November 30-December 6, 2020
The entire tour is from ONE HOTEL
Including breakfast daily, superior hotel with private bath, featuring markets in MUNICH, SALZBURG Austria, INNSBRUCK Austria, TRAUNSTEIN Germany, BERCHTESGADEN Bavaria.
Dec 1. TRAUNSTEIN After arrival in Germany we transfer to Traunstein, in the foothills of the Alps, home for the next week. Our hotel for the week is in the center of the town. We will return here at the end of each day so you only unpack once. This lovely village near the Alps sparkles in the winter with its glistening cobblestone streets and brightly decorated boutiques and cafes.
Dec 2. BERCHTESGADEN Across the snowy Alps to the winter Alpine capital of BERCHTESGADEN, German training site of the Winter Olympics. This 600 year old town has a tiny jewel of a Christmas Market and world-class scenery that is unmatched. The Alps rise high above as you wander the cobblestone streets finding unique gifts for your family and friends.
Dec 3. MUNICH Today we travel into MUNICH, famous for beer, brats, oom-pah bands and the Hofbräuhaus. We will see the Marien Platz, the Karlstor, the immense neo Gothic City Hall with the world-famous Glockenspiel, the soaring twin onion-domed Frauenkirche, the Baroque Michael’s Church and walk the Kaufinger Street, Munich’s 5th Avenue. You will have a wonderful afternoon browsing the endless market stalls at the four Christmas Markets, sipping a hot chocolate at an outdoor heated cafe or playing with the toys at Obletter Toy House.
Dec 4. INNSBRUCK AUSTRIA Through the Austrian Alps today to the Tyrolean town of Innsbruck. Site of the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976, this Alpine wonderland with its arcade downtown, mighty Inn River and snow capped peaks, is enchanting. Pick up some woolen mittens or a stylish winter cap, maybe some warm sheep’s wool slippers or a colorful winter scarf.
Dec 5. SALZBURG Into Austria this morning to Mozart´s birthplace and where “The Sound of Music” was filmed, SALZBURG! Dominating the skyline of the town is the Salzburg Fortress, high on a ridge overlooking the valley. Below are the twisting lanes of the Old Town chock full of Christmas booths and hot mulled wine stands. The smell of roasting almonds and wood fires drifts over this magical city. The Christmas markets here are known for their glassware and fine confections.
Dec 6. Transfer to the airport to board your transatlantic flight back to the USA