Welcome to Germany! On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. A welcome drink at the hotel with your tour director.
After breakfast we will make our way to Würzburg in Bavaria and our first local Christmas market visit. Free time, no local guide.
Würzburg is known for its lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture, particularly the 18th-century Residenz palace. It is home to numerous wine bars, cellars and wineries, with their distinctive Bocksbeuteln (a distinctive flattened type of wine bottle). Enjoy a wine tasting as a part of our day’s festivities. Lunch on your own.
After lunch we will continue our drive along the romantic road to Rothenburg, which is well known for its well preserved medieval old town. Free time for the Christmas market. (B)
After breakfast we will travel to Bamberg, where we will have a guided “BierSchmecker” tour, followed by a beer tasting session with explanation of the beers, and lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we will drive to Nürnberg, famous for its medieval walls and the ancient castle. You will have time to visit its quaint little shops and the Christmas Market. Free time in Nürnberg, no local guide. (B,L)
After breakfast we will 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. Afternoon at leisure in Rothenburg, and a traditional Christmas dinner at your hotel. (B,D)
Please be aware that almost everything will be closed on Dec 24, 2019 after ~ 2:00 pm
In the morning we will have a short guided tour of Rothenburg. After the walk we will have a horse and carriage ride to take in the beautiful scenery of the Taubertal Valley.
Enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch in Rothenburg.
Free afternoon. (B,L)
Please be aware that almost everything will be closed on Dec 25, 2019.
Today we will drive to Ulm. Guided tour of Ulm. After the lunch on your own, we will continue the drive on the romantic road to Landberg am Lech. Dinner on your own. (B)
After breakfast we will travel to Neuschwanstein, with a short stop at Wieskirche church.
Afterwards we will continue to Neuschwanstein Castle. Guided tour of the castle. 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 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant.
Continue to Oberammergau, free afternoon. Group dinner followed by a walk with your guide through the ‘Passion Plays Place’, where the Passion Play depicting the tragic and moving chronicle of Christ’s final passion is performed every ten years (next one in 2020). (B,D)
Drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. From there we will take the cogwheel train to get to the peak of Zugspitze, the highest mountain of Germany and enjoy lunch in a restaurant on the mountain. On the way back to Oberammergau, a short stop in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a ski town on the border with Austria, followed by a stop in Kloster Ettal. Short guided tour of the distillery, and a tasting. (B,L)
After breakfast drive to Salzburg, an Austrian city on the border of Germany, where the famous composer Mozart was born. 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 we will stop at the chapel in Oberndorf, the birthplace of the “Silent Night” Christmas carol.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Salzburg. Dinner in a typical Austrian restaurant. (B,D)
Morning at leisure in Salzburg.
In the late morning we will drive to Salzkammergut, a spectacular region of Alpine Foreland, and stop for lunch on the way. A boat ride to visit St. Gilgen, St. Wolfgang and Strobl.
Evening at leisure in Salzburg. (B,L)
After breakfast drive to Vienna. On the way we will visit the famous Stift Melk (Melk Abbey), a Benedictine abbey above the town of Melk in Lower Austria, set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river. Afternoon at leisure. New Year’s Eve dinner at Restaurant Kardos in Vienna. See in the New Year with your newfound friends, and make your way home at leisure if you’d like to stay on and party in Vienna. (B, New Year’s Eve Dinner)
Please be aware that almost everything will be closed on Dec 31, 2019 after ~ 2:00 pm.
Morning sightseeing tour of Vienna, Austria’s capital on the Danube River, guided by a local guide, 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.
You will also participate in The Strudelshow, teaching you the art of preparing this delectable Viennese dessert; and sample a piece of piping hot apple strudel fresh from the oven.
In the evening, indulge in traditional Wiener Schnitzel for dinner – a must do for any visitor to Vienna. (B,D)
Please be aware that almost everything will be closed on Jan 1, 2020!
Free Day in Vienna.
Dinner and a Mozart & Strauss concert in the evening. This is the true Vienna. (B,D)
Day trip to Bratislava, sightseeing with a local guide, entrance to Bratislava castle. Lunch in a famous brewery (including a pint of beer). Overnight in Vienna. (B,L)
After breakfast we will drive to Prague, nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires”. The Czech capital is known for its Old Town Square with colorful Baroque buildings and Gothic churches.
Afternoon at leisure.
Evening river cruise. The river “Vltava” (Moldau in German) has always been the lifeline for the city, providing its people with water as well as transportation. (B)
Guided tour of Prague, including the famous Charles Bridge, a historic bridge across the Vltava River and the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town. Afternoon at leisure. Farewell dinner. (B,D)
Check out time from the hotel is by 11:00 am. A group transfer to the airport. (B)
Departure Date & Price
|21 December 2019||6 January 2020||$ 5,425||$ 1,077|
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