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Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland


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Tour Itinerary

Fill your festive cheer with candles, carols, snowflakes and stollen as you wander past heaving market stalls and pay tribute to old-world traditions, local craftsmanship and mesmerising city backdrops.

Day 1 - Arrive Vienna (2 Nights)
Write your very own Christmas story on a festive foray to some of Europe's most magical Christmas markets. Our journey begins in Vienna, which you will have an opportunity to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal followed by an evening orientation drive.
Accommodation: Hilton Danube Waterfront
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Vienna Sightseeing and Christmas Markets
Join your 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour of the Austrian capital, from its Parliament and City Hall, to the grand State Opera House and Hofburg Palace, once the home of the Habsburgs, one of the most powerful royal houses of Europe. We feed our Christmas spirit with a visit to the enchanting Christkindlmarkt this afternoon and feast on delicious gingerbread and glühwein, wandering past wooden stalls piled high with handcrafted toys, seasonal gifts and tasty festive fare.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Vienna – Salzburg – Munich (2 Nights)
Venture along the scenic Danube Valley to Mozart's beloved Salzburg, where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' with a 'Local Specialist' on a walking tour to see the Mirabell Gardens and other sights that featured in the filming of the 'Sound of Music'. Later, travel past beautiful alpine landscapes to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. This evening, we dine at our hotel.
Accommodation: Sheraton Westpark
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - Munich Orientation and Free Time
Bundle up warmly and join your Travel Director on an orientation tour of one of Germany's liveliest cities. Embrace the festive cheer in Marienplatz with its impressive Town Hall and the ornate Glockenspiel. Then, spend the rest of your day savouring the sights, sounds and smells of Munich's Christmas market - a dazzling display of twinkling lights, carols and a magnificent Christmas tree. Continue your feast and indulge in Munich's unrivalled hospitality with an optional visit to enjoy the beer hall atmosphere at one of Munich's most traditional restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Munich – Oberammergau – Innsbruck
We leave Munich behind and travel through the romantic Bavarian countryside en route to Oberammergau, which hosts the poignant Passion Play every ten years. Admire the village's intricate woodcarvings and elaborate frescoes depicting Bavarian themes before continuing to Innsbruck. Indulge in delicious Kiachl doughnuts at the bustling Christmas market before returning to your hotel for dinner.
Accommodation: Grauer Bär
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 6 - Innsbruck – Vaduz – Lucerne (2 Nights)
A winter wonderland beckons as we see the ski jump that towers over Innsbruck before continuing to Vaduz to view its turreted castle, perched perfectly above the Liechtenstein capital. Our final stop today is in Lucerne, where we'll spend the next two nights. Our orientation tour of the city takes us past the sad Lion of Lucerne and famous wooden Chapel Bridge.
Accommodation: Astoria
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Lucerne Orientation and Free Time
Embrace the Yuletide cheer in true Swiss-style during a visit to Lucerne's Christmas market at Franziskanerplatz, in the heart of the city's Old Town. Ramble past traditional wooden stalls, a warm mug of glühwein in hand, and admire the swirling Christmas carousel, filled with the joyful sounds of happy children. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure, or to join your Travel Director for an Optional Experience to the peak of a nearby mountain top. Tonight, we celebrate our magical journey together during a Farewell Dinner filled with Christmas cheer and all the trimmings.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 8 - Lucerne – Depart Zurich
We bid a festive farewell to our travel companions, returning home with magical Christmas memories. There is a morning transfer to Zurich Airport from Lucerne.
Meals: Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Vienna and Salzburg
  • ORIENTATION of Munich, Oberammergau, Innsbruck and Lucerne
  • VISIT the Christmas Markets of Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Innsbruck and Lucerne and Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein
  • VIEW Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg, the Marienplatz in Munich, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • SEE stunning alpine scenery

Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Customer Reviews

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4.4
Accommodations
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Itinerary
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Professional Staff
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Value for Money
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Ratings based off 16 reviews - currently showing 7 reviews with comments only

Great tour with an excellent tour director. She was very knowledgeable and also made the trip fun. Very nice accommodations in each city.

I liked the Christmas markets but the smaller ones were less crowded the the city markets. Peter the tour guide was very knowledgeable and his driver was excellent

There were two disappointments with the trip. One,, if you did not book the add on's we were on our own all day. Second, this was on a Sunday in Lucerne where everything is CLOSED. Discourage your customers from taking this trip when it ends up in Lucerne late on Saturday afternoon and you are there on Sunday. It is awful.

Kate was excellent tour director.

I recommend that for each of the experts that took us on tours walking tours that they have a written copy of their comments that we could receive electronically. These people were exceptionally knowledgeable and I would have appreciated an electronic version of their talk. I was not the only one that was interested in having this done so I think Trafalgar would be smart to include this.

Hotels and meals were consistently better than on previous tours with Trafalgar, and were very good.


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