Classic Christmas Markets
Sip mulled wine and collect unique handicrafts, hand-made ornaments and toys at some of the largest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe. Spend three nights in the traditional Alpine village of Oberammergau and two nights in the heart of the Black Forest. Explore Strasbourg's Petit France and its quaint market stalls huddled around the imposing cathedral. Discover historic Wurzburg and Rothenberg, some of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Visit the famous Nuremberg Christmas Market dating back to 1628 and sample roast sausages and gingerbread. Bask in holiday cheer as you stroll along the cobblestone streets of Innsbruck, capital of Tyrolean Austria, and embark on your choice of a cultural walking tour or a visit to the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage. Experience the 600-year-old holiday spirit of 'Christkindlesmarkts' in Germany, Austria and France.
- Tour Operator
- Offer valid through 12/31/2020
- 8 Days
|Day 1||Oberammergau||Overnight Flight: Embark on a glorious holiday adventure through the traditional Christmas markets and historic towns of Central Europe. On this journey you will have time to sip mulled wine and shop for handicrafts in some of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe.|
|Day 2||Black Forest||Black Forest, Germany - Tour Begins: Your tour opens in the Black Forest. Here you will relish the peacefulness of the surrounding forested mountains. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.|
|Day 3||Black Forest||Black Forest - Strasbourg, France - Black Forest: Travel the picturesque valleys of the Black Forest and country roads of Alsace to the provincial capital of Strasbourg, France, where centuries of Roman, French, German and Alsatian influences blend together to lend this city its unique character. Enjoy a guided tour of the Old Quarter, "Petite France," featuring the Cathedral of Notre Dame, considered one of the noblest achievements of Western architecture. Mingle with the locals as you explore the Christmas market featuring local crafts and traditional food and drink before returning to Germany.|
|Day 4||Black Forest||Black Forest - Wurzburg/Schweinfurt: Depart the Black Forest for the quaint Franconia region of Germany. Your destination is Wurzburg. Stroll through the streets with your expert local guide and discover the city's history. This ancient wine town is rich in historic sites, including the magnificent 18th-century residence of the prince-bishops, boasting the largest ceiling fresco in the world, and the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main. You will have time to browse for local specialties in the lively Christmas market.|
|Day 5||Wurzburg||Wurzburg/Schweinfurt - Nuremberg - Wurzburg/Schweinfurt: Start your day with a city tour of historic Nuremberg. Learn about old town's 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city; the Imperial Castle; and the Justice Palace, site of the War Crimes Tribunal in 1946. Your city tour concludes with a visit to the historic Nuremberg Christmas Market, one of the oldest and most famous markets in Germany dating back to 1628. Here you can spend time sipping Gluhwein and sampling roast sausages. Over 200 wooden stalls have given the Christmas market its name - "Little Town from Wood." You can find items like Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, bakery goods, sweets, Christmas tree angels and toys.|
|Day 6||Wurzburg||Wurzburg/Schweinfurt - Rothenburg - Oberammergau: We begin with a stop in lovely Rothenburg, one of the most well-preserved medieval walled towns in all of Germany. After some free time to explore the town, continue on to Oberammergau, a perfect example of a Bavarian Alpine village. Step back in time as you stroll the streets past old-world cottages and shops covered in colorful frescos. It is the ideal place to shop for cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers and Hummel figurines.|
|Day 7||Oberammergau Region||Oberammergau - Innsbruck, Austria - Oberammergau: Traverse the Bavarian landscape to the Tyrolean town of Innsbruck nestled in the heart of the mountains. Then, it's your choice! Walk through the charming streets of Innsbruck on a locally guided tour and take in landmarks such as the Golden Roof -OR- visit the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage for a glimpse into this historic region through traditional costumes and handicrafts. The remainder of the day is at leisure to shop in the many specialty stores and the cozy Christmas market.|
|Day 8||Oberammergau||Oberammergau - Munich - Oberammergau: This morning, travel to Munich and be introduced to this exciting city with a panoramic tour featuring the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel* and Olympic Park. Enjoy leisure time to independently explore Munich's historic area and the Christmas market. Later, return to Oberammergau where you will have time to stroll about the village, perhaps shopping for the intricate woodcrafts the town is known for. This evening, join your fellow travelers as you toast to a memorable trip during a farewell dinner featuring Bavarian cuisine.|
|Day 9||Oberammergau||Oberammergau - Tour Ends: Your tour ends today.|
- Hofgut Sternen Breitnau, Germany
- Alte Post Hotel Oberammergau, Germany
- Maritim Hotel Wurzburg Wurzburg, Germany
- Mercure Schweinfurt Maininsel Schweinfurt, Germany
- Riessersee Hotel Garmisch Partenkirchen Garmisch Partenkirchen , 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.