Christmas Markets of Austria & Bavaria - Insight Vacations

Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria (Winter 2017-18)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: Austria, Germany

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Journey in winter through the Bavarian Alps with their snow-capped mountains, musical Salzburg, the magical castle in Neuschwanstein, to heart-warming Munich.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Vienna

    At Vienna Airport, transfers for your tour hotel leave at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00. Later, meet your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

  3. Day 3

    The Habsburgs of Vienna

    At this time of year, the Austrian capital is a place of nostalgia and romance, with concerts, nativity displays and many official Advent Markets selling a vast array of seasonal gifts and mouth-watering treats. Join your Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace. Then get your camera ready for a circuit of the famous ring road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House and Hofburg Imperial Residence. You also see the City Hall and its surrounding parklands, festively decorated in a sea of lights – the perfect setting for the Viennese Christmas Market. Here your Tour Director will introduce you to a market stallholder to enjoy sampling a Viennese winter dessert, complemented perfectly with a traditional fragrant glass of Glühwein.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Free time in Salzburg

    (Relaxed Start) There is free time in the morning to join the Christmas shoppers in the elegant boutiques, pavement cafes and busy arcades of Kärtner Strasse at the heart of Vienna. Later, journey through the rich farmlands of eastern Austria towards the lakes and mountains of the Salzkammergut and the enchanting city of Salzburg.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    The City of Mozart

    (Relaxed Start) The spires and domes of Salzburg’s old town are often draped in snow, come December. Walk with a Local Expert to see Mozart’s family home on the Getreidegasse - beautifully decorated at this time of year. Then head on to the rosy hues of the 500-year-old Christmas Market in front of the cathedral. Culinary delicacies, candied fruits, hot mulled wine and the lovingly decorated stalls invite visitors to stop and browse.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    A scenic drive to Innsbruck

    (Relaxed Start) A lovely drive brings you to the Inn Valley and the mountain-ringed Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck. In front of the Golden Roof, surrounded by beautifully preserved medieval façades, you'll find the traditional Christmas Market is in full swing. After some time to explore, enjoy delightful scenery and crisp, fresh air on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the countryside of Tyrol. In the evening, drive to the charming town of Hall in Tirol, which boasts Austria's best preserved ensemble of historical buildings. Soak up the friendly Yuletide atmosphere at Hall's traditional Christmas market, before enjoying a highlight banquet with wine in a 700-year-old building. After delighting your palate with Austrian specialities and wine, it’s a merry drive back to Innsbruck!

  7. Day 7

    Oberammergau and Neuschwanstein

    Travel into the beautiful scenery of the German Alps to visit Oberammergau, home of the Passion Play since 1634. See the immense theatre and admire the colourful painted chalets, then continue to the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein, perched on a spectacular Alpine mountainside. With a Local Expert, visit the exuberantly decorated apartments, including the Throne Room, before driving on to the Bavarian capital of Munich. Please note: Neuschwanstein Castle visits require a good level of mobility due to the number of stairs in the building and up-hill on-foot access to the castle itself during winter. Those who do not wish to ascend to the castle can enjoy a coffee and cake, while admiring the beautiful castle vista.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Munich

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a city orientation tour which concludes in the Marienplatz beside the soaring Town Hall, famous for its Glockenspiel. Here, beneath the gigantic Christmas tree, Munich’s traditional Christmas Market is an entrancing festival of light and music. In the evening, join your friends for a festive Celebration Dinner with wine and good cheer!

  9. Day 9

    Auf Wiedersehen Munich!

    Your departure transfer arrives at Munich Airport at 09:30.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Vienna: The sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace will exhilarate your senses. Your Local Expert will bring to life the story of the Habsburgs during your tour of the royal grounds.
  • Salzburg: With a Local Expert, see Mozart's family home on the Getreidegasse and the 500-year-old market in front of the cathedral.
  • Neuschwanstein: With a Local Expert, visit King Ludwig II's fairy-tale castle, built high in the Bavarian Alps and rumored to be the inspiration of Walt Disney's castles.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Christmas Markets: Be dazzled by the magic of Christmas, with local handicrafts and delicious, seasonally-festive treats like Glühwein. Explore on selected departures.
  • Innsbruck: Meet your coachman and enjoy a delightful journey through Tyrol's picturesque countryside on your horse-drawn ‘Fiaker'.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vienna: Tour the famous ring road and see the Opera House, Hofburg Palace and City Hall.
  • Innsbruck: See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace in Old Town.
  • Oberammergau: Visit the home of the Passion Play, to see the immense theatre and the colourfully painted chalets.
  • Munich: Enjoy a city orientation tour concluding with the Marienplatz and the Town Hall with its famous Glockenspiel.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Vienna: At the Christmas Market, meet a local stallholder and sample a delightful Viennese winter dessert, complemented perfectly with a traditional fragrant glass of Glühwein.
  • Innsbruck: Situated perfectly in a 700-year-old building in the charming town of Hall in Tirol, enjoy a medieval banquet of Austrian specialities with wine.
  • Munich: Join your new-found friends for a festive Celebration Dinner with wine and good cheer!
  • Included Quality Dining: 7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Vienna: With views over the city and neighbouring Stadtpark, the Hilton Vienna is just a short walk from attractions like the Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral.
  • Salzburg: The Arcotel Castellani in a short walk from the centre of Salzburg and features contemporary rooms with modern furnishings. The grounds include a large garden with a 400-year old linden tree and a quaint Baroque church.
  • Innsbruck: Enjoy breathtaking views of the Tyrolean Alps from the Hilton, situated within the city centre of Innsbruck and only a few minutes walk to the Old Town.
  • Munich: The Leonardo Royal Hotel, located next to Munich's famous Olympic Park, features modern architecture and refined interiors.

OUR FIVE-STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • 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. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers are available at scheduled times only, from Vienna Airport on arrival day and to Munich Airport on departure day. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers or additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please 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.

Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glass of champagne along with some of the most famous works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (On occasion dinner will be included EURO 103)

Adult Price: EUR 58.00

Code: VIE0002

Hidden Treasures Of Old Vienna Walk

A leisurely walk with an expert historian unveils the hidden squares and tucked-away corners of the old city. See the Hofburg Palace, which was the official residence of the Habsburg Empire for more then 600 years. Admire the beautiful baroque Church of St. Peter's and the Column of the Holy Trinity. See the most important House of Mozart, where "Marriage of Figaro" was composed. Finally, visit St. Stephen's Cathedral where your local expert explains its importance to Austrian culture and history.

Adult Price: EUR 30.00

Code: VIE0004

Evening In An Austrian Chalet

Drive into the pretty Austrian countryside for a special evening in an Austrian Chalet. Meet the owners and learn about rural life over a homemade dinner in this cosy corner of Salzburg. In a totally unique experience, sip home-made beverages, feast on home-baked bread, succulent meat and oven baked vegetables.

Adult Price: EUR 61.00

Code: SAL0001

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

The Dachau Memorial

After Hitler's rise to power in 1933, the first concentration camp for political prisoners was opened outside the town of Dachau and it became a blueprint for others to follow. Now maintained as a memorial, spend some reflective moments amid the remains of the camp prisons, reconstructed barracks, kitchens, workshops and baths which serves as the museum. A chilling and emotional reminder of the horrors of war.

Adult Price: EUR 33.00

Code: MUN0001

Accommodation

 

Hilton Vienna

Vienna (Contemporary) - Austria

Set in the heart of Vienna and featuring contemporary decor, the award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels.

Arcotel Castellani

Salzburg (Contemporary) - Austria

Combining historic substance and modern architecture, the Arcotel Castellani is located in green surroundings and only a 15-minute walk from the centre of Salzburg. It features a large garden including a Baroque chapel and a 400-year old linden tree.

Hilton Innsbruck

Innsbruck (Central) - Austria

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Tyrolean Alps from the Hilton Innsbruck, situated within the city centre of Innsbruck.

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.

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