Christmas Markets of Austria Germany and Switzerland - Winter 2015/2016

5 out of 5 stars

8 days

from £1064 pp

Trip available from Nov 2015 to Dec 2015.
"Can't imagine a better experience"
Donna , Jul 2014

Mixing iconic sights and seasonal delights in central Europe, this 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.

Trip type:
Special Interest
Trip code:
WCMA

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    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 Danube

  • 2.

    VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND CHRISTMAS MARKETS

    Explore the Ringstrasse during your festive sightseeing tour of Vienna. Your Local Specialist shows you the Hofburg Palace 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

  • 3.

    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 Specialist. Then cross fairy tale Alpine landscapes to Munich, capital of Bavaria. Dine this evening at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Sheraton Westpark

  • 4.

    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

  • 5.

    MUNICH – OBERAMMERGAU – INNSBRUCK

    Leave Munich behind and travel through the picturesque Bavarian countryside en route to Oberammergau, home of the Passion Play that takes place in the village every ten years. This village is also famous for a long tradition of woodcarving and has homes with elaborate frescoes depicting traditional Bavarian themes. 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

  • 6.

    INNSBRUCK – VADUZ – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning see 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

  • 7.

    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

  • 8.

    LUCERNE – DEPART ZURICH

    Say farewell to your travelling 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

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What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit the Christmas Markets of Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Innsbruck and Lucerne
  • City tour in Vienna and Salzburg
  • Orientation of Munich, Oberammergau, Innsbruck and Lucerne
  • See stunning Alpine Scenery
  • View Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg, the Marienplatz in Munich, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck, the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • Visit Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein

Dining

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

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

We offer a range of Optional Experiences and entertainment options to complement our trips. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited, these can be paid with cash or credit card. We are sorry but at this time we are unable to display all optionals for this trip. Where available, these Optional Experiences will be added to our website shortly.

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