Alpine Christmas Markets - Classic Group

Alpine Christmas Markets - Classic Group

9 Days



Alpine Christmas Markets - Classic Group

9 Days Starting in Munich, Germany and ending in Zürich, Switzerland

Visiting: Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Lindau, Lorrach, Freiburg im Breisgau, Black Forest, Strasbourg, Zürich

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:


Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:


Age range:


Special diets catered:

Please advise request

Tour operated in:

Shopping, Walking

$3156 (USD) Operator discount: $80 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $89

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Tour Overview

There is nothing quite like Christmas among the Alps with the festive Munich Christmas Market, Salzburg’s snowcapped spires and an indulgent cup of Gluhwein in Innsbruck. Your Local Expert brings Mozart’s history to life ahead of an indulgent Salzburg market tasting, with samples of traditional, hand baked gingerbread. After tasting these festive treats, the culinary delights continue with a traditional Innsbruck dining experience, set against the backdrop of a local Tyrolean folk show. If that is not enough to summon your holiday spirit, a stroll through the medieval cobbled streets of Freiburg will certainly do the trick, not to mention the fairytale surrounds of Strasbourg, where the sweet scent of cinnamon treats is carried on the breeze at the oldest Christmas market in France.


  • 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.

  • Innsbruck: Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. Stroll the streets of the picturesque Old Town, with your Travel Director,

  • Salzburg: At the Christmas Market, meet a local stallholder and taste the delicious gingerbread with a fragrant cup of Gluhwein.

  • Black Forest: Indulge in a delightful dinner of local German specialties, accompanied by wine.Zurich: The Swiss just love good food and wine, a decorative, well-laden table, and a touch of Grossmunster - all of which you will find at your warm Celebration Dinner.


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Day 1 : Arrive In Munich
Location: Munich
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Munich Marriott Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner, with Wine

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. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner with wine. The next day is at leisure.

Day 2 : Free Time In The Bavarian Capital Relaxed Start
Location: Munich
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Munich Marriott Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner, Breakfast, with Wine

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.

Day 3 : Lake Chiemsee, Salzburg And Innsbruck
Location: Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: AC Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

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. Visit Mozart's birthplace to learn more about his life, and sit down to a musical demonstration on his original pianoforte. 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. Enjoy a visit to Swarovski in the afternoon followed by a highlight dinner. Head through the mountains to your Innsbruck hotel.

Day 4 : Innsbruck At Leisure Relaxed Start
Location: Innsbruck
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: AC Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a horse & carriage ride in the morning. 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.

Day 5 : The Black Forest Via Lindau
Location: Innsbruck, Lindau, Lorrach
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Stadt Lörrach Loerrach.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 6 : Freiburg Sightseeing
Location: Lorrach, Freiburg im Breisgau, Black Forest
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Stadt Lörrach Loerrach
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 7 : Strasbourg And Alsace Experience Relaxed Start
Location: Black Forest, Strasbourg, Black Forest
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Stadt Lörrach Loerrach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

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.

Day 8 : The Swiss City Of Zürich Relaxed Start
Location: Black Forest, Zürich
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Mövenpick Zürich-Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

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 with its own microbrewery.

Day 9 : Depart Zürich Relaxed Start
Location: Zürich
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before checking out. Transfers are available from your hotel to Zürich Airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Additional Services

    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). included.

  • Fully Guided

    Yes. An experience Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at 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.

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

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  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Complimentary arrival and departure transfer by shuttle coach is included on the arrival and departure day of your guided holiday. If your flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings you may choose to book and purchase a transfer.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 40 guests.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?


  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, An English speaking local guide on this tour.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in an Itinerary.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    The fitness level Low - These tours generally have up to 1-3 miles of walking per day and may involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included. All taxes and porterage charges at hotels are also included.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

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    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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