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Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $2,195 per person
NOV - DEC 2023
Austria Vienna Rathaus Christmas Market At Night

Countries Visited

Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland ...more Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland

Locations Visited

Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Oberammergau, Innsbruck, Vaduz, Lucerne ...more Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Oberammergau, Innsbruck, Vaduz, Lucerne
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Vienna

    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 an orientation drive followed by a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Hilton Danube Waterfront
  2. Day 2 Discover Vienna's Spectacular 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 winter palace 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
    hotel Hilton Danube Waterfront
  3. Day 3 Journey to Munich Dive Into Culture

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Holiday Inn Westpark
  4. Day 4 Enjoy Bavarian Munich's Magical Christmas Markets

    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 Gemütlichkeit atmosphere at one of Munich's most traditional restaurants.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn Westpark
  5. Day 5 Off to 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Tivoli Innsbruck
  6. Day 6 Venture to Lucerne

    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 Lucerne, where we’ll spend the next two nights. Our orientation tour of the city takes us past the sad Lion of Lucerne and the famous wooden Chapel Bridge.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Astoria
  7. Day 7 Explore Lucerne's Festive Glittering Lights Connect with Locals

    This morning choose to join your Travel Director for an Optional Experience to the peak of a nearby mountain top. 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. For lunch we celebrate our magical journey together during an exclusive Be My Guest experience filled with Christmas cheer as you Connect With Locals in their home.The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure or perhaps join an optional cruise on Lake Lucerne.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Astoria
  8. Day 8 Journey Home

    We bid a festive farewell to our travel companions, returning home with magical Christmas memories. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Whats Included

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

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 7 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)

Be My Guest

  • Lucerne: Join a local family for an exclusive Be My Guest experience and Farewell Lunch in their home.

Dive Into Culture

  • Salzburg: Waltz through Salzburg with your Local Specialist seeing some of the sights that featured in the filming of the 'Sound of Music'.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Vienna and Salzburg with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Munich, Oberammergau, Innsbruck and Lucerne
  • : Visit the Christmas Markets of Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Innsbruck, 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

Whats Included

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

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.

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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.

Vienna

Available on Day 2

Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your 'A Class' tickets, you will experience works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed in a classic, sumptuous setting and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or juice during the concert. Please note: on occasion, a small gift will be offered in place of a glass of sparkling wine.
Adult Price: € 103

Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Hapsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly decorated with treasures from around the globe. Each room has a story to tell, so of course, you’ll have a Local Specialist to bring it to life and to make the most of your time.
Adult Price: € 47

Munich

Available on Day 4

Bavarian Evening

A great evening dining in the local atmosphere of a typical Bavarian restaurant.  Enjoy traditional Bavarian food and sample some of Munich’s best beer – Prost!
Adult Price: € 62

The Dachau Memorial Site

Our Local Specialist will provide insight into Germany’s first concentration camp, opened immediately after Hitler’s rise to power, just outside Dachau. We'll learn about the camp, now maintained as a memorial, and the part it played in this tragic period in history.
Adult Price: € 33

Innsbruck

Available on Day 5

Traditional Tyrolean Evening

You’ll enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment as singers, dancers, and musicians dressed in national costume provide a colorful show of folklore and fun. Includes two drinks.
Adult Price: € 45

Lucerne

Available on Day 6

Lake Lucerne Cruise and Drinks

Widely considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. As we cruise gently by, you'll admire the spectacular homes of the fortunate few privileged to live on its scenic shores. Two drinks will be served during your trip.
Adult Price: 49 CHF

Available on Day 7

Swiss Countryside & Carriages

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a farm where you’ll savor local drinks and snacks.
Adult Price: 67 CHF

Mount Pilatus Explorer

Enjoy a scenic drive to the cog-wheel railway, where we’ll board the train to Mount Pilatus’ summit. Here you’ll have time to explore, admire the views and breathe the fresh mountain air, before descending through fields and forests by cable car, to the foot of this majestic mountain.
Adult Price: 85 CHF

Reviews
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Vacation
Independent Reviews
Katherine Hirano
Monday, December 16, 2019
Service
Yes I would recommend them. They responded quickly to questions and gave us options on the trip The tour guide was excellent as well as the bus driver on the tour
Vacation
Well planned and the optional trips were very good We stayed very busy but had options for down time
Ernest Cordes
Friday, December 13, 2019
Service
Delivered on what they promised! However, we did expect to see the Christmas Market in Lucerne, but it did not start until the next week.
Vacation
Enjoyed the trip greatly!
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Service
Several added stops to attractions not on itinerary. A special added treat
Vacation
Several added stops and excellent driver.
Michael Walsh
Monday, December 9, 2019
Service
Very rushed. If you’ve not got the time to enjoy the many stops, why put the on the itinerary?
Vacation
Parts were very rushed. Why bother putting them on the agenda if you can’t afford the time to enjoy them?
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your honest feedback and will be sharing your comments with Trafalgar for follow up. We do hope there were some highlights along the way.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Trusted Customer
Friday, December 14, 2018
Service
Excellent experience.
Vacation
Great value for a last minute deal.
Elizabeth Fisher
Monday, December 10, 2018
Service
The Christmas markets were not open in several locations. The tour guide was ok, not stellar. She required we change seats on the bus daily and many did not wish to do this. The last few hotels, particularly the one in Lucern was the pits! Dinners were ok as well. Nothing on this trip was 5 stars.
Vacation
Sub-par trip. Many Christmas markets were not even open. Too many additional tours when the trips aim was Christmas markets. Hotels weren’t very nice, dinners weren’t great. Tour guide was ok. Wasn’t the quality overall we expected.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear that your trip was not everything you had hoped for. We show that only one Christmas market in Lucerne had closed due to unforeseen local issues. We will be sure to share your comments regarding hotel quality and food with Trafalgar's Quality Control team so immediate improvements can be made. Thank you for brining these to our attention.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
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