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9 Day Luxury Alpine Christmas Markets

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9 Day Luxury Alpine Christmas Markets

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, Glu¨hwein and carol singer this winter.

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Day by day

First Day Welcome to Munich

Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Welcome to Munich. Transfers leave Munich Airport for your tour hotel at 10:00 and 13:00. Later, an orientation tour 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 Tour 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 Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with dinner and wine. (WR),(D)

Hotel:    Leonardo Royal Hotel, Munich

Second Day Enjoy Free Time in Munich

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. (BB)

Hotel:     Leonardo Royal Hotel, Munich

Third Day see Lake Chiemsee on the way to Salzburg then 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 walk with a 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. In the evening, drive to the charming town of Hall in Tirol - boasting 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. (BB),(SE)

Hotel:    Hilton, Innsbruck

Fourth Day its Innsbruck at your leisure then enjoy a Carriage Ride

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 façades. In the afternoon, enjoy delightful scenery and crisp, fresh air on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the countryside of Tyrol. (BB)

Hotel:    Hilton, Innsbruck

Fifth Day we visit Lindau and head for The Black Forest

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, 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. (BB),(DW)

Hotel:    Maritim Titisee Hotel

Sixth Day its Sightseeing in Freiburg 

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. (BB)

Hotel:     Maritim Titisee Hotel

Seventh Day we Travel to Alsace then onto Strasbourg

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 your Black Forest hotel in time for dinner. (BB),(DW)

Hotel:     Maritim Titisee Hotel

Eighth Day Cross the Swiss Border to the 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. In the evening, toast to the culmination of your Yuletide tour with a festive Celebration Dinner and wine. (BB),(CD)

Hotel:    Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Airport

Ninth Day we Depart Zürich

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before checking out. Complimentary transfers to the airport, by hotel shuttle, depart every 15 minutes. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home. (BB)

Dining

Munich: At the Christmas Market, meet a stallholder and taste the aromatic and utterly delicious Lebkuchen with a 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 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.

Included Quality Dining: 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 2 Three-course table d'hôte Dinners (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Travel Highlights

  • Salzburg: With a Local Expert, see Mozart's family home and the 500-year-old Christmas Market in front of the cathedral. View the Hohensalzburg fortress, see Mozart's birthplace and spend some time in the Old Town with its Cathedral and Residenz Fountain.
  • Innsbruck: Meet your coachman and enjoy a delightful journey through Tyrol's picturesque countryside, on your horse-drawn ‘Fiaker'. See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace in the Old Town.
  • Freiburg: Enjoy a romantic walk through the medieval cobbled streets of Freiburg and soak in the magic of its Christmas Markets.
  • Strasbourg: Exploring the Christmas Markets is like stepping directly into a fairy tale, where glittering lights and the scent of cinnamon enchant your senses. Spend time in the atmospheric neighbourhood of La Petite France.
  • Zürich: Attend Europe's biggest indoor Christmas Market with its magnificent Swarovski crystal-decorated Christmas tree. See the Grossmünster, Fraumünster and elegant Bahnhofstrasse.
  • Munich: See the Town Hall in the Marienplatz.
  • Lindau: Use your free time to walk through the medieval streets of this island-town to see the harbour.
  • Black Forest: See Freiburg's medieval Münster and spend time in the historic old quarter.
  • Scenic drives: Austrian Alps, Lake Bodensee.

The Difference

Our highly-skilled 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 our 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 porter-age 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 local titbits representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.

Complimentary transfers are available from Munich Airport at scheduled times only on arrival day. Complimentary Zurich Airport transfers, by hotel shuttle, available on departure day. 

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
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