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OVERVIEW

Solos Only

Experience the festive season on this European Winter Wonderland discovery. Spend Christmas in beautiful Rothenberg & New Year’s Eve in spectacular Vienna. Your touring through Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic will have you visiting the wonderful sights of the pretty towns during one of the most special times of year including visits to a few of the Christmas markets.

Starting out in Frankfurt, travel to beautiful Rothenburg where you will spend four nights touring and enjoying the beautiful Christmas atmosphere.  Then travel through Bavaria, discovering the charm of this incredible part of southern Germany.

For the final leg of your winter sightseeing, it’s onto Austria with a two night stay in Salzburg, and enjoy four fabulous nights in Vienna.  See in the New Year, in one of the most lively and action packed cities in Europe.  Our tour ends in Prague, with two night stay to explore the heart of Europe.

Join us on this Winter Wonderland experience that you will never forget

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    holiday_ages
  • Duration:
    15 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    Germany, Austria, Czech Republic
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel
  • Prices:
    @ early bird price from $9660 for your own room*
  • Transport:
    Coach,Boat
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    16 travellers
REVIEWS

'People on the tour and the magnificent scenery. The visit to the Zugspitze was amazing & Neuschwanstein Castle was beautiful.'

Sally, 70 years, NSW

'Seeing the markets.Enjoying the Gluhwein. And enjoying walking around when it was snowing. Hearing Silent Night at the chapel was wonderful too.'

Susan, 68 years, VIC
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INCLUSIONS

  • 16 nights in quality accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 lunches
  • 8 dinners
  • 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 (where applicable)
  • For your comfort, small group tour with maximum group size 20 solo travellers

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

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price. 

Not included: 

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport Transfers if booking a tour only package
  • 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

Departure Dates for this tour

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21 DEC 2019 - 6 JAN 2020
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 $ 9660

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 $10160

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If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $1270 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).


Trip Code: winter19-12

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit Wurzburg Christmas market
  • Visit Bamberg including a guided tour including beer tasting and a traditional lunch.
  • Enjoy some free time in Nurnberg and explore this medieval town and take in the atmosphere of their Christmas market.
  • Visit beautiful Rothenburg, enjoying its well preserved medieval town including a guided tour
  • Visit the old city of Heidelberg with a local guide, including the Heidelberg Castle
  • Christmas Day in Rothenburg including a horse and carriage ride
  • A guided tour of Ulm
  • A guided tour of the Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Walk through Passion Plays Place, Oberammergau
  • Visit Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze via the cogwheel train with lunch ‘on the mountain
  • Visit the “Silent Night” chapel
  • Guided tour of Stift Melk
  • A free morning in Salzburg
  • Visit Salzkammergut, a spectacular alpine region
  • New Year’s Eve in Vienna
  • 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
  • Take part in The Strudel show, teaching you to prepare delicious hand-baked original Viennese apple strudel.
  • From Vienna, with your guide take a day trip to visit Bratislava by train
  • Relaxed pace with four nights of stay in Rothenburg & Vienna
  • A beautiful boat ride and a guided city tour, Prague

PRE TOUR STAY OPTION
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your 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 free time for the rest of the day. Early evening, the group gathers for a welcome drink at the hotel, hosted by your tour director.

Meals: no included

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

DAY 2 
Frankfurt - Rothenburg ob der Tauber 

After breakfast we will make our way to Würzburg in Bavaria, visit our first local Christmas market.  Enjoy wine tasting as part of the day’s festivities.

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). 

This afternoon we continue our drive along the romantic road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is known for its well preserved medieval old town, a sort after destination for tourists around the world.  The afternoon is free to enjoy this charming German town and the delightful Christmas market.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 
Bamberg And Nurnberg (Overnight Rothenburg ob der Tauber)

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 with a local guide, along with a beer tasting session followed by a traditional lunch.

After lunch we continue our drive to . Nurnberg is famous for its medieval walls and ancient castle.   Here spend some free time looking around the quaint little sohps and the Christmas market.  Explore Nurnberg to make your own .

Towards the end of the day we make our way to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 
Heidelberg (Overnight Rothenburg ob der Tauber) 

After breakfast we drive to Heidelberg for a visit of Heidelberg castle including a cable car ride to reach the castle, and a tour of the old city with a local guide. 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.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.  The group comes together again for a traditional Christmas Eve dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Special notes: as it’s Christmas Eve, regular services and shops will have reduced trading hours and likely to be closed from the afternoon.

Please bring a Kris Kringle gift - not more than $20 value - a nice memory for your Christmas with your fellow solo travellers.

DAY 5 
Christmas Day

Merry Christmas!

This morning, we will take a brief guided tour of Rothenburg ob de Tauber, followed by a short horse and carriage ride to take in our beautiful surroundings on this Christmas day.

Today, enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve in Taubertal.  The remainder of the day is free.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Special notes: as it’s Christmas day regular services and shops will mostly be closed.

DAY 6
Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Ulm  - Landsberg am Lech

Today we travel to Landsberg am Lech.  First up, we visit Ulm where we stop and take some time to enjoy our surroundings with a guided tour.  We then continue the drive on the romantic road to Landsberg am Lech. 

Your afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Special notes: today is a holiday and many services will not operate as per regular hours, or will be closed.  

DAY 7 
Visit Neuschwanstein (Overnight Oberammergau)

It’s a full day of experiences and sightseeing.  After breakfast we travel to Neuschwanstein for a guided tour of the castle. The setting of Neuschwanstein could not be more idyllic.  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 ".

This evening, enjoy a 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. After the walk, dinner with your group.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8
Visit Zugspitze  (Overnight Oberammergau)

Today we visit Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.

Drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. From there we take the cogwheel train to get to the peak of the highest mountain of Germany and 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.

On the way back, we take a short stop in Kloster Ettal to tour the schnapps distillery, and some tastings.  We return to Oberammergau for the evening. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 
Oberammergau - Salzburg

After breakfast drive to Salzburg. Salzburg is an Austrian city on the border of Germany, and 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 for us.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10
Visit Salzkammergut (Overnight Salzburg) 

This morning there’s some free time to make your own discoveries of Salzburg, before we drive to Salzkammergut.

The Salzkammergut is a spectacular region of alpine. We will take the boat for an amazing experience of visiting St. Gilgen, St. Wolfgang and . 

Tonight enjoy dinner in Salzkammergut.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 
Salzburg – Vienna

Today we travel from Salzburg 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 afternoon is at leisure before enjoying a New Year’s Eve dinner at a local restaurant.  See in the New Year with your new travel buddies.  Make your own way back to the hotel if you’d like to stay on and party in Vienna. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Special notes: for New Year’s Eve many services will not operate as per regular hours, will close by the afternoon or be closed all day.  

DAY 12 
Vienna 

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

Enjoy a guided city tour of Vienna, 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.

This evening, indulge in traditional Wiener Schnitzel for dinner – a must do for any visitor to Vienna.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Special notes: for New Year’s Day many services will not operate as per regular hours, or will be closed all day.

DAY 13
Vienna

Make your most of the morning at leisure in Vienna. 

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

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 14 
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 15
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.

Arriving to Prague, this afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. This evening, board a boat to cruise the river "Vltava" (Moldau in ) to enjoy the city lights.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16
Prague

Today, we will take a guided tour of Prague with 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 city’s Old Town.

This afternoon is at leisure before we enjoy our farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17 
Depart

Today check out time from the hotel is by 11am.  A group transfer to the airport to meet the nominated group flight is provided. *

Meals: Breakfast

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

 

Itineraries may be 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

The Frankfurt

1

Rothenburg

Prinzhotel

4

Landsberg am Lech

Hotel Goggle

1

Oberammergau

Parkhotel Sonnenhof

2

Salzburg

Austria Trend Hotel Europa

2

Vienna

Hotel Penta

4

Prague

Hotel Leonardo

2

 

 

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

Parkhotel Sonnenhof, Oberammergau

Austria Trend Hotel Europa, Salzburg

Wenceslas Square Hotel, Prague

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

THE FRANKFURT HOTEL, FRANKFURT
The Frankfurt Hotel – the new city hotel situated in the heart of the economic metropolis of Frankfurt am Main.

This new 4-star hotel lies directly next to the Main Railway Station, not far from the exhibition centre. Here you will find peace and relaxation, an outstanding service and the best conditions for completely successful conferences and business events. Since its opening in 2016, The Frankfurt Hotel has impressed with its clear focus and a modern, stylish atmosphere as well as an outstanding service. Their mission is to make its guests’ stay with them as pleasant as possible.

The rooms in The Frankfurt Hotel are well thought out and invite its guests – as do its hotel bar – to relax in them. The Frankfurt Hotel offers you a haven of peace and relaxation in the heart of the city and is the premier address for business and holiday trips to the vibrant Main metropolis.

88 modern and fully equipped rooms await you in The Frankfurt Hotel. All of them possess a desk, a bathroom with hair drier, WC and cosmetic mirror, a television and direct-dial telephone – in addition to a comfortable, generous bed. All the rooms have air-conditioning and possess free internet access while Pay-TV is already included.

PRINZHOTEL, ROTHENBURG
Guests can be sure the Prinzhotel is among the best hotels in the old city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The city of Rothenburg is renown for its historic touch including the impressive town walls. The Prinzhotel is conveniently located inside the exquisite fortress of Rothenburg. Hotel accommodation Rothenburg at best prices inside the town walls - and not just outside! Enjoy the perfectly situated hotel for a night, a short break, a romantic weekend, a cycling tour, or even hiking. The hotel also arranges a hot air balloon ride for its guests, to get a bird’s eye view of the hotel and Rothenburgs old town. It guarantees the ultimate Rothenburg accommodation and experience.

With service dedicated to its guests, silent comforting rooms and ambience of ancient times that fill the halls of the hotel, you can be sure to have a memorable stay at the Prinzhotel.

HOTEL GOGGL, LANDSBERG AM LECH
Hotel Goggl is located on the Romantic Road, in the heart of the historic city in Landsberg am Lech with 120 beds. The rooms are up to date, comfortable and stylishly furnished and equipped with every imaginable comfort. To welcome all guests the hotel offers a bottle of mineral water in each room.  The hotel is well located, with proximity to the Bavarian metropolis of Munich (50 kms) and Garmisch, Augsburg and Lindau.

Each hotel room has free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and an attractively decorated interior with private bathroom and shower or bath.

PARKHOTEL SONNENHOF, OBERAMMERGAU
Parkhotel Sonnenhof is a family - run 3 - star - superior - hotel of the upper middle class, built in the style of the Alps in 1977, expanded in 1983 and continually modernized and renovated. Nestled in the beautiful landscape of the Ammer valley lies this hotel on the outskirts and at the foot of the Kofels, the mountain of Oberammergau.

No matter whether active, recreational or family vacation, whether cultural program or nature enjoyment, in Oberammergau you will find everything combined in one extensive offer.

AUSTRIA TREND HOTEL EUROPA, SALZBURG
The Hotel Europa Salzburg is a hotel that has it all – where the highest levels of comfort, friendly service and a unique location come together in perfect harmony for a stay that you will remember for years to come.

Dream views from the tallest building in Salzburg will put you in the ideal mood to enjoy the city of Mozart and its world-famous sights. All rooms – the classic, executive and superior executive category – have been carefully appointed with loving attention to detail in order to create a home from home that is sure to receive rave reviews. In the Panorama Restaurant on the 15th floor, a feast for the eyes awaits you – take in unbeatable views of the old town while treating yourself to its culinary highlights. You’ll soon see that life at the Hotel Europa Salzburg is a dream come true.

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 LEONARDO PRAGUE
Spend your stay in the unique and elegant rooms of a 15th-century building situated in Prague’s Old Town.  This boutique hotel is located just 300m from the Charles Bridge in Prague and 800m from the Old Town Square. All major attractions are easily accessible on foot and if you want to explore further, you can easily use public transport.

Every single room at the Leonardo hotel is unique. Offering accommodation in Prague city.

 

Note: Some twin share rooms may have single beds.
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 group experience with a maximum of 20 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour.

SOLOS ONLY
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
Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

Touring Physical Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.

In many destinations while touring could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pick ups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes.

Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice. 

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.

Breakfasts in Germany, Austria and Czech Republic are typically a continental breakfast with a simple selection of hot meal options like scrambled eggs, a soft boiled egg, or sausages. Cold meats and cheeses may be included as part of the deli selection and breads with toppings like jam, honey or a marmalade.  A cereal may also be offered. Some hotels may offer a full hot breakfast but this is not common.

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 35-45 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.

You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to.  

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'People on the tour and the magnificent scenery. The visit to the Zugspitze was amazing & Neuschwanstein Castle was beautiful.'

Sally, 70 years, NSW

'Seeing the markets.Enjoying the Gluhwein. And enjoying walking around when it was snowing. Hearing Silent Night at the chapel was wonderful too.'

Susan, 68 years, VIC
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