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Christmas Markets of Austria & Bavaria (Winter Season)

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Vienna's Christmas Market
Tour Style: Premium
9 Days from $1,875 per person

Journey in winter through the Bavarian Alps with their snow-capped mountains, musical Salzburg, the magical castle in Neuschwanstein, to heart-warming Munich.

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

  2. At Vienna Airport, transfers for the tour hotel leave at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Later, meet your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Hilton Vienna
  3. Join your Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace. Then get your camera ready for a circuit of the famous ring road. See the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial Residence and the City Hall. At the Viennese Christmas Market, your Tour Director will introduce you to a market stallholder to enjoy a Viennese winter dessert, complemented with a glass of "Glühwein."

    meal(s):BB
  4. There is free time in the morning to join the Christmas shoppers in the elegant boutiques and busy arcades of Kärtner Strasse at the heart of Vienna. Later, journey to the enchanting city of Salzburg.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Arcotel Castellani, Salzburg
  5. Walk with a Local Expert to see Mozart's family home on the Getreidegasse. Then head on to the rosy hues of the 500-year-old Christmas Market in front of the cathedral.

    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. After some time to explore, enjoy delightful scenery and crisp, fresh air on a horse-drawn carriage ride. In the evening, drive to the charming town of Hall in Tirol. Soak up the friendly Yuletide atmosphere at Hall's traditional Christmas Market, before enjoying a highlight banquet with wine in a 700-year-old building.

    meal(s):BB, SE
    hotel:Hilton, Innsbruck
  7. Travel to the German Alps to visit Oberammergau, home of the Passion Play since 1634. See the immense theater and admire the colorful painted chalets, then continue to the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein. With a Local Expert, visit the exuberantly decorated apartments including the Throne Room, before driving on to Munich. Note: A good level of mobility is required for the Neuschwanstein Castle visit.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Leonardo Royal Hotel, Munich
  8. Enjoy a city orientation tour which concludes at the Christmas Market in Marienplatz. In the evening, join your friends for a festive Celebration Dinner with wine and good cheer!

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

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All departures will explore the Christmas Markets of Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Hall in Tirol and Munich.

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 $330.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $70 per person.

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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.

Signature Experiences

VIENNA:

  • The sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace will exhilarate your senses. Your Local Expert will bring to life the story of the Habsburgs during your tour of the house.

NEUSCHWANSTEIN:

  • With a Local Expert, visit King Ludwig II's fairy-tale castle, built high in the Bavarian Alps.

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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 48 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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