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Visit three contrasting Christmas Markets

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2020 Tour code: ROM21

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Nuremberg

On arrival at St Pancras, we meet at our dedicated Departure Office before taking the Eurostar to Brussels. We continue into Germany and the medieval city of Nuremberg, where we spend four nights at the Hotel Maritim.

Nuremberg
Day 2 - Nuremberg Christmas Market

After an introductory guided walking tour of Nuremberg, you are free to visit the Christkindlmarkt, one of the most prestigious and atmospheric Christmas Markets in the world. Its brightly coloured stalls radiate from the Market Square in the Old Town with the unmistakable aromas of Advent in Germany, filling the city with an incredible festive atmosphere.

Also, be sure to admire the city's other attractions. These include the Kaiserburg Fortress, which is the centrepiece of Nuremberg's beautiful medieval architecture - encircled within the city walls of the Old Town - and the Handwerkerhof, or Craftsmen's Courtyard. Located in the middle of the city it is surrounded by the towers and walls of the medieval fortifications. A little town of its own, here you can discover workshops and shops from craftsmen such as pewter workers, glassmakers, engravers, potters, gold and silversmiths, and much more.

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  • Breakfast
Nuremberg Market
Day 3 - Regensburg

Today we travel by rail to Regensburg. Situated at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers, the town has one of the best-preserved medieval centres in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your time here is free to explore and St Peter's Church, Regensburg's landmark is truly unmissable. The church, with its impressive stained-glass windows from the Middle Ages, is the greatest Gothic cathedral in Bavaria and took over 600 years to build. At this time of year, Regensburg also boasts three Christmas Markets, which you are free to explore.

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  • Breakfast
Regensburg
Day 4 - Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Leaving Nuremberg by coach we head to the highlight of the 'Romantic Road' a picturesque route which takes us past the mountains and forests of Bavaria - Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Its 'Reiterlesmarkt' (Christmas market) is set within a magical townscape of quaint alleys, cobbled squares, half-timbered houses, city gates, and medieval town walls. Marvel at Rothenburg's stunning architecture, take a walk along the complete town walls or visit the town's famous Christmas shop, which offers more than 30,000 traditional German Christmas decorations. We enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel tonight.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Rothenburg
Day 5 - Nuremberg and London

Heading westwards across Germany, we change in Cologne for Brussels. In Brussels, we connect with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

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  • Breakfast
Eurostar Winter