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Christmas Markets of Austria & Bavaria (Winter Season)

9 Days from $1,688 per person

Style: Premium | Pace: Comfortable

An enchanting winter journey showcasing the snow-capped mountains of the Bavarian Alps, Mozart’s Salzburg and Munich with its famous Christmas markets.

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Overview

An enchanting winter journey showcasing the snow-capped mountains of the Bavarian Alps, Mozart’s Salzburg and Munich with its famous Christmas markets.

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. At Vienna airport, transfers for your hotel leave at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Meet your Travel Director at 6:00 pm and travel
    to a local restaurant for your Welcome Dinner.

    meal(s):DW
    hotel:Hilton Vienna
  3. Enjoy a private tour of Schönbrunn Palace. See the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial Residence and the City Hall. At the Viennese Christmas Market, meet a market stallholder to enjoy a Viennese winter dessert, and a glass of Glühwein.

    meal(s):BB
  4. Journey through the rich farmlands of eastern Austria towards the lakes and mountains of the Salzkammergut and the enchanting city of
    Salzburg.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Arcotel Castellani, Salzburg
  5. Walk with your Local Expert to see Mozart’s family home on the Getreidegasse. Visit the 500-year-old Christmas Market.

    meal(s):BB
  6. A lovely drive brings you to the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck. In front of the Golden Roof, you’ll find the traditional Christmas Market is in full swing. Enjoy delightful scenery and crisp, fresh air on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Visit the charming town of Hall in Tirol. Soak up the Yuletide atmosphere at the Christmas Market, and enjoy a highlight banquet with wine.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:AC by Marriott/ Doubletree Hilton, Innsbruck
  7. Travel into the German Alps to visit Oberammergau, to see the immense theater and admire the colorful painted chalets. Journey to the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein for a guided tour and continue to Munich.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Leonardo Royal Hotel Munich
  8. Enjoy a city orientation tour which concludes at the Christmas Market in Marienplatz. Join your traveling companions at a local restaurant for a festive Celebration Dinner with wine and good cheer!

    meal(s):BB, DW
  9. Your departure transfer arrives at Munich Airport at 9:30 am.

    meal(s):BB
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Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
24 Nov 18 2 Dec 18 checkmark $1,825$1,688pp Early PaymentPay by Aug 30 Request Quote Book Now
29 Nov 18 7 Dec 18 $1,825$1,688pp Early PaymentPay by Aug 30 Request Quote Book Now
1 Dec 18 9 Dec 18 $1,825$1,688pp Early PaymentPay by Aug 30 Request Quote Book Now
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10 Dec 18 18 Dec 18 $1,850$1,711pp Early PaymentPay by Aug 30 Request Quote Book Now

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $360 per person.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $92 per person.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Three-course table d’hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Festivals:

  • CHRISTMAS MARKETS: You will have the chance to be dazzled by the magic of Christmas, with local handicrafts and delicious, seasonally-festive treats like Glühwein.

Insight Experiences:

  • VIENNA: At the Christmas Market, meet a local stallholder and sample a delightful Viennese winter dessert, complimented perfectly with a traditional fragrant glass of Glühwein.
  • NEUSCHWANSTEIN: With a Local Expert, visit King Ludwig II’s fairy-tale castle, built high in the Bavarian Alps and rumored to be the inspiration of Walt Disney’s castles.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • VIENNA: Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.
  • INNSBRUCK: During your orientation you will see the Golden Rood and Imperial in the Old Town.
  • OBERAMMERGAU: Visit the home of the Passion Play to see the immense theater and colorful chalets. 
  • MUNICH: During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see the Victory Arch, Town Hall and Glockenspiel in Marienplatz.
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Germany and Austria must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in Germany and Austria is the Euro (€).  While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Europe, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Traditional German cuisine is rich and delicious.  Try specialties including a variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle and potato dumplings.  For dessert you cannot miss the world famous Black Forest Gateau.   Beer is a big part of German culture; sample a variety of German offerings including pilsner, Kölsch and sour beers.  Wine is also popular throughout Germany, and world-class whites are produced in the Rhine and Mosel regions. 

    Austrian cuisine is hearty and satisfying and reflects regional influences from Italy, Hungary, Germany and the Balkans. Try a variety of sausages including the popular Wiener Schnitzel and Viennese specialties such as goulash and apple strudel.

  • We recommend packing layers to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • A service charge is typically included in the price of food at restaurants in Germany and Austria.  When leaving a tip, it is appropriate to simply round up or add up to 10 percent to your bill.   Rather than leaving your money on the table, be prepared to leave it with your waiter when you pay your bill.  If you are expecting change, simply tell them how much you will need back after gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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