Europe at Christmas Nov 30 – Dec 11, 2019

$2,850.00

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Christmas Markets & Culinary Experiences

Nov 30 – Dec 11, 2019 12 Days – 15 Meals

To finalize your reservation, please print and complete the Europe at Christmas brochure and mail it to

PO Box 751 Bellevue, NE 68005

Tour Price

$2850pp (Double Occupancy)

$3750pp (Single Occupancy)

Flights

(You may purchase group air with Excite or you may book your own airfare)

Omaha -Philadelphia – Amsterdam

Zurich – Philadelphia – Omaha

Flight Carrier – American Airlines

$945pp Round trip (includes one checked bag, one carry-on and one personal item)

7 Countries (The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Austria and Switzerland)

9 Culinary Experiences

9 Christmas Markets

1 Unforgettable Vacation

Day 1 – Saturday, November 30

Today is your first day on an exciting adventure to Western Europe! Meet your group at Eppley Airport in Omaha for your flight to Amsterdam. Enjoy your overnight flight as your magical Christmas journey begins.

Day 2 – Sunday, December 1

Pass through customs and into your first European city! Lunch is included today as you dine at the famous Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs! Known for its Dutch pancakes, these amazing eats will have you craving for more! Then, it’s time for a canal boat cruise. Enjoy a cocktail on this breathtaking tour of Amsterdam’s famous canals. This evening, you have the option to take in Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience. Otherwise the night is yours to explore this fascinating city and it’s wonderful Christmas Market! (L)

Day 3 – Monday, December 2

Enjoy a short bus ride to Gouda, famous for its cheese! Here, you will enjoy a tour and tasting of a Gouda cheese produer to gain first hand knowledge of the process involved in making this cheese. Then you are off to Bruges, a spectacular Belgian town with canals, cobblestone streets and medieval buildings. Grab lunch as you take in this one of a kind Christmas market along the water. As the afternoon continues, you venture just outside Brussels to Lindamen’s Brewery. Here you will experience a tour and tasting of Belgian lambic beer. This beer is brewed much differently than any other beer and aged, in some cases, for over 3 years! Finally you’ll check into your Brussels hotel with time for dinner and Brussels’ Christmas Market! (B)

Day 4 – Tuesday, December 3

This morning, join the group for a Belgian Waffle experience. Enjoy both a sweet and savory waffle while learning about how this delicious snack became a Belgian staple. After waffles, you’ll head east to Val Dieu Abbey! The Cistercian Abbey « Notre Dame du Val-Dieu » was founded in 1216 by monks in a land known as “the valley of the devil” which they renamed “the valley of God”. This beer style was brewed by monks in order to help purify water to drink. This evening you will arrive in Cologne! Once settled in you have an optional “Cologne Walking Brewery Tour” or you can grab a bite to eat and view the Cologne Christmas market! (B)

Day 5 – Wednesday, Dec 4

Today’s trek is along the gorgeous Mosel River Valley. In the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises – Eifel and Hunsrück – lies the old town of Cochem. It’s a sight worth seeing because of its narrow streets and twisty alleys, the lovingly restored half timbered houses and views of the river! Then, you’re off to an absolutely fantastic winery tour at Dr. Loosen! Known for their Riesling, you’ll meet the sommelier and hear all about their aging process and how to best taste all of the amazing flavors of their wine. Your lunch is part of the wine tasting experience! This afternoon is set up for another winery visit with breaktaking views and great wine. (B, L)

Day 6 – Thursday, Dec 5

Today is all about exotic Christmas Markets. You’ll cross a tiny country off your bucket list as you travel to Luxembourg! Visit Luxembourg City, famed for its fortified medieval old town perched on sheer cliffs. Stroll their Christmas Market and maybe enjoy a piece of their famous meat pie, Judd mat Gaardebounen! Then, your off to Strasbourg, a city of mixed French and German influence. Visit the famous Notre Dame and view its spectacular show! You’ll also have time to explore the Christmas market here! Your guide will have a few great suggestions for dinner! (B)

Day 7 – Friday, Dec 6

If you liked yesterday’s medieval city in Luxembourg, you’ll love today! Head east to the famous walled town of Rothenburg. Situated in Bavaria along the “Romantic Road”, Rothenburg offers a glimpse into the past. With its old world architecture, torture museum and turrets guarding its gates. You can then imagine a Christmas Market in this setting! Kathe Wohlfahrt has a famous Christmas store located in the town square, right next to the Christmas Market that fills the town’s center! After a full day exploring Rothenburg, you will continue on to Nuremberg for the night. Relax in the crisp German air, perhaps enjoying a glass of wine with friends as Christmas shoppers stroll by. (B)

Day 8 – Saturday, Dec 7

Nuremberg is a modern German city with a deep history and troubled past. You’ll embark on city sightseeing including the site of the Nuremberg Trials! Next, enjoy a lunch featuring little sausages, famous in Nuremberg, oh and they are delicious! Then, it’s off to Regensburg. This city on the Danube river is linked by an iconic bridge bringing the old town and the new, together! There are four Christmas Markets here, including the famous Thurn & Taxis night market! You’ll have time to explore them before ending the night in Munich! (B, L)

Day 9 – Sunday, Dec 8

After a full breakfast, you are off to the classical city of Salzburg! Salzburg is an Austrian city on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps. The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. The Altstadt is the birthplace of famed composer Mozart. You’re in for a real treat today as you partake in an authentic Apple Strudel and Christmas Cookie making class! You’ll also enjoy a fantastic lunch while making your Strudel! Explore their spectacular Christmas Market, take in Mozart’s museum, or spend the day people watching while enjoying a warm latte! (B, L)

Day 10 – Monday, Dec 9

A trip to Germany wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the most famous fairytale castle in the world! As you make your way to Fussen you’ll have the option to tour the family home of Crown Prince Maximilian and future King Ludwig II. Start in the village and make your way to Hohenschwangau Castle in the morning. Then, cross Mary’s bridge to the Famous Neuschwanstein Castle. This is the castle Walt Disney used as the inspiration for Cinderella’s castle. If you prefer not to visit the castles, you have the day to enjoy Fussen. A wonderful bavarian village full of shops and restaurants. Spend the day at leisure! (B)

Day 11 – Tuesday, Dec 10

Breakfast starts your morning off on the right foot before heading to one of the best Swiss Christmas markets. You’ll set out for Stein am Rhein, a beautiful village near the Alps! Stein am Rhein sits at the point where Lake Constance meets the Rhine River. Famous for its well-preserved Old Town featuring painted facades and half-timbered houses, Stein am Rhein is a lively and very charming small town that is well-worth a visit at Christmas time. Then, it’s off to Zurich! This lavish Swiss city will be our last stop on tour. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with the group followed by free time to take in one last market. (B,D)

Day 12 – Wednesday, Dec 11

Today, enjoy your last breakfast in the european air before heading to the airport. Your mid morning flight from Zurich will have you back to your home before the day is over. This will be a trip to remember for a lifetime! (B)

**This tour requires significant walking and uneven terrain.  Please consider this when booking your tour.

**Valid Passport Required

Tour Includes

– 10 Nights hotel accommodations

– Motor coach transportation

– 15 Meals

– 9 Included Excursions

– 9 Christmas Markets

– Guide Service

*Prices are based on Euro as of Jan 26th.  If when final payment is due, the

exchange rate has increased more than

.03 there will be a surcharge on your final invoice.

Trip insurance available through Travelex. Please use location number

27-0165 for our group.

www.travelexinsurance.com/quote/

To finalize your reservation, please print and complete the Europe at Christmas brochure and mail it to

PO Box 751 Bellevue, NE 68005

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