Christmas Markets Of Austria & Germany

Salzburg, Austria-This Festive Town Will Get You In The Christmas Spirit!

Experience the magic of Christmas as celebrated in Austria and Germany. Discover local traditions, taste regional holiday foods, and shop for unique Christmas treasures. Enjoy a folklore show with yodeling and dancing. Visit ‘Sound of Music’ sites in Salzburg. Explore one of the largest Christmas markets in Nuremberg. This promises to be an unforgettable holiday. Includes tour manager, 9 nights hotels, 14 meals, and transportation in Europe. Number of days includes air travel. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and reflect $200 Savings per person.

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DAY 1 - Overnight flight to Europe.


Today begins your Christmas Markets adventure. The Image Tours "Departure Instructions" will provide guidance for airport check-in. Relax on your transatlantic flight with the assurance that Image Tours has taken care of all the details.


DAY 2 - GERMANY . . Arrival at Munich Airport & AUSTRIA . . Filzmoos.


Refer to the “Arrival instructions” for directions on where and when to meet your Tour Manager. Settle into your comfortable motor coach, and soon you will be crossing the border from Germany into Austria. As you drive through the province of Salzburg, admire the mountain-fed rivers, pretty villages and snow-capped peaks. Arrive in the village of Filzmoos to get settled in for a three-night stay. Tonight, enjoy Austrian hospitality during the "Welcome to Europe" dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)


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DAY 3 - GERMANY . . Berchtesgaden & AUSTRIA . . Filzmoos.


A leisurely morning provides a chance to get acclimated and take in the natural beauty of the Austrian Alps. Choose from an abundance of mountain paths for an exhilarating hike, or simply relax in your Austrian village amid the the splendid vistas. Later this morning, take a 1-hour ride into Berchtesgaden, a southern pocket of Germany, for your first Christmas Market experience. During your visit, you may wish to visit the Grassl Taste of the Alps shop to become acquainted with the local Schnapps. Return to Filzmoos to warm up before venturing out for an independent dinner. Another option is to take a horse drawn wagon (approximately €35 per person) as your transportation to one of the cozy local restaurants. (Breakfast) 


DAY 4 - AUSTRIA . . Salzburg – Filzmoos.


The entire day focuses on the province of Salzburg. A local guide will board the motor coach to share highlights of the surrounding area before familiarizing you with Salzburg’s Old Town on foot. With the impressive Hohensalzburg Fortress in the background, spend the afternoon browsing the Christmas Market stalls in the charming pedestrian-only area. Shop for handmade crafts and Christmas decorations, including the traditional Austrian angels carved from wood. Other options include visiting Mozart’s Birthplace (approximately €12 admission fee) or exploring “Sound of Music” movie sites. Return to your hotel in Filzmoos for a festive Austrian dinner and musical entertainment. (Breakfast, Dinner)


DAY 5 - AUSTRIA . . Kufstein – Tyrolean Village.


Admire the glorious scenery as you travel into the province of Tyrol. During a morning stop in Kufstein, enjoy views of the hilltop fortress. Continue your drive along the Inn River to your Tyrolean Village hotel. After dinner, the Gundolf Family welcomes you to their theater with an entertaining performance of traditional Tyrolean songs, unique dances, amusing instruments and expert yodeling. (Breakfast, Dinner)


DAY 6 - AUSTRIA . . Innsbruck – Tyrolean Village.


Start the morning in the capital of Tyrol with visits to the Olympic Ski Jump and Grassmayr museum of bells. Lunch at one of the more intimate Christmas Markets, offering amazing views over Innsbruck. Descend into the Old Town to admire the historical architecture and browse the extensive display of booths along the Maria Theresien Boulevard. The Golden Roof, a symbol of Innsbruck, is decorated with 2,657 shiny copper shingles. Completed in 1500, Maximillian I had this covered balcony built to celebrate his wedding and used it as a royal box to view the entertainment in the square below. The famed Swarovski Crystal shop offers an indoor shopping option with sparkling displays. Warm up with glühwein (mulled wine) and fire roasted chestnuts. The excitement of the daytime shopping gives way to the festive glow of evening lights to accompany your independent dinner. (Breakfast)


DAY 7 - GERMANY . . Augsburg – Nuremberg.


Return to Germany for an extended lunch stop at one of Germany’s oldest Christmas Markets. Augsburg’s “Christkindlesmarkt” dates back to the 15th century and was initiated by the gingerbread makers. You will find many shapes and sizes of the delicious German gingerbread (Lebkuchen), along with an expansive selection of other treats, crafts, decorations and gift ideas. From Augsburg, follow the “Romantic Road” northward past the unspoiled countryside, ancient castles and storybook villages of Bavaria. End the day with an included dinner at your hotel in Nuremberg. (Breakfast, Dinner)


DAY 8 - GERMANY . . Nuremberg.


As you transfer into the city center, view some of Nuremberg’s historic landmarks. Spend most of the day on the main Market Square, taking in the ambience of what many consider to be Germany’s most beautiful Christmas Market. All will delight in the Children’s Market, and you will find gifts from all over the world at the international Market of the Sister Cities on the neighboring square. The Toy Museum (approximately €7 admission fee), celebrating Nuremberg’s tradition as the “City of Toys,” is also within walking distance. Both lunch and dinner are independent, providing ample time for shopping and to try the famous Nuremberg sausages. (Breakfast)


DAY 9 - GERMANY . . Rothenburg – Nuremberg.


Transfer to the enchanting, medieval village of Rothenburg ob-der-Tauber. When you see the well-preserved walls, cobblestone streets and distinctive inns, you will feel as if you are walking into a fairy tale. Käthe Wohlfahrt’s Weihnachtsdorf is a Christmas shop offering beautiful decorations and gifts as well as whimsical holiday displays. During tonight’s “Farewell Dinner” at the Nuremberg hotel, share your favorite moments of the tour with fellow travelers and discuss your plans for the next day, your last full day of the tour. (Breakfast, Dinner)


DAY 10 - GERMANY . . Frankfurt.


This morning you will travel through the Franconian Wine Region and arrive in Frankfurt around lunch time. An independent lunch and dinner in Frankfurt allows the option to explore the city Christmas Markets and participate in the holiday atmosphere as long as you like. (Breakfast)


DAY 11 - Daytime flight back to U.S.A.


Transfer to the Frankfurt Airport for your return flight home. (Breakfast)


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