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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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Trip Code: winter19-12

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 
Neuschwanstein Castle  

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 for a guided tour and also where the group dines this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 
Kloster Ettal - Garmisch - Partenkirchen

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 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.

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

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

The Frankfurt

1

Rothenburg

Prinzhotel

4

Landsberg am Lech

Hotel Goggl

1

Oberammergau

Parkhotel Sonnenhof

2

Salzburg

Austria Trend Hotel Europa

2

Munich

Hotel MK

1

Vienna

Hotel Penta

3

Prague

Wenceslas Square Hotel

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 GOGGLE, 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.

MK | HOTEL, MUNICH
When the first mk | hotel was planned in Munich in 2009, the initial intention was to provide high-quality accommodation for its employees of their parent company Lindner Group, which is an internationally active construction company, and at the same time avoid vacancies in the premises whenever employees are not in town. The name of their hotels goes back to the roots of this business division: Mariakirchen. In 2003, mk | hotel started its in-house brewery and beergarden, the Schlossbräu Mariakirchen, in this idyllic village. In 2007, the Schlossparkhotel Mariakirchen was established. Both the brewery and hotel lie next to a moated castle.

The concept of the mk | hotels turned out to be a success. In the following years, they opened branches in Frankfurt, Eschborn, Berlin, Stuttgart, Remscheid and a second mk | hotel in Munich. Some of the hotels maintained the connection to Lindner Group branch offices, some started independently. Planning for another hotel has already begun. All of their hotels are led by great people. They are passionate hosts who love their home region and offer honest, straightforward service.

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.

 

Note: Some twin share rooms may have single beds.
Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


More About Accommodation

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 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.

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