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German Christmas Markets

Frankfurt, Rhineland and Wurzburg

 

05-09 December 2019 - 5 Days / 4 Nights

4* Superior

Maritim Hotel Frankfurt

£595 per person     Single supp. £30

Book by 31 May 2019

Also, get ONE FREE excursions to Wurzburg worth £35

Fra Christmas Market 1

Included in the fare:

•Daytime Flights: Dublin to Frankfurt and return

•8Kgs hand-luggage plus one hand-bag or laptop       (See below for checked luggage details)

•4 nights in Frankfurt at 4* Maritim Hotel Westend

•Full Breakfast each morning

•All City Taxes

•2 Evening meals. One at hotel, one in local restaurant

•Local transfers

•Full excursion programme (See below)

•ATOL Financial Protection

•Escorted throughout by Alan Couser

 

Flight Details

05 Dec   Lufthansa   Dep. Dublin 11.50   Arr. Frankfurt  14.55

09 Dec   Lufthansa   Dep. Frankfurt  09.50   Arr. Dublin 10.55

Or, you may wish to stay a few hours longer.

09 Dec   Lufthansa   Dep. Frankfurt  16.05   Arr. Dublin 17,10

 

Baggage allowance:

8kgs hand luggage.only. See below re:  checked luggage.

 

Most of our customers are now travelling “light” and, as such, we do not include checked luggage on our short breaks and you are not charged for it. If you wish, however, you can book a 23kg case for £40 per case, per return journey. You may only need one between two people, or you may need none at all. It’s up to you!

 

Transport from Belfast

Is not included. The 7.45am Translink from Belfast is ideal, arriving at 09.40am. Or take the 06.45am to be early! If you have a Translink SmartPass, it should be free if you're over 65!

 

4* Superior – Maritim Hotel Frankfurt

 

Our journey commences with a direct flight from Dublin to Frankfurt and a very short train journey to the city centre and your hotel, which is just minutes from the station.

 

Our hotel is close to trams and metro and features first class accommodation and facilities. The hotel boasts an indoor pool and sauna, along with two restaurants and a bar. We will eat at the hotel on one evening.

 

Standard rooms have flat-screen TV, en-suite bathrooms with hair-dryers, heating and air-con, minibar. Superior rooms, which are on higher floors with great views, also have tea/coffee facilities.

 

Upgrade to Comfort rooms with kettle / higher floor

£25pp in double    £40pp in Single

 

Upgrade to Superior Rooms on highest floors

£90pp in double  £150 in single

 

Meals

Two evening meals are included, one at the hotel and another at a local restaurant leaving two further evenings free for you to eat wherever you wish. Your host, Alan Couser, will give you guidance and, if necessary, book tables for you.

 

 

Excursions

Walking Tour of down-town Frankfurt. FREE.

Starting from the hotel, we will take a tram to the old city centre, from where we will take you on a short walking tour of Frankfurt. We will finish at the Christmas Market, from where you can jump on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, if you wish. See the impressive skyline, locally nicknamed “Mainhattan”, due to the number of skyward-stretching banks and investment companies.

 

Hop On – Hop Off Sightseeing Bus - £17

Always one of the best ways to see a city, you can pick up the bus from close to the hotel or from the “Altstadt”. See the sights at your own pace; there are 22 stops and you can hop on and off at your leisure.

 

Daytrip to Rüdesheim – £25 per person

Rüdesheim is a chocolate-box town, perched on the banks of the mighty River Rhine. It’s twisting alleyways and cobbled squares give home to one of Germany’s nicest Christmas Markets, “Market of the Nations”, with stalls from all over Europe. Picturesque, half-timbered houses line the upper part of the town, where “Siegfrieds Musical Kabinett” museum maintains and restores hundreds of beautiful old mechanical instruments, some worth thousands of Euro. Your visit to Rüdesheim includes entrance to the museum. There is no shortage of places to eat, either, from stalls selling tasty snacks to romantic restaurants, offering well-priced meals and fine wines.

 

Daytrip to Wurzburg - £35 per person

The train fare alone is €49.80, so this excursion is excellent value. In the heart of Würzburg's Old Town one of Germany’s most picturesque and enchanting Christmas Markets attracts thousands of visitors every year. The Christmas market's tradition dates back to the early 19th century. The historic market square with its Gothic Chapel of St Mary and its abundance of Baroque architecture provide a scenic backdrop for almost 120 wooden stalls. Choose from handmade holiday decorations ranging from artful glass, straw, pewter and pottery to wooden toys.

Look out for original knitwear, creative jewelry, mouth-watering delicatessen or tasty gingerbread for your loved ones. Sample delicious Franconian Christmas cookies and roasted almonds, and don't forget to sip the traditional Glühwein, a popular hot red wine infused with spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and orange peel.

We will return to Frankfurt in the late evening.

 

Tipping / Gratuities

Tips for staff in restaurants are already included in the cost of your holiday. Whilst no tipping of household staff in the hotels is necessary, it is customary, possibly expected, to leave a small tip for the staff who clean your room. This is not included in the cost of the holiday and is totally up to you as to how much, if anything, you decide to leave. The going rate is, however, around €3 or €4 pp/pd. If you are having a coffee or a beer, it is usual to round up the cost to the nearest one or two Euro. Any tip is always appreciated but rarely sought.

 

Weather, Clothes, Money, etc.

It is likely to be cold but probably not freezing. We recommend that you bring a selection of clothing but you can certainly leave your tee-shirts at home. A weatherproof is always a good idea, although Frankfurt has a lot less rainfall than we are accustomed to in Ireland.

 

Frankurt is in the Eurozone. Credit and Debit cards are widely accepted.

 

Being an international city, most people speak good English, so you will not have any problems.

 

Pickpockets are not common in Frankfurt but we always advise you to leave all valuables in your hotel safe and only carry what you might need for one day at a time. Better safe than sorry!

 

Public Transport is fantastic in Frankfurt, with buses, trams and Regional trains. Fares are cheap and we recommend using the public transport, wherever possible. All of our excursions and tours will include such travel.