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Black Forest Christmas Magic
Europe’s Largest Christmas Market in Stuttgart
7th – 14th December
8th December – Public Holiday
13th December – National Holiday
Schwenningen, Dorotheenhutte, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Lake Constance (Uberlingen, Birnau, Meersburg, & Constance), Colmar, Freiburg, Triberg, Furtwangen, Titisee, & Europa Theme Park
TUESDAY, 7TH DECEMBER:
We meet at the airport at noon for our Air Malta flight to Zurich Airport (opportunity for duty free shopping) departing at 2.25pm. On arrival at 4.50pm we are transferred to our 4 star Hotel Central in Schwenningen, in Germany for our stay in the Black Forest region, ideally situated for discovering the highlights of the area. After check-in at the hotel, we are offered a welcome drink and later we will go for a familiarisation walk in the town’s pedestrian area.
WEDNESDAY, 8TH DECEMBER:
We board the coach and head to Strasbourg in neighbouring France for a full-day optional excursion. Our coach will take us through the lovely Black Forest’s thick foliage wintry countryside. On the way we stop at Dorotheenhutte’s glass paradise and its unique all-year-round Christmas shop. We proceed to Strasbourg to visit Petite France and the old medieval town with its impressive Cathedral surrounded by the famous Christmas Market. Strasbourg’s history, charm and beauty are there for everybody to admire.
THURSDAY, 9TH DECEMBER:
This morning, we go on a full-day optional excursion to visit Stuttgart where we visit the most popular Christmas Market in Germany and the most beautiful and largest in Europe with 230 stalls spread on Marktplatz, Schillerplatz and Schlossplatz. The stalls take the shape of small wooden houses beautifully decorated with Christmas ornaments. The range of goods on offer is extensive and complemented by ginger cookies and mulled wine to keep us warm. We will also stroll along the 1.2km long pedestrian Konigstrasse, a shopping paradise packed with variety of shops for any taste. One may opt to visit on his own the Mercedes-Benz Museum (extra) which takes you through a journey of more than 130 years of fascinating automotive history and on into the future. Arrangements will be done by the tour leader for those interested to visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum on their own.
FRIDAY, 10TH DECEMBER:
Today we head south for our full-day optional excursion on Lake Constance, bordering with Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We visit three German lakeside towns on the lake, starting with Uberlingen, also known as ‘The Riviera at Lake Constance’. Here we meet the local English-speaking guide to take us around the town. We then proceed to nearby medieval Meersburg, built on a steep vineyard. On the way we make a short stop to see the church in Birnau which is a popular pilgrimage site. The guide will accompany us in Meersburg and afterwards we board the ferry (fare included) to cross the lake on a 20-minute trip to Constance, the largest town on the lake’s coast. Our walking tour takes us to the town centre, passing through pedestrian streets filled with stalls selling Christmas goods.
SATURDAY, 11TH DECEMBER:
Our full-day optional excursion takes us to Colmar in France, a famous romantic place known as ‘Little Venice of Alsace’. Our walking tour takes us through historic cobbled streets, characterized by half-timbered houses and a warm Christmas mood that envelops the heart of the town. We later drive to Freiburg, the hub and capital of the Black Forest region. We walk in the very heart of Freiburg’s historical centre and visit the Gothic Cathedral, dominating the main square. We then walk to Augustinerplatz for the traditional Christmas Market. We shall have free time for sightseeing and shopping.
SUNDAY, 12TH DECEMBER:
A day of scenic delights awaits us on our full-day optional excursion to the heart of the Black Forest. This region is greatly known for producing and selling traditional cuckoo clocks for more than 260 years. We first head to Triberg, with the possibility of casting a glance at the last cascade of the waterfalls (depending on the limited access). We will have time to admire the world’s largest cuckoo clock in Clock Park Eble. We then proceed to Furtwangen Clock Museum (extra), where our guide will show us the largest collection of clocks from all times. Our last stop will be in Titisee with its natural lake surrounded by forest trees.
MONDAY, 13TH DECEMBER:
Today we can have a free day or it is highly suggested to join the group and spend an optional day excursion and indulge ourselves in the Christmas atmosphere at the famous Europa Theme Park (extra). This Christmas Wonderland of adventure guarantees a lot of fun for all ages, with various attractions and spectacular shows, including the sparkling Ferris Wheel, the Circus Revue, with the additional of hundreds of snow-covered Christmas Trees, thousands of lights, glittery baubles all prepared to make our last day a special one at Germany’s biggest theme park during Yuletide.
TUESDAY, 14TH DECEMBER:
After breakfast, there will be some free time until we leave for Zurich Airport for our return Air Malta flight departing at 5.20pm and arriving in Malta at 8pm.
Price per person
* SPECIAL PRICE
*€599 / €699 Adult in Triple
*€629 / €729 Adult in Twin
*€769 / €869 Adult in Single
*€399 / €499 Child with 2 adults
* Special price applies when all excursions are taken
There is a large variety of restaurants in the vicinity of the hotel where one can choose from
Air Malta return flights to Zurich Airport
7 nights in 4 star Central Hotel in
Schwenningen or similar
Rooms with free Wi-Fi, TV, hairdryer, mini-fridge, tea & coffee facilities & central heating
Daily buffet hot and cold breakfast
Fitness and Sauna area
Return airport transfers
Services of tour leader
CHILD UNDER 12 PAYS HALF
€36 Europa Theme Park (entrance extra)
All excursions are guided by an English speaking guide
Not included in price:
Mercedes-Benz Museum €8 per adult / €4 per child
Furtwangen Clock Museum €7 per adult/€5 per child
Europa Theme Park – €55 per adult,
Children under 4 years are free
* All above prices are subject to change