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Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg Dijon Christmas Markets of Strasbourg and the Black Forest - Winter 2016/2017 Trip

Christmas Markets of Strasbourg and the Black Forest - Winter 2016/2017

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Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
10 days
From: $ 2,197 $ 220 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit the Christmas Markets of Strasbourg, Colmar and Freiburg
  • City tour in Paris and Freiburg
  • Orientation of Reims, Strasbourg, Colmar and Dijon
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the National Automobile Museum in Mulhouse
  • River cruise in Strasbourg
  • View the Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Notre-Dame de Reims and the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
  • Scenic drive in the Black Forest

Short Description

This festive foray unveils the Christmas markets of Strasbourg and Alsace, on a journey that roams from the eclectic French capital to the magic and enchantment of Germany's Black Forest.

It's Insider moments like…
cruising along picturesque canals in Strasbourg, with its medieval city centre, rustic chalets and Christmas stalls. And discovering how traditional cuckoo clocks are made, deep in the heart of the Black Forest.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Paris
End City Paris
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Itinerary

1. ARRIVE PARIS (2 NIGHTS)
Welcome to Paris, France's glittering capital. Relax after check-in or start exploring this amazing city with its festive atmosphere. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception followed by an evening drive to see the city's impressive illuminations and Christmas decorations - the perfect introduction to your holiday.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Novotel Tour Eiffel

2. PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Your expert Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of Paris this morning. View the Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower and see the city in all its glory. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice or enjoy the festive window displays along the Rue de Rivoli. You might like to round off your day with an evening at a famous Parisian cabaret show.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

3. PARIS – REIMS – STRASBOURG (3 NIGHTS)
This morning leave Paris and travel to Reims, a vibrant historical city featuring an abundance of grand period architecture. This city played a prominent role in French history as it was once the traditional site of the coronation of French kings. See the sights during your orientation including the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own or you may consider taking an Optional Experience to visit one of the famous champagne houses for a tasting. Later continue to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace region, for a three night stay.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Hilton/ Mercure Palais des Congres

4. STRASBOURG CHRISTMAS MARKETS
This morning enjoy an included river cruise past some of the important buildings of the European Union institutions such as the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. See the half-timbered houses of Petite France and travel through one of the lock systems on the river. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city of Strasbourg and visit the UNESCO World Heritage historic city centre. In 1570 the first ever Christkindelsmarik (market of the infant Jesus) took place in the city and today it is regarded as one of the best in Europe with its 300 wooden chalets spread out over 11 sites. You will find arts and crafts, food products and traditional Alsatian Christmas decorations. See the giant Christmas tree on Place Kléber and admire the fairytale decorations.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

5. STRASBOURG – COLMAR CHRISTMAS MARKET EXCURSION
This morning travel through picturesque scenery along the Alsatian Wine Route and stop in the capital of the wine growing region Colmar. Sample some of the delicious Alsatian wines at a wine tasting. You may wish to take an Optional Experience to Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg or enjoy free time in Colmar to explore the well-preserved old town. Spend time taking in the ambience and beguiling charm of the Christmas markets before returning to Strasbourg.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

6. STRASBOURG – FREIBURG (2 NIGHTS)
Today leave France and travel into Germany stopping in the university city of Freiburg for a walking tour with a Local Specialist. There will be time to explore the city and take in a traditional German Christmas market. Traditional arts and crafts on offer include hand-blown glass and wooden toys. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Stadt Freiburg

7. BLACK FOREST EXCURSION
Enjoy a relaxing day in one of the most beautiful regions of Germany. Admire the scenery as you drive through the hills and lakes of the Black Forest, famous for cuckoo clocks. Learn how this traditional and valuable item is made during a Cultural Insight demonstration of the craft.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

8. FREIBURG – MULHOUSE – DIJON
This morning travel to Mulhouse to visit the National Automobile Museum. During this Cultural Insight, hear about Hans and Fritz Schlumpf and their collection of Bugattis and see some of the 400 historic cars on display. Later arrive in the capital of the Burgundy wine region Dijon – famed for its mustard. An orientation of the city will show you some of the varied architectural styles ranging from Gothic to Renaissance masterpieces.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Mercure Clemenceau

9. DIJON – VERSAILLES - PARIS
This morning travel to Versailles and see the spectacular palace - you might consider an Optional Experience to discover the breathtaking interior. Later arrive back in Paris and spend time doing last minute shopping or exploring the Montmartre district. Tonight you will raise a toast to your fellow travellers at a celebratory Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
Novotel Centre Tour Eiffel

10. DEPART PARIS
Say farewell to this magical Christmas market experience and your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable festive holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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This was the first time we had taken a group road tour and I would have to say that it exceeded my expectations. Our guide Danilo was great, it is a difficult job managing people on this type of trip. Everything from the excursion to the dinners where completely organized and well done. We look forward to another trip with Trafalgar in the future. I would without a doubt definitely recommend this trip, it is a little fast pace but Danilo, made sure that we had options if there were needed.
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The tour guide Hubert was wonderful, very detailed oriented and organized. And had such an extensive knowledge of all the cities and locations we went to. Truly excellent!

Personalized care and helpfulness was definitely offered throughout, very nice touch to the trip.

Overall a great trip, but some considerations below:

The hotel in Beijing – Novotel Peace and the hotel in Chengdu – Crowne Plaza were way below standard – maybe a rating of 2 stars. They were dirty, dark, stained and hot without air circulating in the rooms. After extensive days with waking up early and returning late, you just want to rest in a clean environment with cool air. I would never stay hotels like these.

This trip is not for people who cannot handle extensive walking and climbing. Trafalgar lists this as from 5 to 99 years old. Not possible. There were days we did 10 miles of walking, just a caution for anyone considering. We had someone in our tour that was 82 years old and we all took turns taking care of him.

Some aspects of the itinerary could be different, but think that is all based on personal preference; however my fellow travelers did feel the same way. The cruise down the Yangtze River was just ‘ok’, time could have been spent better elsewhere. Like Xian, truly amazing city but too short a time.

NOTE: Some were charged single supplement, others were not ... I paid for the single supplement and was none too happy about that!

Also note that you need to budget for the optional tours that are not included.
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I've never had a travel group cancel a trip before. Trafalgar canceled my honeymoon we booked ages in advance my honeymoon. They didn't even have the decency to call. They sent an email as if this wasn't a stressful enough time for planning. As far as we can tell from their non-direct answers they canceled it due to underbooking. Their solution was to just change to a different trip. I'm not sure if they realize how trip planning or buying plane tickets work. we'll never book with them again.
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I lost all trust in all tour companies after Trafalgar sent us with a known sex offender on a 3 week tour. He is now jailed. I have contacted Trafalgar to at least get an apology, instead I received dismissive replies and now, radio silence. they had scrubbed this guide' social media to distance themselves AND they continue to manage his Facebook profile, changing his profile picture to pretend all is well. This is disgusting. We place our trust in tour companies mostly to be safe at destination. Think twice before using Trafalgar, they don't much care who works for them: https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/16094579.Man_jailed_after_destroying_computer_on_which_he_watched_dog_porn/
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