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      AUSTRIAN WHITE CHRISTMAS TOUR    

         (with Italy and Germany)
                
        Christmas in the spectacular beauty of the Austrian Alps

       
      Tour: Escorted Coach Maximum Passengers: 25
      Tour Start Dates: 16 Dec. 2016 Tour Finish Dates:

      28 Dec. 2016

      Start Point: Vienna Finish Point: Munich
      Nr. Days: 13 Nr. Nights: 12

      Included Meals:

      Daily breakfasts  1 lunch 9 dinners

      Prices from: (per person, twin)

      Single Room Suppl.

       

      US$3595

      US$720

      AU$4795

      AU$950

       Important: AU/US$ rate correct at 10 Jan 16 and subject to currency fluctuations unless paid in full

      Please note: For the comfort of our guests we cannot accept children under the age of 10 years of age.

      No Christmas will be more memorable than one spent in the spectacular beauty of the Austrian Alps. Centuries old villages and towns decorate their streets and main squares and many have the traditional Christmas Markets where local craftspersons offer their wares, and the sweet aroma of hot mulled wine, candied fruits and roasted chestnuts permeates the air. Its a period when everyone celebrates this special time of the year, and you can only appreciate this time when you place yourself in this beautiful picture. Wont you join us?

                   

      Typical countryside chapel in Austria

                                  
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      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)

       

      Click here for the history and short video about "Silent Night"

      Silent Night Chapel OberndorfSalzburg in Winter

      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)

       

      Christmas Markets Innsbruck Christmas Market decorations

      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)

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       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.

       

       

      For a printable itinerary of the 2016 Christmas tour click this link

        

      Click here for information on our Regensburg 2-night pre-tour package

       

      Visit our image gallery from previous tours

       

       

      Your Hotels:

      VIENNA - 5-star Steigenberger Herrenhof - City Centre44543_SHR_HerrenhofW_9d05a027350022d5628f433.jpg

      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

      wyndhamSZG.jpgWith 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!

       

       
       

      SEEFELD4-star Hotel Central - village centre

       

       Hotel Central, SeefeldHotel Central Serfeld

       

      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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