NEW About the tour: Berlin Christmas Markets

This enchanting festive holiday is a must to get into the holiday spirit! Travel to Germany, home of the Christkindlmarkt experience, and visit the myriad of Christmas markets in magical Berlin. With traditional gifts, winter-warming mulled wine and must-try treats at every turn, enjoy a Christmas holiday like no other. A unique blend of cosmopolitan chic and history-rich sights will leave you wanting more, and with the opportunity to visit Brandenburg and Potsdam too, there's no better way to start the festive season!

Tour Includes


  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 1 evening meal
  • Convenient local joining points

7 days from $1623 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 811 500 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    Continue to the Berlin area for a four-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today, enjoy an included orientation tour of the city by coach and then on foot. Your guide will introduce you to the famous sights of the city and point out the all-important Christmas markets.

    Few cities have seen as many changes over recent years as Berlin, and today you can enjoy a full day exploring all it has to offer. Having regained its pre-war status as the capital of Germany, Berlin now thrives on its exciting new architecture, youthful vibrancy and rich cultural diversity. The city has a cosmopolitan buzz that makes it one of Europe’s favourite destinations; offering something for everyone, find everything from fantastic gastronomic experiences and art exhibitions, to shopping, culture, history and more.

    After the orientation tour, the remainder of the day is at leisure, and with such a chequered past, there is plenty for you to see and explore at your own pace. If you are looking to experience the charm of winter magic, Berlin is the perfect place to do so with its variety of Christmas markets dotted all over the city – be sure to indulge in some festive treats as you enjoy the sights!

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Berlin Christmas Markets
    Berlin Christmas Markets

    Included Highlights

    • Berlin Orientation Tour
    • Berlin
    • Berlin Christmas Markets

    Today, our optional excursion takes us firstly to Brandenburg an der Havel, where you can see the brightly lit Neustädtischer Markt and skating rink in the centre of town. The stalls feature delightful art and craft items, and tasty local foods to sample.

    Later, we continue to Potsdam, famous for its parks, palaces and history of film-making. The colourful Blauen Lichterglanz Christmas market takes place on Luisenplatz and Brandenburgerstraße in the Old Town, where you can enjoy a stroll through the historic centre and browse the bustling shops in ‘Germany’s Hollywood’.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Potsdam
    Brandenburg an der Havel & Potsdam

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020
    • Brandenburg an der Havel & Potsdam
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    Enjoy a day at leisure for further exploration of Berlin and the Christmas markets.

    The Alexanderplatz Christmas market is one of the most popular to visit; here you can find traditional craft and Christmas items, and perhaps sample Bratworst, gingerbread or a warming gluhwein! Visitors can see the walk-in Christmas pyramid, decorated with over 5000 lights.

    The Winter World Christmas market on Potsdamer Platz is also well worth a visit, with many handicrafts and local delicacies on offer, as well as a large open-air ice rink!

    For a more Scandinavian twist, visit the Lucia Christmas market at the Kulturbrauerei (Cultural Brewery) situated in the Prezlauer Berg district of Berlin. The Christmas market here is named after Lucia, the Nordic goddess of light, and this is a popular market with those looking for a romantic atmosphere.

    If you would like to visit a more nostalgic Christmas market, head to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz, where you will find traditional items such as tree decorations, candles and wooden figurines.

    The Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market takes place on one of the most beautiful squares in the city, and here you may find exhibitors such as woodcarvers, dressmakers and other craftspeople. (Please note that this market has an entrance charge of approximately €1.)

    Entrance costs to any markets or places of interest are at additional cost.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Berlin Christmas Markets
    Berlin Christmas Markets

    Included Highlights

    • Berlin
    • Berlin Christmas Markets

    We leave our hotel and commence our return journey through Germany, and on to our overnight hotel in Belgium.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    NEW Berlin Christmas Markets 7 days from $1,623pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 811 500

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Leonardo Hotel Berlin, located in the Charlottenburg district and a short distance from the popular Kurfürstendamm shopping street. Overnight stays in Belgium are in city-style hotels.

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately $1.80 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 two weeks before you are due to travel. With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. If joining in the UK, you may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan

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