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Christmas Markets In Germany, France & More
 

Tour Features   Top of Page

8 Day/7 Night Tour Features

  • 7 nights first-class hotel accommodations
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • 11 Meals-4 special dinners including Black Forest dinner with private holiday concert; daily (7) Continental breakfast
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing as outlined on itinerary
  • Fully escorted and narrated so you won't miss a thing!

Dates/Prices   Top of Page

Departure Dates
  • December 13-20, 2018
     
Price Per Person
$2130 per person/double occ. USD
$2050 per person/triple occ. USD
Single supplement $899 USD
NOTE: Actual Christmas Markets may vary based on seasonal operation.

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Detailed Itinerary   Top of Page

Day 1-Germany-Innsbruck

Welcome to Germany! Our local guide will take us to our charming hotel in Innsbruck. Driving into Innsbruck you will be transfixed by the scene. The mountains hug the capital city of the Tyrol like fortress walls, providing world-class skiing that brings hundreds of thousands to its ski slopes from all over the world. Soak in the small town ambience and enjoy the fresh air. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Day 2-Innsbruck City Tour- Dinner on a Mountain Top Next to the Olympic Ski Jump

In the morning enjoy a guided tour of this Alpine city, which was twice host to the Winter Olympics. See the Imperial Palace, the Cathedral, the Imperial Chapel and many more sights on this interesting tour. In the afternoon you have plenty of time to explore on your own and to visit the smaller Christmas markets. This evening enjoy traditional Bavarian cuisine with mile high views as we dine on top of the world at the Ski Jump. The Innsbruck Ski Jump was the venue for Olympic ski jumping competitions in 1964 and 1976. Reconstruction plans were discussed and finally, London-based architect Zaha Hadid won the architectural competition and designed the spectacular new ski jump. (B, D)

Day 3-Salzburg day trip and their Christmas Markets

This Austrian city gets prettier, tastier and even more musical during the holidays. Salzburg is a charming small town steeped in history, with splendid Baroque churches, one of Europe's largest medieval fortresses, Mozart's home and the locale for filming of The Sound of Music. Enjoy a wonderful day immersing yourself in the first fall of snow with mulled wine and gingerbread perfumed air. Stroll through the Christmas market with hundreds of colorfully decorated booths and friendly vendors selling typical handmade decorations, crafted Nativity scenes and tempting sweets. Listen to the choirs in front of the church and alpine horn blowers. Sample sausages, baked potatoes, hot chestnuts and other holiday specialties. You'll be singing "The Hills Are Alive..." before the day's end. (B)

Day 4-Spectacular Rail Trip through the Swiss Alps & the Black Forest

All train rides are not equal-some are worth the journey just for the view. Whether because of mountain scenery, gentle landscapes, or a behind the scenes look at local life-the beauty of the Swiss/Austrian Alps is not to be missed. Upon arrival, see the Christmas markets of Zurich before our journey continues to the Black Forest's famous resort town of Baden-the former getaway of Europe's royal families. (B, D)

Day 5-French Christmas Markets in the Villages of the Alsace Region-German Winery dinner

The Alsatian towns are charming at Christmas time, with the influence of Germany and their fairy-tale timbered buildings and Christmas shops selling ornaments and cuckoo clocks. Your day will be spent in two different medieval villages that will take you back to the past through their surrounds and special Christmas markets. Along the way, we'll stop and learn how the cuckoo clock was made. Tonight enjoy a wine tasting in a German winery followed by dinner in a 200 year old wine cellar. (B, D)

Day 6-Optional Tour

Enjoy a day at leisure and visit sights on your own or join us for our full day optional tour: Mercedes Benz Museum, tour Hohenzollen Castle, and visit a medieval Market-$69 See our online itinerary for details on all you will experience on this amazing tour (B)

Day 7-Freiburg and Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

Today we're off to southern Germany. The Christmas market of Freiburg is held on the town hall square, in Franziskanerstrasse, the heart of the picturesque old quarter. It offers an amazing range of traditional crafts, including straw shoes from the Black Forest and colorful wooden toys. One highlight is the candle workshop where you can watch candles being made to order. Next, visit the Titisee where you take a beautiful horse drawn carriage ride around the lake. Tonight enjoy a special dinner with our own private holiday concert. (B, D)

Day 8-Germany-Back Home

Transfer back to the airport for your flight back home. Happiest of Holidays! (B)

(B)= Breakfast (L)= Lunch (D)= Dinner (R)= Reception

 

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