, though, as it dates back a few centuries. In the evening we will dine in a congenial pub just a short walk from the hotel. BD
Dec 10 – Morning kicks off with a walk through Dresden’s baroque center to show you the ins and outs of the square, leaving you to explore on your own after we show you the key parts. But, you will have a Dresden Card that gives you free entrance to most museums, free local transport and other fun discounts as well. 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 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