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8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria (Friday Departure)

8 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Germany.

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Munich
Arrive in Munich. Balance of the day is at leisure to discover Munich's Christmas Market. This evening at approximately 6pm, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Drink and Dinner at your hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible. (Dinner)

DAY 3, Sunday - Munich City Tour & Christmas Market
This morning, tour Munich and view the major sights of the city, in particular, Nymphenburg Palace, former summer palace of the Wittelsbach dynasty. Continue via the Olympic Stadium to view many of the famous squares, including the delightful Marienplatz to see the Glockenspiel clock with its playful mechanical figures. Here, you can begin exploring the largest and most famous Christmas market of Munich. This afternoon is free to further discover the over 20 Christmas markets located throughout the city or, join the optional to Linderhof & Oberammergau. Admire the artistically decorated Linderhof castle, built by "Mad" King Ludwig II along with a guided tour of the palace. Proceed via the Ettal Monastery to Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Play. (Breakfast)

Optional:Linderhof & Oberammergau (PM)

DAY 4, Monday - Nuremberg Christmas Market
This morning, travel to Nuremberg to visit Germany's most famous Christmas market. With nearly 180 wooden stalls richly decorated with traditional wares, the market has earned the colorful title “Little Town from Wood and Cloth”. Enjoy free time to perhaps sample a glass of mulled wine and the local roasted sausage. (Breakfast)

DAY 5, Tuesday - Salzburg City Tour & Christmas Market
This morning head to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and famous setting for the Sound of Music movie. Upon arrival, take a guided walking city tour of Salzburg where you will view such sights as the cathedral, Getreidegasse, St. Peter's monastery and views of the mighty 11th-century Hohensalzburg fortress. Enjoy free time to browse Salzburg's Christmas Market with a variety of stalls full of decorations, holiday gifts and gingerbread. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6, Wednesday - Vienna City Tour & Christmas Market
Today, travel to Vienna, the former center of the Hapsburg Empire. Begin along the famous Ringstrasse and view the State Opera House, Parliament and City Hall, the site of the lively Christmas Market. Tonight, attend the optional Mozart & Strauss Concert, featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. (Breakfast)

Optional: Mozart & Strauss Concert (PM)

DAY 7, Thursday - Full Day in Vienna
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Vienna's Christmas Markets or, join the optional tour to Bratislava. This morning, enjoy an excursion across the border to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. For centuries, this city has been famous for its charm and beauty. It has undergone a major revitalization and now flourishes as one of Europe's newest capitals. The beautifully restored old town with its winding lanes and medieval courtyards is nestled between the steep Castle Hill and the Danube River. Tonight, share a farewell dinner with your travel companions at a unique Viennese Tavern. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Half Day Bratislava (AM)

DAY 8, Friday - Depart Austria
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

Map
All This Included
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Highlights
  • Experience the charm of the world-famous Christmas markets in Munich, Salzburg, Nuremberg & Vienna
  • Tour Munich, Bavaria's capital with its delightful "dancing" Glockenspiel clock
  • Visit magical Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and scene of the Sound of Music
  • View Vienna with its magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Accommodations
Munich: Holiday Inn Munich-Westpark, Holiday Inn Munich-Leuchtenbergring, Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel or Hilton Munich City
Nuremberg: Ramada Nuremberg Park Hotel or Mercure Congress
Salzburg: ARCOTEL Castellani Salzburg, Hotel Europa or Wyndham Grand Salzburg
Vienna: Austria Trend Hotel Ananas
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This is a Classic program. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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