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Alpine Christmas Markets

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days from $2,595 per person
NOV - DEC 2023
Christmas Market at night, Germany

Countries Visited

Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland ...more Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland

Locations Visited

Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Lindau, Lorrach, Freiburg im Breisgau, Black Forest, Strasbourg, Zürich ...more Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Lindau, Lorrach, Freiburg im Breisgau, Black Forest, Strasbourg, Zürich
  1. Day 1 Arrive in Munich

    Welcome to Germany. Transfers leave Munich airport for your hotel at 10:00 and 13:00. Meet your Travel Director at 15:00 for an orientation of the city that will show you all the city’s major sights, culminating in the Marienplatz, with its soaring Town Hall and Glockenspiel. Here, the Christkindlmarkt will be in full swing, an entrancing festival of light and music. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner with wine. The next day is at leisure.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Munich Marriott Hotel.
  2. Day 2 Free Time in the Bavarian Capital Relaxed Start

    Munich embraces the holiday season with a particular zeal, so the day is all yours to enjoy the vibrant festive markets that abound in this city. On crisp winter days, organ music and carols ring out from the ancient churches. If snow has fallen, the vast English Garden provides lovely winter vistas. Another option is to experience the romantic royal palaces of the Bavarian Alps.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Munich Marriott Hotel.
  3. Day 3 Lake Chiemsee, Salzburg and Innsbruck

    Travel alongside the tranquil waters of Lake Chiemsee on your way to Salzburg in Austria, where the spires and domes of the Old Town are often draped in snow come December. Visit Mozart's birthplace to learn more about his life, and sit down to a musical demonstration on his original pianoforte. Your Travel Director will introduce you to one of the market stallholders for a taste of traditional Bavarian Lebkuchen and a fragrant cup of Glühwein. Enjoy a visit to Swarovski in the afternoon followed by a highlight dinner. Head through the mountains to your Innsbruck hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel AC Hotel Innsbruck.
  4. Day 4 Innsbruck at Leisure Relaxed Start

    Enjoy a horse & carriage ride in the morning. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of the Old Town and Christmas Markets, set in front of the Golden Roof, graced by beautifully preserved medieval facades.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel AC Hotel Innsbruck.
  5. Day 5 The Black Forest via Lindau

    Travel through the Alberg tunnel, Austria’s longest road tunnel, as you return to Germany and pause in the tiny island-town of Lindau. Walk through the maze of ancient streets down to the harbour. Across the lake, often shrouded in mist, look for the rising silhouette of snow-capped peaks. After time to explore, continue along the shores of the Bodensee to your hotel in the Black Forest for three fabulous nights.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Stadt Lörrach, Loerrach.
  6. Day 6 Freiburg Sightseeing

    Visit Freiburg in the morning, a lively university city with a charming Christmas atmosphere. Walk from the medieval Münster through the heart of the historic old quarter, past colourful stalls offering a range of festive goodies from the Black Forest.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Stadt Lörrach, Loerrach.
  7. Day 7 Strasbourg and Alsace Experience Relaxed Start

    Cross the Rhine to the region of Alsace, wedged between the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains. This area has changed nationality four times since 1870! Arrive in Strasbourg, the City at the Crossroads, where the Christmas Market is the oldest and one of the largest in France. Spend time in a cosy neighbourhood of timbered fairy-tale buildings, with Christmas shops and a gingerbread bakery, warm with fragrant promise. Return to Germany and venture to a local restaurant for a delightful dinner of local specialties, accompanied by wine.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Stadt Lörrach, Loerrach.
  8. Day 8 The Swiss City of Zürich Relaxed Start

    Cross the Swiss border and head for Zürich where sightseeing includes the imposing Grossmünster, elegant Fraumünster, and winding alleys of the Old Town alongside the River Limmat. A highlight is Europe’s biggest indoor Christmas extravaganza held in the main railway station, with over 160 wooden chalets and a three-storey Christmas tree, draped with Swarovski crystals. Toast to the culmination of your Yuletide journey during a festive Celebration Dinner with wine at a local restaurant with its own microbrewery.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Airport.
  9. Day 9 Depart Zürich Relaxed Start

    Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before checking out. Transfers are available from your hotel to Zürich Airport.

    meals Breakfast
Alpine Christmas Markets Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Dining Summary

  • 5 Dinner with Wine (DW)
  • 8 Breakfast (B)

Additional Included Highlights

  • : Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • : Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • : We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • : From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • : Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • : If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • Munich: Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, an opportunity to get to know each other over a meal with wine.
  • Salzburg: At the Christmas Market, meet a local stallholder and taste the delicious gingerbread with a fragrant cup of Glühwein.
  • Innsbruck: At a local restaurant, join your newfound friends for Highlight Dinner.
  • Black Forest: Indulge in a delightful dinner of local German specialties, accompanied by wine.
  • Zürich: The Swiss just love good food and wine, a decorative, well-laden table, and a touch of Grossmünster - all of which you will find at your warm Celebration Dinner.

Insight Experiences

  • Salzburg: Visit the house where Mozart was born in 1756. Enjoy a pianoforte demonstration and examine letters, memorabilia, and musical instruments of the great composer, plus a fascinating collection of portraits.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Munich: During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter's Church and the famous Marienplatz.
  • Salzburg: With a Local Expert, see Mozart's family home and the 500-year-old Christmas Market in front of the cathedral. You'll also view the Hohensalzburg fortress and see Residenz Fountain when you spend some time in the Old Town.
  • Innsbruck: Meet your coachman and enjoy a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride, surrounded by the mountains and valleys of Tyrol.
  • Lorrach: Explore the town located on the borders of Germany, France and Switzerland and see the ruins of Rotteln Castle.
  • Lindau: Your Travel Director takes you to the Harbour and Old City Hall. Walk the medieval streets of this island-town and browse the shops on Maximillium Strasse.
  • Freiburg im Breisgau: Enjoy a romantic walk through the medieval cobbled streets of Freiburg and soak in the magic of its Christmas Markets. See the medieval Münster and spend time in the historic old quarter.
  • Strasbourg: Exploring the Christmas Markets is like stepping directly into a fairytale, where glittering lights and the scent of cinnamon enchant your senses. Here you visit France's oldest Christmas Markets, set in front of the Cathedral. Spend time in the atmospheric neighbourhood of La Petite France.
  • Zürich: Attend Europe's biggest indoor Christmas Market with its magnificent Swarovski crystal-decorated Christmas tree.
  • Zürich: During your orientation of the city, your Travel Director will show you the Grossmünster, Fraumünster and elegant Bahnhofstrasse.


  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

Online Booking Process

November 2023
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Nov 18 Sat
Nov 26 Sun
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Guaranteed Departure This departure is guaranteed
Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Available on Day 2

Bavarian Dinner

Tonight we'll soak up the lively atmosphere of a popular traditional restaurant. We'll enjoy traditional Bavarian hospitality and sample delicious regional specialties and local beer.
Adult Price: € 69

Available on Day 2

Linderhof and Oberammergau

South of Munich, we'll venture from the magnificence of the Bavarian Alps to the world-renowned passion-play village of Oberammergau. Admire the artistically-decorated architecture of local homes, churches and of Ettal Monastery. Then, we're on to mad King Ludwig's baroque fantasy - the rococo splendour of Linderhof Castle, set in beautiful gardens.
Adult Price: € 47


Available on Day 4

Nordkette Alps & Heritage

A visit to the Nordkette is an unforgettable experience - a unique combination of relaxation, natural wonder and modern architecture. Space-age stations designed by star architect, Zaha Hadid herald your journey up to Hungerburg. From here the panoramic gondola continues up to the 1,905-metre-high Seegrube, where (weather permitting) you can enjoy tremendous views of the entire Central Inn Valley and across to the Italian border. Back down in the Old Town, join your local expert to explore the heritage of the Golden Roof and the "Black Men" of Emperor Maximilian.
Adult Price: € 63

Available on Day 4

Tyrolean Evening

Enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, featuring dancers in national costume, yodelling and entertainment typical of the life, crafts and traditions of the Tyrolean people. Two drinks are included.
Adult Price: € 49
Note: This evening may not be available on every departure.

Available on Day 4

Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

Enjoy a lively evening including dinner, featuring dancers in national costume, yodelling and entertainment typical of the life, crafts and traditions of the Tyrolean people. Drinks are included.
Adult Price: € 76


Available on Day 6

Colmar Excursion

Nestled in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards lies the impossibly quaint little town of Colmar. Our local expert will help you to discover its half timbered bye-ways and Venetian style canals. Afterwards free time to explore the four Christmas markets.
Adult Price: € 36

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, December 24, 2022
When I made the reservation the travel agent was very abrupt and when I had questions I could never get her back on the phone. Other agents answered my questions. This was irritating and frustrating.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry your initially agent was not as helpful as you had hoped. We pride ourselves on customer service and it sounds like we fell short when it came to your booking experience. We are happy to see that you enjoyed the Christmas Markets and hope some happy memories were made.
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Our tour director, Gary Junge was excellent. Our driver Tommy was also excellent. It was not uneasy job herding 40 people around.We saw many places and did a lot of touring. The hotels were not first class but low level Marriotts. The dinner the first night was inedible and did not give a good impression of the tone of the trip. In the Welcome Letter it was stated that a Taxi from Munich airport to the hotel would be about 70 euros and it was 124 euros. There were too many "optional experiences" with added costs. Also tipping the guides at each place we went was never mentioned upfront.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, December 9, 2022
No issues with booking except a small amount of wait time.
We got to see 8-9 Christmas markets plus lots of beautiful scenery. The trip organization was great and our trip director was knowledgeable about the various locations. Our driver was amazing. Most of the dinners, included and the extra ones we paid additional for, were not good. Only two, the one at Swarovski and in Zurich were good. Other meals seemed thrown together or were salty, greasy and basic, definitely not worth the money paid. Most meals were pre-set as far as what you got unless you were gluten free. There was not much free time and the expectation was that we attend all activities with the group, including evening dinners which started and ended late. Most mornings we had to have our bags out early and we left relatively early from eating and being out late. There wasn't much consideration that upon arriving we were jet lagged and most had been up well over 24 hours. These types of trips are great if you want to see a lot and cover a lot of ground and countries. If you want a relaxing and recharging vacation, choose something else.
Response from Grand European Travel:
This is a very paced trip with quite a lot to see and some late night meals. We will share your observations with the tour operator for review. We are glad that overall you enjoyed yourself and appreciate your honest feedback.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
William Deschenes
Review date: Monday, December 16, 2019
The itinerary was fine and the tour director was great. However, our flights, which were booked by GET, were unpleasant because we did not receive the seats we had been assured of for the long transatlantic flights. We were squeezed into the center section both times. Also, the local guides were in too much of a hurry. They raced through their tours and made no attempt to keep track of the group.
We’ve decided that we’ll not be doing tours any longer. This was our 17th European trip but the misery of air travel has caused us to decide that we’ll not do this again. Crowded planes, impossibly cramped sears, luggage delays. Just not worth getting there.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your trouble with your flights and seat requests. We do relay your preference to the airline, but ultimately all seating on the plane is under their control and can change if they happen to use a different aircraft for your flight or the flight is oversold. This is the airline policy no matter where you actually purchase your tickets through. We do hope that there were some good memories made once you arrived.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Stowe Beam
Review date: Friday, January 4, 2019
Superior customer service always.
Tour director needs to slow her walking pace a little.
Barbara Micheletti
Review date: Friday, December 21, 2018
It was my first time on a coach tour so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The coach was nice and clean and fairly comfortable. The hotels were nice for the most part. Passing through the countryside was quite lovely. Our guide was friendly and quite knowledgeable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your first guided vacation. We hope it's the first of many adventures to come, and we hope to be able to help you plan your next trip!
Friday, December 28, 2018
It was a great time for the price.
Deirdre Mccormack
Review date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Overall good trip but two issues: Frustrated at logistics for airport pickup as we were faced with 2 1/2 hour wait at Munich airport or E70 taxi to hotel. Perhaps better pickup times to avoid expensive cab ride would be in order. Hotel in Villengen-Schwenninge was "quaint" but really out of the way and too much bus time back and forth to Strasbourg/Colmar.
Would have liked more time at the markets; often felt too rushed to shop and to also find quick place to grab lunch before due back at the bus.
Lawrence Posner
Review date: Monday, December 10, 2018
ELLEN POPPERS!! Great tour leader: friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic nice touch having umbrellas on the bus -- we needed them
fun experience -- good mix of culture & history
Glen Sanders
Review date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
I would buy again. I had a very good experience and would recommend it to anyone
The tour was everything I expected and more
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, December 17, 2015
Left at the Airport again! Contacted Airport Info sites(3), stopped people that looked like they could help. Not one person could not understand the directions that Insight provided. Being ditched before by GET (at Paris airport) we got a taxi to the hotel, the fare was 61 dollars. Just the tip of the iceberg. Goodbye GET.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear about your experience arriving in Munich. The scheduled transfer times to the hotel are 10am and 12pm. It appears your flight arrived too late to make the 10am transfer, so there would be a bit of a wait until the next departure. We do apologize if this procedure was not made clear to you and we will be happy the reimburse the cost of your taxi. Our Guest Relations department will be in touch with you shortly. Grand European Travel
Friday, December 18, 2015
Get rid of Insight!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, December 10, 2015
The tour sites were excellent, the hotels were excellent and the tour guide and driver were exceptional. I could not have asked for more.
Overall we saw a lot in the amount of time we had and all of it enjoyable. I personally did not care for Munich and wished it had not been on the tour. I much preferred seeing the smaller towns where there was a greater sense of history and culture.
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