Alpine Christmas Markets

Autumn, Winter, Spring & Christmas Markets

Regional Journey

Alpine Christmas Markets (Winter 2019 2020)

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

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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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before checking out. Complimentary transfers to the airport, by hotel shuttle, depart every 15 minutes.

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: Your Travel Director takes you to the Harbour and Old City Hall. Walk the medieval streets of this island-town and browse the shops on Maximillium Strasse.
  • Lörrach: Explore the town located on the borders of Germany, France and Switzerland and see the ruins of Rotteln Castle.
  • 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 Breakfasts (B) 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 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.

Bavarian Dinner

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

Code: MUN0002

Linderhof and Oberammergau

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

Code: MUN0003

Tyrolean Evening

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

Code: INN0001

Colmar Excursion

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

Code: COL0001

Accommodation

 

Munich Marriott Hotel.

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.

AC Hotel Innsbruck

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.

Steigenberger Hotel Stadt Lörrach.

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.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11520 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 12 January, 2019

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Trip: Amazing. Defnitly coming back.

    Service: Best vacation tour ever.

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