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Alpine Christmas Markets

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Alpine Christmas Markets | Winter 2014/2015

Munich, Salzburg, Zurich

 

10 day tour from US$2150.00*

The lead up to Christmas in traditional German towns and the snow frosted Alps is the stuff of storybooks - twinkling markets stacked with Yuletide delights, towering Christmas trees and bobble hatted children, their cheeks flushed with excitement. Enter the realm of gingerbread, egg-nog and carol singers, experience the winter carriage ride you’ve only seen in movies.

Highlights

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Munich: Meet a market stall holder to taste the fragrant and utterly delicious Lebkuchen with a glass of Glühwein.
  • Black Forest: Enjoy an exhilarating horse and carriage ride amid delightful scenery and crisp, healthy fresh air.
  • Day 1 - Depart Home
  • Board your overnight flight (not included).
    • Day 2 - Arrive Munich
    • Welcome to Munich! Airport transfers leave Munich Airport for your hotel at 10:00 and 13:00. Later, an orientation tour shows you all the city’s major sights, culminating in the Marienplatz, with its soaring Town Hall and Glockenspiel. Here, the Christkindlmarkt is in full swing, an entrancing festival of light and music. Your Tour Director introduces you to one of the market stall holders for a taste of traditional Bavarian Lebkuchen and a fragrant cup of Glühwein. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with dinner and wine.
    • Hotel: Hilton Munich Park
    • Meals: Welcome Reception & Dinner
      • Day 3 - Free time in the Bavarian capital
      • Munich embraces the holiday season with a particular zeal, so today is all yours to enjoy the vibrant festive markets that abound in this city. On crisp winter days, the frozen canals in front of Nymphenburg Palace are filled with twirling ice skaters, while ancient churches ring out with organ music and Christmas carols. Another option might be an excursion to the romantic royal castles of the Bavarian Alps?
      • Hotel: Hilton Munich Park
      • Meals: Buffet Breakfast
        • Day 4 - Salzburg & Innsbruck
        • Drive beside 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 guided walk shows you Mozart’s family home and the rosy hues of the 500-year-old market in front of the cathedral. Now through the mountains to your Innsbruck hotel. This evening, drive 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 pamper your palate with Austrian specialities and wine.
        • Hotel: Hilton, Innsbruck
        • Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner
          • Day 5 - Innsbruck at Leisure
          • Today is at leisure. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of the old town and Christmas Markets, set in front of the Golden Roof and graced by beautifully preserved medieval facades. Do your Christmas shopping here or perhaps join an optional ascent of the famous Olympic ski jump for spectacular views of the Inn Valley and town of Innsbruck below?
          • Hotel: Hilton, Innsbruck
          • Meals: Buffet Breakfast
            • Day 6 - The Black Forest & Strasbourg
            • Take Austria’s longest road tunnel back into 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, rises a 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.
            • Hotel: Maritim Titisee
            • Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Dinner
              • Day 7 - Freiburg Sightseeing & Carriage Ride
              • Visit Freiburg this 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. This afternoon, enjoy delightful scenery and healthy fresh air on a horse-drawn carriage ride.
              • Hotel: Maritim Titisee
              • Meals: Buffet Breakfast
                • Day 8 - Excursion to Strasbourg
                • Cross the Rhine to the region of Alsace today, wedged between the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains, which has changed nationality four times since 1870! Visit 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 fairytale buildings, with Christmas shops and a gingerbread bakery. Return to your Black Forest hotel in time for dinner tonight.
                • Hotel: Maritim Titisee
                • Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Dinner
                  • Day 9 - Zürich, Suave City by the Lake
                  • 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 in the main railway station, with over 160 wooden chalets and a three story Christmas tree, dripping with Swarovski crystals. Tonight, toast to the culmination of your yuletide tour with a festive Celebration Dinner and wine!
                  • Hotel: Mövenpick Zürich Airport
                  • Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner
                    • Day 10 - Return Home
                    • Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before checking out. Complimentary hotel shuttle transfers to the airport depart every 15 minutes.
                    • Meals: Buffet Breakfast

 

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Munich: See the Town Hall in the Marienplatz, and spend time at the Christkindlmarkt.
  • Salzburg: View the Hohensalzburg fortress. See Mozart’s birthplace. Spend some time in the Old Town with its Cathedral and Residenz Fountain and Christmas Markets.
  • Innsbruck: See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace in the Old Town. Enjoy free time in the Christmas Markets.
  • Lindau: Free time to walk through the medieval streets of this island-town.
  • Black Forest: See Freiburg’s medieval Münster and spend time in the festive markets of the historic old quarter.
  • Strasbourg: Visit France’s oldest Christmas market in front of the Cathedral and spend time in the atmospheric neighbourhood of La Petite France.
  • Zürich: See the Grossmünster, Fraumünster and elegant Bahnhofstrasse. Attend Europe’s biggest indoor Christmas market with it’s Swarovski crystal Christmas tree.
  • Scenic drives: Austrian Alps, Lake Constance.

Highlights

SIGNATURE DINING

  • Innsbruck: Enjoy a highlight dinner in Hall in Tirol where old-fashioned Tyrolean hospitality is blended with wine, entertainment and good cheer for a special evening.
  • Madrid: Toast the culmination of your tour at a fabulous Celebration Dinner with wine at an Art Deco restaurant on the Avenue du Prado.
  • 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), Highlight Dinner with wine (HD), 1 Celebration Dinner with wine (CD) and 2 three-course table d’hôte dinners, or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)

HIGHLIGHT HOTELS AND LOCATIONS

  • Munich: The Hilton Munich Park combines a tranquil location on the edge of the famous Englischer Garten, with professional, welcoming service and luxurious modern comfort.
  • Innsbruck: The city centre Hilton Innsbruck boasts magnificent mountain views of the Tryolean Alps plus spacious, comfortable guest rooms with a range of thoughtful amenities.
  • Black Forest: Located directly on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Titisee, the 4-star Maritim Titisee Hotel offers a restaurant with lake views and comfortable guest rooms with balconies.
  • Zurich: For your final night on tour, your chic, modern hotel is conveniently located near the Airport, offering spacious, comfortable and elegantly styled rooms.

 

 

 

 

Photos are courtesy of Collette Guided by Travel, Globus Family of Brands,  Brendan Vacations, and Rocky Mountaineer

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