Strasbourg & the Black Forest Christmas Markets

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2 Dec 2019 - 9 Dec 2019
Duration: 4 days
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LIGHT UP THE FESTIVE SEASON WITH SPECTACULAR MARKETS.

Each winter, the streets and squares of Strasbourg are illuminated with light as Christmas casts its spell on this beautiful French city. With festive stalls spread across several different areas, it is one of the largest and oldest Christmas markets in Europe, and has been voted the best for two years running. Before spending the day here, we explore Germany’s beautiful Black Forest and visit fairytale Freiburg where a more intimate market is held among the medieval lanes. We also visit the quaint Black Forest town of Gengenbach where the Town Hall is transformed into the world's largest Advent Calendar.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return Eurostar from London to Paris
  • Return TGV from Paris to Strasbourg
  • Coach transfers throughout
  • Three nights’ half board in the Black Forest
  • Services of our Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Visit to Gengenbach to see the giant advent calendar
  • Visit to Freiburg Christmas Market
  • Visit to Strasbourg Christmas Market

DAY 1: London - Gengenbach

We journey aboard the Eurostar from London to Paris and join the high-speed rail network to Strasbourg. From here we meet our coach and are taken the Black Forest town of Gengenbach to see the world's largest Advent Calendar. The 24 windows of the Town Hall are each decorated with a festive scene and a window is revealed every evening during Advent. Before this you will have some free time to take in the magnificent Christmas scents and festive atmosphere whilst you stroll around this romantic town. After the opening of the window we continue on our way to our hotel.

DAY 2: Black Forest Christmas Markets

Today we visit the Freiburg Christmas Market. With its historic setting amongst the traditional timbered houses, this is a Black Forest delight and one of the most beautiful markets in Germany. It is laden with local treats for you to try including gingerbread, punch and mulled wine; and you can stand in awe as you watch the local artists and craftsman at work making those unique handmade Christmas gifts.

DAY 3: Strasbourg Christmas Market

Enjoy a full day in Strasbourg, just over the border in the Alsace region of France. Many stalls are spread across 12 locations in the city centre, making this one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe. It is also one of the oldest, with the first market held in 1570. Each location has a different theme and there are gifts of every kind, along with plenty of activities and entertainment to enjoy as you wander around and enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere.

DAY 4: Black Forest - London

We check out of our hotel after breakfast and retrace our route to Paris, where we join the Eurostar for the return journey to London.

PROVISIONAL TRAIN TIMES

    Outward Journey

      Departs London 09.22
      Arrives Strasbourg 15.41

    Return Journey

      Departs Strasbourg 12.19
      Arrives London 17.39

Hotel Baren Hotel, Oberharmersbach, Black Forest

This comfortable and traditional hotel is centrally located in the Black Forest town of Oberharmersbach.

In the restaurant of our 3 star friendly hotel, each day starts with breakfast and ends with a evening meal of regional specialities, and after a day of festivities you can enjoy a restful night in one of the cosy bedrooms, which are furnished with wooden furniture and have an en suite and a TV with satellite channels.