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Autumn, Winter, Spring & Christmas MarketsRegional Journey
Arrive in Munich.
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.
Free time in the Bavarian capital.
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.
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.
Innsbruck at Leisure and Carriage Ride.
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.
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.
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.
Strasbourg and Alsace experience.
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.
The Swiss City of Zürich.
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.
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before checking out. Complimentary transfers to the airport, by hotel shuttle, depart every 15 minutes.
Most Insight trips 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 Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.
Tonight we'll soak in the lively atmosphere of a popular traditional restaurant. We'll enjoy traditional Bavarian hospitality and sample delicious regional specialties and local beer.
Adult Price: EUR 65.00
South of Munich, we'll venture from the magnificence of the Bavarian Alps to the world-renowned passion-play village of Oberammergau. Admire the artistically - decorated architecture of local homes, churches and of Ettal Monastery. Then, we're on to mad King Ludwig’s baroque fantasy - the rococco splendour of Linderhof castle, set in beautiful gardens.
Adult Price: EUR 40.00
Enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, featuring dancers in national costume, yodelling and entertainment typical of the life, crafts and traditions of the Tyrolean people. Two drinks are included. (This evening may not be available on every departure)
Adult Price: EUR 45.00
Nestled in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards lies the impossibly quaint little town of Colmar. Our local guide will help you to discover its half timbered bye-ways and Venetian style canals. Afterwards free time to explore the four Christmas markets.
Adult Price: EUR 36.00
Munich (Traditional) - Germany
Perfectly located for your two night stay, away from the hustle and bustle and with direct access to the city centre, the Munich Marriott Hotel features modern designed rooms with comfortable furnishings.
Innsbruck (Contemporary) - Austria
The AC Hotel Innsbruck is centrally located and just a few minutes walk from the Old Town. It was originally built in 1972 for the Winter Olympic games and has since been completely refurbished and upgraded to offer comfortable, sleek-designed rooms, each with views of the surrounding Alps.
Lörrach (Traditional) - GERMANY
The Steigenberger Hotel Stadt Lörrach is perfectly set at the heart of Lörrach, within Germany's Black Forest region. Furnishings throughout the hotel are contemporary and welcoming, ensuring your stay is relaxed and comfortable. Your spacious room is the perfect retreat after a day of sightseeing and complimentary WiFi means you'll be connected to friends and family back home during your stay.
Our guests rate us
11520 independent user reviews received during the past year.
12 January, 2019
Trip: Excellent, loved the markets we attended. Maybe was a bit over them by the time we finished
Service: I would definitely and have recommended Insight to family and friends. We have travelled 7 times and will be travelling again in August 2019
10 January, 2019
Trip: Every place we visited was worth the trip .
Service: The tour director Michelle Worthington was fantastic and so was the coach Driver .
10 January, 2019
Trip: Loved every place we went. I really liked having a local person meet us and lead the walking tours. Very informative and interesting.
Service: They were flexible and dependable. Michelle was always concerned about everyone having a good time. I really enjoyed Michelle’s talks on the bus. They were always very interesting.
10 January, 2019
Trip: The time management and exposure to different Christmas markets was excellent
Service: The best opportunity to see the famous Christmas markets of Europe in one go
06 January, 2019
Trip: A great tour made even better with Ellen Potters as our Tour Director. Her sense of humour, her ability to please everyone and her knowledge is second to none.
Service: On the whole Tour directors and coach drivers gave good service and Tour Directors had good knowledge of the areas in which we travelled. On the first two tours the TDs were even able to advise on the costs at comfort stops. However, and unfortunately the third appeared to have NO idea and sometimes his service left a little to be desired. ie: It's not a good idea to give flourishes to people as they are headed to the toilets.
05 January, 2019
Trip: I spent wonderful moments and all the places visited are unforgettable....
Service: Excellent tour and places visited. Our tour guide very professional. Hotels were we stayed very good...
04 January, 2019
Trip: My favorites we're Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Zurich.
Service: Wonderful service, accommodations great, food very good overall, coach and guide spectacular.
04 January, 2019
Trip: This was on our bucket list and we were not disappointed - thank you for making this possible
Service: Great service as usual
28 December, 2018
Trip: Lovely places to visit. The Christmas markets have alot of the same things so by the end we were just going there to get lunch. Would be good to have some other alternatives such as the Innsbrook excursion up the mountain to break up the markets.
Service: Ellen was a great tour leader. Despite ya being in a large group, she always made an effort to personalise the trip for each person.
27 December, 2018
Trip: Beautiful markets, scenic drives, well planned service stops. More time in Salzburg would have been nice.
Service: Excellent service by the Tour Director before, during and after the actual tour. Excellent coach driver
27 December, 2018
Trip: It was great going to all of the locations in the short amount of time. Felt a little rushed with what was seemingly not enough time at the different Christmas markets.
Service: Michelle was fantastic with getting all the information out, recognizing everyone in a very short time. Called on by name. Everything was discussed prior and reinforced throughout the day. We were well taken care of and she knew her stuff!!
26 December, 2018
Trip: Amazing. Defnitly coming back.
Service: Best vacation tour ever.