German & Austrian Christmas Markets

10 Day Winter Festive Tour from Frankfurt to Munich with Albatross

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1 Frankfurt
Your tour commences this evening in wonderful Frankfurt: a city of contrasts – from modern skyscrapers to beautifully maintained old buildings. There is so much to see and do in the city centre. Dinner tonight is included in your hotel, but first enjoy a welcome drink. This is an ideal opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.    (D) Stay: Maritim Hotel
2 Würzburg Christmas Markets, ‘My Time’ in Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber and a Night Watchman torchlit walk
We arrive into the baroque city of Würzburg, starting point of the ‘Romantic Road ', mid morning. You will have plenty of free time to explore the enchanting Christmas Markets in the Altstadt (old town). We arrive mid afternoon in nearby Rothenburg, the finest medieval city in all of Europe.   The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy the delightful cobblestoned streets, ramparts and turrets of picturepostcard Rothenburg. Make a point of walking through the famous ‘Christmas Shop'known for its stunning displays. The Christmas Markets, set in the narrow alleys are perhaps the quaintest you will ever see. This evening, after dinner in your hotel, we have included a special treat – a torchlight tour with the Night Watchman through the beautifully preserved ramparts and winding streets. (B/D) Stay: Tilman Riemenschneider
3 Nürnberg ‘My Time’ and Christmas Markets
Today we visit medieval Nürnberg with its massive stone towers and gates, which was once the setting for enormous Nazi rallies and the War Crimes trials. Nürnberg now boasts extensive pedestrian walkways and the most splendid Christmas Markets in Europe. A truly magical European Christmas atmosphere where local choirs sing and the smell of mulled wine, roasting sausages, chestnuts and sweets fill the air. This huge market has a unique law that only traditional Christmas artifacts are allowed for sale. We return to Rothenburg mid afternoon and the rest of your day is free. (B) Stay: Tilman Riemenschneider
4 Romantic Road to Fussen, Neuschwanstein Castle and Oberammergau
Travelling south we reach Bavaria late morning and spend lunchtime at the end of the ‘Romantic Road'– in the town of Füssen. Take time to walk through the very picturesque and historic town. Our afternoon visit is to the nearby village of Hohenschwangau. After a brisk walk uphill you will enjoy a visit to one of the most inspiring and famous castles in the world – ‘Mad'King Ludwig's romantic Neuschwanstein Castle.   At the Castle you will enjoy a guided tour inside the King's apartments, staterooms, halls and throne room all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. Later we continue to the historic village of Oberammergau – famed for its ‘Passion Play'performances which have been staged every 10 years since the 1600's. Oberammergau is set in the picturesque Ammer Valley beneath snow capped mountains. The town itself is also famous for its beautifully painted houses and chalets. (B/D) Stay: Parkhotel Sonnenhof
5 The mighty Zugspitze
Driving to nearby Garmisch-Partenkirchen we board a funicular train which takes us across snow laden fields to the base of the mighty Zugspitze. At this point the train enters the mountain and tunnels its way up to Zugspitzeplatt station at an altitude of 2,600 metres. Here you can be entertained by the alpine hustle and bustle and marvel at the acrobatic stunts of the free skiers and snowboarders in Terrain Park Zugspitze. There is also a marvellous SonnAlpin Glacier Restaurant to enjoy a relaxing brunch.   Later we will catch the cable car to the summit of the Zugspitze mountain, Germany's highest peak. At an altitude of nearly 3,000 metres the views are quite stupendous. Take in the unmatched 360° panorama with a view of more than 400 peaks in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, or enjoy lunch in the Gipfelalm rustic summit lodge. We then catch the Eibsee cable car all the way down to the lakeside where our coach meets us and takes us back to our hotel. (B/D) Stay: Parkhotel Sonnenhof
6 Linderhof Palace, Kloster Ettal, Oberammergau’s Passion Play theatre and ‘My Time’
This morning we visit nearby Linderhof for a guided tour of the extravagant French Rococo Palace – yet another of King Ludwig's amazing creations. Later we stop at Kloster Ettal. This monastery in a lovely shaded valley dates back over 700 years and is one of the finest examples of Rococo architecture in existence. Following a guided visit to the Passion Play Theatre, the rest of your afternoon is free in Oberammergau to wander through the streets of beautifully painted houses and chalets. (B/D) Stay: Parkhotel Sonnenhof
7 ‘My Time’ in Innsbruck and to Salzburg
Departing Bavaria we cross the Garmisch Pass and descend into the spectacular Inn Valley and reach the winter resort of Innsbruck before lunchtime. You have plenty of time to explore the delightful Old Town and see the famous ‘Golden Roof '. The Christmas markets are beautifully located in the old city central square. Later we continue to Salzburg – the baroque city of Mozart sitting beneath its enormous Festung (Fortress) where we spend two nights. (B/D) Stay: Hotel Stadtkrug
8 Salzburg sightseeing and ‘My Time’
This morning we enjoy a walking tour with a local guide who will introduce you to this enchanting city, including several locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music '. The rest of day is entirely free for you to enjoy this marvellous city with its winding cobblestone streets, churches, Christmas decorations and shops – all a short walk away. Take time to visit the huge castle for a fascinating view and don't forget to soak up the atmosphere of the famous Salzburg Christmas Markets. (B) Stay: Hotel Stadtkrug
9 Munich and ‘My Time’
Travelling north we cross into Germany and arrive into Munich for our last night together. Rebuilt since the war the central walking precinct is a mass of people and activity. The shopping is excellent. Perhaps take lunch in one of the numerous cafés or a giant Beer Hall? A perfect place for some Christmas shopping (and yes there are Christmas Markets all around the old Town Hall). Your farewell dinner tonight will be enjoyed in a local restaurant. (B/D) Stay: Maritim Hotel
10 Munich
This morning it is time to say farewell as your tour ends. (B)

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Journey Highlights
  • Savour the fabulous Christmas Markets in Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nürnberg, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich
  • Stay 2 nights in the cobble stoned streets of Rothenburg barely 50 metres from perhaps the most romantic of all Christmas Markets and enjoy a Nightwatchman walking tour
  • Visit the baroque town of Würzburg, starting point of the ‘Romantic Road' plus ancient Nürnberg, UNESCO World Heritage listed Bamberg and Munich
  • Explore medieval Innsbruck and see the ‘Golden Roof' surrounded by wonderful Christmas Markets
  • Relax over 3 nights in the Passion Play town of Oberammergau, experience the incredible funicular and cable car rides up to the summit of the massive Zugspitze mountain and take in the views across 400 snow covered mountain peaks
  • Stay 2 nights in the centre of Salzburg and enjoy a walking tour of the old town through to the Christmas Markets
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, extravagant Linderhof Palace, and explore the Oberammergau Passion Play theatre and picturesque Füssen
Trip Inclusions
Over $1,000 value of extras already included
  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • 9 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
  • Local guides as described
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
Included Meals
  • Welcome drink in Frankfurt
  • 15 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B) and 6 evening dinners (D)
  • A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
  • Tea and coffee with all included dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

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