16 Dec (Fri) VIENNA – the Imperial capital
Arrive in Vienna and check-in to your hotel, the 5-star Steigenberger Herrenhof. Your body clock will tell you whether you can start exploring the city on your own….or relax at the hotel and perhaps catch up on lost sleep. Tonight the tour group will meet in the hotel reception area and go for a welcome drink and dinner at the historic “Griechenbeisl” restaurant. (D)
17 Dec (Sat) VIENNA
This morning there will be a 2-hour guided walking tour in the historic centre of Vienna. Sites will include the Hofburg, the Opera House and St. Stephan’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to enjoy the local shopping precincts (which are closed on Sunday). You also have a chance to take in the atmosphere of the Christmas Markets. Tonight is at leisure and you can sample a local restaurant for the evening meal. The Tour Manager will offer suggestions for popular ones near to the hotel. (B)
18 Dec (Sun) VIENNA
Once an outpost of the Roman Empire then a stronghold of Christianity, Vienna was the residence of the Imperial Court for six centuries and was lavished with grand palaces, buildings, gardens and thoroughfares by the Habsburg monarchs. This morning our guided tour will show more historic and modern sites of this “imperial” city. The tour will conclude with a visit and entry to Schonbrunn Palace and a walk through of some of the stately rooms and galleries. There will be plenty of time to explore the gardens, the small Christmas Market and to have lunch before returning to your hotel. Late afternoon we will depart for the short drive to Stift Klosterneuburg - where we will have a guided tour, wine tasting, followed by a typical evening meal. (B,D)
19 Dec (Mon) VIENNA - MELK - OBERNDORF - SALZBURG
Our first stop this morning is at impressive Melk Abbey, which is still a active monastery and public school. We have a guided tour of the former imperial rooms which have now become an interpretive museum telling the history of the monastery and the order of St. Benedict. We then continue to Oberndorf and visit the Stille Nacht Kapelle (Silent Night Chapel), where the carol was first performed in 1818. After that, we drive the short distance to our hotel in Salzburg, the Wyndham Grand. Tonight at leisure to explore around the hotel or even walk into the old city. Dinner is at your own leisure this evening. (B)
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20 Dec (Tue) SALZBURG - the Sound of Music City
This morning we have a guided walking tour of this great city. We'll see historic buildings and learn about the powerful archbishops that made the city very wealthy, both monetarily and culturally. You then have plenty of time to explore the old town, enjoy the Christmas Markets and perhaps even take a tour of the fortress - Hohensalzburg. For those interested, this afternoon we also visit the small local Christmas Market at Hellbrunn Palace - where you can also see the glass gazebo featured in the “Sound of Music”. Tonight we take dinner in the historic St. Peterskeller as we enjoy snippets of Mozart’s operas by performed by members of the Salzburg Mozarteum. (B,D)
21 Dec (Wed) SALZBURG - BERCHTESGADEN - KOENIGSEE - SEEFELD
This morning we drive a short distance into Germany, and the town of Berchtesgaden. Here we take a guided tour of the salt-mines, which include travel by miniature train, a giant wooden slide and also a boat. See how salt was mined in the last centuries, before we visit nearby Koenigsee for lunch. In the afternoon we travel back into Austria, through the heart of the Alps, and to our Christmas destination – Seefeld, and the hotel Central. Now you can unpack for our 6 night stay, and after the welcome dinner tonight we also enjoy a wine and cheese tasting. (B,D)
22 Dec (Thu) SEEFELD - WATTENS - INNSBRUCK - SEEFELD
Our excursion today is to the capital of Tirol – Innsbruck. The first stop will be at the newly remodelled Swarovski Crystal World . In Innsbruck, the Christmas Markets are located in the Old Town square, surrounded by Middle-Age buildings and the landmark Little Golden Roof. Plenty of time here to browse the handicraft stores and have lunch before we return to our hotel. Tonight we have a fun evening with dinner and music in the Wildmoosalm mountain hut. (B,D)
23 Dec (Fri) SEEFELD - BRESSANONE - SEEFELD
The morning we travel over the infamous Brenner Pass and enter into Italy. Our destination is the town of Bressanone and we stop here to visit the Christmas Markets, the Cathedral and cloister and take lunch. An early afternoon return to Seefeld to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Perhaps go tobogganing on the nearby Geigenbuehel slope? Tonight we take dinner in our hotel. (B,D)
24 Dec (Sat) SEEFELD - at leisure
Another morning to enjoy this alpine wonderland. Sleep-in, try your hand at skiing or just wander the beautiful alpine village. This evening there will be festivities in our hotel, including the lighting of the Christmas Tree. This will be followed by a gala 5-course meal at our hotel. (B,D)
25 Dec (Sun) SEEFELD
Merry Christmas! Today is for relaxing and enjoying the facilities of our hotel and the surrounding beauty. Perhaps a sleep-in or a toboggan ride on the nearby slopes. Christmas day lunch will be taken in our hotel and the highlight of the day will be an afternoon sleigh-ride across snow covered fields (weather permitting), with a hot drink in the nearby woods.
Dinner will be at your own leisure this evening. (B,L)
26 Dec (Mon) SEEFELD
A free day to enjoy this spectacular alpine scenery. Perhaps take a walk up to the Wildmoosalm for lunch? Or maybe take the funicular and cable car to the top of the Rosshutte from where you get a panoramic view of the Austrian and Bavarian Alps. Tonight a farewell dinner in the hotel. (B,D)
27 Dec (Tue) SEEFELD – MUNICH
After breakfast we take drive through the Austria/German Alps to Oberammergau and the Royal Castle of Linderhof - built by "Mad" King Ludwig of Bavaria. Here we have a short walk through the grounds and a guided tour of this most impressive but small palace. We then continue to the castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein where we pause for lunch. Later afternoon arrival in Munich with time to check-in at our hotel - the Hotel Eden Wolff, opposite the main railway station. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner in one of the world’s most famous beer-halls, the Hofbrauhaus. (B,D)
28 Dec (Wed) MUNICH – End of Tour
The tour ends after breakfast this morning. Those with flight or train connections will depart the hotel as necessary.
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VIENNA - 5-star Steigenberger Herrenhof - City Centre
The Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof is situated in the heart of Vienna's old city, just 250 m away from the Hofburg. The Goldenes Quartier, Vienna’s luxury shopping district, is reachable in 4 minutes by foot. It takes about 11 minutes by foot to reach the State Opera and the largest of the Christmas Markets - at the Rathaus - is only 7 minutes walk away. The historic Cafe Central is just 100m from the hotel!
SALZBURG - 4-star Wyndham Grand Salzburg Hotel & Conference Centre - near main rail station
With an enviable location in historic Salzburg near the main station, this hotel treats guests to upscale accommodation in 257 rooms with flat-screen television and free Internet. The Wyndham Grand Hotel & Conference Centre, Salzburg also offers a sauna, swimming pool, fitness centre and business centre. Make sure you bring your swimming costumes so you can ejoy the indoor pool facilities of the hotel
Opposite the hotel are 2 recently renovated shopping centres where you can purchase almost anything you want. Good for those nick-nacks you forgot to bring from home!
SEEFELD – 4-star Hotel Central - village centre
The Hotel Central is ideally located at the entrance to the pedestrian heart of Seefeld. The hotel, which has recently been beautifully renovated, overlooks the Kurpark and makes an ideal base for your holiday. All our rooms are designed to hold 2-4 occupants and are furnished in a light birch wood. They have a sitting area, cable TV, telephone, room safe, balcony, bathroom or shower, WC, and hairdryer. The hotel also has it’s own wellness centre, where guests can enjoy a variety of treatments such as massage (optional), sauna, steambath etc.
MUNICH - 4-star Hotel Eden Wolff - city centre/Hauptbahnhof
Located opposite the Munich Hauptbahnhof, the Hotel Eden Wolff is just a few minutes walk from the start of Munichs famous pedestrian zone. This hotel was founded in 1890, and today is still one of Munichs traditional first class hotels with a comfortable bar and lounge, and rooms with all the necessary amenities including flat screen TV with satellite and Pay TV channels, high-speed wireless internet connection and mini-bar..
Tour Price Includes:
• Arrival transfer in Vienna
• Transportation in modern coach with heating, reclining seats, DVD/audio restroom and panoramic windows
• Accommodations as listed (or similar), rooms with private facilities
• Buffet breakfast daily at all hotels
• Lunch on 25 December
• 9 dinners, including special Christmas dinner and mountain hut dinner
• Guided tour of Vienna, including entry to Schonbrunn Palace
• Entrance to and guided tour through Melk Monastery
• Guided walking tour of Salzburg Old Town
• Visit to Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf with special performance
• Visit and entry to Salt Mines in Berchtesgaden
• Entry and tour of Linderhof Castle
• Christmas Day sleigh ride in Seefeld
• Entry to Swarovski Crystal World in Wattens
• Guided walking tour of Innsbruck and Christmas Markets
• Mozart dinner concert in Salzburg
• Services of Tour Manager from Vienna to Munich
• Porterage of 1 suitcase per person
• Tour documentation and travel information
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