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Alpine Christmas Markets

9 Day Tour to Germany, Innsbruck & Munich

Christmas Market at night, Germany
9 Days
4 Countries

Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland

8 Cities

Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Lindau, Lorrach, Freiburg im Breisgau, Strasbourg, Zürich

13 Meals

5 Dinner with Wines, 8 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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There is nothing quite like Christmas among the Alps with the festive Munich Christmas Market, Salzburg’s snowcapped spires and an indulgent cup of Glühwein in Innsbruck. Your Local Expert brings Mozart’s history to life ahead of an indulgent Salzburg market tasting, with samples of traditional, hand baked gingerbread. After tasting these festive treats, the culinary delights continue with a traditional Innsbruck dining experience, set against the backdrop of a local Tyrolean folk show. If that is not enough to summon your holiday spirit, a stroll through the medieval cobbled streets of Freiburg will certainly do the trick, not to mention the fairytale surrounds of Strasbourg, where the sweet scent of cinnamon treats is carried on the breeze at the oldest Christmas market in France.

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Day 1

Arrive in Munich

Welcome to Germany.  Meet your Travel Director this afternoon for an orientation of the city that will show you some of 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.

Christmas market in Marienplatz, Munich, Germany
Munich Marriott Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Munich Marriott Hotel

About the Hotel

Munich, Germany

Perfectly located for your two night stay, away from the hustle and bustle and with direct access to the city center, the Munich Marriott Hotel features modern designed rooms with comfortable furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Snowy Odeonsplatz in Munich, Germany
Munich Orientation

During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the E...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director in Munich, Germany
Munich Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, an opportunity to get to know each other over a meal with wine.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Free Time in the Bavarian Capital

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.

Christmas markets Munich Germany
Munich Marriott Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Munich Marriott Hotel

About the Hotel

Munich, Germany

Perfectly located for your two night stay, away from the hustle and bustle and with direct access to the city center, the Munich Marriott Hotel features modern designed rooms with comfortable furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Choice Food tour in Munich, Germany
Munich Foodie Walking Tour

Embark on a foodie walking tour in the heart of Munich.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Choice Munich Residenz Experience, Munich, Germany
Munich Residenz Visit

Visit Munich Residenz.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Optional Experiences
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 ar...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
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.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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 in December. Visit Mozart's birthplace to learn more about his life, and sit down to a musical demonstration on his original pianoforte. Enjoy a visit to Swarovski in the afternoon followed by a highlight dinner. Head through the mountains to your Innsbruck hotel.

Salzach river in Salzburg, Austria
AC Hotel Innsbruck View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

AC Hotel Innsbruck

About the Hotel

Innsbruck, Austria

The AC Hotel Innsbruck is centrally located and just a few minutes walk from the Old Town. It was originally built in 1972 for the Winter Olympic games and has since been completely refurbished and upgraded to offer comfortable, sleek-designed rooms, each with views of the surrounding Alps.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Business Centre

Style

  • Contemporary
Insight Experiences Academy Of Music Salzburg, Austria
Experience a Musical Demonstration at Mozart's Birthplace in Salzburg

Visit the house where Mozart was born in 1756. Enjoy a pianoforte demonstration and examine letters, memorabilia, and musical instruments of the gr...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights Birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg City Tour

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 f...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Gluhwein at the Christmas market Salzburg, Austria​
Salzburg Glühwein Tasting

At the Christmas Market, meet a local stallholder and taste the delicious gingerbread with a fragrant cup of Glühwein.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Panoramic view of colourful houses in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria
Innsbruck Orientation

Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. Stroll the streets ...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Visit Swarovski Kristallwelten, Innsbruck, Austria
Innsbruck Swarovski Crystal Worlds Visit

Visit the magical Swarovski Crystal Worlds. This attraction features installations by international artists, designers and architects who have interpreted the crystals in their own ways.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 4

Innsbruck at Leisure

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.

Visit the Golden roof Salzburg Austria
AC Hotel Innsbruck View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

AC Hotel Innsbruck

About the Hotel

Innsbruck, Austria

The AC Hotel Innsbruck is centrally located and just a few minutes walk from the Old Town. It was originally built in 1972 for the Winter Olympic games and has since been completely refurbished and upgraded to offer comfortable, sleek-designed rooms, each with views of the surrounding Alps.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Business Centre

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Horse and carriage ride Innsbruck Austria
Innsbruck Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Meet your coachman and enjoy a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride, surrounded by the mountains and valleys of Tyrol.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Nordkette Alps & Heritage

A visit to the Nordkette is an unforgettable experience - a unique combination of relaxation, natural wonder and modern architecture. Space-age sta...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Tyrolean evening and dinner in Innsbruck, Austria
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.

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Tyrolean evening in Innsbruck, Austria
Tyrolean Evening

Enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, featuring dancers in national costume, yodelling and entertainment typical of the life, crafts...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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 harbor. 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.

Lighthouse in Lindau, Germany
Hotel Stadt Lörrach View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Stadt Lörrach

About the Hotel

Loerrach, Germany

The Hotel Stadt Lörrach is perfectly set at the heart of Lörrach, within Germany's Black Forest region. Furnishings throughout the hotel are contemporary and welcoming, ensuring your stay is relaxed and comfortable. Your spacious room is the perfect retreat after a day of sightseeing and complimentary WiFi means you'll be connected to friends and family back home during your stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Lorrach, Germany
Lorrach Orientation

Explore the town located on the borders of Germany, France and Switzerland and see the ruins of Rotteln Castle.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The Bavarian lion monument in Lindau, Germany
Walk the Medieval Streets of Lindau

Your Travel Director takes you to the Harbor and Old City Hall. Walk the medieval streets of this island-town and browse the shops on Maximillium Strasse.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

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 colorful stalls offering a range of festive goodies from the Black Forest.

Market stall in Freiburg, Germany
Hotel Stadt Lörrach View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Stadt Lörrach

About the Hotel

Loerrach, Germany

The Hotel Stadt Lörrach is perfectly set at the heart of Lörrach, within Germany's Black Forest region. Furnishings throughout the hotel are contemporary and welcoming, ensuring your stay is relaxed and comfortable. Your spacious room is the perfect retreat after a day of sightseeing and complimentary WiFi means you'll be connected to friends and family back home during your stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights The Old Town and canal in Freiburg, Germany
Walk the Cobbled Streets of Freiburg

Enjoy a romantic walk through the medieval cobbled streets of Freiburg and soak in the magic of its Christmas Markets. See the medieval Münste...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Colmar Excursion

Nestled in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards lies the impossibly quaint little town of Colmar. Our local expert will help you discover its half t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Strasbourg and Alsace Experience

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 cozy neighborhood 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.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg, France
Hotel Stadt Lörrach View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Stadt Lörrach

About the Hotel

Loerrach, Germany

The Hotel Stadt Lörrach is perfectly set at the heart of Lörrach, within Germany's Black Forest region. Furnishings throughout the hotel are contemporary and welcoming, ensuring your stay is relaxed and comfortable. Your spacious room is the perfect retreat after a day of sightseeing and complimentary WiFi means you'll be connected to friends and family back home during your stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Christmas tree at the famous Christmas Market in Strasbourg, France
Visit Strasbourg's Christmas Markets

Exploring the Christmas Markets is like stepping directly into a fairytale, where glittering lights and the scent of cinnamon enchant your senses. ...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dinner at a local restaurant in the Black Forest, Germany
Restaurant Dinner in the Black Forest

Indulge in a delightful dinner of local German specialties, accompanied by wine.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 8

The Swiss City of Zürich

Cross the Swiss border and head for Zurich where a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® visit takes you through the streets of Zurich. A highlight is Europe’s biggest indoor Christmas extravaganza held in the main railway station, with over 160 wooden chalets. Toast to the culmination of your Yuletide journey during a festive Celebration Dinner with wine at a local restaurant with its own microbrewery.

View of Zurich, Switzerland
Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Airport View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Airport

About the Hotel

Zürich, Switzerland

Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Airport showcases colorful, modern interiors and comfortable rooms with a trendy design.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Christmas Market tree in Zurich, Switzerland
Visit the Zürich Christmas Market

Attend Europe's biggest indoor Christmas Market.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter Taste fairdtrade chocolate in Lucerne, Switzerland
Walking Tour with a Local Change Maker

Join a team of socially engaged local guides for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience. Uncover the old town of Zürich during a fun and educational walk...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Authentic Dining Toast to your travels Zurich Switzerland
Zürich Celebration Dinner

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 Celeb...

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Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 9

Depart Zürich

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before checking out. Transfers are available from your hotel to Zürich Airport.
Transfers are available from your hotel to Zurich Airport every 20 minutes between 4:00am and noon and from 4:00pm to 11:30pm.

Fraumunster and St Peter Church in Zurich, Switzerland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Top Rated Highlights
Munich Orientation

During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the E...

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Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Munich Foodie Walking Tour

Embark on a foodie walking tour in the heart of Munich.

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Munich Residenz Visit

Visit Munich Residenz.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Experience a Musical Demonstration at Mozart's Birthplace in Salzburg

Visit the house where Mozart was born in 1756. Enjoy a pianoforte demonstration and examine letters, memorabilia, and musical instruments of the gr...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Salzburg City Tour

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 f...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Innsbruck Orientation

Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. Stroll the streets ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Innsbruck Swarovski Crystal Worlds Visit

Visit the magical Swarovski Crystal Worlds. This attraction features installations by international artists, designers and architects who have interpreted the crystals in their own ways.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Innsbruck Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Meet your coachman and enjoy a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride, surrounded by the mountains and valleys of Tyrol.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Lorrach Orientation

Explore the town located on the borders of Germany, France and Switzerland and see the ruins of Rotteln Castle.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Walk the Medieval Streets of Lindau

Your Travel Director takes you to the Harbor and Old City Hall. Walk the medieval streets of this island-town and browse the shops on Maximillium Strasse.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Walk the Cobbled Streets of Freiburg

Enjoy a romantic walk through the medieval cobbled streets of Freiburg and soak in the magic of its Christmas Markets. See the medieval Münste...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Strasbourg's Christmas Markets

Exploring the Christmas Markets is like stepping directly into a fairytale, where glittering lights and the scent of cinnamon enchant your senses. ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Zürich Christmas Market

Attend Europe's biggest indoor Christmas Market.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Walking Tour with a Local Change Maker

Join a team of socially engaged local guides for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience. Uncover the old town of Zürich during a fun and educational walk...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

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

5 Dinner with Wines, 8 Breakfasts

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Munich Welcome Dinner

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 Glühwein Tasting

At the Christmas Market, meet a local stallholder and taste the delicious gingerbread with a fragrant cup of Glühwein.

Restaurant Dinner in the Black Forest

Indulge in a delightful dinner of local German specialties, accompanied by wine.

Zürich Celebration Dinner

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.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Munich Marriott Hotel
AC Hotel Innsbruck

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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 ar...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Nordkette Alps & Heritage

A visit to the Nordkette is an unforgettable experience - a unique combination of relaxation, natural wonder and modern architecture. Space-age sta...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Tyrolean Evening

Enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, featuring dancers in national costume, yodelling and entertainment typical of the life, crafts...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Colmar Excursion

Nestled in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards lies the impossibly quaint little town of Colmar. Our local expert will help you discover its half t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across Germany, Austria and Switzerland: German is the official language of Germany, Austria German is the official language of Austria, and German, French, Italian, and Romansh are the official languages of Switzerland.
  • Currency used in Germany, Austria & Switzerland: Euro (€)
  • Capital cities: Berlin (Germany), Vienna (Austria), and Bern (Switzerland)/li>
  • Time Zone(s) in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Germany, Austria, and Switzerland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Germany, Austria or Switzerland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Germany experiences a temperate seasonal climate with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Summers are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20° to 30°C (68° to 86°F). Winters can be cold, especially in the northern and eastern regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and occasional snowfall. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year, although the summer months tend to be wetter. The coastal areas, such as Hamburg and Bremen, have a maritime climate with milder winters and cooler summers compared to the inland regions.

Austria has a diverse climate due to its varied topography, but it is predominantly characterized by a temperate continental climate. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F). Winters can be cold, particularly in the mountainous regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and significant snowfall in the alpine areas. The western parts of Austria are influenced by the Alpine climate, with cooler temperatures and heavier precipitation, especially during the winter months. Precipitation is evenly distributed during the year, with slightly higher rainfall in the summer months.

Switzerland experiences a diverse range of weather and climate due to its varied topography. In general, it has a temperate climate with distinct seasons. Summers are mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F), while winters are cold, especially at higher altitudes, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. The mountainous regions receive significant snowfall, making them popular destinations for winter sports. Spring and autumn are transitional seasons characterized by mild temperatures and occasional rainfall.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, December 24, 2022
Service
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
Vacation
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
Service
No issues with booking except a small amount of wait time.
Vacation
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
Service
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.
Vacation
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
Service
Superior customer service always.
Vacation
Tour director needs to slow her walking pace a little.
Barbara Micheletti
Review date: Friday, December 21, 2018
Service
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
Vacation
It was a great time for the price.
Deirdre Mccormack
Review date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Service
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.
Vacation
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
Service
ELLEN POPPERS!! Great tour leader: friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic nice touch having umbrellas on the bus -- we needed them
Vacation
fun experience -- good mix of culture & history
Glen Sanders
Review date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Service
I would buy again. I had a very good experience and would recommend it to anyone
Vacation
The tour was everything I expected and more
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, December 17, 2015
Service
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
Vacation
Get rid of Insight!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, December 10, 2015
Service
The tour sites were excellent, the hotels were excellent and the tour guide and driver were exceptional. I could not have asked for more.
Vacation
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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