Magical Christmas Markets
Experience the holiday spirit in Austria and Germany, where the tradition of the Christkindlesmarkt began over 600 years ago. Explore Christmas markets alive with festive cheer and cultural treasures. Uncover the history and tastes of these incredible regions spending five relaxing nights in Innsbruck, where the spirit of Christmas is undeniable. Venture to the Alpine village of Seefeld via train; partake in the traditional taste of schnapps before you're whisked away on an actual horse-drawn Christmas sleigh. Head to Salzburg for an expert-guided walking tour and delight in dinner at the centuries-old St. Peter's restaurant. Embark on the journey of a lifetime in this winter wonderland, where twinkling lights illuminate entire regions, and the spirit of Christmas is alive and well.
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- Offer valid through 6/30/2020
- 7 Days
|Day 1||Innsbruck||Overnight Flight: You're on your way to uncover the unique charms of Austria and Germany and the incredible Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas market)!|
|Day 2||Innsbruck||Innsbruck, Austria - Tour Begins: Welcome to the town of Innsbruck, capital of the Alps. Spend the next five nights nestled in the heart of the mountains. Tonight, accompany your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner to celebrate your arrival in Austria.|
|Day 3||Innsbruck||Innsbruck - Seefeld - Innsbruck: This morning, journey by train 3,600 feet above sea level to the idyllic village of Seefeld, one of the world's great ski resorts thanks to miles of lakes and trails. Step off the train into the pure Alpine air to find an authentic horse-drawn carriage - and a traditional gift of schnapps - waiting for you. Belt out a carol or two as you're whisked across the snow and participate in an interactive demonstration of how to make (and eat!) traditional strudel. Glide your way to Innsbruck, where it's your choice! Walk through the charming streets on a locally guided tour and take in landmarks such as the Golden Roof -OR- visit the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage, getting a glimpse into this historic region through traditional costumes and handicrafts.|
|Day 4||Innsbruck||Innsbruck-Neuschwanstein, Germany-Oberammergau-Innsbruck, Austria: View the magnificence of Neuschwanstein Castle as you enjoy a photo stop of the fairytale creation of Bavaria's 'Mad King.' Your journey continues to Oberammergau. Enjoy a lunch featuring regional cuisine before spending some time on your own getting to know this picture-perfect Bavarian village.|
|Day 5||Innsbruck||Innsbruck - Salzburg - Innsbruck: Over the mountains and through the woods of the Austrian countryside resides a storybook Old Town, Salzburg. Head over to Mirabell Gardens and the iconic 'Do-Re-Mi steps' from The Sound of Music. Then, journey through the baroque heart of the Old City and the famous thoroughfare of Mozart's birthplace. Head off to enjoy a free afternoon with the locals, affectionately known as 'Salzburgers.' Be sure to enjoy a traditional Mozart chocolate (or two) and do some treasure hunting at any of six Christmas markets. Your day concludes at St. Peter's Skiftskeller, the oldest continuously-serving restaurant in Europe. Inside this centuries-old gem, indulge in a traditional dessert.|
|Day 6||Innsbruck||Innsbruck: Enjoy a full day at leisure. Go treasure hunting at the Christmas markets, brimming with the sights, smells, and sounds of the season. Be on the lookout for St. Nicholas and even Krampus as they march through the market stalls. Revel in good cheer while brass bands play from the tower and indulge in some gluhwein and stollen, while chestnuts roast on open fires.|
|Day 7||Innsbruck||Innsbruck - Munich, Germany: Wilkommen to Munich! Venture to Marienplatz and see the iconic Glockenspiel*, where life-size figurines spin and dance. Enjoy free time to explore, perhaps grabbing a bier at the renowned Hofbrauhaus or doing some final holiday shopping at one of Europe's largest Christmas markets. Join a local guide on a panoramic tour of Munich, passing by famous sights such as the Royal Square and Parliament Building. Close your day, toasting to the end of your seasonal sojourn at a farewell dinner.|
|Day 8||Munich||Munich - Tour Ends: Your tour comes to a close today.|
- Hotel Grauer Bar Innsbruck, Austria
- Eurostars Grand Central Munich, Germany
- Mercure Hotel Munchen Airport Freising Freising, Germany
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.