Christmas Markets of Austria Germany and Switzerland Winter 2014/2015

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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: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: Autumn, Winter & Spring Europe 2014/15
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  • Style: Christmas Spectacular
  • Description: Mixing iconic sights and seasonal delights in central Europe, this eight day encounter features festive markets and illuminated landmarks in Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Innsbruck and Lucerne. It‘s Insider moments like… chatting to the stallholders of Vienna‘s Christkindlmarkt about the origins of their traditional toys, made of wood just as they have been for centuries, or their spicy gingerbread and mulled wine. And it‘s experiencing two very different festive markets: the bustling grand market in Munich‘s famous Marienplatz, with its tasty Bavarian fare, lively alpine music and 14th century heritage, and the quaint little stalls in lakeside Lucerne, with their authentic twist and tranquil vibe.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to Vienna.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE VIENNA (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to the magical Austrian capital, Vienna. After check-in this afternoon, relax and unwind after your journey. Later, meet your fellow travellers and 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

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  • Day 3

    VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND CHRISTMAS MARKETS

    Explore the Ringstrasse during your festive sightseeing tour of Vienna. Your Local Expert shows you the Hofburg which was the former home of the Habsburgs. 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 4

    VIENNA – SALZBURG – MUNICH (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive along the scenic Danube Valley to the beautiful city of Salzburg and 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 Expert. Then cross fairy tale Alpine landscapes to Munich, capital of Bavaria. Dine this evening at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Hilton Munich City/Sheraton Munich Westpark

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  • Day 5

    MUNICH ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    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 6

    MUNICH – KITZBÜHEL – INNSBRUCK

    Leave Munich behind and travel through stunning countryside en route to Austria‘s famous ski resort - Kitzbühel. Spend free time exploring the quaint streets before arriving in Innsbruck. Admire the 15th century Golden Roof. Visit the Christmas Market in the Old Town Square and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere! Tonight dinner will be served at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Grauer Bär

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  • Day 7

    INNSBRUCK – VADUZ – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning view the ski jump that towers over Innsbruck before visiting Vaduz, the capital city in the mountain principality of Liechtenstein. See the picturesque castle that sits above the city. Later arrive in Lucerne where your orientation tour will visit the Lion Monument and view the famous wooden Chapel Bridge.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Astoria

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  • Day 8

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Visit the Christmas Markets at Franziskanerplatz located in the Old Town of Lucerne. Swiss delights are on offer at the wooden stalls, as well as a carousel which plays traditional music while children enjoy the ride. Later enjoy free time or join your Travel Director for an optional experience to the peak of a nearby mountain top. Tonight join your fellow travellers for a festive Farewell Dinner.


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

  • Day 9

    LUCERNE - ZURICH - RETURN HOME

    Say farewell to your traveling companions as you return home with magical Christmas memories! There is a morning transfer to Zurich airport from Lucerne. Conditions apply. Please do not book flights which depart before 10am from Zurich airport.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Vienna and Salzburg.
  • Orientation of Munich, Kitzbühel, 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, the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.
  • See stunning Alpine Scenery.

Dining

  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

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

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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