Christmas Markets: the best of Saxony and Bohemia 2022

Christmas Markets: The Best of Saxony and Bohemia
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From the fairytale spires of Prague to the bustling markets of Dresden and the twinkling Christmas lights of Karlovy Vary, this is a tour that explores the festive traditions, history and Yuletide beauty of Germany and the Czech Republic. And with the chance to discover magnificent castles, delicious local produce and scenic railways along the way, it's sure to be a trip to remember.

  • Explore the Striezelmarkt in Dresden - Germany's oldest Christmas market
  • Discover traditional Ore Mountain Christmas decorations with a handicraft manufacturer
  • Enjoy the famous spa and thermal springs of Karlovy Vary
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Europe
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • 50 plus
  • Couples
  • Seniors
  • Singles
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • Festivals
  • History
  • Photography

Our enchanting Christmas journey through Saxony and Bohemia will begin amidst the cobblestoned streets of medieval Prague. After settling into our hand-picked hotel, we’ll get to know one another better over a delicious welcome meal. Here’s to the incredible adventure ahead!

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Bohemia (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin with a locally guided walking tour of the city – complete with a visit to the festive Christmas market, of course. After taking lunch at our leisure, we’ll move on to Melník. Here, we’ll dive straight into proceedings with a tour of the hilltop castle – with plenty of time to stroll the grand rooms and browse the 17th-century map collection. The afternoon will see us arriving in historic Dresden, where we’ll enjoy a free evening to explore the city’s gastronomic delights or relax at our hand-picked hotel.

Accommodation: Gewandhaus Hotel Dresden (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we’ll learn more about a Dresden Christmas tradition on a visit to a local Stollen bakery. The delicious seasonal treat is said to date back to 1329 – when the region’s bakers entered it into a competition organised by the Bishop of Nauruburg. Later, we’ll board a steam engine for a scenic ride along the Lößnitzgrundbahn railway. Our next stop? Wackerbarth Castle, where we’ll gain an insight into the winemaking process on a tour of the vineyards and wine cellar – sampling a tipple or two as we go, of course. We’ll round off the day back in Dresden, where we’ll savour some free time to explore the Striezelmarkt: Germany’s oldest Christmas market. With twinkling lights, bustling stalls and the scent of mulled wine in the air, there’s no better place to soak up the Christmas spirit.

Accommodation: Gewandhaus Hotel Dresden (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll bid farewell to Dresden and move on to Freiberg – where we’ll explore the Cathedral of St Mary on a guided tour. Then: our journey will continue as we make tracks to Seiffen, where there’s a visit to a handicraft manufacturer in store. Here, we’ll discover the stories and craft techniques behind traditional Ore Mountain folk art figurines – including delightful nutcrackers, Christmas pyramids and candle arches. Tonight, we’ll dine together at our hotel in Neuhausen.

Accommodation: Schlosshotel Purschenstein (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner

At Annaberg-Buchholz, we’ll spend the morning delving into the area’s history at the Ore Mountain Museum – which showcases exhibitions dedicated to mining, the art of the late Middle Ages and the ancient crafts of potters, pewterers and trimmers. In the museum’s courtyard, we’ll find the entrance to the silver mine – where we’ll have the opportunity to gain a unique insight into silver mining history. After topping up our energy levels with a ‘Bergmansschmaus’ (a traditional miner’s snack), we’ll move on Karlovy Vary: our home for the next two nights. This evening, we’ll be free to seek out a local restaurant for dinner or relax back at the hotel.

Accommodation: Boutique Spa Hotel Aqua Marina (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Today we’ll step out into the streets of Karlovy Vary on a guided tour before setting our sights on the Hot Spring Colonnade (the home of the gushing Vrídlo geyser) – where we’ll go underground to see how the thermal water is drawn, distributed and regulated. Then: onwards to the Jan Becher Museum, where we’ll learn the history behind Becherovka, a famous Czech herbal liqueur. After a tasting session, the rest of the day will be yours to spend as you please (with the chance to use the spa and thermal springs) before we come together for tonight’s farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Boutique Spa Hotel Aqua Marina (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner

After leaving Karlovy Vary behind us, our first stop of the day will be Pilsen. Here, we’ll be lucky enough to visit the Pilsen brewery: where Pilsner Urquell beer was born 175 years ago. After touring the bottling facility and exploring the three brew houses, we’ll round off our tour in the historic cellars – where we’ll have the chance to taste the beer for ourselves. Back in the capital later this afternoon, we’ll say our goodbyes.

Meals: Breakfast

  • Entrance Fees
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  • Fully Guided
  • Guide
    -Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Transport
    -Premium mini-coach transportation

Not Included
  • Airport Transfers at Destination
  • International Travel
  • Country Entry Visas
All Entrance fees listed are included
Please see your local governments for rulings on destination Visa's
Yes, All guides are English speaking
Yes, please request at time of booking
Yes the Coach is air-conditioned
Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)
A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour
18 is the maximum on any tour
At the discretion of the guest
Guests from all over the world could be joining you
A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey

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Touring with Back-Roads Touring

With more than 30 years’ experience in small group and tailor-made tours across the UK, Europe and Asia, Back-Roads Touring is truly the original Small Group Touring company.

With each tour capped at 18 passengers (14 for Asia tours), Back-Roads curates authentic, off-the-beaten-track travel experiences.

Catering for the mature traveller, Back-Roads has built up a brand rooted in expert local knowledge, sustainable tourism, culinary excellence and premium boutique accommodation.

Their award-winning tour leaders are committed to delivering the ‘Back-Roads difference’ whether that be dining with the group, offering the flexibility to change the itinerary, giving personal recommendations for lunch or bringing each destination to life with their insight and knowledge. Their Tour leaders are dedicated to delivering a truly authentic, personalised experience. The Back-Roads Difference inludes:

  • Small Groups of up to 18 passengers (14 for Asia)
  • Scenic Back Roads, avoiding Motorways
  • Premium Mini-Coach transportation
  • Handpicked Boutique Accommodation
  • Leisurely Paced Itineraries
  • Culinary Discoveries
  • Authentic Local Experiences

Back-Roads Touring was named Best Small Coach Holidays Company for 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the British Travel Awards and have been nominated for two awards in 2018.


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