Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria
Embark on a glorious holiday adventure through the traditional Christmas markets and historic towns of Central Europe. On this journey you will have time to sip mulled wine and shop for handicrafts in some of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe. Experience the 600-yearold holiday spirit of “Christkindlesmarkts” in Germany, France and Austria. See historic sites such as the magnificent 18th Century residence of the Prince-Bishops. View the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main. Set out on a panoramic tour of Munich. Enjoy a city tour of Nuremberg. Enjoy a magical farewell dinner in Oberammergau, featuring a visit by local entertainers.
Highlights Destinations Include: Black Forest, Strasbourg, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Oberammergau, Innsbruck, Choice on Tour, Munich, Christmas Markets
The holiday markets trip is being coordinated with Collette, a 100 year old national travel company that has partnered with Capriccio Travel ® on this special adventure.
DECEMBER 7 - 15 , 2019
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner included in trip
Day 1: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Overnight Flight Embark on a glorious holiday adventure through the traditional Christmas markets and historic towns of Central Europe. On this journey you will have time to sip mulled wine and shop for handicrafts in some of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe.
Day 2: Sunday, December 8, 2019 - Black Forest, Germany
Tour Begins Your tour opens in the Black Forest. Here you will relish the peacefulness of the surrounding forested mountains. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 3: Monday, December 9, 2019 - Black Forest - Strasbourg, France - Black Forest
Travel the picturesque valleys of the Black Forest and country roads of Alsace to the provincial capital of Strasbourg, France where centuries of Roman, French, German and Alsatian influences blend together to lend this city its unique character. Enjoy a guided tour of the Old Quarter, "Petite France," featuring the Cathedral of Notre Dame, considered one of the noblest achievements of Western architecture. Mingle with the locals as you explore the Christmas market featuring local crafts and traditional food and drink before returning to Germany. (B)
Day 4: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - Black Forest - Würzburg
Depart the Black Forest for the quaint Franconia region of Germany. Your destination is Würzburg. Stroll through the streets with your expert local guide and discover the city’s history. This ancient wine town is rich in historic sites, including the magnificent 18thcentury residence of the Princebishops, boasting the largest ceiling fresco in the world; and the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main. You will have time to browse for local specialties in the lively Christmas market. (B, D)
Day 5: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - Würzburg - Nuremberg - Würzburg
Start your day with a city tour of historic Nuremberg. Learn about old town’s 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city; the Imperial Castle; and the Justice Palace, where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. Your city tour concludes with a visit to the historic Nuremberg Christmas Market, one of the oldest and most famous markets in Germany dating back to 1628. Here you can spend time sipping Gluwhein and sampling roast sausages. Over 200 wooden stalls have given the Christmas market its name - "Little Town from Wood." You can find items like Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, bakery goods, sweets, Christmas tree angels and toys. (B)
Day 6: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - Würzburg - Rothenburg - Oberammergau
We begin with a stop in lovely Rothenburg, one of the most well-preserved medieval walled towns in all of Germany. After some free time to explore the town, continue on to Oberammergau, a perfect example of a Bavarian Alpine village. Step back in time as you stroll the streets past old-world cottages and shops covered in colorful frescos. It is the ideal place to shop for cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers and Hummel figurines. (B, D)
Day 7: Friday, December 13, 2019 - Oberammergau - Innsbruck, Austria - Oberammergau
Traverse the Bavarian landscape to the Tyrolean town of Innsbruck, nestled in the heart of the mountains. Then, it’s your choice! Join a local guide for a walking tour to discover the city’s history, culture and popular attractions including Maria Theresien-Strasse, the Hofburg and the Golden Roof -OR- embark on a walking tour focusing on Innsbruck’s unique architectural structures including a cable car ride to a spectacular viewpoint. The remainder of the day is at leisure to shop in the many specialty stores and the cozy Christmas market. (B)
Day 8: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - Oberammergau - Munich - Oberammergau
This morning, travel to Munich and be introduced to this exciting city with a panoramic tour featuring the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel* and Olympic Park. Enjoy leisure time to independently explore Munich’s historic area and the Christmas market. Later, return to Oberammergau where you will have time to stroll about the village, perhaps shopping for the intricate woodcrafts the town is known for. This evening, enjoy a magical farewell dinner featuring a visit by local entertainers from this village, famous for its Passion Play. (B, D)
Day 9: Sunday, December 15, 2019 - Oberammergau
Tour Ends Your tour ends today. (B)