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Arctic Glass Igloo & Christmas Markets

$ 4,550.00 $ 4,300.00

13 Days • Helsinki • Ivola (Arctic Circle) • Frankfurt • Heidelburg Rothernburg • Nuremburg • Munich • Oberammergau

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See the northern lights in the clear winter sky from the comfort of a glass igloo with all hotel room facilities surrounded by Ice and Snow and under the Northern Lights

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Imagine to spend your 2018 winter in the Nordic, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle. Lie back in an amazing igloo room with glass roof and watch the Northern light show, a life time experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

This is one of the best months with the blue light of twilight, miles and miles of snow, and extreme frost, the Christmas spirit gets into full swing – what the heart of an Arctic winter is made of.

What could soothe the soul more than a sledge ride pulled by huskies or reindeer, a visit to Santa Claus Village, skiing on densely packed snow or taking a snowmobile out in the crisp, bright winter sunshine?

The best way for hunting Aurora Borealis is to stay in a glass igloo which feels like sleeping in the open, but inside the igloo it is just as warm and cosy as a hotel! Your stay at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort will be on the Dark Moon nights, the darkness offers the perfect opportunity to see the famous Northern Lights.

Continue on a Christmas Market journey of Germany from Frankfurt to Munich. Fill your heart with Christmas cheer, your tummy with tasty Germanic treats and your suitcase with lovingly hand-crafted gifts from many festive markets that have been a part of Germany’s annual celebrations for centuries.

Along the way, visit breathtaking medieval towns of Heidelburg, Rothenburg and Nuremburg, the quaint timbered homes and cobbled streets of many small towns through the Romantic Road. Wander through merry and magical Christkindlmarkts, savour the tantalizing aromas of mulled wine and gingerbread, and
enjoy ample free time to shop for Christmas gifts or souvenirs.

Feel heart-warming Munich, Bavaria’s capital and journey through the Bavarian Alps. Admire stunning scenery unfolded around you – vistas of cliff-top castles, charming villages and snow-dusted, rolling hills. Tour the famous fairy tale castles Linderhof and Neuschwanstein, and take an excursion to musical Salzburg, the birth place of Mozart.

You’ll notice the throngs of tourists that crowd these cities and attractions during the popular summer months are absent. Your visits will be more relaxed and enjoyable rather than the hot, crowded heat of summer.


ITINERARY

Dec 3, 2018 Helsinki
Upon arrival, check in to your hotel connected to the airport terminal.

Hotel Hilton Helsinki Airport or similar

Dec 4, 2018 Helsinki – Ivalo, Lapland – Glass Igloo (B/D)
Return to airport terminal for your flight to Ivalo located up north in Finnish Lapland, 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. On arrival, you are transferred to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort where you will enjoy two nights unique experiences in one of the “northern lights friendly” Arctic Glass Igloos.

The Glass Igloos offer “all-sky vision” in complete comfort. There are three types of Glass Igloos and can accommodate up to 6 passengers comfortably and warmly insulated, all-sky thermal-glass roofs, heated floors adjustable twin beds and a bathroom with a shower cabinet.
Balance of the day, enjoy the property and optional activities.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort / Glass Igloo

Dec 5, 2018 Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort Glass Igloo (B/D)
Start the day with an Arctic adventure with Huskies! Embark on a sled and dogs howl and pull at their harnesses to get moving, and as soon as the anchor is lifted, they take off at full speed through the snowy forests and plains. 2 people share 1 sled and takes turns in driving. Back at the kennel, enjoy a hot beverage and hear some Husky Story.

The rest of your day is free to enjoy this spectacular destination. Why not do as the locals and relax in the traditional Finnish sauna at your resort?

Dec 6, 2018 Ivalo – Helsinki (B)
Today, transfer back to Ivalo airport and fly to Helsinki, Finnish capital and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel Glo Art or similar

Dec 7, 2018 Helsinki (B)
Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes us around the harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and for a visit at the famous Church-in-the-Rock.

This afternoon is free at leisure or take an optional excursion to Wooden Town of Porvoo, explore this medieval town, its picturesque yards and narrow streets.

Dec 8, 2018 Helsinki – Frankfurt (B)
This morning, you are transferred to the airport for flight to Frankfurt.
Arrival at Frankfurt airport and transfer to the hotel.

The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. Your may board a double-decker bus for a narrated sightseeing tour, which shows you the diversity of this historic yet modern metropolis including the Romer town hall, drive through the modern European banking center, and Goethe House, the former home of 18th-century literary genius Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. Walk around the historic heart of the city, see the noteworthy architecture of St Paul’s Church and Frankfurt Cathedral and visit the Hauptwache, a Baroque plaza surrounded by modern buildings. Pass the Zeil shopping center, see the Old Opera House, and view the big towers of the former city wall.

Accommodation at the Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City****

Dec 9, 2018 Frankfurt – Heidelberg (B)
This morning, visit Christmas market in Römerberg. More than 200 Christmas stalls await you in Römerberg, on Paulsplatz square and at the pier by the Main river. Continue a short ride to Heidelberg, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Enjoy a guided walking tour and you will see the world famous castle ruins, Gothic and Renaissance buildings, the large courtyard, the mighty terrace and the world’s largest wine barrel. In the medieval town center of Heidelberg you visit the Church of Holy Spirit, the House of the Knights with its precious Renaissance facade, small lanes with half timbered houses, the Old Bridge, Karlstor and much more.

Stroll through Heidelberg’s Christmas Market, perfectly set with splendid view of the illuminated Heidelberg Castle towering above.

Heidelberg Marriott Hotel

Dec 10, 2018 Heidelberg – Rothenburg ob der Tauber (B)
Travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the most beautiful city along the famous Romantic route. Its small streets and historic buildings remind us of medieval times. Visit the city and tour the Reiterlesmarkt located in the historic Old Town, surrounded by the medieval fortification walls. Visit St. Jakob’s Church, which contains a 500 year old altar; climb the Town Hall tower for the best view of the town and countryside; try the local specialities. Join the Night Watchman’s tour for a glimpse of the medieval town. The steep-roofed gable houses that line narrow cobbled street create a romantic and festive atmosphere.

Hotel Eisenhut

Dec 11, 2018 Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Nuremberg (B)
Continue to Nuremberg. Explore the city with your guide.
The Christkindlesmarket, Nuremberg’s Christmas market, has a history of almost 400 years and draws more than 2 million visitors a year.
The most famous Christmas Market in the world. The “Kinderweihnacht” provides plenty of family fun, featuring an old-fashioned carousel, Ferris wheel, steam train and Nativity scene trail. Modern and mass-produced goods are strictly prohibited to ensure that only hand-crafted wares in keeping with the tradition of the market are offered. Favourite food delights at the market include the Nuremberg “plum people” (small figures made from prunes), spicy gingerbread, sweets and Nuremberg sausages.

Accommodation at the Hotel Maritim

Dec 12, 2018 Nuremberg – Munich (B)
In the morning, enjoy a cooking class, you will learn all about the traditional Nuremberg gingerbread and make your own spice bread creations. Afternoon travel to Munich and on arrival, check into your hotel.
Beer and pretzels, Oktoberfest, Hofbraeuhaus and leather trousers are things Munich is famous for. Explore Munich on half day city tour, Highlights include the Marienplatz square, the historical City Hall, the famous Church of our Lady with its onion domes and the Viktualienmarkt street market. Explore the traditional Christmas market of Munich, located around the Marienplatz square with its historic City Hall. A few steps away, you will find the largest nativity market in Germany.

Holiday Inn München City Center

Dec 13, 2018 Munich – Neuschwanstein – Oberammergau (B)
We start the day with a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, the notorious “Mad King“. Travel to Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Play and lovely crafts. Along the way we visit the Wieskirche Church before continuing the tour to visit Linderhof Castle. This is one of the 3 castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one where the king actually lived for a significant amount of time. After a brief stop at the Ettal Benedictine Abbey before return to Munich.

Dec 14, 2018 Munich – Salzburg – Munich (B)
Today you can enjoy the city of Munich by yourself, try the delicious food and Bavarian hospitality.
Or join an optional excursion to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. The city offers the perfect combination of a picturesque mountain setting and a beautifully preserved old town. Stroll the old city and major attractions including Salzburg Cathedral, St Peter’s Abbey and Mozart Square.

There is the possibility for a Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride in Austria’s fairy tale winter wonderland, through the snowy Salzkammergut region passing mountains, lakes and charming villages. Snuggle up under warm blankets while gliding through the beautiful winter landscape of this stunning part of Austria. Your memorable excursion will finish with a warming drink in a traditional local bar.

Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the many exceptional restaurants in Munich.

Dec 15, 2018 Depart Munich (B)
Transfer tot he airport for your onward flight.


Based on 10 or more Guest
$4550
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Double Occupancy USD $4550 | CAD $ 5800
  • Single Supplement USD $1475 | CAD $ 1895
  • Intertour Airfare USD $750 | CAD $ 975
  • Helsinki – Ivalo – Helsinki – Frankfurt


Based on 6-9 Guest
$4950
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Double Occupancy USD $4950 | CAD $ 6300
  • Single Supplement USD $1475 | CAD $ 1895
  • Intertour Airfare USD $750 | CAD $ 975
  • Helsinki – Ivalo – Helsinki – Frankfurt

Call 1-888-887-1688 or email air@tripconnoisseurs.com
to arrange the international flights for this journey from your home city.


Additional Information

OVERVIEW

See the northern lights in the clear winter sky from the comfort of a glass igloo with all hotel room facilities surrounded by Ice and Snow and under the Northern Lights

DEPARTURE

Dec 03, 2018; Guaranteed with minimum 6 guests.

HOTELS

Helsinki airport: Hotel Hilton Helsinki Airport or similar
Ivalo: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Helsinki: Hotel Glo Art or similar
Frankfurt: Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City or similar
Heidelberg: Heidelberg Marriott Hotel
Nuremberg: Hotel Maritim
Munich: Holiday Inn München City Center

INCLUSIONS

Transfer and tours on private basis (except indicated)
English speaking local guides
Entrance fees to sites
Mentioned meals
Tips for luggage porters at airports and hotels

EXCLUSIONS

International & Domestic Airfare, Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
Travel insurance. visa fees, gratuities, drinks, personal spending and optional activities.
Tips for guides & bus drivers
Expenses of personal nature

QUESTIONS

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