Seasons and Christmas Markets

Autumn, Winter, Spring & Christmas Markets

Regional Journey

Alpine Christmas Markets (Winter 2018-2019)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland

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  • Itinerary
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  • Optional experiences
  • Accommodation
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The lead up to Christmas in traditional German towns and the snow-frosted Alps, is the stuff of storybooks – twinkling markets full of Yuletide delights and towering Christmas trees. Enter the realm of gingerbread, Glühwein and carol singers.

  1. Day 1

    Arrive in Munich.

    Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. Welcome to Germany. Transfers leave Munich airport for your hotel at 10:00 and 13:00. Meet your Travel Director at 15:00 for an orientation of the city that will show you all the city’s major sights, culminating in the Marienplatz, with its soaring Town Hall and Glockenspiel. Here, the Christkindlmarkt will be in full swing, an entrancing festival of light and music. Your Travel Director will introduce you to one of the market stallholders for a taste of traditional Bavarian Lebkuchen and a fragrant cup of Glühwein. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    Free time in the Bavarian capital.

    (Relaxed Start) Munich embraces the holiday season with a particular zeal, so the day is all yours to enjoy the vibrant festive markets that abound in this city. On crisp winter days, organ music and carols ring out from the ancient churches. If snow has fallen, the vast English Garden provides lovely winter vistas. Another option is to experience the romantic royal palaces of the Bavarian Alps.

  3. Day 3

    Lake Chiemsee, Salzburg and Innsbruck.

    Travel alongside the tranquil waters of Lake Chiemsee on your way to Salzburg in Austria, where the spires and domes of the Old Town are often draped in snow come December. A walk with your Local Expert will show you Mozart’s family home and the rosy hues of the 500-year-old Christmas Market in front of the cathedral. Head through the mountains to your Innsbruck hotel. Journey to the charming town of Hall in Tirol which boasts one of Austria's best-preserved historic centres. Soak up the unique atmosphere in a 700-year-old building and delight your palate with a medieval banquet and wine.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Innsbruck at Leisure and Carriage Ride.

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a relaxed start and spend the morning at leisure. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of the Old Town and Christmas Markets, set in front of the Golden Roof, graced by beautifully preserved medieval facades. Enjoy the delightful scenery and crisp, fresh air during your horse-drawn carriage ride, locally known as a Fiaker, through the countryside of Tyrol.

  5. Day 5

    The Black Forest via Lindau.

    Travel through the Alberg tunnel, Austria’s longest road tunnel, as you return to Germany and pause in the tiny island-town of Lindau. Walk through the maze of ancient streets down to the harbour. Across the lake, often shrouded in mist, look for the rising silhouette of snow-capped peaks. After time to explore, continue along the shores of the Bodensee to your hotel in the Black Forest for three fabulous nights.

  6. Day 6

    Freiburg Sightseeing.

    Visit Freiburg in the morning, a lively university city with a charming Christmas atmosphere. Walk from the medieval Münster through the heart of the historic old quarter, past colourful stalls offering a range of festive goodies from the Black Forest.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Strasbourg and Alsace experience.

    (Relaxed Start) Cross the Rhine to the region of Alsace, wedged between the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains. This area has changed nationality four times since 1870! Arrive in Strasbourg, the City at the Crossroads, where the Christmas Market is the oldest and one of the largest in France. Spend time in a cosy neighbourhood of timbered fairy-tale buildings, with Christmas shops and a gingerbread bakery, warm with fragrant promise. Return to Germany and venture to a local restaurant for a delightful dinner of local specialties, accompanied by wine.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    The Swiss City of Zürich.

    (Relaxed Start) Cross the Swiss border and head for Zürich where sightseeing includes the imposing Grossmünster, elegant Fraumünster, and winding alleys of the Old Town alongside the River Limmat. A highlight is Europe’s biggest indoor Christmas extravaganza held in the main railway station, with over 160 wooden chalets and a three-storey Christmas tree, draped with Swarovski crystals. Toast to the culmination of your Yuletide journey during a festive Celebration Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Depart Zürich.

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before checking out. Complimentary transfers to the airport, by hotel shuttle, depart every 15 minutes. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Salzburg: With a Local Expert, see Mozart’s family home and the 500-year-old Christmas Market in front of the cathedral. You'll also view the Hohensalzburg fortress and see Residenz Fountain when you spend some time in the Old Town.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Christmas Markets: All departures will experience the wonderment of the Christmas Markets of each city, some of the oldest in Europe.
  • Munich: During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see the Victory Arch, Town Hall and Glockenspiel in Marienplatz.
  • Innsbruck: During your orientation you will see the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace in the Old Town.
  • Innsbruck: Meet your coachman and enjoy a delightful journey through Tyrol's picturesque countryside, on your horse-drawn Fiaker.
  • Lindau: Use your free time to walk through the medieval streets of this island-town to see the harbour.
  • Freiburg: Enjoy a romantic walk through the medieval cobbled streets of Freiburg and soak in the magic of its Christmas Markets. See the medieval Münster and spend time in the historic old quarter.
  • Strasbourg: Exploring the Christmas Markets is like stepping directly into a fairytale, where glittering lights and the scent of cinnamon enchant your senses. Here you visit France’s oldest Christmas Markets, set in front of the Cathedral. Spend time in the atmospheric neighbourhood of La Petite France.
  • Zürich: During your orientation of the city, your Travel Director will show you the Grossmünster, Fraumünster and elegant Bahnhofstrasse.
  • Zürich: Attend Europe’s biggest indoor Christmas Market with its magnificent Swarovski crystal-decorated Christmas tree.
  • Scenic Drives: Throughout your travels, enjoy beautiful views of the Austrian Alps and Lake Bodensee.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Munich: At the Christmas Market, meet a stallholder and taste the aromatic and utterly delicious Lebkuchen with a glass of Glühwein.
  • Hall in Tirol: Situated perfectly in a 700-year-old building in the charming town of Hall in Tirol, enjoy a medieval banquet of Austrian specialties with wine.
  • Zürich: The Swiss just love good food and wine, a decorative, well-laden table, and a touch of Gemütlichkeit - all of which you will find at your warm Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Leonardo Royal Hotel Munich

Munich (Central) - Germany

The Leonardo Royal Hotel, located next to Munich’s famous Olympic Park, features modern architecture and refined interiors.

AC by Marriott Hotel Innsbruck

Innsbruck (Contemporary) - Austria

DORMERO Hotel Villingen Schwenningen

Villingen (Contemporary) - Germany

Radisson Blu Hotel Zurich Airport

Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport.

GUEST REVIEWS & EXPERIENCES

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7785 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 04 February, 2018

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    Trip: Good amount of places for the allotted days. Loved the horse drawn carriage drive in Innsbruck.

    Service: The tour was well planned. Didn't feel rushed. Great hotels and clean bus. Wonderful tour director (John) and driver ( Bert)

  • 03 February, 2018

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    Trip: All the markets were magical and we felt we were extremely lucky to see so much snow.

    Service: Everything was done well. A very well planned trip. Customer service was experienced thru Steve, who was wonderful.

  • 19 January, 2018

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    Trip: I could not fault the itinerary. The best aprt was that yiu were given options of what additional tours you wished to do, This meant that you could just wander off on your own and do your own thing if you wished.

    Service: Everything was well planned. The staff had excellent local knowledge and made you feel special and had a great sense of humour. You always felt that your wellbeing and happiness was a priority.

  • 13 January, 2018

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    Trip: Met expectations as advertised.

    Service: Loved the places we visited and the Tour Director was very caring. Alwasys recommend Insight to others!!

  • 11 January, 2018

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    Trip: Fantastic locations with plenty to do and see

    Service: Everything was wonderful, tour guide was helpful, knowledgeable, and so organized. Being this was our first time to Europe, we loved knowing we had a great tour guide to guide us. The bus driver was friendly and safe. Overall, great customer service

  • 11 January, 2018

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    Trip: I rated 4* because the hotels were not all as good in terms of location and quality.

    Service: Yes, I would definitely recommend Insight Vacations to others!

  • 10 January, 2018

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    Trip: We would have preferred more time on Lake Titisee. Outstandingly good location

    Service: John and Bert went beyond expectations. Friendly and ready to help. Great information provided about all sites visited. Excellent daily itinerary arranged. All accommodations first class

  • 10 January, 2018

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    Trip: The Christmas lights and atmosphere was fantastic. The Black Forest was absolutely amazing.

    Service: Their overall service was very good. Tour guide and bus driver were excellent. Would travel with Insight again.

  • 08 January, 2018

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    Trip: Great itinerary. Fabulous

    Service: Everything was beyond expectation

  • 08 January, 2018

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    Trip: Wonderful Christmas market trip through 4 countries.

    Service: I always enjoy traveling with Insight. This was my 5th trip with them. Meals and itinerary were well done. Options were a little expensive for what was offered.

  • 08 January, 2018

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    Trip: A wonderful variety of locations with great stays near city centres. Especially loved the horse drawn carriage ride in the mountains..it was magical.!! The funnicular..gondola rides up the mountains were very exciting. The Bavarian musical entertainment was great..

    Service: Our tour guide..Joey McLean.. was outstanding.. Pleasant..helpful.. sensitive to needs of all ages... knowledgable.. All of the locations we visited were interesting.. Our hotels were excellent with the exception of the Hilton which was okay.

  • 05 January, 2018

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    Trip: Was glad to have arrived 2-3 days early so as not to quite literally hit the ground running. I would have loved to take my mother but the pace would have been too much for her.

    Service: I enjoyed in the trip but I didn't like the pace. There were several of us who had difficulty keeping up with the group. In hindsight I would have preferred an alternative method of getting to the Christmas market rather than a quick paced 15-20 minute dash to get there.

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