Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland

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.

 

Day 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.

Hotel:  Hilton Danube

Meal: Welcome Reception

 

Day 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.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your ‘A Class’ tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience.

Adult Price: €100.00

Viennese Concert

You’ll enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. You’ll receive ‘A Class’ tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne during the interval.

Adult Price: €54.00

Palace Of Schönbrunn

Enjoy a guided visit to the Palace of Schönbrunn, with its magnificently preserved state rooms and exquisite grounds.

Adult Price: €37.00

 

Day 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.

Hotel:  Sheraton Westpark

Meals:  Buffet Breakfast,  Dinner

 

Day 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.

Meals:  Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Seasonal Bavarian Dinner

A short drive leads to your regional Bavarian restaurant, where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner of seasonal dishes with drinks included.

Adult Price: €59.00

The Dachau Memorial Site

Germany’s first concentration camp was opened immediately after Hitler’s rise to power, just outside Dachau, near Munich. Maintained as a memorial, this visit will provide an insight into this tragic period in history.

Adult Price: €31.00

 

Day 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.

Hotel:  Grauer Bär

Meals:  Buffet Breakfast,  Dinner

 

Day 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 you will visit the Lion Monument and view the famous wooden Chapel Bridge during an orientation tour.

Hotel:  Astoria

Meals:  Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 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.

Meals:  Buffet Breakfast,   Farewell Dinner

 Optional Experiences

Lake Lucerne Cruise With Drinks

Considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. As we cruise gently by, you’ll admire the spectacular homes of the fortunate few privileged to live on its scenic shores. Two drinks are also included.

Adult Price: Fr.49.00

Alpine Farm & Carriage Ride

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where you’ll savour local drinks and snacks.

Adult Price: Fr.67.00

Views From Mount Rigi

The Queen of Mountains welcomes us at lakeside Vitznau, with a cogwheel train ride to the top. You’ll enjoy free time to admire the views (weather permitting) before returning to Weggis by cable car.

Adult Price: Fr.90.00

 

Day 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.

Meals:  Buffet Breakfast

 

 

What’s 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
  • Visit 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

 

Travel Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

Departure Dates:

 27, 28, 29, 30 November 2016

04, 06, 07, 10, 11 December 2016

 

Prices from usd 1317 per person for land arrangments

 Air tickets are additional.

Ask for more details:  Chronos travel 22464040

Email: chronos@chronostravel.com

 

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