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Christmas Markets of Austria Germany and Switzerland (Winter 2013/2014)

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Christmas Markets in Vienna, Austria
Christmas in Europe
Christmas Markets in Munich, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle covered in snow during winter in Germany
Christmas markets by night in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
  • Style: Christmas Spectacular
  • Description: Shop for seasonal treats as you tour historic European Christmas markets. Relish the smells of roasting chestnuts and mulled wine as you admire illuminated sights of Vienna and the charming European towns of Salzburg, Munich, Oberammergau, Zurich, Liechtenstein and Lucerne. Europe at Christmas is a magical winter wonderland!

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to the magical Austrian capital, Vienna. Relax after your journey. Later, meet your fellow travellers and your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal followed by an evening orientation drive.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Hilton Vienna Danube

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Explore the Ringstrasse during your festive sightseeing tour of Vienna. Your Local Guide shows you the Hofburg which was the former home of the Hapsburgs. You will also see the Parliament, City Hall and the grand State Opera House. Visit the ‘Christkindlmarkt’ and buy handmade wooden toys, seasonal gifts, delicious gingerbread and warming Glühwein from traditional decorated wooden stalls.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    Drive along the scenic Danube Valley to the beautiful city of Salzburg. Visit the enchanting Christmas market. See the beautifully manicured Mirabell Gardens, Mozart’s birthplace and the Old City on your walking tour with a Local Guide. Then cross fairytale Alpine landscapes to Munich, capital of Bavaria. Dine this evening at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Sheraton Munich Westpark

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Discover Munich on an orientation with your Travel Director. Admire the Marienplatz with its impressive Town Hall and the ornate Glockenspiel. Spend the rest of your day enjoying the festive spirit at the Christmas market. Consider a visit to a famous beer hall and experience the warmth and hospitality for which this city is renowned.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5


    Visit King Ludwig’s castle. Standing on a rugged hilltop and set against dramatic snow-capped mountains, this Gothic Revival building is every inch the fairytale castle! Visit Oberammergau, where the seven-hour long Passion Play is performed every 10 years. Admire the 15th century Golden Roof at Innsbruck. Visit the Christmas Market in the Old Town Square and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Grauer Bär

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Travel through alpine landscapes into Switzerland. Explore the Christmas market in Zurich, held inside the main train station − the biggest indoor festive market in Europe before continuing on to lakeside Lucerne.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Astoria

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Visit the Lion Monument in Lucerne. See the 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge and the beautiful Baroque Jesuit Church. Shop for souvenirs in Lucerne’s quaint Christmas market. This evening, join your companions and Travel Director for a delicious festive Farewell Dinner with wine.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 8


    Say farewell to your travelling companions as you return home full of the joys of Christmas! Morning transfer to Zurich airport from Lucerne, conditions apply. Please do not book flights which depart before 10.00am from Zurich airport.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Guide For included sightseeing in Vienna and Salzburg.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Christmas MarketsIn Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Innsbruck, Lucerne & Zurich.
  • ViennaSee the Hofburg, City Hall and State Opera House.
  • SalzburgAdmire the Mirabell Gardens and Mozart’s birthplace.
  • MunichView the Hofbräuhaus and the Glockenspiel in Marienplatz.
  • Neuschwanstein CastleHorse and carriage ride to the castle for a guided visit of the apartments.
  • OberammergauVisit the Passion Play village.
  • InnsbruckSee the Golden Roof and Old Town Square.
  • LucerneSee the Lion Monument and wooden Chapel Bridge.


  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 evening meals including:
    • Welcome Reception including a light meal and drinks with your Travel Director in Vienna.
    • 2 three-course dinners.
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Lucerne.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an onboard restroom.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.

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