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Experience the festivities leading up to Christmas with this Winter Wonderland tour of Europe.  Travel through Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic visiting the wonderful sights and European Christmas markets.

Starting out in Frankfurt, you will travel through beautiful Rothenburg where you will spend three nights touring and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.  You then will travel to romantic Oberammergau, situated in Bavaria Germany where you will spend three nights where you can discover the beauty of this authentic village.

Move onto to Austria with a two night stay in Salzburg where you will visit the Silent Night chapel, where the song “Silent Night” originated.  It is here you will visit some very special Christmas markets in Salzkammergut with it’s picturesque landscape, it’s one that’s not to be missed. There is a three night stay in Vienna before moving onto the final stop Prague.

What are you waiting for, come and join us on this Winter Wonderland experience that you will never forget.

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INCLUSIONS

  • 14 nights in quality accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 10 lunches
  • 11 dinners including three highlight dinners
  • Beer tasting session in Bamberg
  • Wine tasting in Wurzberg
  • All tours and excursions as per the itinerary including entrance fees
  • Private air conditioned vehicle with driver
  • Fully escorted by a tour leader
  • Services of English speaking local guides at many destinations, as detailed by the itinerary
  • Tips/gratuities for guides, drivers and restaurant personnel
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag) in and out of hotels
  • For your comfort, small group tour with maximum group size 20 solo travellers

# Arrival airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.  

# Departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.  

Not included: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Wurzburg sightseeing with local guide and the Wurzburg Christmas market
  • Visit beautiful Rothenburg, enjoying its well preserved medieval town including a guided tour with a local guide and the Rothenburg Christmas market.
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage site in Bamberg and enjoy a guided tour
  • Beer tasting and a traditional lunch in Bamberg
  • Tour Nurnberg with a local guide
  • Visit the old city of Heidelberg with a local guide, including the Heidelberg Castle
  • Visit the German Christmas Museum in Rothenburg
  • Visit the Ulm medieval Christmas market
  • With a local guide, walk through Passion Plays Place, Oberammergau
  • Visit Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze via the cogwheel train with lunch ‘on the mountain
  • A guided tour of the Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Enjoy a Christmas Carol in the “Silent Night” chapel
  • An amazing experience on the ‘advent’ boat visiting three Christmas markets
  • Guided tour of Stift Melk
  • Experience a Mozart and Strauss concert in Vienna
  • A sightseeing tour with a local guide of the Schonbrunn Castle, Vienna
  • Enjoy the famous Wiener Schnitzel in Vienna
  • A day trip from Vienna to Bratislava including Bratislava Castle
  • Lunch in a brewery, and wine tasting in a top bar of Bratislava
  • A Prague Christmas market visit
  • A beautiful boat ride with dinner and a guided city tour, Prague
  • A fabulous farewell dinner with show, Prague
  • Enjoy a lot of group dining with many included lunches and dinners
  • Relaxed pace with 3 nights of stay in Rothenburg, Obberammergau and Vienna

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after the flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

DAY 1 
Frankfurt

Welcome to Germany!  On arrival, you will be met and transferred to our group hotel.  There will be time at your leisure today. A welcome drink will be hosted at the hotel for the group with your tour director.

Tonight, the group will enjoy a welcome dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 
Frankfurt – Rothenberg

After breakfast we will make our way to Würzburg in Bavaria, for our first local Christmas market visit.

Würzburg is known for lavish baroque and rococo architecture, particularly the 18th-century Residenz palace. Home to numerous wine bars, cellars and wineries, with its distinctive bocksbeutel (bottles with flattened round shapes).  Enjoy lunch and wine tasting as a part of our day’s festivities.

After lunch we continue our drive along the romantic road to Rothenburg. Rothenburg is well known for its well preserved medieval old town, a sort after destination for tourists around the world. 

This afternoon there will be some sightseeing of this beautiful German town, and then, you will have some time to enjoy the Christmas market and try some local “Gluhwine”.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 
Bamberg and Nurnberg

After breakfast we begin our day with a trip to Bamberg, a town in Northern Bavaria.  A large part of town is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The town preserves structures from the 11th to 19th centuries including the Altes Rathaus (town hall).  There will be some sightseeing along with a beer tasting session followed by a traditional lunch.

After lunch we continue our drive to Nürnberg to take in a guided tour. Nurnberg is famous for its medieval walls and ancient castle.   Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 
Heidelberg

After breakfast we drive to Heidelberg for a visit of Heidelberg castle. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps.  Discover its rich and eventful history on this tour of the castle.

This afternoon we visit the German Christmas museum in Rothenburg.

Evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 
Rothenberg – Oberammergau

Today we drive to Ulm where we stop and take some time to enjoy our surroundings and the Christmas festivities, and visiting the medieval Ulm Christmas market.

After lunch in a local restaurant, we continue the drive on the romantic road (over Augsburg) to Oberammergau. Nestled in a high Alpine valley in Bavaria, Oberammergau provides a breathtaking setting. The village has a long tradition of wood carving. The streets of central Oberammergau have impressive buildings as well as dozens of woodcarver shops with items such as toys and religious objects.

We arrive to Oberamagau where we settle in for our three night stay. 

Dinner tonight is at the hotel. 

After dinner walk with your guide through ‘Passion Plays Place’.  Once every ten years, the Passion Play is performed in the city of Oberammergau, Germany (not this year).  The play depicts the tragic and moving chronicle of Christ’s final passion.  Your guide will take you there and explain the story as you walk through this unique place.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 
Kloster Ettal – Garmisch – Partenkirchen (Overnight Oberammergau)

Today we visit Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.  On the way we make a brief stop in Kloster Ettal where there will be a short guided tour through the distillery, where you can try some traditional Bavarian liquor.

We then drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. From there we will take the cogwheel train to get to the peak of the highest mountain of Germany.

Enjoy lunch in a restaurant on the mountain.  On the way back to Oberammergau we make a short stop visiting Garmisch-Partenkirchen which is a ski town bordering Austria.

We then make our way back to the hotel, and dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant.

Meals; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 
Neuschwanstein Castle (Overnight Oberammergau)

It’s a full day of experiences and sightseeing.  After breakfast we travel to Neuschwanstein. On the way we visit Wieskirche, a famous pilgrimage church in the shape of an oval with a rococo design. 

We then make our way to Neuschwanstein Castle where you can enjoy a guided tour of the castle. Today Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit "the castle of the fairy-tale king". In the summer around 6000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant.

The setting of Neuschwanstein could not be more idyllic.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before making our way back to the hotel, via Füssen where you will enjoy dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 
Oberammergau – Salzburg

After breakfast drive to Salzburg. Salzburg is an Austrian city on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps and is the birthplace of the famous composer, Mozart. The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right.

On the way to Salzburg, visit the “Silent Night” chapel in Oberndorf. It is here that the song “Silent Night” originated.  Enjoy this Christmas Carol as it played especially for us.

This afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of Salzburg. Dinner tonight will be in a typical Austrian restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 
Salzkammergut (Overnight Salzburg)

After breakfast we make our way to Hallein, where the composer of Silent Night lived. We will visit the parish church with its new Silent Night organ and enjoy a guided tour. Hallein is an historic town and is also home to the famous salt mines.

After Hallein we will drive to Salzkammergut, and on the way a stop for lunch.

The Salzkammergut is a spectacular region of alpine with subalpine lakes, picturesque valleys, rolling hills and rugged, steep mountain ranges rising to almost 3000 metres.  The Christmas markets here are truly spectacular. Then, take the advent boat for an amazing experience of visiting three unique Christmas markets (St. Gilgen, St. Wolfgang and Strobl).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10 
Salzburg – Vienna

After breakfast drive to Vienna. On the way we visit the famous Stift Melk (Melk Abbey) which is a Benedictine abbey above the town of Melk in Lower Austria, set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river, adjoining the Wachau valley. The abbey contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau.

This evening experience dinner and a Mozart & Strauss concert.  This is the true Vienna.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner

DAY 11 
Vienna

Vienna, Austria’s capital and on the Danube River has a history shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud.

This morning, guided by a local guide, take a sightseeing tour including a visit of the Schönbrunn Palace, a former imperial summer residence. The Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country.

Today in Vienna, take part in The Strudel show, teaching you to prepare delicious hand-baked original Viennese apple strudel. Learn the art of preparing this delectable Viennese dessert and sample a piece of piping hot strudel fresh from the oven.

This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy strolling around the Christmas markets.

This evening, there will be a boat ride to enjoy the spectacular views before indulging in Wiener Schnitzel for dinner – a must do experience for any visitor to Vienna.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 
Bratislava (Overnight Vienna)

Today we make our way to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.  Enjoy a guided tour of this metropolitan city.  Visit Bratislava castle, a monumental building that is visible from a great distance.  Lunch is at a famous brewery and afterward we continue the afternoon with wine tasting in a local wine cellar, before making our way back to Vienna.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13 
Vienna – Prague 

After breakfast, we begin our drive to Prague. Prague, nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” is known for its Old Town Square, with colourful baroque buildings and Gothic churches.

Enjoy a three course lunch before our sightseeing tour of this wonderful city. This afternoon there’s a brief sightseeing tour and time to visit the local Christmas markets.

This evening, enjoy a dinner cruise. Prague is situated on the river "Vltava" (Moldau in German), and has always been the lifeline for the city, providing its people with water as well as transportation. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner​

DAY 14 
Prague

Today, we will take a guided tour of Prague Castle, dating back from the 9th century.  Nowadays it is the official office of the President of Czech Republic. In days gone by it was the seat of power for kings of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperors.

Following our castle visit, we will visit famous Charles Bridge.  A historic bridge the crosses the Vltava River in Prague.  Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the citys Old Town.

This afternoon is at leisure before we enjoy our farewell dinner at a Medieval Taverne.  Enjoy a three course dinner, and a show, taking you back hundreds of years in time.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 15 
Depart 

Today check out time from the hotel is by 11am.  A group transfer to the airport to connect with your onward flight is provided for all group members departing on the group flight, booked with us as part of your package.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Frankfurt am Main

The Hotel Frankfurt

 1

Rothenburg

Altes Brauhaus

 3

Oberammergau

Parkhotel Sonnenhof

 3

Salzburg

Wyndham Grand Salzburg Conference Centre

 2

Vienna

Hotel Penta

 3

Prague

Hotel Wenceslas Square

 2

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Altes Brahaus, Rothenburg

Parkhotel Sonnenhof, Oberammergau

Wyndham Grand Salzburg Conference Centre, Salzburg

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

THE HOTEL FRANKFURT, FRANKFURT AM MAIN
The Frankfurt Hotel is a new hotel situated in the heart of Mainhatten.

This 4-star hotel offers its guests a prime location and top furnishings.  There are 88 modern and fully equipped rooms promise the highest sleeping comfort and ensure relaxing hours in the Main metropolis.

The Frankfurt Hotel is the new city hotel for young and old, business and private, alike.

ALTES BRAUHAUS, ROTHENBURG
Situated in the heart of the historic medieval town of Rothenburg Hotel Garni is in a peaceful but central spot, surrounded by winding cobbled streets, well-tended front gardens and romantic half-timbered houses and just three minutes’ walk from the beautiful market square.

PARKHOTEL SONNEHOF, OBERAMMERGAU
This alpine styled house is a family operated 3 star superior hotel with first class comforts.
The hotel is set amid the stunning landscape of the Ammer valley.

The location is nearby Oberammergaus impressive mountain, the 'Kofel'.

HOTEL PENTA, VIENNA
The Hotel Penta Vienna is a central hotel with a relaxed vibe. The hotel has 117 spacious guestrooms, all non smoking.  Enjoy free wifi access to the internet during your stay.

HOTEL WENCESLAS SQUARE, PRAGUE
The Wenceslas Square Hotel is located in the heart of Prague, near Wenceslas Square. The National Museum, Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock and other major sights of Prague are literally a stone's throw away from the hotel.  Café Panorama on the hotel roof uncovers the view of Prague at your fingertips.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


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GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Frankfurt, Germany
Depart from: Prague, Czech Republic 

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
The flight itinerary is provided with your quote. See MORE INFORMATION section for the nominated group flight itinerary.

TRANSFERS
With Group Flight
Arrival and departure transfers are included for passengers travelling on the group flight, booked with us as part of your package.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 16 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
There is a lot included with this itinerary and many full days of touring. The pace is eased with two and three nights of stay in all destinations except the arrival destination Frankfurt.

We’ve created an itinerary that offers all the benefits of small group touring and the conveniences of being fully escorted for the tour duration and added benefits of local guides at many of the destinations.  There are some options throughout the itinerary for time at leisure to make your own discoveries.

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements
Refer to our Fit To Travel general information for more details - VIEW MORE

ABOUT THE MEALS  
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

TOUR LEADER
This is a private group tour with a coach driver and tour leader. Your tour leader is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

TRANSPORT
Our group will travel in a private coach.  A 35 seater coach will be used if the group is under 12, if the group is over 12 passengers a 45 seater coach will be used for touring.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
You are permitted to travel with 1 piece of luggage weighing no more than 23kg.  Please refer to your airline ticket for luggage restrictions.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET  
Free WiFi is readily available at most hotels.

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