Christmas Markets of Austria & Bavaria - Small Group, Winter

Christmas Markets of Austria & Bavaria - Small Group, Winter

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$3550

Christmas Markets of Austria & Bavaria - Small Group, Winter

8 Days Starting in Vienna, Austria and ending in Munich, Germany

Visiting: Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau, Munich

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

SW520ZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Please Advise Request

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Walking

From: $3725 $3550 Operator discount: -$60 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$115

NB: Prices correct on 15-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Journey through the snowcapped peaks of the Austrian Alps on this grand tour of Vienna’s Schonbrunn Palace, Salzburg’s 500-year-old Christmas Market and Munich’s six-story tall Christmas tree. Warm up with a mug or two of Gluhwein at the Innsbruck Christmas Market before indulging in an exclusive Insight Choice, taking a horse and carriage ride through the romantic streets of the Old Town or a tour of the world of Swarovski Crystal. At the Salzburg Market Tasting experience, meet with a local market stallholder for an exclusive sampling of gingerbread, washed down with a glass of mulled wine. In Neuschwanstein, follow in Walt Disney’s footsteps on a tour of the fairytale-like castle that reputedly inspired him, complete with extravagant decorations and breathtaking views.

Highlights

  • Vienna: A private, guided exploration of Schonbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling.

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

  • Innsbruck: Meet your coachman and enjoy a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride, surrounded by the mountains and valleys of Tyrol.

  • Neuschwanstein Castle: Visit the archetypal fairy-tale castle that allegedly inspired many of Walt Disney's castles.

  • Munich: During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter's Church and the famous Marienplatz.

  • Oberammergau: Explore the town and see the theatre where the Passion Play has been performed since 1634.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Vienna

Location: Vienna

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hilton Vienna Park

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

At Vienna airport, transfers for your hotel leave at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:30. Meet your Travel Director at 18:00 and travel to a local restaurant for your Welcome Dinner. Enjoy the opportunity to mingle with fellow guests over a delightful meal and wine.

Day 2: Vienna Sightseeing

Location: Vienna

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hilton Vienna Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

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. Tour Schönbrunn Palace and marvel at its frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded ornaments. Then ready your camera for a dazzling drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard is built along the lines of the old city walls and 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.

Day 3: To Enchanting Salzburg Relaxed Start

Location: Vienna, Salzburg

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: ARCOTEL Castellani

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Journey through the rich farmlands of eastern Austria towards the lakes and mountains of the Salzkammergut and the enchanting city of Salzburg.

Day 4: The City Of Mozart Relaxed Start

Location: Salzburg

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: ARCOTEL Castellani

Meals Included: Breakfast

Come December, the spires and domes of Salzburg’s old town are often draped in snow. Walk with your Local Expert to see Mozart’s family home on the Getreidegasse, beautifully decorated at this time of year. Visit Mozart's birthplace to learn more about his life, and sit down to a musical demonstration on his original pianoforte. 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. Here your Travel Director will introduce you to a market stallholder to enjoy sampling a Viennese winter dessert, complemented perfectly with a traditional fragrant glass of Glühwein.

Day 5: A Scenic Drive To Innsbruck Relaxed Start

Location: Salzburg, Innsbruck

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: AC Hotel Innsbruck

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

A lovely drive brings you to the Inn Valley and the mountain-ringed Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck. Enjoy a horse & carriage ride followed by a visit to the magical world of Swarovski Crystal. In the evening, enjoy a highlight dinner.

Day 6: Neuschwanstein And Oberammergau

Location: Innsbruck, Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau, Munich

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Munich Marriott Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel 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 continuing 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 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 uphill, on-foot access to the castle during winter.

Day 7: Munich Relaxed Start

Location: Munich

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Munich Marriott Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Enjoy an orientation of the city which concludes in Marienplatz beside the soaring Town Hall, famous for its Glockenspiel. Beneath the gigantic Christmas tree, Munich’s traditional Christmas Market is an entrancing festival of light and music. In the evening, join your travelling companions at a local restaurant for a festive Celebration Dinner with wine and good cheer!

Day 8: Auf Wiedersehen Munich!

Location: Munich

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your departure transfer arrives at Munich Airport at 07:00 and 09:00.

What's Included

  • Meals

    The tour includes 4 dinners with wine and 7 breakfasts.

  • Celebration Dinner in Munich

    Join your newfound friends for a festive Celebration Dinner with wine and good cheer in Munich.

  • Gingerbread and Gluhwein Tasting

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

  • Airport Transfers

    Transfers from Vienna Airport to your hotel and from your hotel to Munich Airport are included.

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What's Not Included

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional meals, and drinks are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and should be purchased separately.

  • Optional Excursions

    Optional excursions and activities not listed in the itinerary are not included.

  • Gratuities

    Gratuities for guides, drivers, and hotel staff are not included.

  • Flights

    International and domestic flights to and from the tour starting and ending points are not included.

Check out our Q&As

  • What can I expect during the visit to Neuschwanstein Castle?

    During the visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, you will be led by a local historian through the magnificent halls, take in the lavish decoration, and enjoy spectacular views. Note that the visit requires a good level of mobility due to the number of stairs and uphill access.

  • What special experiences are included in Vienna?

    In Vienna, you will have a private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace, a walk through the historic core of the city with a Local Expert, and a tour of the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building, and Karlskirche.

  • What activities are planned in Salzburg?

    In Salzburg, you will visit Mozart's family home, see the 500-year-old Christmas Market in front of the cathedral, view the Hohensalzburg fortress, and see the Residenz Fountain. You will also meet a local stallholder and taste gingerbread with a cup of Glühwein.

  • What unique experience is offered in Innsbruck?

    In Innsbruck, you will enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride surrounded by the mountains and valleys of Tyrol, and visit the magical Swarovski Crystal Worlds.

  • What kind of meals are included in the tour?

    The tour includes 7 breakfasts and 4 dinners with wine. Specific meals include a Welcome Dinner in Vienna, a Highlight Dinner in Innsbruck, and a Celebration Dinner in Munich.

  • What is included in the Munich city orientation?

    The Munich city orientation includes seeing Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter's Church, and the famous Marienplatz.

  • What time does the departure transfer arrive at Munich Airport?

    The departure transfer arrives at Munich Airport at 07:00 and 09:00.

  • What is the departure schedule from Vienna Airport?

    Transfers from Vienna Airport to your hotel leave at 10:00, 13:00, and 15:30.

  • 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?

    Yes

  • 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?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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